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Chronicles of Avonlea (Chronicles of Avonlea #1)

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Twelve enchanting stories based on the unforgettable inhabitants of the town of Avonlea.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 1st 1988 by Turtleback Books (first published 1912)
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Charlotte Anne of Green Gables, no doubt. Chronicles of Avonlea was good, but AGG is a whole lot better.

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In addition to her 20 novels, Montgomery wrote over 500 short stories. This collection contains 12 stories, all set in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, Canada, home of her most famous character, Anne Shirley of Green Gables fame (that's Anne with an e please). LMM stories and characters are of a certain ilk that seem out of place for young readers in the 21st century, but they were loved dearly by the readers of her era. There is a segment of adults today that still love these stories (me included ...more
When I was about thirteen or fourteen, one of my best friends gave me a DVD copy of Road to Avonlea: The Journey Begins, and I was very excited. It looked just like my kind of thing and I was sure I would like it. I did, and watched it a few times over the years, but for some reason I never cared or thought to watch more of the famous show. I wasn't too much of a TV/movie person back then, and I think I was only vaguely aware that there even was a complete series of Road to Avonlea.

But about a m
Linda Abhors the New GR Design
I like her so much more as a short-story writer than as a novelist. All of her works communicate the conditions/foibles/quirks of insularity-if you ever think of the dating pool where you live as small, imagine what it's like on an island, and back in a time where people didn't travel "just because". But the humor that emerges, especially in the last 7 stories, where she often uses a first-person narrator, is five times better than anything in her novels. Reading these, I recognized situations a ...more
" had always been a matter of principle with me never to do anything a man asked me to do if I could help it. I was noted for that."
" antipathy to men and dogs was one of my strongest characteristics. I was noted for that."
"I have no tact. I am noted for that."
"I am not often a dismal failure when I make up my mind to do a thing. I am noted for that."
“It is my duty and I never shirk my duty. I am noted for that."

---Self character sketch by the main character in Quarantine at Alexander
Laurence R.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending was amazing!
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lm-montgomery
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
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is simply a compilation of unrelated short stories, some pretty humorous! It's a fun, light hearted "mommy" lifestyle read, where you can pick up the book and finish a short story quickly all in one sitting - hopefully.
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler: the endings are all happy in these stories. Love wins. The characters are lovable and humorous in their caricature imperfections, and they always forgive each other for those over-the-top imperfections. I should probably look down on this book for it's predictability and its obvious patterns that make the end of the last few stories completely predictable. Instead, I find it comforting. Like grilled cheese and tomato soup on a winter afternoon.

Although I'm old enough to know that there
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian-lit
There are two stories in this book I'd classify as LM Montgomery on same old/same old auto-pilot. But the rest make up an impressive collection of tales, with three back-to-back stories in particular that are absolutely breathtaking; one of them actually made me cry. Keep an eye out for the story of the boy & his love of the violin...a story that plays with surprising depths of darkness, and may be some of the finest writing Mrs. Montgomery has ever put to the page.
This is a very charming collection of short stories from the area where Anne Shirley grew up. It is delightful to read about the lives and loves, hopes and dreams of the folks of Avonlea and surrounding towns. The stories are sprinkled with laughter and sorrows which will be enjoyed by all ages.
Ren (A Bookish Balance)
If you're picking this up expecting more Anne then you're going to be sorely disappointed. Anne makes a really brief cameo in the first story, and is mentioned in 3 or 4 others (very briefly). If you're looking for a collection of short stories that sheds some light on habitants of Avonlea that don't get talked about much in the Anne series then you're in for a good time. This is a very sweet collection of short stories, majority of which focus on romance.
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Elinor  Loredan
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, l-m-montgomery
This is a lovely book of short stories, each of which is a gem. The first time I read it I wasn't very impressed, but this second reading has revealed to me the beauty, depth, and wonderful messages that are always present in LMM's work. She expresses human emotions and desires so poignantly.

I love how each story is multi-faceted. There's something to learn from each character. I know I will revisit this book again and again!
Suzan Poisner
I enjoyed reading this light fare. With a busy holiday schedule underway, the short story structure was perfect. I appreciated how the characters in the 12 different stories interacted, building a community.

The descriptions of the setting recalled to mind my visit to PEI and the house with green gables twelve years ago; I'm sure not much has changed.
May 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not like the book much. Some of the stories reminded me of the Anne of Green Gables series.. and felt good, but the rest seem to be a hashed up effort to write just anything in the Avonlea setting.
Paige Duff
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a cheerful little book about many different characters, some of which we read in passing through Anne's years and some I don't remember being mentioned, However they were all great little stories.
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Victoria Minks
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of my favorite short story collections, these are delightful snippets of Avonlea life. Some of these make me literally laugh out loud--and I reread these all the time.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
I have to rate the stories one by one. WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW.

The Hurrying of Ludovic

Not much actual "hurrying" is involved, since Ludovic has been courting Theodosia for fifteen years and has yet to trouble himself to propose. Anne Shirley gets Arnold Sherman, who is visiting from the States, to pretend to court Theodosia, which gets Ludovic jealous enough to ask her to marry him.

Honestly, this one left me rather flat, as I've never liked the Operation: Jealousy trope of making X jealou
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone; historical fiction; romance
Shelves: kindle, own, duncan-ga
This is a book of short stories. Each one focuses on different people, though Anne Shirley either shows up or is mentioned in a couple of them. The focus is mostly on love, sometimes romantic, other times love of family, fondness of others, or turning to God. These are all descriptions of the actions taken in the stories; the stories themselves are MUCH better. There

The Hurrying of Ludovic
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Maire Slater
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-05
I refused to take that class in Sunday School the first time I was asked. It was not that I objected to teaching in the Sunday School. On the contrary, I rather liked the idea; but it was the Rev. Mr. Allan who asked me, and it had always been a mater of principle with me never to do anything a man asked me to do if I could help it. I was noted for that. It saves a great deal of trouble and it simplifies everything beautifully. I had always disliked men. It must have been born in me, because, as ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In L.M. Montgomery's Chronicles of Avonlea, she weaves beautiful tales of love and friendship and happiness as well as pathos and loss. Familiar characters such as Anne Shirley and Diana Barry are used as touchstones, lending a cozy quality to this slender volume.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't mind me, just casually reliving my childhood ehe
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy lindo <3
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooks
A light read; the short story format works to keep interest up. Some stories are better than others. Nice to read of some of the goings-on outside of Anne's life proper!
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chronicles of Avonlea is a collection of several short stories penned by the beloved L.M. Mongomery, author of the Anne of Green Gables series. Her stories bring out the best of emotions; blissful happiness and the bottomless pit of despair, sometimes at the same moment.

The stories in this volume include: The Hurrying of Ludovic, Old Lady Lloyd, Each in His Own Tongue, Little Joscelyn, The Winning of Lucinda, Old Man Shaw's Girl, Aunt Olivia's Beau, The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's, Pa Sloa
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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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