Really, it feels like someone's first novel. The one where they're just stretching their writing muscles to see if they can sustain a novel-length story or not. And I feel like this might have been better off as one of her short stories, to be honest. Like there's not really enough story here, so she kind of adds a lot of pretty filler to make it long enough to stand alone.
And the thing is, Montgomery's descriptions don't usually feel like filler to me. Yes, she can go into raptures about nature, but most of the time, she also advances the plot or deepens a character at the same time. Here, though... yeah, there are places that feel like filler.
So, this isn't a total loss, but it also failed to charm me.
One cool thing about it, though, is that it's told from a male character's perspective! Montgomery almost always focuses on the female characters, so that was pretty cool. Eric Marshall, wealthy and at loose ends, helps out a friend by taking over the rest of his term of teaching school on Prince Edward Island. There, he meets a beautiful young woman named Kilmeny who has amazing musical talent, but cannot speak. Naturally, they fall in love. Naturally, there are obstacles. Naturally, there's a happy ending. We would expect nothing less, right?
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: G. It's not great, but it's clean.
This has been my21st book read for my 3rd Classics Club list and my 26th book read off my TBR shelves for #TheUnreadShelfProject2021.