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Review of The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
5 out of 5 stars

Reading The Secret Garden was a breath of fresh air this month. Mary's growth in seeing outside of herself, Colin's physical and spiritual healing, and Dickon's gentle and unbounded love were life-giving to me.

The story was much simpler than I was expected (for instance, I kept expecting the uncle to learn that the children had been tending the garden and would get angry about it), but I was pleasantly surprised when the plot really was that straightforward. The simplicity of the story allowed me to ponder more on the themes of the book--healing, nature, love, and service.

I loved the character the garden played--and more broadly, nature--throughout the book. The flowers and landscape lent a lovely organic thread throughout the story. I was reminded that when my soul needs tending, I need to scale back and focus on the small things.

I also loved the friendships in this story. Mary and Colin both started out so …

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