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Jane of Lantern Hill

If you are not yet familiar with the writings of L.M. Montgomery, let me introduce you!



A well-known Canadian author, Lucy Maud's writing career took off in 1908 with a series of novels, beginning with the publishing of the beloved Anne of Green Gables. In addition to this series, she has 20 novels, 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays to her credit. Wow!


Okay, so, on second thought, I won't even attempt an introduction beyond that. But you will want to read Dictionary of Canadian Biography: L.M. Montgomery.



Lantern Hill was a new read for me (as per my 2019 new-reads-only resolution) and one I thoroughly enjoyed—mellow enough for just-before-lights-out and yet engaging enough to draw me in, making me want to read 'just one more chapter'. I find Montgomery's writing style contentedly similar to that of Jan Karon, my favourite contemporary and comfort read.


So. . . this young Jane lives with her mother and grandmother in Toronto, having been led to believe that her father is dead. When she learns that this is not the case—that he is indeed alive and well in Prince Edward Island and desirous that Jane spend the summer there with him—her lifelong yearning to know her dad and to be loved and accepted by him is finally realized, and what fun it is to watch this little girl blossom into a capable and confident young lady.



This story also boasts a malicious old woman, a meddling aunt, and a sweet and deserving orphan, who each, in turn, get there comeuppances. And all this, wrapped up in a heartwarming ending.


Exactly what I needed after Hugo and a WWII memoir.








Other L.M. Montgomery books I highly recommend (but, sadly, won't be re-reading this year).