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Jane of Lantern Hill: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics) Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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Genuinely delightful (Independent on Sunday)
From the author of Anne of Green Gables, this is the enchanting story of a young girl's dream to reunite her long-divided familySee all Product description
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Reading it as an adult, I can see that it is a little different from most of LM Montgomery's books, the prose a little darker than in the Avonlea books and not very typical of Montgomery's usual themes, either. I think it might be more suited to the tastes of modern children, who are accustomed to books dealing with difficult themes.
I first read this book when I was around 7 years
old.I could relate to Jane.Then I read it over
and over, asI grew up. I found myself relating
to the parents of Jane as well. I really enjoyed this book.
I reccomend to everyone this is a must read book!!!!
A very good book!!!
One rainy April day a letter arrives in the mail. Her father wants Jane to come spend the summer with him. Jane hates her father because he must have done something awful for her mother to have left him. But she goes to the island and finds a new life. Her father loves her, she finds she has talents, and she is not constantly under someone's thumb. And she wonders: why did her parents split up?
I feel that this book is among L. M. Montgomery's best. It's a story of reconsiliation and a story where a trampled person can rise again. I really love it.
Jane has been brought up without her father’s presence in her life, but he’s not dead, he and Robin have been living apart for the best part of 10 years. Jane’s father, Andrew, writes requesting that Jane visit him on P.E. Island for the summer. Jane is forced to go, prepared to hate a person who she believes has made her mother unhappy and instead she meets somebody who she feels like she’s always known, and understands where she has inherited many of her character traits from. Not only that, but Jane is allowed and encouraged to undertake things that she’s always wanted to do, and has talent in doing. She also meets many people who look up to her and like her. Jane returns from her holiday transformed; she isn’t made of the same stuff as her mother, and she is much harder to cow. The start of Jane’s journey to a happier life begins with her first summer visit to Lantern Hill on P.E. Island...
This was a wonderful story from the author of Anne of Green Gables. I love her style of prose, and Jane’s story was so touching. The first third or so of the book was heartbreaking in a very non-dramatic way, I felt so bad for poor Jane, a child should NEVER feel like this, constantly being belittled and her mother not standing up for her. I pitied Robin but I was also angry with her for allowing this – she knew how unhappy Jane was, and even if Robin was financially dependent on her mother I felt like she should have made more effort to be there for Jane, to love her in secret if need be. When Jane finally starts getting some positive encouragement and is allowed to do things in line with her natural abilities rather than being made to toe the line to what is deemed socially acceptable by her grandmother you can see her petals unfurl. I so enjoyed this story and I can’t recommend it enough, it is just wonderful!
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