Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: Melanie J. Fishbane
Synopsis from book:
Fourteen-year-old Lucy Maud Montgomery — Maud to her friends — has a dream: to go to college and become a writer, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott. But living with her grandparents on Prince Edward Island, she worries that this dream will never come true. Her grandfather has strong opinions about a woman’s place in the world, and they do not include spending good money on college. Luckily, she has a teacher to believe in her, and good friends to support her, including Nate, the Baptist minister’s stepson and the smartest boy in the class. If only he weren’t a Baptist; her Presbyterian grandparents would never approve. Then again, Maud isn’t sure she wants to settle down with a boy — her dreams of being a writer are much more important.
But life changes for Maud when she goes out West to live with her father and his new wife and daughter. Her new home offers her another chance at love, as well as attending school, but tensions increase as Maud discovers her stepmother’s plans for her, which threaten Maud’s future — and her happiness forever.
My personal thoughts:
I must say I was a little hesitant in reading a book about L.M. Montgomery’s life. I was afraid that after reading this book my opinion on L.M. Montgomerys character would change. But, boy was I surprised! I was hooked from the first page. You can see that the author, Melanie, did a fantastic research job for this book. As stated in the back of the book, Melanie is one of the contributors in the essay collection, L.M Montgomery’s Rainbow Valley: The Ontario years 1911-1942, so, guys, she knows her stuff, and it clearly shows! Only a true L.M. Montgomery fan can write as she did.
Reading this book makes you relive all the original Lucy Maud Montgomery novels, Anne of Green Gables, the Emily trilogy, The Pat trilogy, and all the other brilliant novels she wrote. It transports you to Prince Edward Island and its unforgettable magic and memorable sites. Melanie sprinkled a little of all the before mentioned characters personalities in the main character of this book, Maud. The story development was, in my opinion, perfect. It wasn’t so slow that you want to take a break, but it wasn’t to fast you had to take a breath and stop to assimilate the story. The characters personalities were indeed enjoyable and original (I loved Mollie so much!). I can honestly say I really enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to reading another book by Melanie in the future.
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