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Of the house a boy crying at night a diary written by a girl named Mary and a garden A very secret garde. It has been a long time since I read The Secret Garden but as I read this a lot of it came back to me This is a seuel but it is written in a different style and much child friendly Holly Webb has this story take place in 1939 when a group of orphans have been evacuated from London and are now living in Misselthwaite Hall The theme of being abandoned and forced to move somewhere new and foreign is the same feeling that Emmie has in this book as Mary did in the original Emmie the main character is an orphan or at least has no parents that claim her She is stubborn can be mean spirited and speaks her mind Her only friend is her stray cat that she is forced to leave behind when they evacuate When she finds Mary s diaries in her room she reads them and falls in love with the Magical Secret Garden She finds the door to the garden and it is no longer locked She spends many hours there and begins to find solace and happiness with the flowers and the robin that lives in the hedge When the old gardener befriends her she tells him about her cat Mr Craven who is in the navy hears about the cat finds it and brings it to Emmie when he is home on a visit Emmie also befriends Jack the Craven s son and they work magic on one another The garden becomes their Garden of SecretsEmmie s character is well developed throughout the story It is wonderful to see her go from being lonely frustrated and angry to healing others around her and finally becoming part of something very special It was wonderful to see the characters from the original novel in this story all grwon up I think the themes of loneliness love of nature secrets and friendship are shown and developed in this book Now to get out the movie and watch it again with my grandchildren A nice seuel that children will enjoy and even their parents The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley

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Return to the Secret Garden

It's 1939 and a group of children have been evacuated to Misselthwaite Hall Emmie is far from happy to ha. Disappointing

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Ve been separated from her cat and sent to a huge old mansion But soon she starts discovering the secrets. Since I ve yet to finish a book yet this year I thought it was a good time to go ahead and work on the reviews that I never had a chance to post last year Which especially in the case of Return to the Secret Garden is a shame This book was absolutely adorable and I wish I d been on top of my reviews enough to give it the pre release love that it deserved On the bright side hopefully I m reminding some of you out there of its existence and it will scoot up your reading lists after this reviewFirst off I feel it s only fair to explain to you that the original book is one of my all time favorites Coupled with that is the fact that Holly Webb is one of my all time favorite Middle Grade writers So you can easily see that my expectations were high here I was so thrilled that the seuel to my favorite book would be done by one of my favorite authors It doesn t get any perfect than that I was so eager to make my way back to Misselthwaite and explore it with new eyes I m happy to say I wasn t disappointedMuch like the Mary we remember Emmie is a little tough to love at first An orphan Emmie is used to mainly caring for herself and is as such a bit distant Still I could tell right away that she was a spitfire at heart Her deep thoughts her love for her adopted stray cat all of it pulled me in to her world It wasn t obvious early on how she would be tied in to the Misselthwaite of old but I knew she d fit in just wonderfullyAs it turns out I was right The backdrop of this book is the Blitz and it sets the stage expertly for Emmie s transition to her new home I loved watching her go through the same kinds of feelings as her predecessor It was that moment when she stepped into the garden though that really had me rapt Holly Webb evoked that same magic the same air of sweet mystery that the original book so wonderfully had I ate it up Even if the original characters hadn t been tied into this which they absolutely are I would have been happy just with this small piece of my childhood restored Stepping back into the secret garden with new eyes was a wonderful feelingTruth be told I really wanted to give this five stars It was missing this small something that I couldn t fit my finger on though and so I settled with four It s really a fabulous book though and I highly recommend it as an addition to your TBR Emmie will steal your heart and if she doesn t succeed alone so will your new trip into the secret garden


10 thoughts on “Return to the Secret Garden

  1. says:

    Too much cat related side plot but it captures some of the original's essence Sidetone Did Mary marry Colin? She's supposed to be wi

  2. says:

    3 starsFirstly I need to point out that I do not think that is a bad book or that it is a bad book based on the writing Its a bad book based on my nostalgiaIm left feeling drained from my emotions about this book Im struggling to give it 3 stars because I am so tornOn one hand the story itself if it had NOT been a seuel would have been uite g

  3. says:

    Disappointing

  4. says:

    This is a perfectly fine children's book and will no doubt find an audience amongst those who are less strongly of the opinion that a seuel is a thing you read straight after reading the original Featuring another spiky young heroine in orphan Emmie Hatton evacuated during WW2 from the Craven Home for Orphaned Children to Misselthwaite Manor the first half of the novel follows closely in the classic's footsteps as Emmie

  5. says:

    Since I've yet to finish a book yet this year I thought it was a good time to go ahead and work on the reviews that I never had a chance to post last year Which especially in the case of Return to the Secret Garden is a shame This book was absolutely adorable and I wish I'd been on top of my reviews enough to give it the pre relea

  6. says:

    35I had some hesitation about there being characters from The Secret Garden in this book and can't say I complet

  7. says:

    This review was originally posted on Between My LinesIs there any book that you love as much as the books that you loved in your child

  8. says:

    It has been a long time since I read The Secret Garden but as I read this a lot of it came back to me This is a seuel but it is written in a different style and much child friendly Holly Webb has this story take place in 1939 when a group of orphans have been evacuated from London and are now living in Misselthwaite Hall The theme of being abandoned and forced to move somewhere new and foreign is the same feeling that Emmie has in this bo

  9. says:

    it was ok but for me not a patch on the original

  10. says:

    This is as magical as the original story by Frances Hodgson Burnett Webb has placed her seuel in 1939 which is really effective as it presents a believable way to bring children back to Misselthwaite Hall with the same sense of abandonment a search for family and a need to belong that Mary had in The Secret Garde