Emily Starr never knew what it was to be lonely—until her beloved father died. Now Emily’s an orphan, and her mother’s snobbish relatives are taking her to live with them at New Moon Farm. She’s sure she won’t be happy. Emily deals with stiff, stern Aunt Elizabeth and her malicious classmates by holding her head high and using het quick wit. Things begin to change when she makes friends: with Teddy, who does marvelous drawings; with Perry, who’s sailed all over the world with his father yet has never been to school; and above all, with Ilse, a tomboy with a blazing temper. Amazingly, Emily finds New Moon beautiful and fascinating. With new friends and adventures, Emily might someday think of herself as Emily of New Moon.
The Anne of Green Gables series has been one of my favorites heroines since I was a little girl. Anne was so dreamy, imaginative, and so positive. For the longest time, I also believed L.M. Montgomery, the author of this series, had not written any larger works besides Anne. Now, I knew she had written Chronicles of Avonlea, but I did not think she had created other little girls with quaint, lovely villages. Thus, when I discovered that she had (thank you Bookstagram!) I snatched them up as quickly as I could.
When I finally made up my mind to read Emily’s trilogy, I was scared that she would be too similar to Anne or too different. Emily is her own person; her own, loveable, spunky, and a bit proud person.
Emily Bryd Starr is an imaginative and nature-loving girl like Anne is, but she is also proud (but not too proud), straight forward, and courageous. Emily inhabits Fairyland most of the time and the Real World at others. When adults and other children attempt to tell her to be normal and not ‘so queer,’ she asks why in earnest for she also likes to know things. When others ridicule her, her little soul rises up and shows her adversaries that she is serious about her words, her poetry, and her stories. Emily, in short, is full of courage, full of hope, and full of love.
Her new family at New Moon is excellent in the terms that she has discipline and order instilled through Aunt Elizabeth and encouragement and indulgence in Aunt Lara. A ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine that allows Emily to grow up healthy in body, mind, and soul. Her other family members are a mix of mean and rude, understanding and kind, and everything in-between. They allow for adventures and misadventures that shape Emily’s character.
Perhaps, one of the things that I enjoyed about this book ——besides Emily and her great personality—is how the idea of Hope and Love are shown through the characters. Their words, their actions, their thoughts. Emily shows great amounts of Love for those lucky enough to gain her affection and those who love her show the many different ways one can love. Easy and simple, stiff and true, shallow and in-the-moment, deeply and sweet.
The novel, Emily of New Moon, is great if you want to be reminded of the magical nature of words and their power to touch one’ s soul; as well as an inspirational and endearing story of a girl as she attempts to follow her dream and make both her dead father and her new family proud.