Rejoice with me, my friends! I've finished reading my allotment of entries to judge for the Five Poisoned Apples contest, and I am now going to devour some books, starting with this one that I began simply weeks ago.
There's something so comfortingly optimistic about most of Montgomery's novels, isn't there? I mean, many of them begin absolutely horribly, with some wonderful girl stuck in a grim life, surrounded by people who don't love her or understand her or take care of her. Or all three. But there's the promise of hope and better things on the horizon. At least, in most of the Montgomery books I've read -- honestly, until I was out of college, I'd only ever read the 8 Anne of Green Gables books. In my twenties, I read the Emily of New Moon books, which I liked okay. But it wasn't until I got into book blogging a few years ago that I started hearing about her other books and getting interested in reading them too.
So anyway, I really liked Jane of Lantern Hill. I've put it on my wish list.
Jane lives a cheerless life, reminding me a bit of The Child from Anne of Windy Poplars mixed with Valancy Stirling of The Blue Castle. She's being raised by her mother, grandmother, and maiden aunt in a gloomy, hostile old house. Her mother loves her, so at least she has that, but she's constantly squelched and belittled by her grandmother and aunt. Then her life changes forever -- and decidedly for the better -- when her estranged father sends for her, and she spends her summer with him on Prince Edward Island (enchanted realm that we all know it to be), where she becomes a real person instead of a scared little shadow.
It's also got an interesting bit of meditation on how parents shouldn't get so wrapped up in their children that they neglect their spouses. And also that spouses shouldn't get jealous of the way their spouse loves their child. I would have liked to see that developed even more, but what was there was very nice as it is.
I could never decide, though, if I wanted Glenn Ford or Tom Hiddleston to play Jane's father. 'Tis a puzzlement.
Particularly Good Bits:
...if you couldn't be loved, the next best thing was to be let alone (p. 43).
"It is the essence of adventure to see the break of a new day, Jane" (p. 125).
The lion did not seem to have any intention of going away. He came in, looked about him, and lay down in a patch of sunshine with the air of a lion who had any amount of spare time (p. 173).
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: G. Clean, wholesome, and delightful.
This is my 14th book read and reviewed for the Classics Club and my first for the OldSchool KidLit Reading Challenge 2018.