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

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  4,362 ratings  ·  101 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.
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Published January 1st 1974 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 1933)
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Sarah Sammis
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
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Margaret
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
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Katri
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
Marissa
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
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Emily
Mar 16, 2008 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Gemma
L.M. Montgomery is a wonderful writer!
Rikke
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.
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Jenna St Hilaire
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
Katherine P
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
No Anne or Emily, but damn do I love some L.M.
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
Lesley
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
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Beth
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
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Mireille
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
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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
nimrodiel
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
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Caroline
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
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pearl
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
Shelley
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
Gail
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
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
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Mitzi
This is my 2nd read, and I liked it as much this time as I did the 1st time. I know some people aren't very fond of Pat, with her obsessive love for her home and resistance to change, but I think there is a lot that L.M. Montgomery was trying to comment on about human nature in this book, and Pat is a good vehicle for that...

The writing in this one is wonderful, as with most of her books, and there were several spots where I found myself re-reading a few sentences just because they deserved it.
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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
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
Melissa
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
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Tanis
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
Becky
Not sure if it's my mood or if Pat just isn't as interesting as Anne, Emily, the Story Girl, or Marigold. It is not that I expect every Montgomery heroine to be just like Anne. I like that Montgomery's heroines tend to be different from one another. But other than the fact that Pat eventually started liking boys, Pat doesn't really grow or change or transform. The highlights of this one: Pat meets Jingle (Hilary) a poor young boy with an unfortunate name and no mother. From the start, readers su ...more
Shelley
3.5, probably. What an odd little book. It's always jarring to read about LMM's characters going to movies and moving from beaus to boyfriends, because I picture them all being set around the turn of the century. Not so. I did grow to like Pat very much, and her ambition to stay home and take care of her beloved Silver Bush. I feel like we saw her grow up more smoothly than either Anne or Emily, but having it all happen in one book instead of two felt odd. I read this on my iTouch from Gutenberg ...more
Rosemary
Jan 19, 2015 Rosemary rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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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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