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The Palace in the Garden

Mary Louisa Molesworth

Book Overview: 

The Palace in the Garden is the engaging story of three orphans sent to live in the mysterious country cottage of Rosebuds. The inquisitive children piece together the unexpected mystery of the Palace in the garden & all that goes with it. The story has a few twists. This book put me in mind of the Secret Garden.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Parliament if he were," said I. "At least, I suppose not."

"It's good of him to have all of us living with him. Nursey says it is. I don't think we've got any money of our own."

"Well, we're his grandchildren, and it isn't our fault that papa and mamma died," I said. "I don't think that's so very good of him. Still, he is good to us in some ways, I know."

Tib was still staring at the book.

"I don't think it's any use asking nurse," she said. "If she does know anything she doesn't want to tell us. And it's no use telling Gerald: he's too little. If we told him not to speak of it, he'd very likely get red the first time grandpapa looked at him—like that day you filled the hood of Miss Evans' waterproof with peas, and he kept staring at it all the time of our lessons, till she found out there was something the matter."

"No," said I; "it's better not to tell him. Of course, Tib, we mustn't do anything naughty. It wo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very well written. I completely understand why the author was called "the Jane Austen of the nursery". In Agatha Christie's book Postern of Fate, Tommy and Tuppence say that two of Molesworth's books to be their childhood favorites.

Interesting fairy tale fantasy for children with a princess and a mystery.

Very sweet and old-fashioned. Absolutely delightful!

Beautiful simple tale of a brother and two sisters who go to live temporarily at a lovely house called Rosebuds.
There they find a hidden door in the garden wall, leading to what they call "The Palace", then later "The Old House"
A mysterious painting of a girl who looks much like one of the girls, wh

I read this book on Open Library and found it delightful! The way it is written is, to me, very natural and doesn't feel like it's from more than 100 years ago at all. I love the little place in the country where the children go for a visit, and I love the secret place they find behind the wall in t


This was a charming story. I'm surprised the author isn't better known.