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Pat of Silver Bush (Pat of Silver Bush #1)

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Patricia Gardiner loved Silver Bush more than anything else in the world. She was born and raised in the beautiful old-fashioned house on Prince Edward Island, "where things always seemed the same" and good things never changed. But things do change at Silver Bush--from her first day at school to the arrival of her new own first romance. Through it all, Pat shares her expe ...more
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Published May 8th 2011 by (first published 1933)
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Sarah Sammis
Jan 21, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released
When I was entering my teens I fell in love with L. M. Montgomery's heroines. I started with Emily of New Moon and then moved on to Anne of Green Gables. While those two series still hold special places in my heart, I must say that I am baffled by Pat of Silver Bush.

Most of Montgomery's stories are about young women, usually pre-teen through late twenties, tacking adverse situations with grace and brains. Pat, though, comes from a fairly well to do family. She has a comfortable life and wants t
Although I like almost everything L.M. Montgomery ever wrote, I have to admit that the Pat books are not my favorites. Pat Gardiner lives with her family at Silver Bush, an old house and farm on Prince Edward Island. Unlike Montgomery's other heroines, Pat has no ambitions other than to stay at home forever, taking care of the home and family she loves.

There's a feeling of domesticity and hominess which pervades the books, and I appreciate that more than I used to, but Pat is so neurotically at
Jun 24, 2009 Katri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-m-montgomery
Unlike many other LMM novels, I read this one for the first time in adulthood. I was apprehensive about how I would take it, not having fond childhood memories connected to it, but I turned out to love it quite a bit. It's probably not going to be one of my favourite LMM novels, because Pat as a heroine is a bit too passive, her main characteristic being resistance to change and so every conflict in the story being the result of outside forces. It's not as interesting as heroines who have a powe ...more
Naomi Sarah
Ahhhh. Lucy Maud Montgomery always ALWAYS knows how to tug at my heartstrings. It's really just NOT fair. I just can't rate her books lower than four stars it seems. It's just that every time I end a LMM book I'm either 1) in tears or 2) have a huge smile on my face. In this case, I was in tears. AND GOODNESS, THIS BOOK ISN'T EVEN THAT AMAZING. :-O (That is to say; there are a ton of things about it that annoy me; and the first half = pretty boring.)

But anyways: suffice to say that I really
Sep 15, 2008 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Pat of Silver Bush! Most of the "big" stories and series by L. M. Montgomery, I've grown up with, but Marigold, Jane, and Pat were somehow passed by in my girlhood reading lists. :) It's a delight to find that Maud's books are as enchanting to discover at nearly 20 as they were at 8.

This one was brimming with folklore in a way that gave it a slightly different feel from the others I've read. There was perhaps more of an old-time or backwoods feel--especially in the character of Judy Plum
Mar 16, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every female.
For some reason, I really resonated with the Pat of Silverbush books. They were realistic to me, and Pat has such a love of home and the familiar, and then there are so many unexpected twists and turns in the plot, like real life, that it was endearing.

Strangely enough, I really liked the part where she has a frightening fever and loses all of her hair. And then when it grows back in curly and a darker color, well, I was just fascinated by that to no end.

There's just something so resonating in
Katherine P
Feb 18, 2013 Katherine P rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-ya, 2013
The first 115 pages can be summed up in 3 sentences - Pat hates change. Pat loves Silver Bush. Both of these are portrayed to the extreme. After that the story gets moving better as Pat gets older and her world expands a little. Pat is Anne at her worst with all talk of poetry and wonder and feeling everything deeply without Anne's humor and intelligence. The story also lacks a wide breadth of characters to take some of the focus off Pat's more annoying traits. Her siblings and parents are names ...more
I've fallen in love with Montgomery's books all over again. Montgomery's fictional world is beautiful, her heroines are so endearing and Montgomery's places vibrates with love and life. No one can build a home as wonderful as Montgomery's home, made of words.

