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Chronicles of Avonlea (Chronicles of Avonlea #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  6,453 ratings  ·  161 reviews
On Prince Edward Island, where Anne Shirley grew up in the sea-sprayed town of Avonlea, there was no shortage of wonderful stories.There was the case of Ludovic Speed, who wouldn't propose to the woman he had courted for fifteen years until Anne devised a plan to "speed" him up . . . if it didn't backfire and break his heart.But no one could blame mischievous Anne for the ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published August 1st 1988 by Bantam Starfire (first published 1912)
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Mikkee
I just reread this book for the 10th or 20th time, and I love it as much as when I was 12 reading it for the first time. The author was an extraordinary storyteller, and this book of short stories were extra poignant this year. I need the sweetness and simplicity that these stories offer and have offered to generations of girls and women more this year than in previous years.

This was the last of my rereads of the Montgomery books, and it is always with a sad heart that I finish them. But still r
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Rosalba
This stories are all so dear, with that unique flavor of sweet homes and high-bred souls that only L.M. Montgomery can conjure. My favorite among them was Each in His Own Tongue, I wept on the redemptive deathbed scene, but all of them had true kindred spirits among their characters and I was thrilled to pieces when Anne Shirley appeared in them. Some characters had enough potential for a book of their own, like little Felix Moore in Each in His Own Tongue or Sara in Old Man Shaw's Girl. I'm ...more
Madeline
These sweet little snippets of life, love and loss are both funny and touching. Each character is beautifully flawed and so very real. They made me feel as though I was born in the wrong century.
Tiffany
I loved the short stories in this collection.
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
Short stories are not my thing, and I don't know why I keep reading them, but I do. I think I'm trying to find a collection of short stories that I love as much as David Sedaris' work. But, I don't think that I'll ever love any anthology of short stories like I will a David Sedaris book so I need to stop trying.


With all that said, I read Chronicles of Avonlea because it came as part of the Anne of Green Gables series I purchased for Nook, and because I just wasn't ready to leave the Avonlea worl
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Renay
Sep 09, 2009 Renay rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
although it is a fun read of short stories, this book is less about anne shirley and more about the other inhabitants of the island.
and although it doesnt say so, one assumes each short story was written by either anne herself or one of the other girls in perhaps the story club, or the AVIS, and only once or twice does anne shirley even get a mention.
it is a little let down after reading the first two books - one gets swept away in the romance of a little orphan girl's life and hopes for the hap
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Sbuchler
Genre: Classic Children’s Literature

I was really hesitant to listen to this. First, it’s a book of short stories, and as much as I enjoy L.M. Montgomery (and have read a lot of her anthologies), short stories are not her forte. Second, I had become very fond of Barbara Caruso’s performances of the other Anne books, and I don’t like Susan O’Malley’s renditions of the same stories, so I was quite trepidatious about Grace Conlin’s performance. Happily, I like Grace Conlin’s performance. Not as much
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Carol
This collection of stories is only loosely related to the Anne books. Anne has some cameo appearances, and actually narrates one story, but they are all about new characters not included in the eight book 'Anne' series. Some names will sound familiar: Wright, Andrews, Lynde, Spencer, Pye, Sloane, but that serves to place the stories on Prince Edward Island.

The best story is "Each In His Own Tongue"; a young boy is asked to play the violin for a dying woman. Montgomery describes Felix's playing i
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Gale
UNITING HEARTS ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Published in 1912 this gentle book set in the Edwardian era remains a quiet treasure even a century later, for we discover the same foibles and curious choices of the human heart which are universal to mankind. Some of the twelve tales mention Anne Shirley or our "friends" from the Anne of Green Gables series, even though various PEI villages are featured. Many old love affairs are rekindled, thanks to the return to the island of one of the separated lovers
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Gyoza
This is a collection of short stories located in and around Avonlea about different people, sometimes with Anne Shirley making an appearance as a minor character. Lucy Maud Montgomery again displays her talent for storytelling and characterization. I found these every bit as enjoyable as the Anne of Green Gables series and pulled it off the bookshelf to revisit about as often as the Anne books. Of the stories my two favorites are Old Lady Lloyd and The Winning of Lucinda.
Tara
If this hadn't been included in the Anne series on my Kindle, I may not have ever picked it up, thinking I was just about Avonlea'd out. As it was, when Rilla was finished, I launched right into this. It is a series of short stories set around Avonlea, in to which Anne makes the occasional cameo appearance or mention, but otherwise is never a main character. I have to say LMM just has a delicious way of phrasing things sometimes, and there are a number of delightful passages and descriptions in ...more
Martha
A gentle return to the environs of the Anne of Green Gables stories this book is written in a style that requires the reader to settle quietly in a comfortable chair and savor the time spent with a group of wonderful characters. I loved the Anne Shirley books when I was young and am so glad a friend found this at a library book sale and thought of me.
Mary
This is a book of short stories set in Avonlea and surrounding areas. Some of these stories are mentioned as known facts in other Anne books - such as how Anne interfered in various people's love lives.

