The Secret Garden
Illustrations: Ross MacDonald
Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing
Publishing date: 2012
Mary Lennox at age ten, having lived in India all her life, never experienced love in any of its form. She's used to being left alone to play wih herself, for nobody really cares for her. When her parents and everybody she knows die of plague, she has to go to live at her uncle's mension on the Yorkshire Moors. The immensely huge house is full of secrets. But it's only when Mary learns that the adjacent gardens hide a secret place, when her interest starts to pick up. In her new home she is going to meet many interesting people and she might even learn to love them. The spring is coming and Mary's life is about to change forever...
"If you look the right way,
you can see that the whole world is a garden."
I've read and loved A Little Princess, and so I've already known that Frances Hodgson Burnett was a great storyteller. Her tales are briming with wonderful characters and their adventures, capturing the amazing magic of ordinary things. But I was completely blown away by her vivid description of a nature awaiking for spring in The Secret Garden. In the book she spoke of the flowers with such a passion and love and in such a fashion that one wanted to give up on everyting else and become a gardener too. All the bewitching scents and beatiful colours and shapes. It almost felt like I was in the forgotten garden with Mary, filling my lungs with fresh air...
"I am sure there is Magic in everything,
only we have not sense enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us."
The most amazing part of Frances Hodgson Burnett's books are her characters. They are absolutely unique, colourful and utterly charming. In The Secret Garden there are not only people, but also animals which she portrayed in such playful a way to give me smile every time. The squirrels, birds, fox and lamb. They were all completely adorable and unforgettable. This book is simply full of loveliness and everybody who enjoys life, or somebody who needs to be reminded of its joyfulness, should read it. It's one of the most beautiful books ever written, with a power to mend broken hearts and shattered souls...