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Mistress Pat (Pat of Silver Bush #2)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  2,628 ratings  ·  81 reviews

When she was twenty, nearly everyone thought Patricia Gardiner ought to be having beausexcept of course, Pat herself. For Pat, Silver Bush was both home and heaven. All she could ever ask of life was bound in the magic of the lovely old house on Prince Edward Island, "where good things never change." And now there was more than ever to do, what with planning for the Christ

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Hardcover, 277 pages
Published August 1st 1989 by Amereon Limited (first published 1935)
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Jenna St Hilaire
Like its predecessor, Mistress Pat takes a little getting into, mostly because Hilary Gordon is away. The reader must unfortunately spend quite a bit of time missing his presence in the story, and the very structure of the book makes it obvious that Pat will continue her blindness for an absurdly long time.

Fortunately, Judy Plum has not gone anywhere, and her lively presence at Silver Bush receives the additional spark provided by a foil: one Josiah Tillytuck, whose tall tales and cornball perso
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Rikke
Pat hates change, but change is inevitable. Change comes whether one welcomes it or not. And Silver Bush is no exception to this rule.

"Mistress Pat" is a rather slow book. It takes place over many years and simply documents the many changes that occur at Silver Bush. The many changes that makes Pat's life unbearably hard. Minor catastrophes and small tragedies haunt Silver Bush, souring the life for Pat and the people she loves. While all of Pat's choices in life has been made in order to protec
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Katri
I don't really know how to review this book. In the beginning I found it slow-going and tedious, I felt it was mainly a repetition of the same theme we already learned in the first book: Pat doesn't like change. Well, much of the book revolves around that theme, but Pat also has to begin learning to accept change, and somehow as the book progressed I began to love it more. A lot of people seem to find Pat an annoying character, and I can easily see how someone would feel that way - and I'm not s ...more
Jo
I loved this sequel to Pat of Silver Bush. I think I even probably like the two Pat books better than the Anne of Green Gables books - I just adore the picture of contented domesticity at Silver Bush they paint, with the marvellous descriptions of evenings sat together round the table, eating and telling stories. It just makes me feel all warm and cozy inside, and I love those sorts of books. In the second half of this book, the domesticity rather recedes, and it becomes the gentle romance I was ...more
Joanna
I was going to SCREAM if I heard "Silver Bush" one more time!
Mae Walker
I have been dying to read this book for ages, until a friend found it in an op-shop and lent it to me. Friends are cool like that.
Anyway, I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the other book in the series. Was it just me, or did anyone else feel like the events of 11 years could have been condensed into 3? I mean, Hillary (I kept thinking 'who's this Hillary guy?' and then realised she meant Jingle) doesn't even turn up again until the 8th year or something. That's a really long time, even for a t
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Having not been overly impressed with Pat of Silver Bush, why did I read the continuation? Well, curiousity for one. What could she possibly have to say about this obviously unbalanced woman who resists change to an unhealthy degree, even positive change, even in other adults who really don't require her opinion (her father's choice to shave off his mustache upsets her for days), and is obsessively attached to a house and a few acres of land?

Well, a lot, actually. But in this volume the "saying"
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Elinor  Loredan
Yes, there is too little Hilary, and I can see how this Pat sequel would turn readers off with its potential for being depressing and its rather slapdash ending. But I find it charming, romantic, and best of all, like home, to a degree that the other LMM books don't quite reach. Judy, Tillytuck, Rae (she's so bracing), and, of course, the cats, are all delightful. Pat herself is full of fancy not much different from Anne's. I often dream of Anne, Emily, and Pat meeting each other! What would the ...more
Elizabeth S
Pat's story is nicely continued, and nicely concluded.

Now some general L.M. Montgomery comments, after having just read 21 of her books in the last few months. Sometimes her endings are a little too abrupt for me, saving huge reversals until the last few pages. And she is a little too focused on fatalism, or pre-destination, as she calls it, in some books. The fatalism looms largest, in my opinion, in the Emily books. Hence I'm less fond of them. I don't believe that people "can't help it" and h
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LOL_BOOKS
WHAT'S UP WITH PAT OF THE BUSH? IS IT BAD?

NOT BAD, BUT THE CHARACTER IS STUBBORN AND ANNOYING. SHE HATES CHANGE SO SHE LIVES WITH HER FAMILY UNTIL SHE'S LIKE 30 AND HER HOUSE BURNS DOWN.

I REREAD PAT OF SILVER BUSH AND MISTRESS PAT EVERY FEW YEARS BECAUSE I LIKE SOME OF THE SUPPORTING CHARACTERS, BUT PAT IS A CAILURE WEIRDO AND THE LOLMANCE IS NOT GRATE.