I enjoyed this book. Sometimes I recognized people in the stories from elsewhere and sometimes I did not, but they are good stand alone stories.
Kathryn
Chronicles of Avonlea is a collection of short stories about Avonlea, the same Prince Edward Island community that Anne Shirley grew up in. They range from the comic to the tragic and back again, sometimes in the same story. I like how the same characters crop up here and there, emphasizing that they belong to the same continuity as each other and, in fact, to the same continuity as the Anne books. Anne herself shows up in a few of the stories but is not a main character; in some cases, she's on ...more
Tiffany
Fans of Anne of Green Gables would like these stories. Anne is briefly mentioned in these short stories about people that live in Avonlea. I think Ms Montgomery is very talented in how she can make you care about characters even if it is just a short story and you don't have a lot of time to get to know them.
Therese
Apr 01, 2012 Therese rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: LM Montgomery fans
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This is a collection of stories that take place in and around Avonlea. Anne figures as a play maker in one story, while she is just mentioned in a a few others.

I hadn't planned on reading another collection of stories by anyone, but since my schedule has been rather unpredictable lately, this works well for me at this time.

There are only a dozen stories in this book, so they are not as short as I thought they would be. However a number of them contain "older" people and if you happened to li
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Theresa
Short stories that are mostly bout no one we have ever heard about in Avonlea.

Each in His Own Tongue gave me chills. The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's made me laugh out loud. the courting of Prissy Strong was pretty funny too. The Miracle at Carmody made me wish I could have it in a longer story.
Victoria
I have read the entire series of Anne of Green Gables other than the Further Chronicles of Avonlea (about to read now) and thought that I wouldn't enjoy the stories in this book since Anne is not one of the main characters and often times she is mentioned or shows up briefly in a story. Most of the stories through this book are told from perspectives of people, and others from first person perspectives. Hopefully this will not confuse other readers, but I actually loved that there was a bunch of ...more
Libby
This was my first time reading Chronicles of Avonlea and it was fun to put it in the middle of the series. My first or overwhelming impression was: Wow, Montgomery really likes loves stories! Most of these stories were love stories, and most of them were on the theme of an old quarrel that neither character cared about anymore. So many stories of lost love and pride getting in the way of happiness. It was fun to learn more about several characters you meet in Avonlea and some who were just menti ...more
K.
Nov 13, 2011 K. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Happy life lovers
This review covers the "chronicles" and the "further chronicles."

Despite that nearly all the stories run a variation of one of two themes, there were some real gems in these little short-story compilations. I had a delightful time reading these. Montgomery really had a talent for condensing something real & important & moving into short little bits of fiction. I wonder how many of these stories were taken from people she knew or knew of.

Some of the things I liked best was the many recon
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Thea
I finally read this after so many years of loving Anne. I certainly wasn't disappointed, although I had been under the impression that these would be mostly Anne stories. L.M. Montgomery always has the power to make me laugh and cry, often within the same chapter.
Sarah
I love everything L.M. Montgomery has written that I’ve read. She has such a lovely voice that makes you feel right at home and comfortable. She has a wonderful sense of humor and wit – and ability to write descriptive prose that’s highly enviable. That being stated, I do miss the inclusion of Anne Shirley in these stories. She’s in a few of them, but the rest had ambiguous narrators or included people who I didn’t really know how/where to place them in the Avonlea universe. Many of them were ab ...more
Mady
Chronicles taking place in Avonlea.
This time Anne Shirley is only a secondary character, but the stories have a strong resonance to her Avonlea and Lucy M Montgomery. It was an enjoyable book!
Deb
When I was a child and read these books I thought that the mean, sour mothers and sisters of her world couldn't exist today (which is of course, yesterday now.) They still do, though!
Erin
With this book, I finished the majority of the Avonlea series. I decided to hold off on reviews until I had read the entire series, and here it is. I missed out on these books growing up, and decided to give them a go. Overall, I enjoyed the series. Should I have a daughter one day, they will definitely be on her bookshelves. I enjoyed the beginning of the series the most, where the books focused on Anne. Those that focused on her children got a little tiresome. Also - major pet peeve with these ...more
Karen
This is a sweet book of short stories about the doings of the folk of Avonlea other than Anne, Marilla et al. It has the gentle, quirky voice I have now come to expect from LMM but I do miss Anne, hence only the 3 stars.
Nóri Geszvein
I love it! It's a charming story from my childhood. It is an amusing, restful book. I read it many times and I think I will read it again. I will recommend it particulalry to my daughter! :-)
Kara
I've had this book along with it's sequel sitting on my shelf for years and finally got around to taking them down to read. These short stories, told in L.M. Montgomery's typical style, are charming, sweet, and entertaining. Those familiar with the Anne of Green Gables series will find many familiar names and places, and Anne Shirley herself makes a cameo now and then. "Old Lady Lloyd" and "Each in His Own Tongue" particularly pulled at my heartstrings, and I laughed out loud at the witty "The Q ...more
Courtney
I think that Anne will always be my favorite thing about Avonlea, so I missed her in this novel.
Kate
An enjoyable read about the folks in Avonlea, whom I personally can never get enough of.
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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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