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Kilmeny of the Orchard

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Kilmeny of the Orchard By L. M. Montgomery - With Original Illustraions, Summary and Free Audio Book Link


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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!
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
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
Dec 20, 2007 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
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.
Feb 03, 2017 Schuyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sweet way to spend a bookish Friday. Highly recommended for a nice romance.
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
After two books of Montgomery I have understood why she is known as one of the best authors of children's books. Despite the fact, that I have read The Blue Castle and Kilmeny of the Orchard which are rather romances for adults or young adults (there aren't children's books) I saw how great she could describe world of a small community. I regret that Kilmeny of the Orchard is so short, because there wasn't more space for the secondary characters.

Next, the love story is so sweet. The main idea is
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
Anne Osterlund
Apr 17, 2009 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
Victoria Minks
3.5 Stars.

A sweet book, if rather predictable. I enjoyed it. I wish the part with Kilmeny's voice had been done differently, but it was alright. The antagonist, Neil, I felt more sorry for than anything, and it still bothers me how L.M.Montgomery speaks of 'foreigners'-- and goes on and on about "good" aka Scotch or English ancestry. It just gets old after a while, but maybe that's the American in me. :P
Despite that though, this was a sweet and light tale that was nice for a relaxed evening.
Jenna St Hilaire
Jun 12, 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 27, 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
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
This is a lovely little story. One of LM's early books-- her third actually.

There are some really interesting lessons here about not giving your children your issues. Kilmeny's mother told her that she was ugly and so Kilmeny believed it and in fact never looked into a mirror. In fact, she was a great beauty. Kilmeny's mother was a hard and bitter woman and rarely spoke so as a baby, Kilmeny never learned to speak and grew up as a mute. When her dear Eric had a doctor friend examine her, he foun
Shasta Bos
Sep 25, 2014 Shasta Bos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L.M. Montgomery has an incredible way of writing the most wonderful stories. This one is so beautiful and captures your heart immediately. It is such an innocent love story and you just don't find those anymore. This will definitely be added to my favorites.
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.
Kelsey Bryant
Feb 03, 2017 Kelsey Bryant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is probably the sweetest, most romantic and sentimental of Montgomery's novel that I've read. I liked how it was from the hero's perspective for a change, as all the other Montgomery novels I've read are from the heroine's.
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
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
Nov 29, 2013 Kaity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book starts with Eric who just graduated college and teaches at a school in Lindsay in Prince Edward Island. When he's walking through an orchard he meets Kilmeny Gordon, who is mute and plays the violin.

I love this book! compared to L. M. Montgomery's other books like Anne of Green Gables, this book is short (I own the ebook version and it was a hundred and three pages), but that didn't bother me. Would I like the book to be longer? Yeah, I guess. Do I wish Montgomery wrote a sequel? Heck y
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
Dec 20, 2016 Malayna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
I remember reading this book about three or four years ago! Amazing. Very memorable.
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
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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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