Of all the Montgomery novels I have read, I find the "Emily"-Series the best. These books have a dark, starry and mysterious beauty all their own. The series reflects the maturity and mastery which LMM attained near the end of her life in the artistic, sometimes flowery, portrayal of very special people growing in mind, spirit and body. In the Emily-Series, she describes not only Emily's own story, but also the influence her life has on the persons in her environment.
Emily is destined, no, she is fore-ordained, to become a writer. And she must suffer all the heights and depths which such a sensitive soul must suffer to attain her calling in life. Lucy Montgomery does a wonderful job of describing this very special child and her struggles, leading to the moment in which Emily passes the threshold between childhood and womanhood.
Interesting is also Lucy Montgomery's autobiographic influence in these novels. Interesting also, that Emily is psychic, her recurring "flashes" allowing her for short periods to penetrate the veil between this world and the spiritual world around us. Lucy Montgomery would never have had the liberty to write such things in the Anne-Series, also reflecting her growing maturity and self-assuredness as a writer. The pain involved in Emily's growth is sometimes so intense, that the novels even effected me personally. I have read all three books several times, so I warn anybody who wants to take up the challenge: once you start, you won't be able to put them down, so make sure you have enough free time available.