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Mistress Pat (Pat of Silver Bush #2)

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When she was twenty, nearly everyone thought Patricia Gardiner ought to be having beaus--except of course, Pat herself. For Pat, Silver Bush was both home and heaven. All she could ever ask of life was bound in the magic of the lovely old house on Prince Edward Island, "where good things never change." And now there was more than ever to do, what with planning for the Chri...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 26th 1997 by Seal Books (first published 1935)
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Jenna St Hilaire
Like its predecessor, Mistress Pat takes a little getting into, mostly because Hilary Gordon is away. The reader must unfortunately spend quite a bit of time missing his presence in the story, and the very structure of the book makes it obvious that Pat will continue her blindness for an absurdly long time.

Fortunately, Judy Plum has not gone anywhere, and her lively presence at Silver Bush receives the additional spark provided by a foil: one Josiah Tillytuck, whose tall tales and cornball perso...more
Joanna
I was going to SCREAM if I heard "Silver Bush" one more time!
Katri
I don't really know how to review this book. In the beginning I found it slow-going and tedious, I felt it was mainly a repetition of the same theme we already learned in the first book: Pat doesn't like change. Well, much of the book revolves around that theme, but Pat also has to begin learning to accept change, and somehow as the book progressed I began to love it more. A lot of people seem to find Pat an annoying character, and I can easily see how someone would feel that way - and I'm not s...more
Elizabeth S
Pat's story is nicely continued, and nicely concluded.

Now some general L.M. Montgomery comments, after having just read 21 of her books in the last few months. Sometimes her endings are a little too abrupt for me, saving huge reversals until the last few pages. And she is a little too focused on fatalism, or pre-destination, as she calls it, in some books. The fatalism looms largest, in my opinion, in the Emily books. Hence I'm less fond of them. I don't believe that people "can't help it" and h...more
Jo
I loved this sequel to Pat of Silver Bush. I think I even probably like the two Pat books better than the Anne of Green Gables books - I just adore the picture of contented domesticity at Silver Bush they paint, with the marvellous descriptions of evenings sat together round the table, eating and telling stories. It just makes me feel all warm and cozy inside, and I love those sorts of books. In the second half of this book, the domesticity rather recedes, and it becomes the gentle romance I was...more
C.
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Emily
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Having not been overly impressed with Pat of Silver Bush, why did I read the continuation? Well, curiousity for one. What could she possibly have to say about this obviously unbalanced woman who resists change to an unhealthy degree, even positive change, even in other adults who really don't require her opinion (her father's choice to shave off his mustache upsets her for days), and is obsessively attached to a house and a few acres of land?

Well, a lot, actually. But in this volume the "saying"...more
Jane
i really want to like this book, but it spent 350 pages hitting me over the head with depression, and then dropped the two worst possible scenarios in the last two chapters. seriously, lmm? i guess the end redeemed it all somewhat, but for an lmm book, getting there was sometimes more painful that it should have been.
Rebecca Rash
A great sequel - Pat loves her home, and struggles as things around her start to change. As beautifully written as the first, Montgomery did a wonderful job making these books come alive.
Cheryl
I always liked Pat and her story, but I got fed up with her inability to conceive of a future where she lived anywhere but Silver Bush for the rest of her life.
Trish
My least favorite LM Montgomery book. It was boring.
Gricel
Jul 16, 2010 Gricel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: LMM fans
Mistress Pat picks up a shortly after the end of Pat of Silver Bush. At ease in her role as mistress of Silver Bush while her mother recovers from the surgery that left her terribly weakened, Pat spends her days in the company of her younger sister Rae, who refuses to go by the old nickname "Cuddles" now that she's all grown up, and the ever indomitable Judy Plum, whose stories continue to retain their fantastical charm for all Pat has grown too old to continue to believe in witches and fairies....more
Elinor  Loredan
Yes, there is too little Hilary, and I can see how this Pat sequel would turn readers off with its potential for being depressing and its rather slapdash ending. But I find it charming, romantic, and best of all, like home, to a degree that the other LMM books don't quite reach. Judy, Tillytuck, Rae (she's so bracing), and, of course, the cats, are all delightful. Pat herself is full of fancy not much different from Anne's. I often dream of Anne, Emily, and Pat meeting each other! What would the...more
Motherhouse
Pat is my favorite LM heroine and these are my new favorite LM books. Pat loves everything about her home Silver Bush from her family, house, chicken coop, to each tree and cat on the place. As Judy the Irish voice of wisdom and humor in the books says, Pat had the gift of loving. Her intense love for so much of what other people didn't even notice brought her a lot of joy and also exquisite pain; yet I think Pat was happier than other people and other people were revitalized by associating with...more
Kristen
Sep 09, 2008 Kristen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: only die-hard LMM completists
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cubbie
this was my cozy before-bed book for a really long time. i'd read a few pages and it would totally knock me out. in a really cozy and good familiar way. it was the very last l. m. montgomery novel for me to read, which was sort of a big deal. i first read pat of silver bush 10 years ago, and that was the 2nd to last l. m. montgomery novel i read. i read all the others over and over in middle and high school, but somehow these came last. and then i just wasn't ready to have read them all until th...more
Leslie
I really enjoyed this book, overall. I liked it better than Pat of Silver Bush, but you would have to read both books. It really is one part of the whole. But the story seemed more fluid. This was a really thought-provoking Montgomery for me. I had a great time ruminating on the Binnies and wondering whether they were as bad as Pat thinks or not. The development of Cuddles into a young woman was also fun. The only thing I couldn't understand was the almost complete absence of Hilary. I found it...more
nimrodiel
Mar 14, 2008 nimrodiel rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: any L.M Montgomery fans
As I remembered, Pat is not one of my most favorite of the L.M. Montgomery heroines. But I did enjoy revisiting her story.

