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Book Review: Chronicles of Avonlea

Chronicles of Avonlea Chronicles of Avonlea

written by L.M. Montgomery

183 pages, fiction
originally published in 1912

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My Review...

Chronicles of Avonlea is a collection of several short stories penned by the beloved L.M. Mongomery, author of the Anne of Green Gables series. Her stories bring out the best of emotions; blissful happiness and the bottomless pit of despair, sometimes in the same moment.

The stories in this volume include: The Hurrying of Ludovic, Old Lady Lloyd, Each in His Own Tongue, Little Joscelyn, The Winning of Lucinda, Old Man Shaw's Girl, Aunt Olivia's Beau, The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's, Pa Sloane's Purchase, The Courting of Prissy Strong, The Miracle at Carmody, The End of a Quarrel

Now, to share with you about my absolute favorites from Chronicles of Avonlea!

"Each in His Own Tongue" tells of a musically talented young boy and one of the strangest men in Carmody (or so the local gossips think), Abel Blair. He is a man who has kept to himself for years -- except for in the instance of young Felix Moore, who often stops by to practice playing Abel's violin. The beautiful deed of music must be performed in secret, for Felix's guardian grandfather doesn't approve of such things. Especially since Felix can capture the very soul of a person in musical notes and crescendos. Sometimes the angelic music is so painstakingly true that it's painful to listen to; sometimes it can help those who can't be otherwise reached.

"The Winning of Lucinda" is the story of an uncompleted courtship, in a way. That is, if a courtship can be constructed from two young lovers, who after a moment of discord, would not speak to each other for fifteen years, growing older, and yet still engaged throughout the entire span of time. Lucinda and Romney's humorous story is one that members of the interconnected Penhallow families whisper about to each other and have a good chuckle about from time to time. Overall, such an enjoyable story, one that set me to laughing on multiple occasions.

"Pa Sloane's Purchase" is another of Mongtomgery's comical pieces, bringing to life a story so silly that it's just perfect. Pa Sloane relishes in sneaking away from Ma anytime, long enough to visit the local auctions. The thrill of placing the winning bid on something, whether needed or useless, excites him for weeks on end. Ma doesn't always approve of his peculiar habit, but generally allows it to continue. Until one day while at an auction, he bids on something she never expected to have in her house again. One day he brings home a baby. (This story is priceless!)

This whole volume of stories has made for a very delightful read! I would definitely recommend the collection to any other Montgomery fans. And with an honorable mention, I now pull the following passage out of "The End of a Quarrel", for a particular moment in which many grammar-minded people, myself included, can find a kindred spirit in...

[Nancy asked] "By the way, is Peter as ungrammatical as ever?"

"I--I don't know," said Louisa helplessly. "I never knew he WAS ungrammatical."

"Does he still say, 'I seen,' and 'them things'?" demanded Nancy.

"I never noticed," confessed Louisa.

"Enviable Louisa! Would that I had been born with that blessed faculty of never noticing! It stands a woman in better stead than beauty or brains. I used to notice Peter's mistakes. When he said 'I seen,' it jarred on me in my salad days. I tried, oh, so tactfully, to reform him in that respect. Peter didn't like being reformed--the Wrights always had a fairly good opinion of themselves, you know. It was really over a question of syntax we quarreled. Peter told me I'd have to take him as he was, grammar and all, or go without him. I went without him--and ever since I've been wondering if I were really sorry, or if it were merely a pleasantly sentimental regret I was hugging to my heart."

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Cover Reveal! The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea

Today's the day! My bloggy friend Rachelle is sharing the cover reveal of her DEBUT NOVEL! Take a look below... #imsoproud




In Reformation-era England, a converted rogue wants to restore his honor—at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk Godfrey knows he has only one chance at redemption.

An independent Catholic maiden seeking refuge in the Low Countries finds herself at the center of the Iconoclastic Fury. Jaded by tragedy, Gwyneth’s only hope of getting home is to trust the man she hates, and she soon discovers her poor vision is not the only thing that has been blinding her.

But the home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, will the saint and the sinner hold to hope…or be overcome? When Dirk’s plan fails, could all be lost?




Cover reveal for The Sound of Diamonds



Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she’s lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. As a freelance editor, she enjoys mentoring fellow authors in the craft. A homeschool graduate and retired gymnast, she wrote the Sound of Diamonds the summer after her sophomore year of college.

Author Rachelle Rea




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Joining the 2015 LMM Reading Challenge!

Carrie from Reading to Know is, again, hosting one of my favorite reading challenges that I look forward to... each year!

January is the month of the Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge. Everyone is invited to select LMM titles of their own choosing... and make time to read the books on their list throughout the month. Very fun! I always love making sure that I read at least one LMM book each year, so this challenge is perfect for me.

L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge

This January, I'm diving into Chronicles of Avonlea. This book contains a lovely collection of Montgomery's short tales that surround our favorite Anne Shirley and her Avonlea friends. Having never read these stories before, I'm enjoying it quite well!

Be sure to stop by Carrie's blog to see the full list of the Reading to Know Classics Book Club, to see what they'll be reading together each month. I already know a few months that I'll want to join in. The books that excite me the most are Christy, Laddie, the Narnia challenge. (But I'll probably read along during a few other months too, as I just can't help myself from it!)

Reading to Know - Book Club

What books do you plan on reading this year?