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What a sweet Story,
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This review is from: The Secret Garden (Puffin Classics) (Paperback)This book will bring nothing but a smile to the face of the reader. It is an incredibly well-written story that captivates one to the fullest. The characters are so well-described that you get a very clear and vivid picture of who they are and of course the surroundings. The author masterfully paints such a wonderful picture of the spring, the world waking up from its deep sleep, the blooming trees, the singing birds and the flowers. With spring the garden comes to life and with it, melts the ice from the hearts of the little Mistress and the little Rajah.
The story itself is an incredibly beautiful tale of a little girl, who has been cast aside by her own mother since the day of her birth, left to be raised by the help. Always lonely, unwanted, forgotten and incredibly spoiled the girl takes a long journey to learning how to appreciate the simple beauties in life, such as the sun, the flowers, the birds and the spring. She makes friends and learns to care for others.
An incredibly beautiful story which will warm your heart. Get this book and enjoy it !!!
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Initial post: 19 Feb 2013 20:01:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Feb 2013 20:01:42 GMT
I'm not sure I'd say "This book will bring nothing but a smile to the face of the reader." The garden bits are lovely, yes, as are the friendships which grow up, but this novel is also about one of the most serious forms of child abuse, which today is best known as Munchausens by Proxy. Colin, Mary's cousin, is a child who has also been neglected and left to be raised by the servants, only in his case some has decided that he must be ill (in particular a relative who hopes to inherit the estate if Colin dies), and he has been imprisoned in bed in a dark room until he is unable to walk, emaciated, terrified of dying, and prone to anxiety attacks - at which point everyone blames him for his temper! The story is beautiful in some respects, but utterly disturbing in others.
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