|A quietly pretty cover|
June 2014, Virago, 288 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Themes: family, surprises, disappointments, growing up
Summary from Little, Brown
Jane and her mother live in a gloomy old mansion, where their lives are ruled by her ovebearing grandmother. For most of her life Jane has believed that her father is dead. Then, one dull April morning, a letter comes. Not only is her father alive and well, but he wants Jane to spend the summer with him on Prince Edward Island.
For a blissful summer she lives at her father's cottage on Lantern Hill, making friends, having adventures and discovering that life can be wonderful after all. And she dares to dream that there could be such a house where she, Mother and Father could live together without Grandmother's disapproval - a house that could be called home.
If a book has a pretty cover and the blurb sounds interesting then I'll read a book. I did enjoy Jane's story a lot. I felt extremely sorry for all her restrictions, but, putting it in perspective everyone has restrictions of some sort in life, be it under the rules of a parent, due to financial status, health or other reasons that I can't think of; all of these made it easy to relate Jane despite my grandmothers (now all deceased) being extremely lovely.
Jane undergoes a lot of conflicting emotions when she discovers the truth about her father. Like so many young people she wants to fit in, so does things which, in hindsight & with a bit of experience she would have said no to since they caused her a bit of bother. We all have dreams to be free of whatever restriction we feel we have in life, which made Jane's story engaging. The reason for the grade is that sometimes descriptions and events dragged on a bit, so I had to skim some pages. This is seen as a modern classic, so it's a style of writing which isn't necessarily the type I usually read now.
Another read by L M Montgomery is Rilla of Ingleside (Children's, 9 years +, 8/10E)