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Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop from Pen to Paper that invites ones to post about one book per week that has been on their wishlist for some time, or just added, and that you can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto your wonderful shelves. 

Lucy Maud Montgomery has long been one of my favorite authors. To my shame though, I have not taken time to discover all of her characters and books. One of my wishes is to change this.

Cover of "The Story Girl"

Cover of The Story Girl

Two of my favorite book characters from my childhood are Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon. In college, I even dressed up as Anne for a children’s literature class. While I didn’t continue wearing the old-fashioned clothes, I did keep the red hair for the rest of that particular college year. As for Emily, she inspired me to experiment with writing poetry and nonfiction. I also felt more akin to her than Anne. Both of these beloved female characters are creations of Lucy Maud Montgomery.

In 1990, I encountered another one of Montgomery’s characters not through books but through a Canadian television series called Road to Avonlea. Its heroine, Sara Stanley, liked to weave stories and to lead her cousins on exciting misadventures. On a visit with my husband to Prince Edward Island, I not only heard about Sara again, but also of several other characters Montgomery had created.

Despite the books being available only in paperback, I purchased The Story Girl and its sequel Golden Road. Both of these are about Sara Stanley and are on this week’s wish list.

What’s on your wish list?

If you want to know who I am inside, read the Emily trilogy by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Most everyone knows and loves Montgomery’s most famous creation: Anne of Green Gables. I love Anne too. Yet Montgomery considered herself more akin to Emily. And so do I.

SIMILAR TO ANNE

The two girls, Anne and Emily, have a lot in common: They’re both orphaned from an early age. Each is raised by a domineering woman, with a supportive male figure in the background. Both wish to please their guardians, while firmly adhering to their own opinions of what is right and wrong. In conjunction with these conflicting desires, each craves to be loved not because of how obedient they are but rather simply for who they are. Both are highly emotional and imaginative—and therefore misunderstood by proper and stodgy adults. Each feels passionate about beauty, especially that which is found in nature, and bestows names upon the trees, the flowers, the trails, the lakes, and even the wind.

DIFFERENT FROM ANNE

Yet for as much as Anne and Emily have in common, to many readers including myself, Emily is a more realistic and darker character. Both grow up with literary aspirations, but Emily is far more wedded to the craft than Anne. For Emily, her journals are her lifeline, without which she would be miserable. She regularly writes poems, stories, and essays, pushing herself to explore every genre from romance to crime. Moreover, we constantly read of the acceptances and rejections that Emily receives, as she climbs the alpine path of literary fame. Neither Anne or Emily easily fits in with peers, but eventually both garner respect. Here again though, the differences between Anne and Emily gradually become apparent. Anne learned to play the belle of the party, while Emily often instead paced her room in loneliness when estranged for whatever reason from her small circle of friends. So while I love how Anne could brighten up everyone’s life, I better identified with the less attractive and more morose Emily.

INFLUENCES

Perhaps for that reason, despite dyeing my hair red in college (which Anne would find ironic given how much she loathed her hair color), Emily influenced me far more than Anne. Emily kept “Jimmy” books and wrote poetry, among other literary ventures. “Jimmy” books were so named, not because they differed from regular notebooks, but because Emily’s cousin Jimmy would sneak them to Emily. The first time I labeled my journal a “Jimmy” book, my family teased me for liking a boy in my class with that name. While the practice of naming my journal was short-lived, I wrote my first poem after reading the Emily books and kept up the practice throughout my teens.

When best friend Isle quarreled with Emily, she’d swear and call Emily atrocious names. Emily would smile and stoically wait for Isle’s outbursts to end, because she knew this made Isle even madder. As for the reason Emily could smile, well, she knew that she wasn’t “a lousy lizard” or a “toothless viper”. Similarly, I enjoyed how confounding my best friend in college found me because I’d unblinkingly and calmly tell her why I wasn’t any of the names she’d throw at me when mad.

 

English: Lucy Maud Montgomery in a photograph ...

English: Lucy Maud Montgomery in a photograph believed to have been taken at the time she arrived in Halifax to work at the Echo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shortly after college, I decided to stay home with my dad against the better wishes of relatives. No doubt unknown to anyone at the time, Emily’s influence was the reason. After much soul-searching, Emily declined an invitation to move to New York for a position with a magazine in favor of staying with her relatives on her beloved Prince Edward Island. So too I felt I belonged with my dad and in my home province of Newfoundland. Now Montgomery herself did eventually make a different decision than Emily for the sake of love—as did I, although like Montgomery I return to my home province on a regular basis.

