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Kilmeny of the Orchard | [L.M. Montgomery]

Kilmeny of the Orchard

Twenty-four-year-old Eric Marshall arrives on Prince Edward Island to become a substitute schoolmaster, even though he has a bright future in his wealthy family's business. Eric has taken the two-month teaching post only as a favor to a friend - but fate throws in his path a beautiful, mysterious girl named Kilmeny Gordon. With jet black hair and sea blue eyes, Kilmeny immediately captures Eric's heart. But Kilmeny cannot speak, and Eric is concerned for and bewitched by this shy, sensitive mute girl.
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Twenty-four-year-old Eric Marshall arrives on Prince Edward Island to become a substitute schoolmaster, even though he has a bright future in his wealthy family's business. Eric has taken the two-month teaching post only as a favor to a friend - but fate throws in his path a beautiful, mysterious girl named Kilmeny Gordon. With jet black hair and sea blue eyes, Kilmeny immediately captures Eric's heart. But Kilmeny cannot speak, and Eric is concerned for and bewitched by this shy, sensitive mute girl. For the first time in his life, he must work hard for something he wants badly. And there is nothing he wants more than for Kilmeny to return his love.

(P)1996 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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    Sarah Mesquite, TX, United States 02-19-10
    Sarah Mesquite, TX, United States 02-19-10
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    "Charming."

    In true Montgomery fashion, a cute little story with simplicity, old-fashioned charm and romance.

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    Joseph R Dry Prong, LA, USA 12-30-09
    Joseph R Dry Prong, LA, USA 12-30-09
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    "Concerts for Two in the Apple Orchard"

    While not quite at the level of "Rilla of Inglesides" or "Anne of Green Gables", this is a pretty decent little romantic story of triumph over personal adversity. Like every Montgomery tale I've read, this is set in the Maritime Providences. I love Grace Conlin's voice. It is deep, musical and marvelously plays Lucy Maude Montgomery's wind in tree tops, the smell of flowers, the scent of spring, color of sunset clouds, the royal splendor of apple blossoms, feel of rain drops on one's face and the sparkle of dew in the morning sunlight. Montgomery attention to nature reminds me a bit of Elizabeth von Arnim's books such as "The Enchanted April", "The Solitary Summer" and "Elizabeth's German Garden". One is aware of every tiny breeze and the perfume of the smallest flower. Their stories are so restful, the humor is gentle and romance is tenderly unobtrusive.

    I know that my next statement will get me in trouble but I boldly go on because I tell only the truth. Today, Kilmeny Gordon's handicap would be viewed as a positive attraction to most men. Indeed, one would be willing to pay extra for the benefit of a silent wife. Ah...blessed peace and quiet at home. One would never have to know what the neighbors are doing. It is interesting to see how our attitudes have changed in the last hundred years. Far from being an outcast, Kilmeny would be a positive star today. Even then, most of the obstacles in this story were in the mind. I am with Eric Marshall, the hero, I think they could have been braved and subdued.

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    Monica Anasco, PR, United States 12-30-10
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    "Love the book, can't stand the narration"

    The book itself is excellent, but the narrator kills me. I'm an L.M. Montgomery fan and collector of her 1st editions. Having visited Prince Edward Island, I never met anyone who spoke with the Southern accent with which Ms. Conlin narrates the book. The most distracting thing was the mispronunciation of Kilmeny. It's KIL-mah-nee not Kill-many! If you have never read this book before, skip the audio and go for the text.

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