Part 2 and final for May!! Also, after I published Part 1 I realized that I had literally labeled it April Minireviews. Losing my mind LOL
Sometimes I don’t feel like writing a full review for whatever reason, either because life is busy and I don’t have time, or because a book didn’t stir me enough. Sometimes, it’s because a book was so good that I just don’t have anything to say beyond that I loved it! Frequently, I’m just wayyy behind on reviews and am trying to catch up. For whatever reason, these are books that only have a few paragraphs of thoughts from me.
Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery – 5*
This is one of my favorite Montgomery books, and I couldn’t believe it had been so long since I had reread it! Victoria Jane lives with her mother, grandmother, and aunt in a large and gloomy house. Grandmother is incredibly overbearing and jealous of Jane’s mother’s attention. Jane assumes that her father is dead, but when she is 11 learns that actually her parents are just separated, and her father lives on Prince Edward Island – and he wants Jane to come visit him so that he can have a chance to get to know her as well. Jane doesn’t want to go, convinced that her father must be a terrible person since her mother is so sweet – but she falls in love with her dad, the Island, and her life of freedom and industry there.
This is a typical Montgomery story of a sturdy young heroine finding her independence. My only complaint is that Jane definitely seems older than 11 a lot of the time. I love all the many side characters and adventures, although I would like the ending to be a little less rushed. Still, this is overall just a delightful story that always reminds me of a younger version of The Blue Castle.
The Heart’s Victory by Nora Roberts – 3*
This story and the next one I read because they were republished together – a lot of Roberts’s 80s romances seem to be republished this way as they are shorter stories (~200pgs). These were both pretty dreadful if I’m honest haha In this one, the heroine was raised by her older brother, a racecar driver, so she grew up on “the circuit“ and always had a crush on her brother’s friend. Now she’s back on the circuit on assignment as a photographer and sparks fly. This one had a little too much of the “grabbing and kissing until she gives in“ routine that was so popular in the early 80s and made a really weird jump in the middle of the story where they suddenly decide to get married and now all their issues are about her settling in with his rich family?? It felt like two stories in one and was a bit confusing. There was basically no character development and I never really believed in the success of these two as a couple.
Rules of the Game by Nora Roberts – 3*