Like the first book, I really thought it was the secondary charecters that made the story most enjoyable. Judy is joined by the handyman Tillytuck, Cuddles grows up enough to be interesting and involved, and poor Jingle (I mean Hillary) only shows up in glimpses.

Pat definately grows up alot in this book. More so than in the first one. She learns to be gracious and to let go w...more
Jennifer Estepp
i'm in the opposite camp, it seems, from lots of readers posting on this site, in the sense that i really disliked pat in the first book, but found her a bit more tolerable and interesting in this sequel. although maybe it's just that i knew what to expect? or that i'm more willing to accept the sort of behaviour in adults that i find tedious and obnoxious in children. also, i thought that the supporting characters were *much* better drawn here, especially rae and the welcome addition of tillytu...more
Rosalie
While a little bit different than L.M. Montgomery's Anne series, I found that it had it's own quality to it. I would recommend this book to others who liked the Anne series.

Pat is a beautiful mature young woman, she knows what she wants, but doesn't always see what is right in front of her could be what she had always dreamed; perhaps, this is because she loves her home and doesn't want change so she doesn't try to look too far ahead of the moment. She has a wonderful dreamy intellect and cares...more
Laura
I really liked Pat and her family already in the first book, and the adult Pat was even more pleasant to read about. I generally like LMM's characters more when they're adults. The plot wasn't very surprising, especially when I could guess the ending from the Finnish edition's cover text, but the story was cozy and warm.

The only thing that really bugged me was LMM's habit of scattering... three dots... in multiple... sentences. Also, the Finnish translator had translated some idioms and sayings...more
Mireille
Wow, what a depressing book. Even the happy ending comes through the worst possible circumstances. I feel like poor Pat suffered from being written at one of the darkest times in the author's life... it's like she couldn't go through enough aches. The book is really quite good however, I loved Pat and Rae and Judy and Tillytuck. (Not sure I can ever forgive Sid, though.)

This was the only book of LMM that I had never read! (I don't even think it was translated in French? Or it was always out of p...more
Katherine P
I liked Mistress Pat better than Pat of Silver Bush. L.M. Montgomery's portrayals of young girls can get a little tedious and Pat was more tedious than most but unlike Anne or Emily grown up Pat did not make child Pat worth putting up with. Pat's love of Silver Bush and her hatred of change hasn't really gotten better as she's gotten older. The character of Rae/Cuddles was interesting and well developed and the introduction of the Kirk was pleasant but should have been more explored. I'm not sor...more
Delicious Strawberry
In the first book, Pat was a homebody and that was cool, because I am one too. But I moved out eventually and have a job and all that. Pat seems content to just spend the rest of her days at home, even to the exclusion of getting married to a couple of good men. (not at the same time, of course). Her growing up and losing several beloved friends was realistic, but her insistence on staying at home just didn't sit right with me. Overall, it was a decent read, and if you read Pat of Silver Bush an...more
Alida
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Shelleyd
Pat seems so much more "real" than Anne or Emily. She isn't a budding writer, she loses so much, and actually gets married in her 30's! I find it interesting that she's the only one of LMM's heroines that waits as long as she herself did to get married. Oh, Jingle! Thank Goodness you came and rescued her in the nick of time. I've never hated a character as much as May Binnie. How dare she!
Jasmine
My least favorite of all of the L.M. Montgomery books. I like Pat okay in Pat of Silver Bush, but I want to hit her over the head repeatedly in this book. Cuddles and Jingle are my favorite characters, and we don't get enough of either of them, just lots of annoying Pat.
Ashton
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Mira_natural
I was expecting a little bit more from this book. Maybe too much. It was a good read, don't get me wrong, but I didn't fall in love with it like I did with the series about Anne. Sometimes I even had to struggle to read some parts, because they simply were boring for me. I hope that Emily will be better.
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