Book 1 that makes me happy- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The Secret Garden is a timeless classic which reminds me of my childhood. Mary Lennox, previously living a spoilt life in India (anything that even mentions India gets my attention) is sent to live with her uncle Archibald Craven. There she finds a secret garden, a young boy and a whole new personality. It is a beautiful story, and the film, more beautiful still.
Book 2 that makes me happy- the Little Princess, also by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Burnett’s work reminds me of my childhood, where optimisim was the theme of the day. Here, Sara Crewe, also a child raised in India, is sent to boarding school so that her father can fight in WW1. When he is killed in action she must learn to survive under the cruel Miss. Minchin with only a servant girl as her friend.
With both books beautifully written, I’m pretty certain the reason they make me happy is that they remind me of a time when everything seemed like it would have a happy ending.