And "Pat of Silver Bush" is a novel about a home. About belonging to a place, loving a place and holding on to a place as the main source to one's identity. Pat does not only think of Silver Bush as her home, to her it is the entire world.
Jenna St Hilaire
Jul 18, 2012 Jenna St Hilaire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pat books were written within about ten years of Montgomery's death, in a time when her writing had become—whether due to fashion or to her own life difficulties—rather episodic and a little more prone to mistakes, as well as somewhat given to a dreamlike overuse of ellipses. Considering the hardships she suffered through her own depression and her husband's, the wonder is that there aren't more oddities in her novels of that last decade (which novels includeAnne of Windy Poplars and Anne of ...more
Eliza Crewe
Nov 16, 2014 Eliza Crewe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Anne or Emily, but damn do I love some L.M.





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
Aug 05, 2012 Lesley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was afraid to start this novel at first, even though I'm a great admirer of L.M. Montgomery's work. As a teen I had read all the Anne books, and I've reread a few in the series a few times since then. I have read Emily of New Moon, The Blue Castle, and Kilmeny of the Orchard. I did not enjoy Kilmeny at all, and whenever I read an L.M.M. novel that I've never read before I get a little scared that it's going to be like Kilmeny.

My first observation upon getting into the novel was the lack of dep
Sep 17, 2008 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! It's a laugh-out-loud funny and very charming story. My favorite characters are the hilarious housekeeper Judy and the darling orphaned neighbor boy, Jingle. Montgomery does her best work when writing about childhood. She does a wonderful job showing how magical it can be. And every time I read one of her books, I am reminded to be more aware of a grateful for the beautiful world around me.

I have to say a word about the book's sequel, however. Mistress Pat is an excruciating n
Jul 19, 2011 Mireille rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Not LMM's best either - it takes quite some time to get into it. (Although going to Silver Bush before reading it does help with the long descriptions at the beginning.) I'm not the biggest fan of Pat, especially in the beginning - she's frankly quite unreasonable! It gets better when she meets Jingle, and Bets, and when she grows up a bit. The second half is definitely better.

It is interesting to read in light of the info I got while reading Magic Island: The Fictions of L.M. Montgomery, though
Jenn Estepp
for a little while, this book had me quite worried, because i thought i was going to have to give lucy maude a one or two star review, which simply seems sacrilegious. in the end - like, literally, the last fifty to seventy-five pages or so - it got better and i actually sort of liked it, but goodness gracious. getting there was sort of excruciating. pat is just a really difficult character, in the sense that i was incredibly annoyed at how insipid and twee she was for most of the book. everythi ...more
I discovered Pat, after finding Anne, and Emily, and while she isn't my most favorite of Montgomery's girl heroines, I have read this book several times now...

Pat, like many of Montgomery's girls is a nature lover, is imaginative (though not as much as Anne Shirley), and unlike the others is very much a homebody. This clannishness is something that is a little odd to understand now, when families are spread so very far apart.

Though, we do see Pat grow, and change her opinions in the eleven year
At the beginning of the book, Pat is a gullible seven-year-old who loathes change, loves nature and her house (Silver Bush), and whose only ambition is to stay in her house forever with her brother Sid and make cheeses.
Needless to say, that would make for a very boring book. Despite Pat's resistance, change comes, and she learns to abide with it. There can be good changes, such as the arrival of new friends Jingle and Bets, and there can be bad change, such as her brother Joe leaving to be a sai
Sheryl Sato
May 01, 2016 Sheryl Sato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How I love these books! Pat is so attuned to nature and the simple pleasures of life, choosing not to pick flowers but rather to enjoy them where they are, walking through secret fields with friends who just suddenly become friends. It is rare a book will actually make me cry but there was no choice in the heartbreak in this beautiful book.
I forgot I even owned this! Well, what can I say--it certainly wasn't up to par with the Anne series, but it shined in its own right. Main character Pat, however, was insufferably sensitive and cheesy for the first half of the book. Yes, you love your home of Silver Bush. Yes, it is the best place in the whole wide world. Get ooover it! >:O And the character of "Judy" was practically like the poor man's Irish version of Susan/Rebecca Dew! I can't believe I'm saying that about an LM Montgomery ...more
Jun 21, 2013 kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

I felt like I didn't quite understand Pat's inclination to cling to Silver Bush. It sounded like a lovely home, but I never quite embraced her dedication to it.

I also found myself a bit frustrated with Montgomery's return to madly-in-love male friend and reluctant, wants-to-stay-friends female protagonist. Anne's rejection of Gilbert will always be the worst hurt in the world. Seeing it play out again with Pat and Hilary is just salt in the everlasting wound.