One last story, before I move on to summaries of the Emily trilogy. And that is about the role that Emily played as matchmaker in my love life. One day Emily’s Great-Aunt Nancy wrote and asked for Emily to drop her a letter. Because she knew her guardians would read it, Emily felt paralyzed and didn’t make a good impression on Great-Aunt Nancy with her letter. In fact, Great-Aunt Nancy thought her stupid, but still she asked for a photo. This time, before Emily took the letter to the post office, she wrote a new one just for her aunt to see. Later that spring, Emily received an invitation to visit. Embarrassing as it is for me to admit, when I first enrolled in an online dating service I talked with family about what to write. (By the age of thirty, I had experienced much rejection and so felt insecure about my prospects with men.) Sadly, the end result was that the gentlemen I wrote were getting to know me only through other people’s eyes. Under the influence of Emily’s decision, I decided one day to be brave and write my own responses. Within a month, I began an intense correspondence with the guy who became my husband.

EMILY OF NEW MOON

The majority of the above incidents happened in the first book: Emily of New Moon. Unlike Anne, Emily starts out by living with her dad. Within four chapters, however, Montgomery has orphaned her. Now Emily, who like Anne at first appearance seems eccentric, must adapt to life with the Murray clan. She must also find acceptance with her peers, which is less easy for her than Anne. The latter is introduced to Diana, who immediately becomes a bosom buddy, while Emily faces cruelty from teachers and peers alike. Miss Brownell punishes her for refusing to admit why she is crying at school, while her schoolmates not only tease her for wearing a baby apron and buttoned boots but also taunt her by giving her a box with a dead snake. Yet Emily doesn’t remain entirely friendless, for she soon becomes best friends with the heathen Isle, gets rescued from a bull by Perry who becomes the family’s hired hand, and catches the eye of Teddy who finds creative release with paint and canvas. Whenever I read Emily of New Moon, I am amazed at its delightful endlessness.

EMILY CLIMBS

Montgomery repeats her magic with Emily Climbs and Emily’s Quest. In the former, Emily is offered the privilege of attending high school for three years. The honor comes however with a price. Emily is to give up writing, “except so far as school compositions might be concerned.” Anyone with a passion will readily understand how damning that request is. Cousin Jimmy suggests a compromise, that for those three years Emily write only what is true. My attempt to follow in Emily’s footsteps by writing only down facts proved to be as short-lived as the naming of my journals, but then my education came without conditions and so I had less incentive. Oh, Emily also had to board with her aunt, who kept accusing Emily of being sly. If she innocently turned a cloth on the living room sofa, opened a window, moved a portrait, shifted her bed to another corner, her aunt remained determined to figure out her “real” motives. As she matures, Emily’s friendships are tested. Isle is accused of playing a unforgiveable prank on her. The boys aren’t allowed to visit. Last, as in the first Emily book, there are references to the mystical world of fairies, druids, and elves, along with second sight. The latter crops up in Emily Climbs, when Emily is threatened in a church, calls out to Teddy for help, and is heard by him despite his living a mile away.

EMILY’S QUEST

Of course, as all heroines of trilogies must, Emily plunges headlong into adulthood by the third book. In some ways, Emily’s Quest is the least satisfying, because Montgomery caved again to public pressure to marry off one of her leading women. And of course if one is to write about romance, one must throw in many obstacles, which often result in cliché and convoluted relationships such as shared between Isle and Perry. Case in point, Isle is about to marry Teddy when she receives news that Perry is hurt, and so immediately runs to his side. Readers might remember that Anne finally realizes she loves Gilbert only when he is on his death-bed. Yet to Montgomery’s credit, she made the road to love much more difficult for Emily than Anne. While Anne had simply fooled herself into thinking she could only love a handsome and dashing stranger, Emily always knew she loved Teddy. Unfortunately, his mother hated everyone and everything that threatened to limit her son’s love for her, to the point that she poisoned their pets and destroyed Teddy’s paintings. She also keeps a letter from Emily in which Teddy reveals his true love for Emily. Teddy’s mom is not the only character whose twisted soul reaps tragic consequences. With Teddy out of the picture, old friend Dean Priest need only betray Emily by telling her that her first novel is flimsy and incredulous to clear the path for her to love him. After Emily hears his condemnation of her work, she blindly rushes down the family’s stairs where she falls on one of her aunt’s mending baskets and is pierced by a pair of scissors. For months after her recovery, she gives up her literary aspirations. Eventually though, Emily does pick up the pen again; life must go on, whether in books or in the real world.

