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Jane of Lantern Hill

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,215 Ratings  ·  292 Reviews
For as long as she could remember, Jane Stuart and her mother lived with her grandmother in a dreary mansion in Toronto. Jane always believed her father was dead--until she accidentally learned he was alive and well and living on Prince Edward Island. When Jane spends the summer at his cottage on Lantern Hill, doing all the wonderful things Grandmother deems unladylike, sh ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 217 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Starfire (first published 1937)
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Elinor  Loredan
Jul 19, 2011 Elinor Loredan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, l-m-montgomery
I find Jane of Lantern Hill to be a little underrated. Most reviews I've read about it have said that Jane isn't very inspiring, especially compared with the famous Anne. Sure, Jane isn't as inspiring as Anne, but I think she's inspiring too, just in a different, less dramatic way.

Jane reminds me of the joys of the 'little things' in life-living in a house one loves, cooking,feeling useful and needed, enjoying the domestic tasks and scenes, finding something in nearly everyone to like etc (okay,
I finished this book yesterday, Nov. 30, appropriate because it was the birthday of it's author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, born on that day 141 years ago. I have read most of her novels and a good many of her short stories, and what stands out to me was the consistent high quality of her writing, her stories and her characters. There is a similarity in all of them, a pattern, but she knew what she was doing and it worked to perfection. Her library of writing, her legacy, is still being enjoyed by re ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jane Victoria Stuart lives at 60 Gay St., Toronto, with her mother, Aunt Gertrude, and Grandmother. Mother is very beautiful and well-dressed and goes out almost every night, but life at 60 Gay is dreary and oppressive - not least because Grandmother is the kind of matriarch who rules with an iron fist. And she is constantly finding fault with Jane.

She is nine years old when she learns that her father is still alive - she'd always assumed he was dead. She isn't taught to hate Father, exactly, b
I have always had an emotional soft spot for Jane of Lantern Hill. While I know that for some, Jane's story does not seem to mesh, that they find especially the grandmother too much of a caricature of evil and abusive jealousy, and Jane's mother too meek and mild, it is precisely Jane's triumph over her grandmother that speaks and has always loudly and triumphantly spoken to me. And actually, I do NOT even consider Janes's grandmother as all that unrealistic, having met individuals who were that ...more
Naomi Sarah


Yes, it's not my absolutely favourite Montgomery novel. But STILL. I cannot rate it "only" four stars. I just love this book infinity beyond and OHHH THE ENNNNDDDD. I shed some tears, I admit it. Because ohh, I don't believe I've done anything more gloriously tiring and fulfilling than shipping Andrew and Robin.

I love Jody and Jane's friendship. (I WISH MONTGOMERY WROTE THAT SEQUEL SOOO BAD.) And I hate the Grandma fiercely and Ohhh, all the beautiful descriptions.
Mar 23, 2016 Theresa rated it really liked it
What a delightful story! L.M. Montgomery's power of description shines through this lovely, coming-of-age depiction of Jane of Lantern Hill.

