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The Forgotten Room - A Sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett's 'The Secret Garden' [Kindle Edition]

Stacie Morrell
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'The Secret Garden,' written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and published in 1911, has been beloved by generations. Made into a stage play and numerous movies, this enchanting story remains a popular classic today.
'The Forgotten Room' begins a few months after the original concludes, continuing the stories of Mary, Colin, Dickon and the rest of the beloved characters from 'The Secret Garden.' This is the story of what happens next to the people of Misselthwaite Manor.
Mary finds another secret, learns more about herself her friends, gets a tutor, nearly succumbs to her parents’ fate, and faces a crucial decision or two. Written with the style and heart of the original.

Product Details

  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs editing, but overall a good read. February 17, 2011
By Melody
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have always loved The Secret Garden. I read it every April or May, as springtime comes. It's such a beautiful book, full of promise and beauty and mystery. So when I found this sequel, I was excited! Obviously it's not a real book (I'm assuming that an amateur was able to publish it through Kindle), but I did enjoy it quite a bit. I was extremely excited to find out that the author is also a Mary and Dickon fan, which I have always been. There was a bit of romance throughout the book and it was written for children, not adults, thank goodness. This book needs editing (several words are mispelled and there are a lot of grammar errors), but it was a successful and rewarding read. It is nothing at ALL like Return to the Secret Garden! I was absolutely appalled when I read the synopsis of that book. Somehow Mary ends up with Colin, who is secretly gay, and Dickon turns out to be an absolute jerk and Mary ends up cheating on Colin with him. What a fail. Totally ruined the magic for me. I took a vow that day to never ever read that book.

Anyway, end of tirade. The Forgotten Room is a much better alternative, even though it is a childrens' book. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but too many typos February 8, 2012
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Great plot. Some research problems and way too many typos. Needs a good editing then republished. I would have liked to read more. Ended rather abruptly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simple but interesting sequel April 3, 2013
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a sequel to Secret Garden..just loving it..short but nonetheless very touching..hope we meet characters in our daily existence..very humane indeed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but seriously needs an editor September 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I rather enjoyed this e-book. I am a huge fan of the original "The Secret Garden" and have read that more times than I can count. I have also read the other sequel "Return to the Secret Garden" which I thought was absolutely horrid, so naturally I was a bit skeptical of this story. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I felt that while it doesn't quite have the same magic that the original story has, the author did stay true to the characters' personality traits and the dynamics between the personalities.

I thought the storyline was sweet and believable. The manor house has been shut up for many years, so it's not hard to imagine that there are rooms that people haven't been in for decades. Nor is it hard to imagine Mary not being certain that she wants to share it with anyone else.

The biggest issue I had with this story was the fact that the editing was pretty much non-existent. Thankfully, I had read other reviews before downloading this story so I was prepared for the editing issues, but all the typos and missing punctuation and other errors still made it difficult to read. This story would be so much more enjoyable if someone would go through and edit the text, removing all the punctuation errors and fixing the typos and the research problems (i.e. at one point she says the characters go to "Dickon's room" instead of "Colin's room").