...still, Pat and Hilary
Jan 15, 2016 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not my top favorite of L.M Mongomery's, this book was cute, funny and full of the love for nature that this author does so well. Pat is a delightful character and I look forward to reading Mistress Pat to finish the story. My one frustration was that I found Judy's dialogue very hard to read as it was written. I sort of wished she's just written somewhere in the beginning that she had a Scottish (I think?) accent and let me read her as I wanted. I found myself skimming what were probably t ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, vintage, 2014
We ordered the new editions at work and I thought I'd read this one because I remembered that it was OOP and I hadn't read it as a child. About a quarter of the way in, things seemed familiar so I checked here and realized I'd read it 3 years ago from Gutenberg Australia. Oh, riiiiiiight. So, um, clearly it made an impression. But once she grew up a little bit and stopped being so weird (sigh, but sorry, she was), I ended up way more charmed this time. I like her ambition to take care of Silver ...more
Sep 26, 2014 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, childrens
I was delighted when I found this book and its sequel(Mistress Pat) in a second hand book store. L. M. Montgomery is one of my favorite authors and these were two books of hers I had never read. However these books will probably never be reread. I found Pat to be rather boring with her obsessive dislike of change and love of her family home, Silver Bush. Most children don't like change, but as we grow up, we learn to accept it, more or less. She almost loses the love of her life because of her r ...more
Kiirsi Hellewell
Feb 18, 2015 Kiirsi Hellewell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I've never read this, since I love L.M. Montgomery's books. It did take a bit of doing to get into the story at first...Judy's accent is strong, and she tells way too many stories at the very first. Plus, Pat at the beginning was a much younger protagonist than I usually like to read about.

However, the struggling-through-the-beginning part was worth it because I really loved the book. Such beauty, and such gorgeous descriptions of P.E.I. farm and country life...just like when I
Allison Whelan
If it were an option, I'd give this lesser-known Montgomery story a 3.5. The writing is, as always, beautiful- the lovely flowery writing we expect from L. M. Montgomery- however Pat failed to captivate me like Anne, Emily, and the Kings did. Pat is not ambitious or adventurous; her only desire is to stay at Silver Bush for eternity as its care-taker. Though Silver Bush sounds lovely, it is quite boring to read through almost 300 pages of the heroine's accounts of it. This book was different fro ...more
A.R. Collins
Sep 11, 2014 A.R. Collins rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Compared with other books by L.M. Montgomery, this is disappointing. It lacks the wonderful humour of the Anne and Emily series, and hasn't even much of a plot to make up for it, like Jane of Lantern Hill has. Because of this, the book is also somewhat lacking even without the comparison. I wish this story included more actual events, and that we had seen much more of the Gardiner family. We hardly see the siblings Pat is so fond of, and whose early presence would have added so much to Pat's fee ...more
One moment this seemed like a 1-star book, the next like a 4-star, so I give it something in between. There are too many stories in it about witches, fairies, and the like. Even though the witch is not a real one, Judy, the maid (who is more like a mother), encourages Pat to think witches and fairies are real and fascinating. (Witches are real, but not people to fool around with.) Some of that fades as the book goes on, and I enjoyed the beautiful, quaint descriptions of the people and outdoors ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I had no idea this book even existed. I had read the Anne series several times, and Jane of Lantern Hill...and tried to read The Blue Castle without success. But Pat of Silver Bush was new to me.

As books go, I found it a pleasant evening-time read, if a bit long. However, it reads like a recycling, or perhaps a blending, of Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside, with the addition of bobbed hair, autos and movie shows. It was written later than the Anne books, and yet somehow the style is less po
Jan 17, 2009 Tanis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
L.M. Montgomery has a beautiful, flowing writing style, but to me, getting through this novel was like pulling teeth. The main character, Pat, just drags her feet from start to finish, and this book covers 10 years of her life. Of course, the book is about how change comes, no matter how hard you resist it, and change isn't always necessarily a bad thing. Which is a great lesson to be learned. Normally, I am great with change. It happens, to me it's exciting. Granted, I think my baby is growing ...more
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Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.

The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911
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