Top positive review
on 4 February 2016
I first read this book over sixty years ago, when I was seven or eight years old. It was a school reading book, which meant that I could read it in school time but I could not take it home. I absolutely loved it and smuggled it out of school to finish at home because I could not bear to leave it behind. As I re-read it now and consider the adult themes of the book, I am quite surprised that I found it so enjoyable. However, the magic of a great writer was there - it drew me in from the first page, I identified with the heroine and felt her joys and woes, was sobered by her predicament and understood the world better at the end of it. Above all, for an eight year old, it had a happy ending and made the world seem a safer place, because the problems were resolved and Jane became happy. I had no idea that LM Montgomery was the famous author of the Anne of Avonlea books, because I had never heard of them.
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.