Reading is one of the things that pulled me out of the dark hole of grief, and I love hearing about others’ take on the titles I’ve read. To that end, I’m pulling over one of my reviews from Goodreads each week. If you’ve read the book, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below. Please note links in this article are affiliate links.
This week’s review: Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Although a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables, I was a bit hesitant to read Emily of New Moon. I read the Anne books as a young teen and gave up on them halfway through since they seemed to lose their charm as they progressed (possibly that was because of my age at the time).
Still, I decided to give this series a try and found I like Emily just as much as Anne. It is a similar story to Anne’s — orphaned child taken in by people who really had no intent of raising a girl. Emily’s pain of losing her parents seems more acute than Anne’s and maybe that’s why I was more sympathetic to Emily’s quirks while I found my eyes rolling when Anne did similar things.
My only criticism would be some of the chapters in which Emily is writing to her father seemed long and bogged down. Also, I found Dean Priest and Emily’s friendship to be a bit unsettling and, quite frankly, rather creepy.
All in all, this was an enjoyable read. If you like period pieces and Anne of Green Gables, you’ll probably like Emily of New Moon also.