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Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories - Volume 4

L. M. Montgomery

Book Overview: 

Along with her novels, Lucy Maude Montgomery was also a prolific writer of short stories and poetry. She published some 500 short stories and poems and twenty novels before her death in 1942. Here is the collection of stories from 1905-1906.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .In spite of himself, Jeffrey's heart filled with hot rebellion at the thought; it was like a desecration and a robbery.

But, as the years went by, this thing he dreaded did not happen. Sara did not marry, although gossip assigned her many suitors not unworthy of her. She and Jeffrey were always friends, although they met but seldom. Sometimes she sent him a book; it was his custom to search for the earliest mayflowers and take them to her; once in a long while they met and talked of many things. Jeffrey's calendar from year to year was red-lettered by these small happenings, of which nobody knew, or, knowing, would have cared.

So he and Sara drifted out of youth, together yet apart. Her mother had died, and Sara was the gracious, stately mistress of Pinehurst, which grew quieter as the time went on; the lovers ceased to come, and holiday friends grew few; with the old colonel's failing health the gaieties and lavish entertaining ceased. Jeffrey thought . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Please do note that this here and frustrating two star rating is not in ANY manner, in ANY way meant to be a negative or critical comment on L.M. Montgomery's fiction, on her writing in and of itself (as for the most part, the collected, included stories featured in Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Sto...more

It is really fun to see character names (Anne, Gilbert, Walter Shirley), and even place names (Ingleside) pop up in these short stories. You really get the sense that these were LMM's practice stories for writing the Anne series, and each one of these short stories is every bit as lovely as her l...more

L.M. Montgomery is a genius. Probably many people have said that, but I mean it. I've been absorbing all her short stories over the past four days, and though I like the 'him-her' ones best, they're all fantastic.

In the later ones there's hints of Anne's House of Dreams and Anne of Av...more

Always a pleasure reading Montgomery. However, in some of her stories she repeats almost the same formula, which somewhat dampens the effect, but still, a great and enjoyable read.

A lovely trip back to a simpler time

If you would like to escape for a little time to a world where gentlemen courted ladies by walking them home from church, this is your book. And since it is in short story form, it is good to read just before dozing off... Sweet dreams!

As you might be aware, Lucy Maud Montgomery is one of my favourite authors and I have set myself the challenge to read all of her works. I have read quite a few already and I really enjoy her writing. It is sweet yet covers so many grave issues, the characters are for the most part very endearing...more

More lovely short stories.
"books make very excellent comrades for people who know how to treat them"
"while friendship doesn't take the place of the love of one's own people, still it is a good and beautiful thing. Besides, there are other unhappy people in the world--try to help them...more

You can tell that Montgomery had a collection of names and plots that she revisited often, since many of the storylines and characters in these short stories will be familiar to anyone who has read her full-length novels. A quick and easy read of old fashioned stories.

"Hayden, I thought you said you were taking a Montgomery break?"

Yes, well, I then found out about the Lucy Maude Montgomery Week being hosted by Eva, and I decided to go ahead and finish all six short story collections-after all, I was already half through already, and it would make a goo...more

These tend to get a little repetitive in that she uses the same basic storyline fairly frequently while changing some of the details. Still a pleasant read when I am in the mood for stories that end happily ever after.

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