However, I did still enjoy it and if you're a fan of the original, you may very well like this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Potential, Needs Work May 3, 2015
By Lucy
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I really wanted to like this book. I loved The Secret Garden, and I adore "what happens next" stories. But this book reads like a slightly more sophisticated version of the fanfic I wrote when I was 13. The New Governess Who Marries the Single Father is pretty much self-insert wish-fulfillment plot #23. I could have gotten past that if the book had fewer confusing mid-scene point-of-view shifts (several times I had to stop reading and go back to figure out which character a pronoun referred to), anachronisms and anachronistic thinking, sudden plot developments (for all that I saw it coming from the first chapter, it still managed to drop in out of nowhere) and typos that a half-way decent edit would have caught. Ms. Morrell has promise as a writer, but she needs a ruthless editor/beta-reader who will make her do the background building and show her work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle but complicated Victorian story May 10, 2014
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I had read the "Secret Garden" so was easily tempted to read this book - a sequel but by a different author. This book would be suitable for late primary school children (with some support) right through to adults.
Thoroughly enjoyably, rather predictable in the style of the Pride and Prejudice etc, but the descriptions of the intertwined familes, the lifestyles and the gardens were thorough and delightful. It really did complete the story of "The Secret Garden"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Room April 28, 2014
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I would recommend this book to my women friends, my daughter and my sisters.
I think they would enjoy it as much as I did. I like the growing relationship between Colin and Mary.
I love hearing about Dickon and his family and the adventures on the moors with the flora and fauna.
I like the mystery side of the story and don't want to say more as it will take away the enjoyment of the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's not bad... April 14, 2014
By JustMe
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase's just not good. The author tries to pick up the thread of the story right where "The Secret Garden" leaves off, but she ignores the character development of the original and starts her story with a few "attitude" changes that are apparently only there to give Colin and Mary something to argue about. Then comes the introduction of a governess, a few more manufactured misunderstandings between the kids, some really bad Yorkshire dialect (Hint to the author: You need to do more than simply insert "tha" instead of "you" - not to mention that you should actually use "thee" in some cases. There is a cadence to the Yorkshire speech pattern that you have totally failed to recognize, and it's painful to read.), then a totally manufactured "crisis" and a romance between Archibald Craven and the governess, and "hey, presto" a happy ending. If you have absolutely nothing else to do, you might while away the short time it takes to read this. But, honestly, I'd wait until you absolutely don't have anything else to do.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy ever after
A bit predictable but did love reading the continuation of the children of the Secret Garden. I would have liked to see more investigation into the room and passage ways of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Very good story. I loved how the author picked up the story of the secret garden and carried it to a finish.
Published 5 months ago by Redhot7686
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel
I loved the continuance of The Secret Garden. It was a wonderful read. Definitely needs a better many many word mistakes. Drove me kind of crazy.
Published 7 months ago by s.bos
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Room
I liked the fact that it picked up where the Secret Room ended. Both books were very enjoyable and paintted a good picture of Life at that history.
Published 15 months ago by Patsy Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars better leave The Secret Garden alone.
I read The Secret Garden and loved it! I want to read more about the kids. So I went google search and found this book. Maybe I just finished the Secret Garden. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but it tarnishes just a bit the effect of the original...
I liked reading the book, to see just how the children in The Secret Garden turned out. Unfortunately, I didn't like all of the author's choices in that area. Read more
Published 20 months ago by p. cssino
4.0 out of 5 stars Birdie
The book is a fine sequel to the Secret Garden. It's very sweet, tallies with what one would expect, and provides the 'happy ever after'. It is written for children however... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Birdie
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect addition to the other books
I truly enjoyed Frances Hodgson so I enjoy any sequel to her writing. I felt it was like she wrote it.
Published 21 months ago by Patricia A Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
Stacie Morrell does an excellent job in writing The Forgotten Door, a sequel to The Secret Garden. She has captured the innocence and essence of The Secret Garden and simply... Read more
Published 23 months ago by P. Blevins
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More About the Author

Stacie Morrell is an eccentrically entertaining neurotic bibliophile and Renaissance woman. She is a fifth generation Oregonian and a third generation only child on her mother's side.

Her interests include: Reading (pretty much anything even the cereal box if nothing else is available), writing (all genres), family (wife and mother), growing in and spreading my faith, learning (information geek), travel (but I rarely ever get to), volunteering, bargain hunting at garage sales, thrift stores, flea markets, etc.

She sells collectibles, tries to have patience with her precocious daughter, fearlessly tries to do everything, and writes because she is driven to as part of her genetic composition.

She manages a thrift store part time for a local non-profit and also serves as their volunteer coordinator. Her goal is to facilitate networking among the non-profits in the area to strengthen their resources and impact in the community.


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