Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Jane of Lantern Hill

Jane of Lantern Hill

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Date: 1937   —   used only   —   Book

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Fiction, Juvenile

Like most of L.M. Montgomery's books, this one deals with the longing for family. Jane Victoria Stuart lives with her mother and formidable grandmother in a Toronto house where propriety is the rule. Grandmother is extremely possessive of Jane's young, pretty mother and severe to Jane, who reaches her eleventh year before she discovers that her father is actually alive but separated from her mother. She becomes extremely frightened when he demands to have her for a summer - after all, she loves her mother dearly - but discovers, upon reaching Prince Edward Island, that he is everything that she never had in Toronto. And now her goal is to gain that happiness for her mother as well.

I must admit that I am a big sucker for Montgomery's writing. I identify strongly with her heroines, which is strange because my family has always been most excellent, the sort of family her protagonists are always searching for. Perhaps it's merely because she allows her characters to have happy endings, which is something that is all too rare in books today.

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