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Kilmeny Of The Orchard

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,815 Ratings  ·  320 Reviews
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
Paperback, 100 pages
Published September 30th 2004 by Quiet Vision Pub (first published 1910)
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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
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.


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
Naomi Sarah
One word to describe this quick, darling book is sweet. It's one of the sweetest love stories I have ever read - it's a simple plot, but so filled with sugary loveliness that the simple-ness of it doesn't matter. And of course we have lovely Montgomery descriptions all over the place.

Kilmeny (such a gorgeously unique name!), a girl who lives near an lonely orchard, cannot speak. She is mute. But when she meets Eric, a lovely school-teacher she starts 'talking' with him by writing on a slate, and
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
Aug 09, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a perfect Sunday-afternoon read. I really enjoyed the escapist quality of it...a fairy-tale type romance, with a brave hero and a beautiful heroine. And of course I loved that Kilmeny is such a talented violinist!
Rachel Brown
Aug 11, 2012 Rachel Brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mainstream, canada
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
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
This was sweet - a bit cheesy a times and also had a few instances of backward thinking when it comes to "foreigners" and some unrealistic ideas about beauty. All in all though, it was an easy read with a fairy tale quality to it. Although I've only read the first Anne book and enjoyed it much more (I know, I'm behind!), I'd say it's worth the read if you enjoy LLM's stories.
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
Mar 26, 2016 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This little book is so unassuming, sitting on my shelf, with its battered corners. It is so very well-loved. As an adult, I realize all its faults, and I don't recognize it as one of Montgomery's best--but that's part of why I like it. 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 stories. It feels like a story that an author wants to write simply to please herself, a pretty little thing like a soap bubble. It's simple and elegant ...more
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
Nov 27, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've never particularly liked this story, one of Montgomery's "adult" romances, with an unbelievable array of offensive stereotypes and casual sexism - the hotheaded Italian (the ethnicity you're born with being inescapable despite your upbringing) who is "foreign" and for whom equal treatment is spoiling him, the literally silent heroine, mute but unbelievably beautiful who is immediately recognizable as ideal and sweet by anyone who sees her, the wealthy young man who falls head over heels for ...more
Jenna St Hilaire
Jul 11, 2012 Jenna St Hilaire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kiera Beddes
Nov 27, 2010 Kiera Beddes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-420, pre-1920
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Mar 28, 2013 Ceri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anne Osterlund
Oct 19, 2010 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 20, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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.
J. Boo
Aug 12, 2015 J. Boo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women who watch lifetime
Available male meets mute in mediocre Montgomery melodrama.

There are worthwhile directions that this could have gone, but the story didn't travel anywhere off a well-trodden sentimental path. No non-obvious plot twists, an eye-rolling medical scenario, and really, if your mute character is going to be communicating via a slate, shouldn't she be writing in a more abbreviated fashion? Instead Kilmeny wrote in long Edwardian sentences, indistinguishable from everyone else's speech.

1.5/5, rounded
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
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
Dec 07, 2012 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 28, 2011 Stacy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Miłośniczka Książek
Pochodzący z zamożnej rodziny dwudziestoczteroletni Eric Marshall właśnie skończył studia na Uniwersytecie Queenslea zdobywając dyplom nauk humanistycznych z najlepszą lokatą na wydziale. Ten dumny, bardzo ambitny młody człowiek dokładnie wie, czego chce od własnego życia. Już dawno postanowił sobie, że przejmie schedę po swoim ojcu i dołoży wszelkich starań, aby rodzinna firma stała się znana w całej Kanadzie. Tymczasem otrzymuje list od dawnego przyjaciela, z którym nie widział się od ładnych ...more
Allie Rose
Sep 19, 2014 Allie Rose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Listening to an audiobook version, but it seems more like something Anne, rather than LM Montgomery, would have written.

After further listening, it seems that this book suffers not only from the stereotypical plot of a romance between two people from irreconcilable worlds, but of equally base characters. He is a fresh university grad, educated, rich, due to inherit a promising company, who takes a school teacher's position in a small PEI town only as favour to a friend. She is an extremely shelt
Bluerose's  Heart
Feb 07, 2014 Bluerose's Heart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clean, romance, classic
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
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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
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