Kilmeny of the Orchard
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Kilmeny of the Orchard

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A sweet and moving romance from the author of the beloved Anne of Green Gables series!

Eric Marshall, recent college graduate, has the world at his feet. He’s handsome, popular, wealthy, and surprisingly, single. Living the bachelor lifestyle with his widowed father, he’s never given much thought to romance. When an old school friend asks Eric to substitute teach for him on...more
ebook, Legacy Vintage Collection Enhanced Edition, 119 pages
Published April 30th 2012 by Legacy Romance (first published 1910)
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Hope
This book was really short, and hence, this review will probably be short.

First, L.M. Montgomery was not at her best in this novella. This had none of the almost unconscious charm of the famed Anne of Green Gables or even The Blue Castle (which was slightly shallow, yes, but still charming). Perhaps it's because neither Anne nor Valancy, the heroines of those stories, were particularly pretty. But they were witty and intelligent and their peculiarities and absurdities made them strangely lovable...more
Liesel
This is an old-fashioned, predictable and saccharine romance that is not L.M. Montgomery's best work. Her descriptions of the orchard were captivating and it became my favorite character. The actual people? Not likable to me at all. I loved Anne and Emily, so was not prepared for Kilmeny. Yeah, we get it she is gorgeous and innocent (Eric's on and on swooning over her because of these two superficial things are gag-worthy.)

I felt like she was the "poor sweet beautiful disabled girl," and her le...more
Rachel
Everyone I know who liked Anne of Green Gables saw a bit of Anne Shirley in themselves; someone who made mistakes, got laughed at, and worried because they weren't "angelically good, divinely beautiful, or dazzlingly clever." Nope, none of us are.

Anne

But you remember that Anne wanted to be all of those things, don't you? She wanted to be sweet as sugar to everyone, a genius, and, of course, with flowing midnight hair and an "alabaster brow," whatever the hell that is.

Now imagine if Anne was all tho...more
Rachel Brown
This has got to be Montgomery's worst book. By far.

A young man of staggering perfection takes over a teaching position for a few months, and discovers a beautiful mute girl, Kilmeny, and a Italian gypsy named Neil. Even worse than it sounds. The prose is stilted and overwritten, Italians are lusty bundles of untamed passion, and the story is sappy. But don't take my word for it: meet Kilmeny:

"Her face was oval, marked in every cameo-like line and feature with that expression of absolute, flawle...more
Sherwood Smith
A friend gave me this book years and years ago--I think it's a first edition. On Anne Osterlund's recco, I took it down to look at it.

I can see why many love it still--the true star of the book is the scenery, rather than the characters. The way that Montgomery writes about nature shifts you to liminal space, within a heartbeat of the numinous.

The reason, though, that I hadn't reread it in all these years was because the basic plot feels like a short story stretched out into a novel. That, and t...more
Merritt
2 1/2 Stars. This was a sweet little story. Fairly predictable, and fairly well written. It had some great plot twist things. But, sadly, there were some major drawbacks.

#1. I felt kind of annoyed that everything ended SO perfectly and SO coincidentally and everything was fixed SO perfectly happily ever after. UGH.

#2. The "Beauty" thing. Now, don't get me wrong. I don't mind when characters are beautiful. In fact, I like it in fairy tales. Prince Charming never would have met Cinderella and rea...more
faeriemyst
Kilmeny of the Orchard is the tale of Eric Marshall, who as a favor to a sick friend comes to the small town of Lindsay on Prince Edward Island to teach at the school. While walking one day, he wanders into a long forgotten orchard and hears beautiful violin music being played by a beguiling young lady, the book's namesake, Kilmeny. Frightened, Kilmeny flees the orchard and though Eric comes back the next night and then the next, she doesn't return. Disappointed and intrigued, he asks his landla...more
Jenna St Hilaire
All of Montgomery's fiction seems to turn on the concept of a personal fairyland, a world of radiant dream and joyous vision, of "beauty beyond the lot of mortals". This was perhaps most obvious in The Blue Castle, but is no less central to Kilmeny's story.