I DIDN'T LIKE IT. PAT IS BASICALLY ME SO I LOATHE HER.

I KNOW I READ IT BUT I HAVE NO MEMORY OF WHAT HAPPENED AT ALL.

Hessie
I really enjoyed this book, overall. I liked it better than Pat of Silver Bush, but you would have to read both books. It really is one part of the whole. But the story seemed more fluid. This was a really thought-provoking Montgomery for me. I had a great time ruminating on the Binnies and wondering whether they were as bad as Pat thinks or not. The development of Cuddles into a young woman was also fun. The only thing I couldn't understand was the almost complete absence of Hilary. I found it ...more
C.
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Jenn Estepp
i'm in the opposite camp, it seems, from lots of readers posting on this site, in the sense that i really disliked pat in the first book, but found her a bit more tolerable and interesting in this sequel. although maybe it's just that i knew what to expect? or that i'm more willing to accept the sort of behaviour in adults that i find tedious and obnoxious in children. also, i thought that the supporting characters were *much* better drawn here, especially rae and the welcome addition of tillytu ...more
Emily
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Jasmine
My least favorite of all of the L.M. Montgomery books. I like Pat okay in Pat of Silver Bush, but I want to hit her over the head repeatedly in this book. Cuddles and Jingle are my favorite characters, and we don't get enough of either of them, just lots of annoying Pat.
Diva
Beautiful, elfinly magical in the true Montgomery fashion in which she sucks you in into the real beauty of P.E.Island - it is about the love of home, and how change is essential, but how you will always have the memories of the times past. It made me cry a bit, as it is so close to my situation. The right books always come to me at the right time. Thank you :)
Jane
i really want to like this book, but it spent 350 pages hitting me over the head with depression, and then dropped the two worst possible scenarios in the last two chapters. seriously, lmm? i guess the end redeemed it all somewhat, but for an lmm book, getting there was sometimes more painful that it should have been.
Penelope
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Mitzi
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first one, but still a good read. I really wish the David character would have been fleshed out a bit more, I think there was a missed opportunity there...
Rebecca Rash
A great sequel - Pat loves her home, and struggles as things around her start to change. As beautifully written as the first, Montgomery did a wonderful job making these books come alive.
Cheryl
I always liked Pat and her story, but I got fed up with her inability to conceive of a future where she lived anywhere but Silver Bush for the rest of her life.
Gemma
This is possibly my favourite book by L.M. Montgomery...
No it isn't... I can't decide! I LOVE all of them!
Pat is wonderful and I love her!
Monica Wicklund
This sequel was more entertaining than the first book ( thank goodness), but I still felt that it lacked a plot. Pat is a rather uninteresting heroine who lives a rather uninteresting life. She puts her hope in her home and family and as, one by one they leave her, she loses her will to live. Finally, the last thing she has: her precious home, is burned to the ground. Then, just when she has lost everything, she realizes that she is in love with the boy she grew up with, and all is well. Pat now ...more
Elle
I wish I could rate this thrilling and wonderful book more stars than just five!
Kiirsi Hellewell
I devoured this book after reading the first one. Great characters and once again, I fell in love with Silver Bush and its environs and wanted to move there immediately. I'd love to visit P.E.I. someday. I did feel rather frustrated with Pat at times, as she clung so tenaciously to Silver Bush...but I understood her feelings, too. It's a shame it took such catastrophes for her feelings and desires to undergo a transformation.

I felt very domestic after finishing, and immediately went to the kitch
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Trish
My least favorite LM Montgomery book. It was boring.
Gricel
Jul 16, 2010 Gricel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: LMM fans
Mistress Pat picks up a shortly after the end of Pat of Silver Bush. At ease in her role as mistress of Silver Bush while her mother recovers from the surgery that left her terribly weakened, Pat spends her days in the company of her younger sister Rae, who refuses to go by the old nickname "Cuddles" now that she's all grown up, and the ever indomitable Judy Plum, whose stories continue to retain their fantastical charm for all Pat has grown too old to continue to believe in witches and fairies. ...more
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
Kristen
Sep 09, 2008 Kristen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only die-hard LMM completists
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cubbie
this was my cozy before-bed book for a really long time. i'd read a few pages and it would totally knock me out. in a really cozy and good familiar way. it was the very last l. m. montgomery novel for me to read, which was sort of a big deal. i first read pat of silver bush 10 years ago, and that was the 2nd to last l. m. montgomery novel i read. i read all the others over and over in middle and high school, but somehow these came last. and then i just wasn't ready to have read them all until th ...more
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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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