CONCLUSION

There are many ways in which Emily’s life differs from mine. For one, I can count my dating ventures on one hand. For another, my novels still remain tucked away in the basement. Yet inside we are very much alike, especially when it comes to our being creatures of moods and individuals who simply must write. It’s been a pleasure to reread the Emily books yet again. I hope to hear from some of you that it’s been a delight for you to discover them.

My rating? Read them: Carry them with you. Make them a top priority to read.

How would you rate these books?

Upon learning that I’m from Canada, a classmate told me that one day she’d like to visit Prince Edward Island. When I shared that my husband and I visited there in the summer of 2010, she talked about how much she liked the Anne of Green Gables series. As we chatted more, I learned that my classmate had actually only watched the movies and had yet to read the books. While the 1985 Kevin Sullivan production of Anne of Green Gables is relatively faithful to L.M. Montgomery’s book, his subsequent production of Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel presents several incidents and characters not in the books. How far it strayed from Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Islandeven I had failed to realize until I reread the books this summer.

Briefly, in Anne of Avonlea, our heroine returns to her beloved Avonlea to teach. Her guardian Marilla Cuthbert has adopted again, this time mischievous but adorable twins. In the midst of school and home escapades, Anne and her friends run an Avonlea Village Improvement Society, which almost backfires when the first project is a disaster. Anne also meets new neighbors. One is the irate Mr. Harrison whom everyone assumes is single and whose parrot always greets Anne with the insulting, “Bless my soul, what’s that red-headed snippet doing here?” The funniest incident involves the town’s weatherman, who is famous for his inaccuracies but manages to have the last laugh. As you can tell, Anne of Avonlea is a fun cozy book about small-town life.

While Anne of the Island is no less homey, a vein of sadness runs through it. The first half portrays Anne’s return to college, the new friends she meets, and her visits home between semesters. It also hints of changes to come. For example, Anne submits her first literary story and Gilbert speaks for the first time about his love for Anne. Yet mostly, the first half is light-hearted adventures of college girls whose minds are on academics while their hearts are on boys.  The second half returns readers to Avonlea and is more serious in tone. Diana marries the less-than-dashing Fred and has a baby boy, leaving Anne feeling as if she is a stranger around her bosom buddy. Other classmates leave the island, marry, or even face death. One of the most poignant moments involves Paul, an imaginative student introduced in Anne of Avonlea, who discovers he can no longer find “his rock people”. Anne sadly tells him, “You must pay the penalty of growing up, Paul. You must leave fairyland behind you.”

L.M. Montgomery is one of the authors I most revere. As one rarely finds faults with their idols, so I too am reluctant to point out any negatives in the Anne books. Yet in all honesty I sometimes found myself skimming certain passages, mostly the flowery descriptions or the verbose monologues. Ironically, these are the traits for which critics also faulted Anne in her literary endeavors, making me wonder if real-life reviewers criticized Montgomery for those traits too. If so, I’m glad that she stayed true to her own style. Although at times Montgomery too heavily relies on purple prose, it’s still her descriptions which endear me to the people and places in her books. As for the dialog, some of the monologues by the women drag (don’t say duh!), while many of those by her students or by the twin Davy are a riot.

As to what appeals to me about the Anne books, oh, just about everything else. She’s a student, a teacher, a writer, and a confused adult. Just like me! Unlike in the first Anne book, when earning top grades was all about beating out a certain boy, Anne now studies because she loves to learn. Well, she also wants to earn scholarships so that she can relieve Marilla the financial burden of supporting her through college. Unlike in the movie version where Anne leaves Avonlea to teach snobby and wealthy boarding girls, Anne actually teaches students of mixed ages and genders, a handful of which are her former classmates. The first day she heads to school with a speech memorized, which she instantly forgets the moment that she faces rows of students awaiting her instruction. When that first day ends, Anne wavers between going home to cry or breaking down at school. The decision is made for her by the appearance of various parents, all of whom have complaints or suggestions. Salvation comes in the form of a student named Paul, who gives her flowers because he thought she might like them. As part of Anne’s aspirations for literary fame, she composes a story around a character whose name MUST be “Averil” and who MUST suffer. Despite advice to the contrary, she creates a dull but dashing hero and kills off an apparently irredeemable villain. Yet even in this most novice stage, Anne discovers every author’s woe of dealing with characters who insist on saying and acting as they please. Then there’s her romances. While Anne certainly entertained far more suitors than I ever did, we struggled equally at age twenty with awkward dates. When Roy Gardner stepped into her life, epitomizing her ideal of tall and handsome with dark eyes and melting voice, Anne thought she had found her prince. There’s another way in which Anne and I are alike. Anne can set her hopes high and then just as easily crash into depths of despair. While adulthood tempered both of us with regards to moods, we still are creatures who feel intensely and so sometimes cause our own pain.

