Yesterday, I picked up Kilmeny of the Orchard by L. M. Montgomery, longing for a pleasant read after a rather ghastly book (review to come). I highly enjoyed it.
Kilmeny of the Orchard is different from any of L.M. Montgomery's other writings in that it is written from a man's point of view. It is the story of a young man who, just graduated from college, goes to teach at a small country school as a favor to a friend. This man, Eric, meets a beautiful and mysterious girl name Kilmeny who is mute because of some sad story in her past. Eric is bewitched by this girl and is determined to help her speak.
This is a very short story, at only 130 pages, and I read it in an afternoon in between various errands. Despite its shortness, L.M. Montgomery manages to write a spell-binding story that leaves you gripping the book until the end. It is quite predictable and extremely romantic. Kilmeny is the exact opposite of the imperfect Anne of Green Gables, but I still enjoyed the book. And, of course, there is the unfailing happy ending that is included in all Montgomery's books.
I highly recommend this for a dreary, rainy day. It's the perfect cozy read for March.