Friday, January 8, 2010

Book Review: Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery

Book Description:
To the small village of Lindsay on Prince Edward Island come Eric Marshall, a twenty-four-year-old substitute schoolmaster. Dark and handsome, the son of a wealthy merchant, Eric has a bright future in the family business and has taken the two-month teaching post only as a favor to a friend.
Then fate, which has been more than generous to Eric, throws in his path a beautiful, mysterious girl named Kilmeny Gordon. With jet-black hair and the face of a Renaissance Madonna, Kilmeny immediately captures the young man's heart. But she is mute, cannot speak, and Eric is concerned for and bewitched by this shy, sensitive, blue-eyed girl.
For the first time in his life Eric must work hard for something he wants badly. And there is nothing he wants more than for Kilmeny to return his love.

My thoughts:
Kilmeny of the Orchard is a short, sweet story with all the typical high and lows of a book written by L. M. Montgomery though not with the depth and breadth of her other novels. I did have a hard time with how Eric's father and friend accepted Kilmeny as the girl for Eric once they "saw" her. I know there was more to Kilmeny that just looks, but it just seemed the focus. Kilmeny of the Orchard is a very predictable story, short, sweet and to the point. I read this book for the L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge. If you have never read any books by L. M. Montgomery I do not suggest to start with this book, but rather with my favorite, Anne of Green Gables.


  1. Hmm..yes, that's a very good point. It IS short, sweet and predictable but that is kind of Montgomery as a whole. Predictably happy (in written life). Anne has more depth of character for certain and yes, I do wish people would start with her as a general rule.

    Still, I think Kilmeny is worth a read because it is quintessential Montgomery and for those who just want to read something quick - it's a good way to get an initial feel for what to expect - if nothing else.

    Fun to hear your thoughts! Thanks for writing them up and sharing.

  2. wow! you are a stellar homeschool mom. i am very

    and such a beautiful blog...

  3. A mute heroine would be quite a change from Anne!



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