CLASSICS CLUB, REVIEW

THE SECRET GARDEN – FRANCES HODGSON BERNETT

Another one of my classics read as part of the Classics Club.

If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically a book club where you can make a list of 50 or more books to read in less than 5 years. You can talk to people about the books you read and blog about them and the community is really great.

If you want, join here and here is the link to my original list

But now I have 3 down and only 57 more to go :))

Can I just say that this is also probably the most beautiful book I own

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I mean just look at the cover!! 😍

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“She made herself stronger by fighting with the wind.”

This book was always my childhood favourite and I am so glad I got to read it again when I was older. I just have memories of my grandmother reading it to me when I was sick and falling asleep listening to this story. It is still one of my favourite children’s classics and it was definitely everything I remembered it to be.

I was kind of worried that when I would read it again, I would not like it but it was perfectly amazing. It was so nostalgic for me and it was so lighthearted and sweet and I really loved escaping into the garden with Mary and Dickon. It was just such a heartwarming, cute little book.

I actually listened to the audiobook so it was nice to fall asleep to this each night as well. This book should honestly be on every child’s bookshelf because it was this book that made me love gardens and I remember dreaming as a kid that I would one day have my own garden.

“Where you tend a rose my lad, a thistle cannot grow.”

I definitely loved the setting of this book. It was either, gloomy, thundering England or the fresh morning scent of the moor with big roses and daffodils and I honestly loved them both. The garden was obviously my favourite part because I love how it came to life and it was just such an uplifting and light-hearted book and it made me so happy whenever I read it.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the characters. Dickon was obviously my favourite because he is just a magic, perfect little child. And I, of course, loved Mary because she showed so much character growth throughout the book and she went from being a sickly, frail melancholy child to being a bright, energetic girl.
I would say that I’m not such a fan of Colin but I don’t think a lot of people are. He is just so stuck up and I’m glad he changed a bit by the end.
I also loved Martha, Mr Craven, Dickon’s mom and even Ben Wheterstaff.

The writing was also equally stunning. It was so lush and descriptive and I loved how this author portrayed the setting and the garden and everything about it was just so alive and real.

“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.”

There is not much more I can say because this is quite a simple little book but it is beautiful and wonderful and I highly recommend you read it if you want something lighthearted and sweet.

“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”

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