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Emily's Quest (Emily of New Moon #3)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  8,483 ratings  ·  283 reviews
Emily knows she's going to be a great writer. She also knows that she and her childhood sweetheart, Teddy Kent, will conquer the world together. But when Teddy leaves home to pursue his goal to become an artist at the School of Design in Montreal, Emily's world collapses. With Teddy gone, Emily agrees to marry a man she doesn't love ... as she tries to banish all thoughts...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by Angus & Robertson (first published 1927)
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Kate
This is the third and final book of a lesser-known series by the author of Anne of Green Gables. The Anne books are more popular, but the Emily books are deeper and darker, and some of my favorite young adult literature. Like Anne, Emily is an orphan, and goes to live with conservative relations. The three books chart her coming of age, her college years and her professional endeavors, and are excellently written. Emily is a character of ups and downs -- people who dismiss L.M. Montgomery as a f...more
Stephanie Sun
"Well, I never could have believed that a pack of lies could sound as much like the real truth as that book does."

Like the handsome, ambitious boys-next-door that L.M. Montgomery's heroines love to love, Emily Byrd Starr had the bald luck of getting there first. She is the author avatar for me, and I will accept no substitutes until the day I die: Nate Zuckerman, Grady Tripp, Charlie Citrine, Harriet Vane, Briony Tallis, Stephen Daedalus, Buddy Glass, Leo Gursky, Tom Healy... it was fun, but you...more
Tracey, librarian on strike
Reading Emily of New Moon I began to have an idea of why I've never loved and spent time with Emily Byrd Starr as I have with Anne Shirley or Pat Gardiner. I began to suss it out then, but I loved the book and it still seemed strange to me. With Emily Climbs it began to seem clearer – that dark streak running through it, I said, and left it at that. But it is only on finishing Emily's Quest that I fully understand – and that is partly because I know, on closing this book, I will be leaving it cl...more
Emily
I know in my heart that I cannot adequately express how I feel about this book.

The series as a whole is amazing. I have never read a story where I wholly absorbed a character's feelings as I did with Emily Starr. And I must say, the final book in the trilogy broke my heart over, and over, and over.
I do not usually respond emotionally and I hardly ever cry over a book but this one made me want to cry. I felt so much anguish over this book but I couldn't let the tears fall, my emotions were too hi...more
Adrian
After two strong books, L.M. Montgomery ruins the finish in this book. People do horrible things to her and break her heart, and she finishes as a very weak version of herself. I can only take so many "miscommunications" as plot devices, and this story has a few too many. Also, we are presented with the fact that Emily loves only Teddy Kent, and can't possibly marry anyone else, but in spite of the fact that Emily really is a well written character, we know very little about Teddy Kent, and so i...more
Jennis
This was the worst of the whole series. It was dark and depressing the whole time. The plot was really sad, and all through this book I just HATED Ilse. She was portrayed as a shallow, silly girl with no feelings for Emily or Teddy. She's obsessed with something the whole time. I liked the first two because of Emily and Ilse's good friendship. They both trust and stick up for each other. However, in the third, it seems as though she doesn't care for anything or anyone. And it's weird how Emily a...more
Kate
Emily's Quest was just so incredibly depressing and frustrating, I really found it difficult to read with any pleasure. The misunderstandings between Emily and Teddy (and Ilse) are so very obvious, and could have been so easily sorted out. Instead, the creepy Dean Priest steps in and persuades Emily to marry him after she is badly hurt in an accident (which Priest unwittingly precipitated, but then used to his advantage).

The final third of the book was the hardest to read as the misunderstanding...more
Kerith
[close] I've given the third of Montgomery's Emily books four stars simply for nostalgia's sake, since it was actually the first one I read. Yet as I read through these again and again, I find this third one to be the darkest and most depressing. Emily has given up a chance to work in publishing in the U.S. to stay at New Moon and write -- while this is her choice (and the author's) what a book that would have made, to see Emily in the world!

Plus the author makes the years pass by like fluid an...more
Toria
On my last trip to the library I was wading through the shallow depravity of the YA section when I came across this book. I've loved Anne of Green Gables since age 8 or so, and this looked similar, but new, not the same old Anne story I had relived so many times as a child. I knew it was one of a series, but I didn't know what order they went in or anything, and we were about to leave, so I grabbed it and ran. All this is to explain why I, a creature of method and order, read the last book in a...more
Leslie
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Danielle
This was probably my least favorite of the three books. That being said, it was completely necessary for the course of the story to play out. This book is more full of mental hardship than previous books (Emily is growing up after all), which makes for a more difficult read. Not that difficult is bad, but after coming to love such a vibrant, positive character and then see that character mentally anguished for some period of time. No one wants to see someone they care about in pain, and I defini...more
Kerry
I did have certain qualms about this one, not to say I didn't love it, but ultimately it was my least favorite of the trilogy. The beginning half was pretty bleak, but I suppose growing up usually is. The end wrapped up pretty nicely, but as Emily grew I really wanted her to keep that whimsicle, dreamlike outlook on life. I also wanted more mystery with the missing diamond, I feel like Lucy Maud kind of rushed through that bit. All in all it was a lovely triology that I will keep close to my hea...more
Sarah
She was sitting at her open window. The night outside was like a dark, heavy, perfumed flower. An expectant night -- a night when things intended to happen. Very still. Only the loveliest of muted sounds-- the faintest whisper of trees, the airiest sigh of wind, the half-heard, half-felt moan of the sea.

