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 unlikable, but as the book progressed, they both changed and learned how to love each other and themselves. The children are such a powerful reminder that community and relationships matter.

Frances Hodgson Burnett is definitely an author I am going to revisit. Tell me your thoughts on The Secret Garden in the comments or on Instagram!


  1. I recently read it too, and loved it. If you haven't read The little Princess you are one great experience short. It's sooo heartbreakingly sweet.


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