The Secret Garden
Escape into a world of enchantment and possibility with this cherished tale. Frances Hodgson Burnett invites readers to discover, alongside nine-year-old Mary Lennox, the magic hidden within a walled English garden on her uncle’s estate. Cultivating this oasis brings about healing, not only for the orphaned girl, but also for her sickly cousin Colin. Linked below, find a beautiful bonded-leather edition, a tempting teatime menu to accompany your reading, and the opportunity to lend your thoughts to our discussion forum.
Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales
Noted author and artist Beatrix Potter was captivated by England’s Lake District during childhood holidays spent among the quaint hamlets and misty moors. As a girl, she collected small animals during these trips and gently tamed them into pets. The domesticated creatures provided inspiration and companionship during her solitary Victorian childhood as she developed her creative talents. When Beatrix grew into adulthood, these tales were published, and her now-cherished stories and illustrations continue to enchant generations of children.
Anne of Green Gables
Lucy Maud Montgomery invites readers to explore Avonlea through the eyes of her exuberant main character, Anne Shirley. When the high-spirited orphan arrives at Green Gables, she surprises everyone with her bright red hair, wild imagination, and tendency to talk a mile a minute. But with her sweet disposition and quick wit, “Anne with an e” soon finds her place among new friends. Purchase the first book in the series in our online shop, and peruse companion materials below, including links to our discussion forum and to a delicious menu of fruit-filled dessert recipes. Plus, discover the countryside and communities of Canada’s picturesque Prince Edward Island, once home to the beloved author.
Pride and Prejudice
This classic tale, consistently listed among the most popular titles in English literature, chronicles protagonist Elizabeth Bennet’s journey to love with the wealthy Mr. Darcy, considered an archetype of the aloof romantic hero. Fans of Jane Austen will adore the complete and unabridged collection of her novels—a beautifully styled clothbound hardback volume presented in an elegant slip case—featured in the November/December 2019 issue of Victoria and now available in our online shop. Companion materials below, including links to our discussion forum and to a delightful teatime menu, offer opportunities for connection. Plus, learn how one of today’s best-selling writers finds inspiration in the legacy of the foremost author of Regency fiction.
A haunting journey of self-discovery, this novel by Charlotte Brontë follows the travails and triumphs of a young orphaned girl whose indomitable spirit cannot be broken. During her tenure as governess to the children of the handsome Mr. Rochester, Jane falls deeply in love with her mysterious and moody employer, but dark secrets threaten to swallow their budding romance. Find a charming clothbound edition of this volume in our shop. Companion materials below, including a link to our discussion forum and a visit to the former home of the Brontë sisters, bring the gothic tale to life. Plus, sample a trio of dessert recipes chosen as an ode to the custards, cheesecakes, and French pastries the main character helps make in Chapter Seventeen.
Gift from the Sea
In this inimitable classic, Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares meditations on youth and age, love and marriage, peace, solitude, and contentment during a brief escape to the shore. “I have read this wonderful book at least once a year since 1996,” says Victoria reader Linda Chudej, “and each year the author’s words mean something different to me. No matter where I am in my thoughts about life, Gift from the Sea helps clarify my path.” This review echoes the sentiments of many others who have found inspiration in Lindbergh’s musings on the shifting shapes of a woman’s relationships. Find the 50th-anniversary edition of the book in our shop, and explore companion materials below, including discussion questions and a tantalizing menu perfect for hosting a book-club gathering. Plus, our readers share memories of treasures discovered at the water’s edge.
In celebration of the novel’s 150th anniversary, we are pleased to announce Little Women as our inaugural Victoria Classics Book Club selection. Whether the March sisters have been your treasured friends since childhood or you will meet them for the first time, we hope that you will join us in delving into this timeless tale of unconditional love. Find a commemorative hardback edition of the book in our shop, and peruse companion materials below, including discussion questions and a peek into Louisa May Alcott’s childhood home.
And don’t miss our recipe for Rose and Raspberry–Infused Blancmange, an English berry pudding every bit as elegant as Meg’s “too pretty to eat” version that Jo presented to Laurie in Chapter Five.