I had heard glowing reports of this story from a good friend who had watched the movie and informed me that I really needed to watch it. :) While I haven’t yet seen the movie, my mother picked this book up at the library book sale recently, thinking that it looked interesting, and I was excited to finally read it.
The story was interesting and extremely sad, and the words drew me in, once I had gotten past the first chapter. I don’t know why exactly, but the first chapter bored me a bit, but into the second chapter I grew extremely interested. There were several places that I felt like I was reading poetry. Not that the words rhymed, but the rhythm of the words was perfect, the pattern they made on my tongue and brain was lovely, and they made reading an excellent story even better.
Lorna Doone is the story of a young man who was robbed of his father at a young age by the notorious outlaw Doones’, and grows up on a small farm, while the entire neighborhood lives in terror of the Doones’, hardly daring to stir about after dark, for fear that they will end up a stiff corpse.
Like most boys, John Ridd was curious, and occasionally discarded his brain in pursuit of entertainment and adventure. On one of those “brainless” occasions, he found himself in Glen Doone, and face to face with an angel; Lorna Doone, affectionately dubbed “queen,” by the ruthless outlaws.
Although he was fourteen, and she but eight, the incident remained in the back of his mind; and seven years later he returned to Glen Doone, (although it was a foolhardy thing to do, considering that there were over forty male Doones’ ready to murder anyone who entered.) and met the beautiful Lorna again. She tells him her sad story, such as she knows it. As the book unfolds its secrets, we discover that Lorna knew only a tiny fraction of her own story,), and John realizes that he is falling in love with the lovely, trapped girl. He returns to meet with her many times, despite the great danger, and Lorna finds that she has fallen completely in love with John in return.
John must figure out how to save his “princess,” from the “tower,” and he is obligated to also solve the forty year problem of the Doones’, even traveling to
several times and meeting with the King. London
But then Lorna’s identity is discovered.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, despite the difficult beginning, (and who knows, I could be the only one who struggled with the beginning.), and a few plot “holes.” Blackmore did an excellent job with the story for the most part, but there were several places that I was confused and unsure of important details. They were eventually explained slightly, but I felt that it would have made much more sense to put those details in different places than they were (and also in greater detail,), making it more understandable for the reader. But other than those, and occasional missing punctuation marks (which always bothers me in books. J, Lorna Doone was excellent, and I highly suggest adding it to your reading lists!
(eight out of ten stars.)