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Book Review: Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1896-1901

Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1896-1901 by L.M. Montgomery (5 star review)

Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1896-1901

written by L.M. Montgomery

188 pages // collected in 2007 // literary fiction


Lucy Maud Montgomery, (always called "Maud" by family and friends) and publicly known as L. M. Montgomery, (1874-1942) was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables (1908). In 1893, following the completion of her grade school education in Cavendish, she attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. Completing a two year program in one year, she obtained her teaching certificate. In 1895 and 1896 she studied literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After working as a teacher in various island schools, in 1898 Montgomery moved back to Cavendish. For a short time in 1901 and 1902 she worked in Halifax for the newspapers Chronicle and Echo. She returned to live with and care for her grandmother in 1902. Montgomery was inspired to write her first books during this time on Prince Edward Island. Her works include: The Story Girl (1911), Chronicles of Avonlea (1912), The Golden Road (1913), Anne of the Island (1915), Anne's House of Dreams (1917), Rainbow Valley (1919), Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920) and Rilla of Ingleside (1921).

My Review...

5 Star Rating

One day I told myself that since I consider Lucy Maud Montgomery one of my favorite authors of all time, I should have a sit-down with her and read ALL of her short works. And so I began with this collection.

In short, it's wonderful. There's a lot of treasurable gems in here. Some of them sad, some filled with happiness. One or two went down the Victorian gothic route, and I was (still pleasantly) surprised to experience such from Montgomery. It seems I don't know her as well as I thought.

There's a couple of fabulous little Christmas stories in here. In both I became acquainted with the term "[her] face was a study"... in which the mentioned character is struck in awe (I had a good laugh over that phrase and it's a now a favorite of mine!)

Some of my other favorites in this volume include "Detected by the Camera", "In Spite of Myself", "Miss Calista's Peppermint Bottle", and "The Waking of Helen".

I'm excited for the next collection!

Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1896-1901 is available on Project Gutenburg in e-book format, and on Amazon in paperback, e-book, and audiobook format (and others).

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  1. Anonymous1/11/2017

    Thank you for this review. I was unaware of all the short stories Ms. Montgomery wrote.

  2. I haven't read any of Montgomery's short stories, either. I'm glad to know they have been collected, so they are available to us now!

    Deb Watley

  3. I love collections of short stories! I can't believe I haven't heard of this author. She sounds wonderful.