Friday, May 6, 2011
Friday Freebie: The Secret Garden and 1936: On the Continent
You can pick up the Kindle version here or the Nook version here.
Though Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote more than forty books, none remains so popular as her miraculous and magical masterpiece, The Secret Garden. Has any story ever dared to begin by calling its heroine, the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen and, just a few sentences later, as tyrannical and selfish a little pig as ever lived? Mary Lennoxis the little pig, sent to Misselthwaite Manor, on the Yorkshire moors, to live with her uncle after her parents die of cholera. There she discovers her sickly cousin Colin, who is equally obnoxious and imperious. Both love no one because they have never been loved. They are the book s spiritual secret gardens, needing only the right kind of care to bloom into lovely children.
Mary also discovers a literal secret garden, hidden behind a locked gate on her uncle s estate, neglected for the ten years since Colin s birth and his mother s death. Together with a local child named Dickon, Mary and Colin transform the garden into a paradise bursting with life and color. Through their newfound mutual love of nature, they nurture each other, until they are brought back to health and happiness.
You can pick up the classic edition for Nook here, for Kindle here, or for Kobo here.
available for Nook here.