Saturday, September 16, 2006

I just finished reading (again) the two book "Pat" series by
Lucy Maud Montgomery. L.M. Montgomery is, of course,
famous for her well known "Anne of Green Gables" series,
and her somewhat less well know "Emily of New Moon"
series. She also wrote many stand alone novels, a few
other series novels, and many, many short stories.

L.M. Montgomery's novels are satisfying. They may seem
overly sweet to some, but they present a picture of wholeness
and wholesomeness that is a good hideaway to turn to in
turbulent times. The focus on home, food, friends and simple
living is delightful.

In "Pat of Silver Bush" and "Mistress Pat" we are introduced to
Pat Gardiner of Silver Bush. She lives, of course, on Prince Edward there any other place to live? Pat is seven when we
meet her and we follow her ups and downs until she is about
thirty. Mistress Pat takes a long time finding out what her
heart is telling her about love, and that is the crux of the story.

The only complaint I have with the "Pat" books is that Montgomery
repeats herself in the ending. Both the "Emily" and "Pat" series
have the childhood friend rushing in at the end to claim the heart
of the heroine. Both times it was after a narrow escape of a broken
engagement with a neighbor who just would not have done at all.

I am a sucker for crying over the Montgomery death scenes. She
does a very good job of picturing grief in the midst of a life that
must carry on. She is a master at creating quaint period type
characters, such as Judy Plum, and Josiah Tuttletuck, two
of the hired help at Silver Bush. And, her descriptions of nature
are delightful.

The "Pat" series is an altogether satisfying read.


Sherry said...

Thanks for adding this link to my Saturday Review of Books. My daughter has read and re-read all the L.M. Montgomery books, and consequently I'm familiar with Emily and Pat.

I like both, but not as much as Anne. My children, on the other hand, have long discussions about Emily and Teddy and Dean and who should have answered whose signal across the meadow. Something like that, anyway.

e-Mom said...

What a nice review! As a Canadian, of course I read all the Anne stories, and loved them. (But I've never been to P.E.I.) My Mum gave my daugher a neat Anne of Green Gables cookbook for her 10th birthday. She's been baking mint jelly thumbprint shortbread cookies from that cookbook for years! I don't think we'll ever see the end of them!

Laurie said...

I didn't realize you were Canadian. How'd I miss that? My mom went on vacation to P.E.I. several years ago, but she had never read any L.M. Montgomery books...we forced her to before she left for her trip.