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Kilmeny of the Orchard by L. M. Montgomery

Kilmeny of the Orchard (1910)

by L. M. Montgomery

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Very sweet - a bit too sweet for me. Love at first sight, though it is supported by spending a good deal of time together before they realize/admit their love. Huge, overwhelming, terrible obstacles that just fade away or are very conveniently (or magically) dealt with. And poor Neil - even aside from the author's conviction that his Italian blood controlled his attitude and behavior more than his PEI upbringing. Anne came as an orphan and became family; Neil was born there and never became family. Not worth rereading. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jan 29, 2019 |
Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery is a short, overly sweet love story about a young man who falls in love with a mute girl. This girl is Kilmeny, a great beauty but who never learned to speak. Due to the shortness of the book, the characters are never fully developed although we are told many times that the young man is rich and handsome whereas Kilmeny is described as perfection itself (although I found her to be rather naive and boring). They appear to fall in love with each other based solely on looks which makes the whole story seem shallow.

To my mind the most interesting character in the story was Neil. He was abandoned as a baby by Italian tinkers and raised along with Kilmeny by her aunt and uncle. He is also in love with her and takes it very badly when she falls in love with the young school master. He is treated much like a hired hand by the people who raised him and they also consider him having ideas above his station when they learn of his feelings for Kilmeny. I felt very sorry for this boy who grew up always being treated as a low class foreigner.

I found the whole “disabled girl who is able to miraculously speak perfectly when she needs to” very far-fetched. Unfortunately Kilmeny of the Orchard has neither the charm nor the humor of the Anne books to help the reader accept the improbable plot. This is one book that should have simply stayed up on the shelf. ( )
1 vote DeltaQueen50 | Sep 19, 2016 |
Eric Marshall, the son of a wealthy businessman is asked shortly after graduation by a Queenslea College colleague to teach in his place at a school located in Prince Edward Island (Canada) Under the pressure of high expectations by his father he decides to take the temporary diversion and enjoy his limited carefree days. He begins to settle into island life and finds much needed peace.
Soon after he meets Kilmeny Gordon, a sweet young, vibrant and talented girl. Her somewhat turbulent past and odd family relations keep her a secret and a hidden treasure of the town. Eric is enchanted and even after discovering she is mute he is determined to win her love.

The newly enhanced cover by Vintage Reader Collection instantly caught my eye. It is simply beautiful and captures the dreamy quality of Kilmeny perfectly. The story reads like a enchanting fairytale. The setting is vivdly projected and the love story endearing. Not having read any of the Anne of Green Gables series yet this has encouraged me to do so soon. A wonderful Canadian author! ( )
  LiteraryChanteuse | Jan 27, 2016 |
A short novel for young adults by the author of the 'Anne' books. A bit melodramatic at the end, but not bad for a light read. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
This novella has at the heart of its conflict an emotional trauma and while there are hints at other obstacles, unlike more modern romantic stories, the path of this love story is not tainted by distrust or misunderstandings. This isn't my favorite story - there's no humor and some unpleasant attitudes towards "foreigners". But there are some moments of sweetness too. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Dec 10, 2013 |
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To my cousin Beatrice A. McIntyre this book is affectionately dedicated
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The sunshine of a day in early spring, honey pale and honey
sweet, was showering over the red brick buildings of Queenslea
College and the grounds about them, throwing through the bare,
budding maples and elms, delicate, evasive etchings of gold and
brown on the paths, and coaxing into life the daffodils that were
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When twenty-four-year-old Eric Marshall arrives on Prince Edward Island to become a substitute schoolmaster, he has a bright future in his wealthy family's business.  Eric has taken the two-month teaching post only as a favor to a friend -- but fate throws in his path a beautiful, mysterious girl named Kilmeny Gordon.  With jet black hair and sea blue eyes, Kilmeny immediately captures Eric's heart.  But Kilmeny cannot speak, and Eric is concerned for and bewitched by this shy, sensitive mute 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 retum his love.

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A young teacher, Eric Marshall, must overcome great obstacles when he falls in love with Kilmeny Gordon, a lovely, sensitive, shy girl who is also a mute.

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