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Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1896-1901

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Lucy Maud Montgomery, (always called "Maud" by family and friends) and publicly known as L. M. Montgomery, (1874-1942) was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables (1908). In 1893, following the completion of her grade school education in Cavendish, she attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. Completing a two year ...more
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Published March 14th 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 2007)
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Manybooks
Mar 26, 2016 Manybooks rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: L.M. Montgomery fans (but with a very major caveat)
Please note that the two star rating is NOT meant to be a comment on L.M. Montgomery's wonderful short stories (for the most part, they deserve a four or five star rating), but on the user-unfriendly way in which Dodo Press has presented/published them. When I first became aware of the Dodo Press collection of Montgomery short stories, I was excited, because from the title, it appears as though the stories would be arranged chronologically. However, while the stories contained in the collection ...more
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Earliest collection of Canadian short stories by L.M. Montgomery of PEI. Several written prior to her 25th birthday. Not in chronological order. Find that list at wikipedia for LM Montgomery.
Recorded for librivox by a variety of narrators. I found some of the accents to be strongly American and a bit off-putting to the Canadian stories, knowing the accents of PEI.
Obsidian
Oct 19, 2015 Obsidian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readathon
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Mandi Ellsworth
Lucy Maud was a romantical sap. If you didn't get that impression from her full-length novels, you'll get it from these. Each is delightful. They make me smile. Her attention to building scene and character are legendary. Each separate character becomes a friend, even when it's so short. And she's witty, beautifully so! Her short stories are quick to read and each draws you in from the start. They're also on librivox, if you'd like to listen to them instead. Either way, they are so worth your ti ...more
Breanna
Dec 10, 2014 Breanna rated it it was amazing
I'm an old woman and a sap. These are adorable, quick reads. My favorite author, for sure.
Timothy Stone
Feb 02, 2014 Timothy Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this collection of short stories by L. M. Montgomery, chronicling her published stories during the years 1896-1901, she displays the God-given gift for writing that would later maker her world-famous when writing of a certain spunky redheaded girl. But that is a few years in the future. At the point where she started her career, the stories are decidedly more adult, if you will.

I say this not to suggest that her work is “adult” in the sickening way we define the term in contemporary times wh
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Maria
Mar 01, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
L.M. Montgomery is a genius. Probably many people have said that, but I mean it. I've been absorbing all her short stories over the past four days, and though I like the 'him-her' ones best, they're all fantastic.

In the later ones there's hints of Anne's House of Dreams and Anne of Avonlea, and even an entire chapter from Anne of Green Gables, but I don't mind. And wouldn't it be funny if that 'short story' is what prompted all of Anne?

The stories are from 1899 to 1928, and there are certain thr
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Hayden
Nov 16, 2015 Hayden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I personally really enjoyed this collection. No, they are not some of Montgomery's best, but most of them are innocent and wholesome, with an inward joy and homey-ness that some of her later works lack. I skipped three of the stories because I had already read them. (and two of the ones that I skipped--"A Strayed Allegiance" and "The Waking of Helen"--are two of my least favorite Montgomery short stories ever, so I definitely wasn't going to read them again)

