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

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  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 23, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KKXPLC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Melody on February 17, 2011
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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 By Kindle Customer on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie L. on September 4, 2012
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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 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Estacio on 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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By TJMRAM on December 8, 2012
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This book was an easy read,but interesting. I started it because I enjoyed "the Secret Garden", so much.I didn't see how it could be written in the same style as "Frances Hodgson Burnetts" book,but I was pleasantly surprised. The book had a mystery similar to the "Burnetts" book,and a very interesting journey.i would recommend it to any one for a lite read.
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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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By doug quinn on 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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By JustMe on April 14, 2014
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...it'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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