Feb 02, 12
Read from January 18 to 25, 2012
** spoiler alert **
Kilmeny of the Orchard is one of Montgomery’s shorter books. It centers around the mute but quite beautiful Kilmeny and the new school master. Kilmeny is hidden away from the outside world and Eric stumbles across her playing her violin in her orchard. They become friends and the story develops from there.
It was a pleasant light read but one of the most fairy tale like stories I’ve read by Montgomery. The blend of sorrow and joy is what makes this a story worth reading. Without that dynamic it would be quite silly even for me. Kilmeny is an intriguing character and Eric’s pursuit of her allows us to learn much more about who he is. The only thing that really bothered me about this book was the emphasis on her beauty. Why would her appearance make Eric’s father go from skeptical to approving about his son’s excitement?