Now just because I connect with Anne on enough levels for me to consider her a kindred spirit doesn’t mean everyone will. Some readers might feel that the way she can win over all but the most cankerous is too Pollyanna-like. I love Anne for this reason. She is an exemplary model of how to deal with the nice and not-so-nice people in the world. Other readers might tire of her prattle and her flights of fancy. Again, I love Anne for this reason. Once I get over being shy, I love to chat and to imagine. Anne makes these traits feel desirable. Mark Twain once called Anne “the sweetest creation of life ever created”. Yet this does not mean Anne is a saccharine character. She has her errors in judgment and spitfire moments, which bring balance to her character, making Anne someone who everyone can love. If you add to this gorgeous scenic descriptions and cozy character portrayals, you have two great sequels to the beloved Anne of Green Gables story.

P.S. For the record, after watching the third and fourth Anne movies from Sullivan productions, I refused to watch them again. They are the most controversial among fans of the Anne books, because the plots not based on anything which Montgomery wrote. Moreover, only the first two movies were at least partially filmed in Prince Edward Island.

My rating? Read them: Borrow from your library or a friend. They’re worth your time.

How would you rate these books?

Growing up, I studied the inside jacket blurbs of books to learn everything I could about an author. If the bios provided were too short, I sought one in an encyclopedia. These days, I lean more towards online articles or even full-length autobiographies. This fanatical attraction of mine to authors might have something to do with my dream to be one. As such, you might not share the same interest.Yet many online readers do like to know about authors for the same reason many movie viewers like to hear commentaries. Authors can provide insight into how a novel came to fruition, along with how they feel about their characters and how they established their settings, and perhaps even provide trivial details about their story. It’s also just fun and fascinating to find out more about the person who wrote the story that I just finished. For all those reasons, I eagerly await the day when novels come packed with special features the way DVDS do. In the meantime, I enjoy researching into author biographies to provide you with some tidbits of info about the novelists whose books I feature.For my next review, I will feature a round-up of beloved books from childhood that encouraged me in my dream to become a writer. During the week itself, I will post mini-biographies of the authors of those novels. Save the date of my round-up: August 14!

Author #1: What famous writer resisted a publisher request, because she did not think she could write an interesting story for girls?

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In eighteen sixty-eight, a Boston publisher asked the struggling young to write a book for books, because it would have widespread appeal. He was right. When Alcott eventually decided to try, the result was the instantly success and now beloved classic Little Women.Read more of her biography at the Louisa May Alcott website. There, you can also see a photo of the home where Little Women was penned, read information about how to take a tour of the historic Orchard House, and purchase merchandise related to Little Women. Teachers can find educational programs and study kits.If you feel ready to test your knowledge of Louise May Alcott and her book Little Women, check out these quizzes from The Literature Network:

Author #2: Where was Eleanor Cameron born?Canada! Now although Eleanor Cameron was born in Canada, she lived most of her life in California. Her parents moved to Berkeley early in her life. She then lived in Los Angeles until she married Ian Cameron. They moved to Pacific Grove, where she lived for the rest of her life. For some reason, I thought she was British. Ah well.

Eleanor Cameron

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Eleanor Cameron is known best for two sets, one being the Mushroom Planet books. Even as a child, I did not readily take to science fiction. So, this is not her favorite set of mine. Yet having learned of the origin, I am intrigued to reread them. Apparently, one day her son David, an avid Doctor Dolittle fan stood at the side of her table and told her what he had dreamed of: a story about himself and his closest friend, and how they would build a little spaceship and go off and find a planet just their size, just about big enough to explore in a day or two. And so, at her son’s request, the five Mushroom Planet books were born.It surprised me just as much to learn that Cameron was in her sixties when she began writing realistic fiction. One of the results, the Julia Redfern books, are among my favorite books for they featured an aspiring adolescent writer. Cameron’s last children’s novel, the final book in the Redfern series, was finished when she was seventy-seven. You can read an extensive biography of Cameron at Old Children’s Books and my review of one of the Julia Redfern books here on Sunday.

