What a delightful story! L.M. Montgomery’s power of description shines through this lovely, coming-of-age depiction of Jane of Lantern Hill.
Growing up in a home with every convenience met (except for the lack of emotional support from a cold, hard grandmother), Jane believes her father dead until he writes her (suppressed) mother demanding Jane come out to Prince Edward Island for a summer. Jane, (who loves her mother dearly even though she realizes her mother seems helplessly and so-frustratingly-snared by an autocratic parent), dreads the visit but has no choice legally but to go. And there begins her journey of maturity and delight in a relationship with a father who sympathises and loves the daughter he has been kept from for years.
In a world today where there is so much going on around us, this story carries the reader to a gentler time and place, where the description of the moon or a row of spruce trees against a blue sky gives one appreciation for the beauty in the world and helps the reader to focus on what is really important in life; the relationships that we form and the atmosphere of the home. Jane finds to her surprise that she easily makes friends and she begins to learn to stand up for herself, especially in her relationship with her grandmother. Of course as always the author ties up all the loose ends for the reader. A happy, satisfying read!