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House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  941 ratings  ·  236 reviews
An affecting biography of the author of Anne of Green Gables is the first for young readers to include revelations about her last days and to encompass the complexity of a brilliant and sometimes troubled life.

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Maud who adored stories. When she was fourteen years old, Maud wrote in her journal, "I love books. I hope when I grow up to
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Candlewick Press
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy of this book!

I am seriously shook over this biography. There are so many things about Maud that I had no idea about and this makes me want to read her Anne series all over again and then read everything else by her. Despite her tragic life and her chronic and manic depression, she achieved so much and managed to bring light to millions around the world and I admire her so much. Wow. Read this book.
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Liz Rosenberg has done an exceptional job of collecting personal details of the life of beloved author L.M. Montgomery, bringing to light her life long struggles with anxiety and depression. A prolific writer, Montgomery's determination led her to overcome financial difficulties and obtain additional education uncommon for young women at the time.
I enjoyed learning about Montgomery's childhood and how she managed to turn portions of her sad childhood into a hopeful and positive story that still
Now with Liz Rosenberg's House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery, I have had to keep firmly in mind that her biography is in fact and certainly geared towards young adult readers (and in my opinion especially towards teenaged girls from the age of twelve or so onwards). And therefore, while in my favourite (and most definitely for adult readers) L.M. Montgomery biography, while in Mary Henley Rubio's brilliant Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings, Rubio often emphasises L.M. Montgomery's ...more
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
I stayed up late last night finishing this sweet biography of Maud because I wanted to turn the last page before the new year begins. And friends. I have FEELINGS. So many FEELINGS!

I say this is a sweet biography, and it is. But it's also tragic and heartbreaking, and I cried after I turned the last page. And I forced my husband to stay awake until 1:30AM so that I could process all of my feelings. My feelings about how much I love L M Montgomery. How grateful I am that she wrote probably my fa
Alyssa Nelson
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Instead of consuming this book, I feel like this book consumed me. I fell into it and was wholeheartedly immersed in L. M. Montgomery’s life. Even while not reading it, I still felt as though my heart and mind were with L. M. Montgomery. Certainly, I couldn’t stop talking about it, as my husband could attest. It’s been quite a while since I’ve been completely absorbed in a book, and readin
We’ve all heard of Anne of Green Gables and other novels by famed author L. M. Montgomery. I remember watching the series with Megan Follows and loving it, my initial impression was that the author shared the same personality traits as Anne did.

Right from the beginning I was captivated with the story of Montgomery's life and going in with no inclinations of what to expect I was blown away with her story. From her childhood right to her final years Liz Rosenberg used personal journals to write th
Romee Darling
"Thank God I can keep the shadows of my life out of my work,she wrote,I would not wish to darken any other life-I want instead to be a messenger of optimism and sunshine"

I want to begin by saying I absolutely love Lucy Maud Montgomery books . They are my little happy place,and Anne Shirley it's my absolute favorite heroine of all times. So it goes without saying that I love Maud herself,and very much so .

I have this strong-although possibly wrong belief-that amazing books with amazing charac
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I am obsessed with Anne of Green Gables and all of L.M. Montgomery's novels. She is what drew me into reading, and whenever I need a "comfort read" I pull out one of her books. To me, there is nothing better than reading about Anne and Gilbert.

That said. I'm torn about this book.

I requested an advanced copy from Netgalley and Candlewick Press because although I have read most of L.M. Montgomery's books, I haven't read about her own life, and I was interested in learning about her.

The beginning w
Vicky Guthrie
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m currently working my way through the complete works of L.M. Montgomery, so naturally I developed a growing curiosity for the woman behind Anne Shirley, and all her other delightful characters. I have always loved her stories, but one thing I began to criticize were their light-hearted natures and convenient happy endings. They all felt like sunshine and roses all the way through, even in the midst of tragedy. And I was feeling, they are just too happy to be realistic. However, after reading ...more
First sentence: On a late June afternoon in 1905, Maud Montgomery sat in her grandmother's kitchen, writing. She sat not at the kitchen table, but perched on top of it, her feet set neatly on a nearby sofa, her notebook propped against her knees. From here she could jump down if someone stopped by for their mail, as was likely to happen--for the kitchen doubled as the post office of Cavendish, a tiny seaside village on Prince Edward Island.

Premise/plot: House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgome
Michelle Gray
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-biography
Very thorough but easily readable. I found Maud's life fascinating and learned so much about her, her relationships, and the world she lived in. I never knew she dealt with depression and mental illness and to watch her battle and overcome it at different points in her life was a window into what kind of determined person she was.
Ms. Yingling
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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There is a lot of information available about Montgomery's life, and Rosenberg does a good job of putting together an in-depth overview of the writer's life and career. Since many of Montgomery's stories are largely autobiographical, readers who are very familiar with Montgomery's work will find this to be extremely informative. It is also an interesting look into the life of one women in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Montgomery was far from the only women not raised by
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This illustrated biography of Maud Montgomery, the author of the Anne of Green Gables series, is a must-have for middle school and up biography readers. Her mother died when she was a toddler; her father left her in the care of her grandparents, and Maud grew up wanting more: passionate love and affection; education; a career as an author. She dealt with anxiety and depression throughout her life, and married for security rather than love. Drawing on correspondence and her unpublished journals, ...more
Lana Shupe
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up in the 9-12 year old section at the store where I work. I think it might need to be moved to the teen or adult section. It deals with all aspects of her life and I'm not sure some things need to be read by a 9-12 year old.

