I recently read 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. Throughout every chapter, the characters developed and changed for the better, and more mysteries were unraveled. I loved especially the last chapter, in which Burnett hints at the philosophy I believe: that we are each individually responsible for all of our own thoughts, words and actions. And, that we can make ourselves into the people who we want to be.
I have since read several other books by Burnett, and my next favorite by her would be the one titled, 'Dawn of a Tomorrow'.
I prefer novels that have an uplifting message and are inspiring, but aren't too predictable in the manner that they turn out.
Any good ones from you, Bob?