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Pat of Silver Bush

(Pat of Silver Bush #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  6,225 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Patricia Gardiner loved Silver Bush more than anything else in the world. She was born and raised in the beautiful old-fashioned house on Prince Edward Island, "where things always seemed the same" and good things never changed. But things do change at Silver Bush--from her first day at school to the arrival of her new own first romance. Through it all, Pat shares her expe ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 1988 by Seal Books (first published 1933)
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I have to admit that I am rather glad to NOT have read Pat of Silver Bush as my first L.M. Montgomery novel. For honestly, if I had encountered Pat of Silver Bush before the author's Anne of Green Gables or Emily of New Moon series, I might well have been tempted to stop reading L.M. Montgomery altogether, I might have (and indeed very much wrongly) assumed ALL of her heroines, her main characters to be as annoyingly passive and often repetitively monotonous as Pat Gardiner has felt to me with h ...more
Gray Cox
This is such a sweet innocent book about growing up and friendship! <3
Zane Jones
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The main thing I want to say about this is that Jingle's name is not Hilary. Hilary is a dreadful name for a boy and he will always be Jingle to me. Thank you and goodnight.
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
Sarah Sammis
Jan 01, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released
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
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I relate to Pat very much. <3 This story is a gem.
Sep 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: l-m-montgomery
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
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I just reread this, probably for the first time since being a teenager, or at least in my early 20s. I was curious what I'd think of it now...

I still get a cozy feeling from it. Part of that is because of the strong ties you get to a book when you read it in the impressionable mid teen years! And part of it was the beautiful descriptive writing. Yes, I still find it lovely. Though perhaps I'm more aware of its sadness than before.

I do now see a few shortcomings too, though. Pat and Judy Plum, an
Kelsey Bryant
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
It took me about a quarter of this book to really get into it, because at first I didn't particularly care for Judy Plum, Pat herself wasn't very interesting, and the rest of the family seemed to be glossed over. The main interesting part of the narrative was Judy Plum's stories, but I wasn't sure how much I cared for them. But as soon as Hilary Gordon, "Jingle," entered the book, I fell in love with it just like the rest of Montgomery's novels. He made Pat into a real and interesting person, an ...more
Paula Vince
I've chosen this as my Children's Classic in the 2018 Back to the Classics Challenge, and I'm lucky enough to own a very old edition, although I've no idea where it originally came from. But the publication date is 1934, and since the story was first published in 1933, it must be one of the earliest versions possible. Maybe my mum had it when she was a girl. It's a delight to read something so old.

If you're a fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery, you'd have to be living under a rock not to know that seve
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another Montgomery book down! I apologize in advance for this lengthy review...

General Thoughts:
To start, here's a little bio I put together of Pat, based on my musings of her type of character: As mentioned in the book, she has “French-English-Scotch-Irish-Quaker blood” (what a combo!). Most importantly, probably the first thing you should know, I believe, is that Pat loves things. Specifically she loves Silver Bush and anything connected to it. She loves many things found in nature. She loves
Jenna St Hilaire
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 include Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne o ...more
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.
Mar 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Katherine P
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, children-ya
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
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
No Anne or Emily, but damn do I love some L.M.
Anne Osterlund
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pat loves her home of Silver Bush: the kittens that are forever infesting the barnyard, the secret field she discovered with her brother, the trees that have stories to tell, and--of course--her family.

She hates change. But change is forever coming. In the form of a baby sister, an aunt's wedding, a strange boy from next door who rescues Pat from being utterly lost at night. It's funny, how change can ultimately become part of life and part of home. All ultimately part of Silver Bush.

Even Pat is
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Definitely not my favorite book by LM Montgomery. I enjoy descriptive prose as much as the next person, but this story had WAY too much. The first serveral chapters are little more than descriptions of the house, the trees, the fields, the people, etc. I get it, Silver Bush is pretty! The story starts picking up around chapter 9. I really enjoy a couple of the characters, but I found Pat herself to be somewhat annoying. In particular the fact that she is obsessed with her house to the point of n ...more
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Zoe Race
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
A bit slow, but very insightful on people's feelings. I love how Pat loves everything, including her great friend Jingle.
The Story Girl
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! But I liked the second half as she got older much better than in the beginning when she was a child.
4.5 The beginning of the book was a bit slow, but it improved with every page. Such a delightful book to read, so lifelike and so Montgomery. A book to hug.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Vicky Guthrie
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, children-s
Pat does not like change. That’s what this book is all about - a girl who fiercely loves her family and her home exactly the way it is. And any speck of change results in an end of the world crisis. For myself, never having had a home for more than a few years in a row, made this a little hard to relate to. And Pat’s emotional displays got a little over the top and annoying. But the supporting characters offer a lot the the story. Judy has to be my ultimate favourite old maid servant L.M. has ev ...more
Elinor  Loredan
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, l-m-montgomery
I've never met a character like Judy Plum! I really love her, and even think in her vernacular to cheer myself up sometimes-doesn't that sound strange? :) I can identify with Pat wanting things to stay the same, and don't consider this one of LMM's weaker works.
Jul 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: classics
i can't believe there are lm montgomery books I haven't read





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
Bookworm's Book Corner
Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned, one-star
I almost feel bad giving this book such a low score. Almost. There's no doubt in my mind that I don't like it. I didn't like Pat, her family, or the story. But, at the same time, I know where L.M Montgomery is coming from.
L.M. Montgomery is my favorite author of all time, bar none. Every book that I've read by her (with the exception of this one and Anne of the Island, I never really got into the Anne series as a whole) is one my list of favorite books of all time. So I was disappointed when I
Sep 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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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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