Growing up in a home with every convenience met (except for the lack of emotional support from a cold, hard grandmother), Jane believes her father dead until he writes her (suppressed) mother demanding Jane come out to Prince Edward Island for a summer. Jane, (who loves her mother dearly even though she realizes her mother seems helplessly and so-frustrating
Feb 16, 2014 Ceri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Jane has never felt like she belongs; she lives with her mother, named Robin, Aunt Gertrude and Jane’s grandmother, Mrs Kennedy. Mrs Kennedy’s favourite child by far is Robin, she is the only person in the world she actually loves. But it’s an unhealthy, selfish love. She wants to keep Robin under her thumb, and resents anybody else that Robin cares for. Robin loves her daughter, but Robin is a weak person, and she doesn't have the strength of character to stand up to her mother. To keep the pea ...more
Mar 12, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane lives with her mother, aunt and grandmother in a world of rules and unhappiness. Her mother is weak and unable to stand up to Jane's grandmother and Jane stoically suffers daily from her grandmother's verbal bullying. This sounds very heavy but L M Montgomery writes in such a lovely, light and caring way about some serious issues. Jane escapes this repressed world to visit her father where she is allowed to be herself, taste freedom and live life to the full. She learns to face her fears an ...more
Absolutely adored this book the first time I read it! Not sure why, but at the time I felt it was probably my favorite of Montgomery's stand-alone novels, next to "Blue Castle." When I re-read it recently, I was somewhat less impressed and actually didn't finish the reread (though more due to a lot of crazy stuff going on with Life at present) but I still thought it had some lovely passages and sentiment and Jane is an endearing heroine.
Apr 09, 2015 Schuyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could only have one favorite book from my childhood...this--this would be it.
Dec 01, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is such a comfort read for me. I love Jane because she breaks away from the typical L.M. Montgomery mould of being the sensitive, dreamy, romantic type with a wonderful imagination. Instead she is sensible and capable, down-to-earth and a very good cook. She's great!
One of the things I like best about L.M. Montgomery, I've decided on re-reading this for the millionth time, is the awesome houses she gives her characters. They have such fun decorating them, putting up curtains and cool
Tayler McCrery
Dec 24, 2014 Tayler McCrery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane of Lantern Hill was the last unread book of L.M. Montgomery's sitting on my shelf, and I intentionally put off reading it for years. The experience was so bittersweet (no more delightful new character introductions!), but it turned out to be one of my favorite stand-alone Montgomery novels – tied with The Blue Castle. :) Jane easily won me over and had me rooting for her from the beginning. I loved seeing her character develop and blossom with just a little bit of freedom and love. Her prac ...more
The legend in my family is that I was named (by my sister) after the main character in this book. Having read all the Anne books in her collection, I decided that her memory was faulty because I couldn't find any books about a Jane in the libraries. Thank goodness for the LM Montgomery resurgence starting in the 80's because I finally found this book and, after reading it, was VERY proud to be named for this wonderful character.
This book was so lovely! Jane was a very engaging heroine and I loved her adventures. In true Montgomery fashion, there were vivid descriptions of nature, particularly of Prince Edward Island, and a very satisfactory happy ending! I strongly recommend this novel :)

**This is the French version of "Jane of Lantern Hill" by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Maria Elmvang
I was sick and in the need of a comfort read. This fit the bill perfectly, being one of my favourite LMM books, only surpassed by "Anne of the Island" and "The Blue Castle".

I love reading how Jane grows in spirit once she makes it to Prince Edward Island, and how she makes house with her father and finally comes into her own as she learns what it's like not to be down-trod and underfoot all the time. I wish I didn't believe that relatives like Grandmother Kennedy really existed out there.
Jan 19, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wrote a quick review of this, it's up on my new blog, if anyone's is interested:)
Apr 09, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may be one of my new favorite L.M. Montgomery books. This is the story about a young girl named Jane. She and her mother live in her Grandmother's house. Her grandmother is, let's be honest, emotionally abusive. When she is not obeyed she belittles and uses guilt to get her family to do what she expects. Jane starts out as a weak colorless scared young lady who has a few escapes: her friend next store and the moon. Suddenly a girl at school mentions her father; Jane finds out he is alive! L ...more
Nov 22, 2012 Dorian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-ebooks
Jane lives in Toronto with her pretty socialite mother and her hostile, bullying grandmother. All her life she has believed her father to be dead...but first it turns out he is merely estranged from her mother, and then he summons her to spend the summer with him on Prince Edward Island. There she learns many things, but most importantly self-confidence.

