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Jane of Lantern Hill

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  7,958 ratings  ·  642 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, she ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 1937)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4 stars, more if you really like old-fashioned novels. This is a charming, vintage tale by L.M. Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables, and is very much in the same vein. Jane of Lantern Hill is obscure enough that I'd never even heard if it before a GR friend alerted me to it, even though I've read all of the Anne books and even the Emily of New Moon ones.

The main character in this 1937 novel is Jane Victoria Stuart, who ages from 11-13 over the course of the novel. Jane lives with her
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Elinor  Loredan
Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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,
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Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
SO delightful. Can I just drop everything and live on PEI now, please? I mean, I'll take my family. And as long as I'm making outrageous requests of the universe, I'm going to throw in a little time travel as well - PEI about a century ago. Thanks. ...more
Manybooks
Indeed I have always had a very large and emotional soft spot for L.M. Montgomery's 1937 Jane of Lantern Hill (a stand-alone novel and actually one of the last books the author published). And while I know and even accept that for some readers, Jane's story does not seem to mesh all that well, that they find especially the grandmother too much of a stereotypical caricature of evil and abusive jealousy, and Jane's mother also penned as being much too meek and mild (too much of an annoying pushove ...more
Duane
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
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
3.5 stars

What a darling little novel this is.

Jane lives with her mother and grandmother at 60 Gay Street in an old mansion. Her grandmother rules the house with a strict hand and is keeping Jane and her mother from experiencing any joy in daily life. Always trying to please everyone, being obedient and good natured, Jane works really hard at trying to fit in as a proper girl in grandmas society. However, it never seems to be enough and she keeps getting ridiculed by her.

What Jane does not know
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Sarah
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Shannon
Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
LM Montgomery is among my favourite authors and this book has all the things I love about her books. One could call it a sort of Secret Garden or even an Enchanted April (but for children, of course). Eleven-year-old Jane Victoria Stuart lives with her mother and grandmother in a grey, dreary part of Toronto, unloved for the most part (her grandmother in particular hates her for being her father’s daughter), except by her mother (who pretty though she is cannot really stand up for herself or her ...more
Rachel Aranda
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-rentals
3.75 to 4 stars
L.M. Montgomery can't be matched for loving, detailed descriptions of life on P.E.I. in bygone days. I'm not sure if it'll be the same as it was in the early to mid 19o0s, but she makes me want to book a flight to explore Canada ASAP. Ms. Montgomery definitely is a top author for heartwarming reads. It can be quite difficult for pieces of literature to age well as time goes on but I find that Jane of Lantern Hill has done a very nice job. (Can't believe it came out in 1937 and it'
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Emily
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now, THAT was a beautiful story. Most satisfying.

I LOVED this book. But, then, it was written by Lucy Maud Montgomery, so is that really so surprising? She is, after all, my favorite author, and for good reason! This book reminded me of many of them.

I loved watching Jane "grow up" through this story. Because she really does. How she blossoms and turns into the person she wishes her mother was! I fell in love with her father as Jane did, and her hopes and dreams for her little family became mine.
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Beth
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I can't believe I'd never read this before! Montgomery is so good at writing terrible, repressive surroundings, and Jane's magical summer is such a relief - and so is her coming back to Toronto different, in a way that's entirely beyond her grandmother's power to change. The ending might be ridiculous, but it's also earned (if only by Jane) and just so sweet. ...more
Anne Bogel
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
LOVE. Not sure how I managed to wait so long to read this one.
Ceri
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Chesterton said: "I would give a woman not more rights, but more privileges. Instead of sending her to seek such freedom as notoriously prevails in banks and factories, I would design specially a house in which she can be free."
Lantern Hill is just such a house for Jane. This book is so much more than a classic young adult novel. It is a treatise on domesticity. It made me smile as I scrubbed my floor a little harder.
I would highly recommend it to all- but especially young women- and am gratefu
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Anne
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.
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Krista
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, 2019
Another hit from LM Montgomery. I just loved Jane and following her as she meets her dad and explores PEI. I love Montgomery's descriptions both of the landscape and the characters. Lovely, lovely read. ...more
Luisa Knight
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction, own
I know I like Montgomery's books but this still took me by surprise! Probably because the movie freaked me out as a child. Haha!

This book was so picturesque, so moody, and so deliciously good. The watery-eyed ending was perfect. In essence, it was everything my book-loving heart was craving to read: realistic and likable characters, great writing (give me the authors of old who knew how to structure their thoughts so richly), and an intriguing and mesmerizing plot.

If you want to be reminded tha
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Joy C.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely, lovely novel! So full of charm and warmth and lots of wonderful sweet fun. :)
Sarah
Mar 05, 2015 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
Jane
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. ...more
Schuyler
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reading Jane always feels like being most at home in my heart.
Christine
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of my absolute favorites of Montgomery’s works–Jane of Lantern Hill is just a perfect picture of Montgomery’s genius.

Jane is a sad little girl who lives with her mother and grandmother in Toronto. And even as a child, Jane knows that no one at 60 Gay Street is happy. Not her horrid grandmother, who doesn’t even really try to pretend to love Jane. Not Jane’s mother, who puts on a brave face, pretty gowns, and fake smiles. And definitely not Jane who is absolutely stifled at home.

And
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Theresa
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tracy
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 aweso ...more
Kathryn
Nov 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Beth Bonini
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
”Gay Street, as Jane always thought, did not live up to its name. It was, she felt certain, the most melancholy street in Toronto - although, to be sure, she had not seen a great many of the Toronto streets in her circumscribed comings and goings of eleven years.”

At the beginning of this book, Jane is a girl with two names: Victoria, after her grandmother, and Jane, the name she prefers for herself. She lives in a Victorian mansion at 60 Gay Street in Toronto, along with her beautiful young moth
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Rachel
Apr 06, 2015 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
Tayler McCrery
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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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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