The stories are short, and not many of
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Erin Price
Sep 14, 2011 Erin Price rated it it was ok
Shelves: nook, 2011
When read together, Montgomery's stories reveal a saccharine sameness in style and subject matter that I found to be far less interesting than her long form pieces, especially the Anne and Emily series. A few amusing stories, and if I pretend I'm a woman eagerly awaiting the next story in a magazine in 1900 I'm much better pleased, but on the whole I think you can skip this collection.
Bluerose's  Heart
I'll plan to finish this book in December, when I'm looking for short and sugar sweet stories.
Lynne
Jul 13, 2014 Lynne rated it liked it
Written before the phenominally successful Anne of Green Gables (1908) these stories are very much a young author learning her craft. Plot themes are mostly star-crossed lovers finding each other, people unexpectedly finding long-lost relatives or discovering those they didn't know about, or poor or troubled people finding an end to their worries. Occasionally they descend into a maukish sentimentality, but there's still the hint of her wonderful descriptive prose and brilliant wit so evident in ...more
Allison
Jan 15, 2011 Allison rated it liked it
Typical LMM, sweet little short stories set on PEI.
And since this is the first thing I've read on my kindle, here is a little review of kindle reading:
Love it! Best Christmas gift ever (thanks Ash & Mom!)
The pros: you can carry a bunch of books around on one little small device (good for me since I like to read more than one thing at a time); the kindle returns to the same spot in each book where it was when you exited the book (good for me because I always lose bookmarks); the dictionary!
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Therese
I don't usually care for short story collections, but because I loved The Anne of Green Gables series of books, I wanted to read more by LM Montgomery. They are charming little stories, and if I had children or was a schoolteacher, these are the things I would want them to learn. Of course they can make me think as well. Now as I have read further, I realized that some of the stores are not just for young children but would be appropriate for teenagers as well although most of them these days wo ...more
Jenn
Sep 05, 2014 Jenn rated it really liked it
Adorable, felt like stories you would gossip about, or watch on a TV show. Really great collection. A few in particular were spectacular.
C.G.Koens
Jul 16, 2012 C.G.Koens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-book-list
I really enjoyed reading these short stories by L.M. Montgomery. Life has enough sorrow and seriousness, so I really appreciate the fact that 99% of Montgomery's stories have happy endings. Lots of sweet love stories and romances rekindled. It's certainly not "serious reading", but she's a good author with a great knack for description and memorable characters. The stories are short, so if you only have a few minutes to read, you can easily get through one or two stories before going back to wor ...more
Trine
Jun 21, 2011 Trine rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2011, e-book
Having these short stories on your e-reader means that whenever you are somewhere and need to pass some time of unknown length - such as a city-bus ride, you always have wonderful entertainment at hand. I prefere this short story collection because you get to follow L.M.M.'s writing development through all sorts of different topics. There are tales of achivement, matrimonial tales, tales by the shore, holiday tales and tales over the miles, even a murder story and a ghost story! All in all a gre ...more
Jo Walton
It would be hard to say these were actually good, but I always want to read them anyway.
Hannah Victoria Katherine
Aug 27, 2015 Hannah Victoria Katherine rated it really liked it
a selection of sweet stories. As always I wish they were full novels
Mady
Sep 24, 2014 Mady rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, 2014
Short, short stories, short enough to read a few at lunch time. And entertaining in order to distract me from work worries. Also naive and a bit predictable at times.
Jasmin Chua
Quaint character sketches that contain kernels of more expansive narratives.
Stacy
Jan 18, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it
I've always loved Anne of Green Gables (and the rest of the series) and was happily surprised to see a collection of short stories for the Kindle.

These are all quaint, sweet, feel-good stories. You forget the innocence and simplicity of these old stories. It's nice to have a book you could listen to and not worry about your kids hearing profanity or sex. Not that they would be interested, of course, but it is a nice change.
Annajune
Jan 07, 2014 Annajune marked it as to-read
Recommended by Petra
Monica
That's 3 1/2 stars. I didn't like these so well just because I thought they eould have something to do with Avonlea and the didn't really. At least nothing to do with Anne.
Melissa
Sep 21, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
At first I was a little unsure about these stories but after a few I had a hard time putting them down. Just delightful...I needed something like this to read ;)
Trudy Pomerantz
Sep 07, 2015 Trudy Pomerantz rated it liked it
I think it might be time to take a break from L M Montgomery books and short stories. I do enjoy reading them but I have had enough of the love stories.
Jaylene
Sep 16, 2012 Jaylene rated it liked it
Short, sweet little stories. This was great to read during a very busy time in my life - I must read the rest of these collections!
Victoria
Mar 26, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Delicious little short stories, much the same in style and theme but still delightful!
Brandy
Jul 18, 2015 Brandy rated it really liked it
My favorite story from this collection is "A Strayed Allegiance."
Cynthia
Mar 10, 2013 Cynthia added it
Shelves: juvenile
Just not the type of book that I enjoy reading.
JoAnn
Sep 26, 2010 JoAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little uplifts one like a L.M. Montgomery story.
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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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