Twitterature // September 2014

Welcome to another edition of Twitterature!

Since reading this blog post a few weeks ago, I’ve been binging on titles by L.M. Montgomery whilst slowing making my way through David Copperfield. Her books are full of beauty and a wonderful delight in the every day pleasures of life – the way a particular tree looks in the morning light, or the glittering beauty of the stars. It’s both lovely and refreshing.

And many of her books explore the idea of love giving birth to more love, and bitterness spreading like an unchecked bacterial infection. Characters are stifled in gloomy environments of jealous acrimony – until some small release comes, a chance at love.

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The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery – a delicious and evocative sense of place paired with a moving love story make this an attractive book. I wanted to completely love it, but the idea of throwing off all social conventions held me back (there is a place for tradition).

Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Mongtomery – another lovely story of a girl growing up and becoming sure of who she is. This one made me want to move to PEI – such a lovely sense of place.

pat  kilmeny

Pat of Silver Bush by L.M. Montgomery – the story of a young girl who can’t bear change growing up. I loved the many neighbourhood tales told by Pat’s housekeeper, Judy, and the way Pat’s heart slowly opens up to new experiences.  Didn’t realize there was a sequel, though, which made me expect a different ending.

Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montomery – really didn’t care for this one. Overdone: Kilmeny was so, so beautiful, Eric was so, so loving, and I saw the ending coming from a mile away.  Try any other book by L.M. Montgomery instead.

Daddy-Long-Legs  dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay-2013-x-200

Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster – a novel of letters between a lively orphan and her mysterious benefactor.  Spunky, charming and so very readable. (And nothing to do with the insect, in case you were wondering.)  Devoured it in one evening and really, really enjoyed it.

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay – despite the title, which makes you think the book is a spin-off of Emma, this is actually a modern retelling of Daddy Long Legs. I stayed up till the wee hours of the morning finishing this book (which I never do because of the kidlets!) – so yes, it’s captivating and entertaining. The parts where it veered from the original (like the ending of the novel) were unsatisfying, though.

I’m linking up with Anne at The Modern Mrs. Darcy; head over there to read some more itty-bitty book reviews.



2 thoughts on “Twitterature // September 2014

    • arendadehaan says:

      Hmm, interesting question! I dove right in. And some of the things that I loved about Anne of Green Gables (the sense of beauty in the natural world, strong female characters, love & loss) come through in these non-Anne stories, too. 🙂

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