The book reads like L.M. Montgomery's private journals which have been edited and published since her death. I have read those journals and they made me profoundly sad, just as this book has made me. Montgomery led such a harrowed, sad, repressed and lonel
Leonard Kim
Finished this on the same day I finished Rhodes’ memoir about working for Obama, and my reaction is similar. Both are well-written and as a fan, I was happy to read this. But I suspect this would be a bit much for those who don’t know or care for Montgomery. One thing I neglected to say about Rhodes’ book but that I will say here: both books, for different reasons, make one so sad. I would almost say that though Rosenberg’s writing style is exemplary for a children’s biography, this isn’t for ch ...more
More of a YA book than a middle-grade reader, this is essential reading for any lover of Anne of Green Gables! I learned so much about the author and her background. It made feel as if I had been to Prince Edward Island which someday I really want to do. I did not know a Prime Minister had visited her there! This biography is inspiring partly because it shows the many struggles that L M Montgomery went through, and how she was able to create great art even in really daunting circumstances. It re ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery is tailored for young readers but I enjoyed this biography. It’s a very well-researched and satisfying read about the author who created Anne of Green Gables. Reading about the pain and suffering in her life makes me appreciate her more. I hope to visit Prince Edward Island someday.
L. M. Montgomery had a very sad life. At first it doesn't make sense that she could write books so full of beauty and happiness considering the tragedy she endured. Then it becomes evident that writing was her escape from reality.

This is definitely an interesting biography, but a little depressing. Both Maud and her husband suffered from bipolar disorder. One of my relatives is bipolar, and even with today's treatment options, he can't really live normally. I can't imagine how Maud held out so l
Wow. Very impressed by this, and definitely not expecting to like it as much as I did. Did not want to put it down and go to bed early this morning, as it had become a page-turner by the end. I was a big fan of this author's in elementary school, and I had no idea she had such an intense life, beginning to end. If you are a fan and haven't read a bio of hers, definitely seek this out. 4 1/2 stars.
Laura N
Jun 03, 2018 added it
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I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
L.M. Montgomery is probably best known as the creator of one of the best-loved book characters every written: Anne Shirley. I first encountered Lucy Maud Montgomery the when I picked up Anne of Green Gables for the first time. I later met some of her other creations: Emily, the Storygirl, and my favorite: Valancy Stirling. I hadn't given Montgomery's life much thought beyond her profession as a written and tho
The Captain
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this children's nonfiction biography in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .

Anne with an E is one of me favourite characters of all time. I have reread the stories about Anne Shirley often. L.M. Montgomery was featured in Broadside No. 18. I even made the ma (hi ma!) take me to PEI as a wee girl so I could visit this beloved island in person. So when I saw this title on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it and luckily got a cop
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Biography was well written and combines sources well into an enjoyable read. I was surprised at much of Montgomery’s struggles in life as I didn’t really know what to expect when I picked it up. She struggled with manic depression, relationships, and spiritual discernment among other things. The simple illustrations are beautiful.

The only thing that puzzles me was why our library had this in the children’s/young adult section. It should be in the adult section. I would let an older teenager rea
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful biography of a beautiful writer. I have really enjoyed the Anne and Emily books by Montgomery, and was blown away by the details of her life. I feel like I know her now, as I never did before. Rosenberg's writing is so lyrical at times it reminds me of Montgomery's, especially in breathtaking descriptions of PEI. There were ups and downs in Montgomery's life unlike anything I have experienced-- her early childhood, her romances, struggles to make a living, amazing literary success, tro ...more
Krisette Spangler
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
I loved this look at the life of the beloved of author of Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon. The book is well researched and almost feels as if Ms. Montgomery could have written it herself. The author's life is manifest in the lives of her most famous heroines; Anne and Emily. It's fun to see how she put so much of herself into her characters.

Ms. Montgomery was a wealthy woman during her time, which makes me happy to see an artist recognized while they are still alive. If you love the w
As a forever fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery, I'm always interested in books about her life and more insight on her beloved Anne of Green Gables novels. This book, at middle grade level, was enjoyable but felt disjointed at times. It seemed as if the author had a good amount of Montgomery's life to share but needed a better outline in which to present it. I tend to prefer biographical material to be chronological or if not, to have a well defined pace, and this was abit all over the place. I did lea ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book!!! The illustrations are five stars alone let alone the story! I did not know much about Maud Montgomery before reading this; just that I had read and loved Anne of Green Gables growing up. Now I love the books even more and need to reread! If you love Anne as much as I do I think you will love this this book.

This novel follows Anne’s whole life and it was really interesting to learn more about her, which experiences and people inspired her books, and how many hardships she overcame to
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although this is aimed at a younger audience, it doesn't really feel like it. I enjoyed it--I didn't know much about L. M. Montgomery other than the fact that she was from PEI, and I also had no idea she was so prolific (will be reading more of her books in the future). This book reads a bit like a novel and it's a fast read (I was engrossed in it when I should have been doing other stuff, I grant you), but a thorough look at Montgomery's life.
I am a longtime Montgomery fan, especially of her two adult novels. Long ago, as a teen, I read all her (available) journals, so I knew she had a rough life, with joy slowly drained out of it; I wasn't surprised or disillusioned by this biography.
Why did I give it one star? It was written in a dry, relentlessly dreary way. In a way that erased all the charm Montgomery had within her own honest journals and left only dusty boredom.
The cover illustration is lovely, though.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second biography I have read of the creator of my deeply beloved Anne Shirley. The first made her seem dreadfully dull. This was something else entirely - a well-researched, well-crafted story of a complex, resilient woman facing a life riddled with tragedy. She got up to much more than I ever understood. It all makes Anne even more vivid and interesting.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very, very sad. There are things I wish I didn’t know. But told with deep sympathy and a sense of hope congruent with the stories Maud told.
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Liz Rosenberg is an American poet, novelist, children's book author, and book reviewer. She is currently a professor of English at Binghamton University.