"Oh, beauty!" whispered Emily, passionately, lifting her hands to the stars. "What would I have done without you all these years?"


This is the third, and my favorite, of the Emily books. I'll miss...more
Jessica
Poor Emily. Poor, poor Emily. I picked up this book again last night, meaning to read a few chapters over dinner, and found myself ripping right through it again, back in PEI with silly, proud, devastating Emily.

This book guts me every time, probably because I am also a writer who has experienced major depression. Emily's Quest is one of the most honest, accurate depictions of the illness I've ever read, and gave me, as a child and adolescent, if not a name for what I was experiencing, then at l...more
Emily
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Alessia
After having read the whole series, I am still not sure if I liked this story or not : I gave it 3 stars as some issues bugged me.
Emily as an adult is as cold as ice, she does not show any affection for anybody. I did not like Dean, I thought he was mean and underhand although he redeems himself a little in the end: however his relationship with Emily always sounded wrong to me.
Teddy is a shadow carachter, totally uninteresting and dull, I wonder what Emily saw in him at all. For most of the st...more
Ri
Oh man... where to even begin with this book? Let's just say that it was an excruciating read at times. I'm so glad that I was allowed to rant out my immediate reaction to this book to a friend because otherwise I don't think I could write such a composed review. I went into this book with such hopes, and I think it was that above all else that made this an unsatisfactory read. So far I had adored reading Emily's growth as a person and as a writer through her dealings with the Murray clan and he...more
Marta
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Dianna
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Katri
It occurs to me that though I finished my last reread quite a while ago, I haven't yet typed up my review. Well, here goes.

It's difficult for me to know how to describe my feelings about this book. On the one hand, it's the closing volume to my favourite L.M. Montgomery series starring my favourite heroine, Emily, whom I've always felt close to and who was one of the principal helpers in getting me through the pre-teen and teen years when I felt quite alone in my love of books, writing and beaut...more
Margaret
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Marie
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Tiffany
Sep 07, 2009 Tiffany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves to read and write
I love Lucy Maud. I love her writing. I love all her stories and characters and the way she makes a word into a flower. I loved the Emily series as much as the Anne series, only in a completely different way. The Emily books are darker, and less optimistic, and yet, Emily has that in her, too, like Anne did. But Emily is a writer, and that always appealed to the writer in me. All the characters were a bit darker, a bit more against Emily. And yet, she still finds love, she still has a bosum frie...more
Rosalba
It was a good read, although it's, for me, the weakest in the Emily trilogy. I felt sad and frustrated with Emily's pining for Teddy but being prevented from revealing her true feelings because of pride, and I felt annoyed with Teddy for not being straightforward. And just when they were finally together.... the book stops abruptly, as though L. M. Montgomery was in a terrible hurry to finish the book and be over with. I was pleased with the happy ending, but: what's to become of New Moon? And a...more
Chelsea
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Violet
January 2010 review:

This is the last book in the Emily trio. Emily decided to stay at New Moon and write, and so that is just what she is doing. She is writing story after story, her mind never running out of ideas. But there are many times when Emily is horrible lonesome, for Teddy and Perry and Ilse are all following their careers elsewhere, leaving her alone. She has loved Teddy for as long as she could remember, but when his letters to her become cold and unfriendly, she loses hope, and her...more
Anne
I’ll start with a bit of heresy- I’ve never read Anne of Green Gables all the way through. I think it’s mostly out of spite, because throughout my life, when I’ve introduced myself to new people (especially after I spell my name), they’ve often referred to that literary touchstone, and it got to be maddening after a while. Anyway, besides a quickly aborted attempt at reading AoGG as a child, my recent reading of the Emily Starr trilogy was my first introduction to L. M. Montgomery. Now that I’ve...more
Becca Anne
Emily knows she's going to be a great writer. she also knows that she and her childhood sweetheart, Teddy Kent, will conquer the world together. But when Teddy leaves home to pursue his goal to become an artist at the School of Design in Montreal, Emily's world collapses. With Teddy gone, Emily agrees to marry a man she doesn't love...as she tries to banish all thoughts of Teddy. In her heart, Emily must search for what being a writer really means.

After finish this book, I honestly wasn't sure w...more
Claire
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Liz
This is such a dark book - I love it, but it's a hard story to enjoy, full of heartbreaks punctuated by misunderstandings. Parts of it feel like wish fulfilment; parts of it feel as if LM Montgomery was wondering what to do with the reader between the "big" scenes. And yet Emily is such a great character that she still carries the story, for me, ably backed up by Ilse and to a lesser extent the New Moon folk.
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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.

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