Louise Fitzhugh

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Author #3: What author received criticism for her book about a rude and opinionated heroine who also carried a notebook with her everywhere?In 1964, Louise Fitzhugh published her first novel: Harriet the Spy. She was an only child. Her parents divorced soon after her birth and her father won complete custody, on the grounds that her mother was unfit. Biographies about Fitzhugh suggest that the loneliness of her youth influenced her writings. Her life was unusual in other ways too. For example, she attended an all girls’ school and later three universities, without obtaining a degree. Although she was married briefly, she dated girls after high school and wrote a book about two adolescent girls who fall in love. While this manuscript was rejected, Harriet the Spy became a classic. After only a handful of picture books and novels, Fitzhugh died in her forties of a brain aneurysm. For more info on Harriet the Spy, check out the tribute Purple Socks site.Author #4: Who won a Newbery Honor for her book about the Civil War?Irene Hunt! I couldn’t find much about her except that, after she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she worked as a teacher. A number of authors seemed to have this background. Hunt taught French and English in the Illinois public schools and later psychology at the University of South Dakota. She retired from teaching in 1969.Growing up, she loved to listen to the stories that her grandfather told of his childhood during the Civil War. From these stories came her first novel, Across Five Aprils. It was named a Newbery Honor book in 1965. Only two years later, she received a Newbery Medal for Up a Road Slowly. One of my favorite books from childhood that encouraged me in my dream to become a writer, I’m still looking for information regards its origin.Author #5: Who is a famous literary orphan?

Lucy Maud Montgomery ca 1920 – 1930

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Anne of Green Gables! The inspiration for Anne came from a scrap of paper that Lucy Maud Montgomery kept from a young age, describing a couple that were mistakenly sent an orphan girl instead of a boy but had decided to keep her. Montgomery used a photograph of Evelyn Nesbit from New York’s Metropolitan Magazine as the model for the face of Anne. In also drawing upon her childhood experiences growing rural Prince Edward Island in writing Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery made Prince Edward Island famous across the world. Since its publication, Anne of Green Gableshas sold more than 50 million copies.When Montgomery was only two years old, her mother died of tuberculosis. Stricken with grief over his wife’s death, Hugh Montgomery gave custody of Montgomery to her grandparents and eventually moved out West to Saskatchewan. Montgomery grew up with her strict and conservative grandparents in Cavendish. Montgomery credits this lonely time of her life, in which she created many imaginary friends and places to cope with loneliness, as what developed her creative mind.Following the completion of her grade school education, she attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. Completing a two-year program there in one year, she obtained her teaching certificate. Upon later leaving Dalhousie, where she studied literature, Montgomery worked as a teacher in various island schools. She also began to have short stories published in various magazines and newspapers. A prolific writer, Montgomery had over one hundred of her stories published from 1897 to 1907 inclusive. The following year, she published her first book: Anne of Green Gables.An avid fan of Montgomery’s novels, most of her life story is familiar to me. When reading recent biographies, however, I discovered that Montgomery underwent several periods of depression during her adult years while trying to cope with the duties of motherhood and church life, her husband’s attacks of melancholia and deteriorating health, and expensive lawsuits with her publisher. Truly, for much of her life, writing was her one great solace. You can read more about this troubled but beloved author at the Lucy Maud Montgomery Institute website.Author #6: What author survived a near-paralyzing struggle with polio in his teens?

Raccoon

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Sterling North! Born ina farmhouse on the shores of Lake Koshkonong, North grew to young adulthood in the quiet southern Wisconsin village of Edgerton. When North was eleven, several of his uncles wrote extended biographies about their parents and their pioneer farm life. This writing effort occurred at the same time as the setting of Rascal and may have been inspiration to North who often drew upon his own life for his books.After graduating from Edgerton High School, North began his writing career. He wrote for The Chicago Daily News, The New York World-Telegram and Sun, and for many magazines. North’s most famous work, Rascal, received several awards including the Newbery Honor. It was also made into a Disney movie.Additionally, it was made into a 52-episode Japanese anime entitled “Araiguma Rasukara”. Rascal’s popularity led to many Japanese children requesting raccoons as pets. Japan became such a big buyer of raccoons that North American raccoons are now a serious alien pest in Japan.You can read a fuller biography about Sterling North at the Sterling North Society. The society also features tours and related merchandise. To read more about Rascal’s popularity in Japan, check out: Go Jefferson. The page also provides photos and related trivia.

