Book Review of a Classic: The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret GardenThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (March 20, 2012)

  • Publication Date: March 20, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JLKG4S
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review of a Classic: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

    To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    • Print Length: 385 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455538965
    • Publisher: Harper (July 8, 2014)
    • Publication Date: July 8, 2014
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00K0OI42W

     

     

    My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: Classics Edition: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

    Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Wisehouse Classics (April 3, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9176372375
  • ISBN-13: 978-9176372371
  • My Rating:

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    I have read this several times and seen several versions of the movie. The book always wins with me. The book always captures the heart of Pip. Pip and his heart are what make this story so beautiful. The story of the young boy’s, tender, heart being captured by Estella. Not aware that Miss Haversham was raising Estella to punish men in the way she felt she had been punished. Pip starts the story as a sweet giving boy that befriends an escaping convict. Another opportunity for us to witness Pip’s generosity.

    The child named Pip that doesn’t understand Miss Haversham’s cruel aversion to males. He doesn’t know her past that made her into the cruel woman she is. He can only see Estella as a beauty and he loves her to distraction.

    I found myself drawn to the almost animated coldness in her history. Her stopping life at the stroke of eight forty-five​. Living daily with the day that changed her life.

    I fell in love with this book as a Freshman in high school and I have continued to re-read it as often as possible. It is a book I have in hardback and one I will never part with. It sits in a place of honor in my bookcase.

    This book has so much to offer the reader. There is a morality to it that shows genuine kindness and utter cruelty. This is one of Dickens’ best work to me. There is such a deep lesson to be learned from this book. It is a thing of beauty. Truly worth​ being called a classic.

    Recommendation

    If you read it in High School and thought​ it was ho-hum​, give it a chance as an adult and see if you can’t see the moral and the beauty of the book. There are several versions for free on Amazon. Now is an awesome time to check out the classics and fall in love again.

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    AudioBook Review: A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie

    A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple, #7)A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Overall*****

    Performance****

    Story*****

    The story by Agatha Christie is just excellent. Miss Marple and the inspector come together to solve a series of murders. It seems that someone is murdering people while following the theme of a nursery rhyme.

    When one body is found with a pocket full of rye, another is found in the parlor and then the maid is found in the garden, who can question that it is not about blackbirds.

    I love the humorous way that the characters interact. Miss Marple is so feisty and intuitive. She brings the clues together in such a perfect manner that it just makes sense.

    The Inspector is not really expecting her to put all the pieces together when he allows her to nose around the crime scene.

    This AudioBook of A Pocket Full of Rye was wonderful to listen to. This was performed by multiple people and was presented as a dramatization. I realized as I was listening that I had read this when I was a teenager. I was glad to be reminded. I love Agatha Christie’s brain. It is an excellent mystery.

    AudioBook Review: The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie

    The Pale HorseThe Pale Horse by Agatha Christie

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Overall*****

    Performance*****

    Story*****

    The Pale Horse is a really dark mystery. There are scenes that are just down right creepy. There are spells and threats that lend a spooky air to this book.

    I listened to The Pale Horse from Audible and found it very intense during those witch scenes. The mystery begins with the murder of a Catholic priest. He has a list of names in his shoe and that turn out to be a list of dead people. When Mark Easterbrook begins to look into this mystery because his godmother is on the list. Mark was a great character. He is intelligent and he is curious.

    I found the humor lovely, just as I usually do from Agatha Christie. I liked it a lot. I liked the character Ginger. I was laughing as she and Mark were plotting together. Great fun story.

    The story really kept me guessing. I loved that at the end, I had not guessed the correct suspect. It is a really wonderful book that I had missed reading when I was reading a lot of Agatha Christie books. I was happy to have lucked up on this AudioBook.

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