That's a rather dry (and sparse) summary of the the book, but to me the joy of any of LMM's books lies less in the plot and more in the characte
Mar 10, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It kind of baffles me why I like Jane so much - she's unnaturally perfect at everything she does, but she's cute and funny enough (with a small touch of bitchiness) that I like her despite her virtues. I really, really wish there was a sequel to this one. What is Jane like as an adult? How does that interpreting her parents to each other thing go? Does she make her home as an adult on the Island, even with Aunt Irene around? She'd be in her teens/20s during World War II, which would be a very in ...more
May 05, 2016 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely read for vacation. Someday I shall visit P.E. island... :)
Anne Bogel
Dec 08, 2014 Anne Bogel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE. Not sure how I managed to wait so long to read this one.
Ruby Rose Scarlett
I haven't read Anne, and I haven't read Emily, but I'm starting to understand what Lucy Maud Montgomery is about, because I've read The Blue Castle and that she definitely has a pattern. In both Castle and Lantern, the heroine starts off in terrible surroundings where her uniqueness isn't valued but rather bottled up. She's then swept away to a new, exciting place where her life becomes quite the fairy tale and she gets everything she wished for.
This was absolutely lovely. I loved Jane - she gro
Another great timeless story from L.M. Montgomery. The characters were poignant and real, the story was touching and a little mysterious, and the setting was, as ever, beautiful.

The characterization and building in this story were brilliant. Little Jane Victoria is much younger than she seems. I had to remember that she is only twelve and thirteen during this story, yet she was incredibly capable and insightful. Her Mother is a creature I am very familiar with in that she is a doormat type of p
For as long as she can remember, Jane Victoria Stuart has lived a sheltered and close life with her mother, grandmother, and aunt at 60 Gay Street, a stately old house in Toronto. She longs for a life where she can try out cooking, keep house, and go simply by her first name, but is kept in check by her strict and spiteful grandmother, who seems to harbor a particularly nasty grudge against Jane.

One day, Jane accidentally learns that her father is still alive and soon a letter arrives from him r
Apr 24, 2011 Kerith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
One of Montgomery's last books, Jane of Lantern Hill is also one of the most satisfying. It stands alone, which is almost too bad because Jane is too wonderful, one wishes to see her grow up even more, though this books shows that nicely. A child of separated parents, she lives with her mother in her grandmother's gloomy home in Toronto. It is not until her father, long believed dead, suddenly writes to say he has a right to see his child, that Jane is able to come out of her stifled shell and r ...more

I just love this book. It is one of my favorite L.M. Montgomery books, although I have to confess most of them are favorites. I loved Jane and loved the story of how she grew into a strong young woman after a childhood which was pretty much emotionally abusive. Her grandmother was wonderfully villainous. Her father was delightful. The only character I didn't much care for was Jane's mother who was far too one dimensional and insipid for my liking. It annoyed me that a man as insightful and awes
Juliet Sealand
Apr 14, 2014 Juliet Sealand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something about the way that L.M. Montgomery wrote about 'good old P.E.I.' that makes me feel as if I'm there. I've never been, but it's one of the places I absolutely must visit some time in my life, all because of her. Her writing not only transports me to a different place, but also a different time, and I somehow feel as *I'm* different, too. When reading about her heroines, I always start to look at the world a little more optimistically and to see the wonders and the possibilities ...more
One of the few L.M. Montgomery books I hadn't read. It was good, if somewhat predictable. Downtrodden, imaginative, feisty girl escapes from under her grandmother's thumb to good old Prince Edward Island, to spend a summer with her (until-then) deadbeat father. She finds him to be everything a father should be. She blossoms under the influence of Dad's trust, warm friends, and lovely scenery. Returns home to stand up to grandmother.

Enjoyable, comfort read. My husband can always tell when I've be
Life, deal gently with her ... Love, never desert her.

Jane Stuart surprised me. She is unlike any other of Montgomery's starry-eyed heroines. Jane Stuart is not a dreamer, a whimsical creature or an aspiring writer. She is a homely and practical little girl, who wants to be useful and helpful to the people surrounding her.

Sadly enough, there is no one that will allow her to care for them, and therefore Jane is a broken spirit. She is repressed by her grandmother, constantly being scorned and
Jane of Lantern Hill was subliminally beautiful. The last book we read was Kilmeny of the Orchard and that was such a blow to our faith in Montgomery as a female writer who "got" us. Jane of Lantern Hill restored my faith. Montgomery, I love the way you write and I love your characters. Above all, I love Prince Edward Island. How can I not when it is pure magic? Now, I'm not talking about the stuff of faerie that Anne was prone to dream about. Our Jane's a bit too sensible for that. She's "preco ...more
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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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