Kilmeny of the Orchard

Kilmeny of the Orchard

by L. M. Montgomery

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Overview

When twenty-four-year-old Eric Marshall arrives on Prince Edward Island to become a substitute schoolmaster, he has a bright future in his wealthy family's business. Eric has taken the two-month teaching post only as a favor to a friend — but fate throws in his path a beautiful, mysterious girl named Kilmeny Gordon. With jet black hair and sea blue eyes, Kilmeny immediately captures Eric's heart. But Kilmeny cannot speak, and Eric is concerned for and bewitched by this shy, sensitive mute girl. For the first time in his life Eric must work hard for something he wants badly. And there is nothing he wants more than for Kilmeny to retum his love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613094887
Publisher: Demco Media
Publication date: 10/28/1989
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 7.22(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

L. M. Montgomery was born in 1874 on Prince Edward Island in Canada, the setting of 19 of her 20 novels. Included among these books are her beloved Anne of Green Gables series and a number of other novels and short story collections. She died in Toronto in 1942.

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Kilmeny of the Orchard 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kilmeny and Eric's story was tender and sweet. A must read for all ages. **This nookbook copy does have quite a few errors due to formatting. If you want to read it, and I highly recommend that you do, I would choose another free version that is offered.**
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first read on my Nook! It's fitting that I should plunge into the world of technological books with a title penned long before anyone had dreamed of electronic reading devices. Kilmeny of the Orchard, published in 1910, is a short little novella by L. M. Montgomery, whose depictions of life on Prince Edward Island around the turn of the nineteenth century are poignant, humorous, and beloved by generations of readers. Unfortunately, this story encapsulates all of Montgomery's flaws with very little of her usual insight into human nature. There is a marked ethnocentrism, doubtless natural to her characters and to herself, that cannot but be a little unsettling to a modern reader. And to add to that, Montgomery indulges in long descriptions of her characters' perfect physical beauty and spotless morals. They have not the spice of imperfection and original sin which enlivens and humanizes Montgomery's later creations. There is something sweet about the story, of course ¿ a young man filling in at a remote country school stumbles upon a beautiful young woman in an orchard, mute but for her exquisite violin. Eric Marshall naturally falls in love with Kilmeny Gordon and eventually proposes marriage, but she rejects him because of the burden of her muteness. Nothing, it seems, is really wrong with her voice except a strange repression she inherited from her mother, which can only be cured by some sudden emotional shock... The plot really is a bit forced, and the general sense of is one of contrivance and convenience, with the happy ending hastily procured. Kilmeny of the Orchard is an early work, coming just after Montgomery's first two Anne books. I believe the elements I found objectionable later lost force in her developing imagination and hardly figure at all in her best-loved novels. I try not to judge authors by standards quite foreign to their times and this review is not based on my distaste for any smack of racist thought. Rather, this low rating is for the predictability and oversweetness of the story itself ¿ problems that Montgomery herself no doubt saw and corrected in the novels that followed. She had to learn her art somehow, and if this was her process of trial and error, I can easily endure it for the sake of her other stories, which are among my most beloved books. Still, Kilmeny is best read only by completists; Montgomery has left far superior work to represent her in literature.
Stewartry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one didn¿t live up to the memory I had of reading it as a tween. It was an early book of L.M.M.¿s; boy takes over teaching position for sick friend, boy hears beautiful violin playing from an orchard, boy falls rump over teakettle in love with violinist, and is dismayed to find she is a fiercely protected mute girl who has hardly been out of her house since she was small. From then on it is a pitched battle as the hero seeks a way to make Kilmeny whole, and his. In this one the ¿ I don¿t want to say racism; perhaps ethnocentricity is a kinder word, or xenophobia¿ comes out more strongly than in most. It¿s a slender book, sweet (as always), and wrapped up a little too neatly (as always) ¿ and without the depth of charm that carries off any faults in the other books.
rainbowdarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kilmeny of the Orchard is the shortest of Montgomery's novels, and I would assert that it was the hardest to read through. Most of the characters were dull, including the main character, despite the interesting change to a focus on a male character rather than a female. He spends so much of his time enraptured by the silent Kilmeny (who, for a third of the book, he has only seen from afar) that he becomes dull to read. Kilmeny's story is interesting, however, as are the turns of plot that lead to the predicament in which her life is begun. Everyone else in the story baffles and few of the characters seem to be natural human beings.
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I love this book!!! It's so sweet! One of my favorite L.M. Montgomery stories! A must read for all of her fans.....sweet story of a young man who meats a young women who cannot speak, and how their love story unfolds. Please read this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book of love and that pain someone will go through for love. Lots of spelling errors but still a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very gentle life style....nice read......120 pages
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Curlimama More than 1 year ago
I love this book but it won't download! The book gets 5 stars though. I read a different version.
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Miranda Sharpe More than 1 year ago
I+love+this+book+great+story
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Kathleen_MacIver More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this little book, but beware that the free version is no good. It was never edited after scanning, so it is FULL of typographical errors. Get another copy...
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