Oh, Miss Cuthbert, did you really say that perhaps you would let me stay at Green Gables?” she said, in a breathless whisper, as if speaking aloud might shatter the glorious possibility, “Did you really say it? Or did I only imagine that you did?”–Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables

Ever since first reading about Anne in my earliest childhood years, I have yearned to visit her island home. This summer, on our way to my home province of Newfoundland, my husband and I detoured to Prince Edward Island. I saw Green Gables and many other places which meant so much to Anne and to L.M. Montgomery herself. Montgomery and I are both island girls and storytellers, as well as individuals of moods and imagination. I wish I could have met her. Alas, we are generations apart, but her books and my trip to PEI will live forever in my heart.

Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace

  • L.M. Montgomery was born on November 30th, 1874 in New London, known as “Clifton” to her readers.
  • The home contains period furniture, along with samples of Montgomery’s poems, letters, and scrapbooks.
  • A replica of the author’s wedding dress is on exhibit, along with her wedding shoes and her honeymoon slippers.
  • A copy of the Island Hymn, written in 1908, is displayed on the organ. Montgomery was asked to compose the words for it by the island’s Women’s Institute. It became Prince Edward Island’s new anthem just this year.
  • At the top of the stairs, one can see into the bedroom where Montgomery was born.



Green Gables

The international acclaim of Montgomery’s novels turned her hometown of Cavendish (known to her readers as Avonlea) into a popular tourist destination in the early twentieth century and led to the establishment of Prince Edward Island National Park in the 1930s. The park’s boundaries encompass the Green Gables homestead, along with surroundings familiar to readers such as The Haunted Woods and Lover’s Lane.

The Green Gables farm was owned by the Macneill family, cousins of the author. The farm’s name is derived from the dark green paint of its gables. Although Montgomery never lived at Green Gables, she spent many happy childhood hours visiting it. The Anne series is based on Green Gables and Cavendish.

During her courtship to Ewan MacDonald, Montgomery began writing Anne of Green Gables. It would be rejected by four publishers and stuffed in a hatbox for two years, until she took it out in 1907, revised it, and sent it to L.C. Page of Boston. It was accepted with the stipulation that she write more Anne books. Her success initially earned her a mere royalty of 9 cents per copy!

Ingleside and Silver Bush

The town Park Corner was the inspiration for “Ingleside,” Anne and Gilbert’s home in the Anne books. The Campbell home itself is the setting for Pat of Silver Bush. The Lake of Shining Waters, also written about in the Anne series, lies just across the road from the house.

Montgomery’s Aunt Annie and Uncle John Campbell and their four children lived at Park Corner. Montgomery was close to the family; their home was always a second home to her. She visited frequently, even living with the Campbells for short periods. The house is now a museum.

After her marriage to Ewan MacDonald and their move to Ontario, Montgomery remained involved in the lives of the Campbells and contributed to the upkeep of the farm. She spend part of her vacations in PEI at their home.

Montgomery also married here. The organ and furnishings in the parlour, used during Montgomery’s wedding, are available to present-day couples who wish to their marriage to have a Montgomery connection.

Many family heirlooms are on display including some items that Montgomery wrote into her books and stories: the enchanted bookcase from the Anne books, the green-and-white spotted china dog “Magog” and the Rosebud Tea Set from the Emily books, the Fruit Basket and the The Blue Chest of Rachel Ward from “The Story Girl”.

Despite arriving shortly before closing time, I lingered in every room. With this tour over, so would be our jaunt into Montgomery’s world. I also dawdled over every store item. Suddenly, I wanted to purchase everything! With this whirlwind author tour over, so would be our jaunt back into Montgomery’s world. I felt reluctant to leave. I had waited all my life to visit Montgomery’s beloved island. I might see it only again next year or might have to wait a lifetime to return. Finally though, my husband and I drove off, headed towards yet more adventures.


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