Throwback Thursday: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


Its throwback Thursday! A chance to highlight some older reads that have been sitting in my review pile waiting for their chance to shine.

Title: The Secret Garden

By: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 358

Release Date: 1910

Publisher: HarperCollins 

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle's great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and her uncle keeps himself locked up. And at night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors.

The gardens surrounding the large property are Mary's only escape. Then, Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. One day, with the help of two unexpected companions, she discovers a way in. Is everything in the garden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life?


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I remember reading this book when I was a young girl. It gave me joy then and I was so glad it gave me joy now. Sometimes when you go back and read a book from your childhood, its not the amazing piece of literature you remember. Its almost scary to pick up and old book, but I did and I wasn't disappointed.

The main character Mary is the sassiest thing you have ever seen. To think how this was probably unacceptable back in 1910 makes my heart melt. She doesn't take any crap from anyone and when everyone was bowing their heads to nasty little Collin, Mary stood her ground and put him in his place.

The lessons to be learned from this book are many and always a great read for all ages.


  1. Oh, I like sassy girls, and it's great that you enjoyed it so many years laters. Can you believe I never read this or even watched a film adaptation? I need to pick this up.