Eric Marshall finds his personal fairyland when he stumbles across an abandoned orchard, with lilacs and June lilies and apple blossoms running wild—a realm possessed by an exquisite, silent child-woman with a superb gift for the violin. Kilme...more
Anne Osterlund
Eric Marshall is a calm, straight-laced young man set to commit his future to business. Because he isn’t opposed to it. But when his friend, Larry West, has to duck out early on a teaching contract—due to health problems—Eric agrees to step into the breach and plunge into the abyss of the Lindsey schoolhouse on Prince Edward Island.

Little does he know that on P.E.I. waits a girl with jet black hair and sea green eyes. A girl who believes she is ugly and roams the orchard, speaking through her vi...more
Emily
Definitely a third-rate Montgomery work. It has the romanticized description of PEI and the somewhat facile love story all fans look for in her work, but the characters lack depth and there doesn't really seem to be much of a plot. I would recommend it only to someone who has read the truly GREAT L.M. Montgomery books and who therefore won't mistake this novelette to be characteristic of her oeuvre. Did I just say oeuvre in a review? Shame on pretentious me. Read the Anne or the Emily books inst...more
Clare
This little book is so unassuming, sitting on my shelf, with its battered corners. It is so very well-loved. I bought it when I was probably eleven or so and put it away for a while, and then it became one of my favorite love stories in the world. It's just so simple and elegant and beautiful.
Emily
Eric is a Gary Stu and Kilmeny is a Mary Sue; the plot is contrived and melodramatic; the denoument just screams deus ex machina. AND I LOVE THIS BOOK WITH ALL MY HEART.
Jeannette
I found this to be a bit too predictable. Parts of it were lovely, but every thing was resolved so easily, that it made it rather uninteresting.
Xuelin Yeong
I downloaded this book from Project Gutenberg,expecting Kilmeny to be something like Anne or Emily, two of my favourite heroines of all time. Well, Kilmeny was nothing like the aforementioned two, although she did possess a special charm of her own. I loved the fact that she was so innocent and childlike, although it is quite hard to believe that she had never looked into a mirror in her entire life. And I also like the link between her and the orchard--would her charm fade away when she is ruth...more
Elinor  Loredan

I have some problems with this book. First, the emphasis on Kilmeny's beauty. Eric says to David Baker and Mr. Marshall "Wait until you see her," not "Wait until you meet her". And of course they approve of his choice right away when they set eyes on Kilmeny. In fairness, though, Eric, after being initially drawn by her beauty, also falls in love with her character, which is clear and frank and empty of guile. I don't think he would have cared for her as much had she been flirty or bold and self...more
Kiera Beddes
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Ceri
This is a sweet novella from the author of Anne of Green Gables. Eric goes to Prince Edward Island to provide teaching cover for his friend. While exploring one evening Eric comes across Kilmeny,the most beautiful girl he's ever seen, playing exquisite music on the violin. He finds out that she is mute and has had a very isolated upbringing. Being unable to forget Kilmeny, Eric finds himself going back time and again to the orchard. Although mute, Kilmeny isn't deaf and she's able to communicate...more
Debbie
This is the story of a substitute teacher at a rural school in Prince Edward Island who meets and falls in love with a mute girl. Other than her dumbness, Kilmeny is perfection itself, unbelievably beautiful (even the hands that help her aunt with 1910 rural housework), incredibly musically talented, and intelligent.

GAH! Beauty makes one desirable, Europeans are lower-class, happy, happy, happy endings are guaranteed. Gag me.

1 star for the descriptions of PEI because as the author says: Prince E...more
Whitney
Lyrical prose and a sweet, gentle love story full of lusciously descriptive settings and emotion with a dash of everyday humor to make it all more human. How I love L.M. Montgomery.

