It’s time for another classic. A REALLY old one this time. Yep, for this week’s Operation Story Share I’m recommending The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, published in 1911.
This is one of those books I’ve always heard of but never read. I’m glad I finally got around to it, because it was full of things I love—mysterious big old houses, off-limits places, beautifully described settings, plenty of secrets, and a happy ending.
Here’s a quick peek at the story:
When orphaned Mary Lennox, lonely and sad, comes to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire moors, she finds it full of secrets. At night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors. Outside, she meets Dickon, a magical boy who can charm and talk to animals. Then, one day, with the help of a friendly robin, Mary discovers the most mysterious wonder of all—a secret garden, walled and locked, which has been completely forgotten for years and years. Is everything in the garden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life?
If you’re like me and have never read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, I highly suggest you get your paws on a copy right away. Or if you have read it, you might want to read it again. I think you’ll find that losing yourself in this 102-year-old story is a great way to spend a summer afternoon!