Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery - Review

Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery

Rating: 3 Stars

Description:  Golden boy Eric Marshall does a favor for a friend after he graduates college by taking over the friend's school in a tiny town on Prince Edward Island.  While there he meets a girl that throws his whole charmed existence on its ear.  Kilmeny is a beautiful talented girl who has lived a very sheltered life to hid both the stain of her birth and the fact that she cannot speak.  Can the educated rich boy and the poor sheltered girl find a future together?

Genre: Children/YA

My Impression:  This is Montgomery's shortest stand alone novel and it isn't terribly developed.  Eric is handsome, rich and charming.  Kilmeny is beautiful, plays the violin and isn't able to speak.  The characters aren't really drawn much deeper than that.  I like Eric - everyone likes Eric - and the family he rents his room from.  The Gordon's are also an interesting family.  I felt that the "stain" surrounding Kilmeny's mother and Kilmeny's birth was actually fairly realistic.  The emotions that came from it were appropriate for the situation.  However, the romantic relationship between Kilmeny and Eric was a little creepy.  Kilmeny is so sheltered and such a child that her becoming romantically involved with Eric just a bit wrong.  This is a very simple story with a small list of characters and the time period stretches out over several months.  This is probably my least favorite of the stand alone novels but it is still a fun lightweight read.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?:  Yes, obviously.

Would I Recommend this Book?:  Not over Montgomery's other books.

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