(I caution readers with modern tastes that as advanced a writer as she was for her time L.M. Montgomery was still a product of that time and some of her social mores come out in her descriptions of characters from other ethnic backgrounds (in this case a young boy who seems to come from an Italian background). She te...more
Stacy
I don't know about LMM's outstanding understanding of human nature, but, not for the first time, I was shocked by the racism exhibited by one of my favourite children's authors. The first time this happened to me, I was reading Gene Stratton Porter; LMM's racism is kind and gentle compared to the former, but it still sickens me. In a place where looks play such a huge role, we should have suspected that Neil Gordon's dark, foreign looks would leave him open to scathing criticism. Of course, it g...more
Shala Howell
This showed up for free or nearly so for my Kindle, and I loved Anne of Green Gables as a teenager so I gave it a try. Although I may be remembering the Anne of Green Gables series too fondly, this story didn't live up to what Montgomery was capable of. The love story was predictable, and the language at times degenerated into sentimental tripe. Although distrust of foreigners was part of the times in which she wrote, encountering it so openly in her descriptions of Neil Gordon was disappointing...more
The Book Addicts
This one is more for the girls, I am going to admit that right now. I own a copy of this book, and I usually read it at least twice a year (if not more), plus the odd time I listen to the audio book. I adore L.M. Montgomery's descriptions of the orchard, and every time I read it I just want to be outside in the fresh air. The only real problem that I have with this book is that it villianizes (Is that even a word? Oh well, it is now!) Italians. I realize that this book hails from an earlier time...more
Bluerose's  Heart
I ended up loving Kilmeny of the Orchard. It was SO incredibly sappy and corny at times that I snickered a good bit. At one point, I had to stop reading for a minute in order to cease laughing. Still, I loved the fairy-tale(ish) quality of it. This is a very short book(a novella, really), so I was disappointed that it ends where it does. I wanted more!

Just like in The Story Girl, I was surprised that the main character is a guy. Kilmeny is obviously a big part of the book, but the main focus is...more
Michaela
Moved very quickly, but good story.

overall, I really enjoyed this story. But it seemed to move rather quickly. I loved the characters and I wished the story was longer! I wanted to hear more from it. I have read other books by Mrs. Montgomery, and this one was not my favorite, probably because I am used to Anne of Green Gables and Rilla of Ingleside. (Rilla of Ingleside is my all time favorite book!!) I guess I may be a bit biased since I am used to reading books from a girl's point of view. Al...more
AlixJamie
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Dawn
Well, this is certainly not Montgomery at her best. It is more syrupy than sweet. Eric, a wealthy college graduate, falls in love with Kilmeny, a beautiful girl who cannot speak. She, of course, is the picture of childlike innocence and he sets out to woo her and teach her how to love.
Nauseating, really. And predictable, down to the last scene.
I hope Montgomery wrote this one to pay the bills.
Jess
Lovely and sweet. I love the last line, which is utterly right for ending a romance, "Eric turned abruptly away to hide his emotion and on his face was a light as of one who sees a great glory widening and deepening down the vista of his future." Wow, I needed this after Jane Eyre! Book K in the A-Z Romance Challenge.
Kim
This was the third book Montgomery had published, following Anne of Avonlea. This was not nearly as good as the first two books. Anne of Avonlea was also not as strong as Anne of Green Gables, but Kilmeny of the Orchard was very formulaic, predictable, and light. The narration was mostly through the eyes of a young man, and I don't think Montgomery really knew how to depict men. I found a lot of the thoughts of Eric Marshall very unlikely. If you're a reader who wants to be familiar with the ent...more
Becca Anne
To the small village of Lindsay on Prince Edward Island comes Eric marshall, a twenty-four-year-old substitute schoolmaster. Dark and handsome,the son of a wealthy merchant, Eric has a bright future in the family business and has taken the two-month teaching post only as a favor to a friend. Then fate, which has been more than generous to Eric, throws in his path a beautiful, mysterious girl named Kilmeny Gordon. With jet-black hair and the face of a Renaissance Madonna, Kilmeny immediately capt...more
Margaret
Now I remember why I haven't reread this one in years: it's soppy and overwritten, and the characters are cardboard.
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Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.

The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911...more
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