Who wrote this book and when?
Lucy Maud Montgomery published this in 1912.

Has there been a film version?
Technically, no. But many of the short stories were used for plotlines in the TV series “Road to Avonlea” although the characters were changed.

Who are the important characters?
Since each story is about different people in Avonlea, they change with every story.

What’s it about?
“The Hurrying of Ludovic” – Anne endeavors to get a man to propose whose been putting it off for 20 years.
“Old Lady Lloyd” – an elderly woman who used to be wealthy tries to put aside her pride to help the lovely daughter of her former beau
“Each in His Own Tongue” – the local minister forbids his grandson to play the violin, which the boy has a natural talent for
“Little Joscelyn” – a sweet old woman is dying and all she longs for is to see a former occupant of the house, Joscelyn, who is now a famous singer
“The Winning of Lucinda” – Romney and Lucinda Penhallow have been fighting for decades although they’re both madly in love with each other
“Old Man Shaw’s Girl” – a farmer’s only child is returning home to their quaint farm after 3 years in the big city
“Aunt Olivia’s Beau” – the prim and orderly old maid, Olivia, surprises everyone by getting engaged to her wild former Beau, Malcolm MacPherson
“Quarantine at Alexander Abraham’s” – a busybody single woman who dislikes men finds herself quarantined in a house with a single man who dislikes women
“Pa Sloane’s Purchase” – a man with a bidding problem finds himself with a peculiar purchase on his hands
“The Courting of Prissy Strong” – a shy woman is kept from marrying her true love by her bitter elder sister
“The Miracle at Carmody” – a crippled woman and her sister disagree about the raising of a boy they adopted
“The End of a Quarrel” – a spirited woman meets up with the man she rejected years prior because of his bad grammar

Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It contains more stories about the beloved Avonlea area – home of Anne Shirley while she grew up.

Do I recommend you read this book?
If you enjoyed any other books by her, most certainly I’d recommend it.

How did this book make my list?
I want to read all of L.M. Montgomery’s books.

Has it won any awards?
Nope.

Favorite quotes:
“As for Romney, he, too, was angry with the trick impish chance had played him. He liked being the butt of an awkward situation as little as most men; and certainly to be obliged to walk home over moonlit fields at one o’clock in the morning with the woman he had loved and never spoken to for fifteen years was the irony of fate with a vengeance.” – p 150

“She had a way of embroidering life with stars.” – p 160

Anything else?
No.

Personal thoughts:
I love everything L.M. Montgomery has written that I’ve read. She has such a lovely voice that makes you feel right at home and comfortable. She has a wonderful sense of humor and wit – and ability to write descriptive prose that’s highly enviable. That being stated, I do miss the inclusion of Anne Shirley in these stories. She’s in a few of them, but the rest had ambiguous narrators or included people who I didn’t really know how/where to place them in the Avonlea universe. Many of them were about love in some way, shape, or expression and how different people encountered, fostered, or tried to stifle it. And all were deftly written to make you smile and snuggle up a little deeper under your blanket.

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