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

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  5,422 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
Patricia Gardner loved Silver Bush, the old-fashioned town where she was born and raised. Through Pat's illness, her first love, and the illness of her mother, Silver Bush never changes. By the author of Anne of Green Gables.
Mass Market Paperback, 278 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Starfire (first published 1933)
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Sep 12, 2008 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
Sarah Sammis
Jan 01, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok
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
Kelsey Bryant
Apr 01, 2014 Kelsey Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me about a quarter of this book to really get into it, because at first I didn't particularly care for Judy Plum, Pat herself wasn't very interesting, and the rest of the family seemed to be glossed over. The main interesting part of the narrative was Judy Plum's stories, but I wasn't sure how much I cared for them. But as soon as Hilary Gordon, "Jingle," entered the book, I fell in love with it just like the rest of Montgomery's novels. He made Pat into a real and interesting person, an ...more
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
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
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 include Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne o ...more
Sep 09, 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
Katherine P
Jan 30, 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
Eliza Crewe
Nov 13, 2014 Eliza Crewe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Anne or Emily, but damn do I love some L.M.
Zoe Race
A bit slow, but very insightful on people's feelings. I love how Pat loves everything, including her great friend Jingle.
Definitely not my favorite book by LM Montgomery. I enjoy descriptive prose as much as the next person, but this story had WAY too much. The first serveral chapters are little more than descriptions of the house, the trees, the fields, the people, etc. I get it, Silver Bush is pretty! The story starts picking up around chapter 9. I really enjoy a couple of the characters, but I found Pat herself to be somewhat annoying. In particular the fact that she is obsessed with her house to the point of n ...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.
Jul 09, 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





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
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
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
Jul 06, 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
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
Feb 25, 2017 Story_Girl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always find Pat of Silver Bush a little hard to get into at first. The first few chapters miss that sparkle L.M. Montgomery manages to put into all her books, but is well worth finishing because the further into the story you get the better it becomes until you are left wanting more at the end.
Pat is a true home-body. She is absolutely devoted to her home and to her family and lives in fear of change. But change can not be stopped and as it begins to invade Pat's little world, she learns that
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
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
Melissa Colby
I love LM Montgomery and I often claim Blue Castle as one of my favorite books. I really fell in love with LM Montgomery because of Emily of New Moon. I'm not sure if it is just the order I read the series, but I definitely like Emily of New Moon way better than Pat of Silver Bush. LM Montgomery definitely does have some stock stories and characters (even similar names) but I usually don't mind that. This time I minded it. Pat is not as believable as Emily and I think Emily is more lovable as we ...more
Jun 15, 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
Pat of Silver Bush was a cozy, heartwarming read. I could relate to Pat to a certain degree and reading it made me actually miss home. It certainly is a book to cuddle in a blanket with and get nostalgic.

It also has its weaknesses. Most of the other characters are only characterized skin-deep and Pat's dread of change was rather extreme. It does not reach Emily or Anne, but that would be asked too much. Yet I am fond of the book and I am looking forward to read the sequel.
Sheryl Sato
Apr 26, 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.
Leanne Schneider
3 stars for the plot. There isn't one. This is my least favourite LMM book so far. However...5 stars for the writing. Her language is always so beautiful and vivid. She paints beautiful pictures with words.
May 28, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really sweet book. There's not much action. But the characters are so wonderful. A lot of the book is Pat talking to her housekeeper, Judy, who has worked for their family for generations. There are things Judy says to Pat that I'm certain I will quote to my daughter in a few years. There's also a transforming scene for one of the characters that's so tragic and beautiful it reconfirmed L.M. Montgomery as my favorite author. There's no use wishing I could have grown up on Prince Edwar ...more
Michelle Horgan
This is the first L.M. Book I read as an adult and I absolutely loved it! I loved Pat's character and how much joy and love she has for her home and family. For me, this book gets bad reviews because some wish it was written like the Anne books. Pat is very different than Anne and I love her for it.

I have not read Mistress Pat as it is very hard to find, but I am on the lookout and excited to see what happens in her life.

Another beautiful story from L.M. Montgomery
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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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