By Lucy Maud Montgomery
In this standalone novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery (readers may recognize her as the author of Anne of Green Gables), protagonist Jane Stuart lives a dismal life in Toronto under her grandmother's oppressive rule. With only her mother and an orphan girl for company, Jane lives her life believing that her father is dead — that is, until a girl at her school informs her of her father's existence in a little province called Prince Edward Island. When her father requests for Jane to come visit him on the island during the summer, Jane can hardly believe that the man she had hated and believed dead for years would soon become her closest friend. Indeed, spending her summers on Prince Edward Island in a freedom that she had never experienced in Toronto leads Jane to believe that, perhaps, one day, her mother and father may be reconciled — and escape Grandmother's control.
It was such a pleasure reading this book. What a striking contrast the author created between the dull, gloomy winters in Toronto and the vivid, exciting summers in Prince Edward Island, and, just like Jane, I couldn't wait for the summer to arrive to read of her adventures on the island. Jane is a resourceful, capable girl, and I must admit she is one of my favourite heroines. Her adventures on the island were absolutely entertaining to read about, all while she tries to uncover the truth as to why her parents separated. In all, I would highly recommend this book to people of all ages who want to join a charming heroine in exploring the unforgettable Prince Edward Island.
Reviewed by Amal
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