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Chronicles of Avonlea Paperback – September 27, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1406821734 ISBN-10: 140682173X

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Library (September 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140682173X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406821734
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,973,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On Prince Edward Island, where Anne Shirley grew up in the sea-sprayed town of Avonlea, there was no shortage of wonderful stories. There was the case of Ludovic Speed, who wouldn't propose to the woman he had courted for fifteen years until Anne devised a plan to "speed" him up . . . if it didn't backfire and break his heart. But no one could blame mischievous Anne for the hilarious battle of the sexes that erupted when a man-hating woman and her cat got quarantined in the same house with a woman-hating bachelor and his dog. From sprawling Penhallow Grange, where a family waits nearly forever for two quarreling lovers to break their stubborn silence, to the tumbledown farm of Old Man Shaw, who awaits the return of his beloved daughter, L. M. Montgomery has written twelve tales of secret hopes and hidden dreams, filled with enchantment and humor. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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On Prince Edward Island, where Anne Shirley grew up in the sea-sprayed town of Avonlea, there was no shortage of wonderful stories.  There was the case of Ludovic Speed, who wouldn't propose to the woman he had courted for fifteen years until Anne devised a plan to "speed" him up . . . if it didn't backfire and break his heart.  But no one could blame mischievous Anne for the hilarious battle of the sexes that erupted when a man-hating woman and her cat got quarantined in the same house with a woman-hating bachelor and his dog. From sprawling Penhallow Grange, where a family waits nearly forever for two quarreling lovers to break their stubborn silence, to the tumbledown farm of Old Man Shaw, who awaits the retum of his beloved daughter, L. M. Montgomery has written twelve tales of secret hopes and hidden dreams, filled with enchantment and humor. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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This is a great collection of short stories by L.M. Montgomery.
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I would definitely recommend to any other Montgomery fans.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is an endearing collection of short stories. The first time I read the Anne series at age 10, I refused to read this book because it wasn't about Anne. However, at age 21, I have grown up and recently read it. Read this and become enmeshed in other Avonlea lives. Also, look forward to references to our favorite heroine, Anne Shirley! I promise you won't be disappointed!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 4, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Chronicles of Avonlea" is a collection of short stories by L.M. Montgomery, "In which Anne Shirley of Green Gables and Avonlea plays some part, and which have to do with other personalities and events." First published in June of 1912 when Montgomery had published "Anne of Green Gables," "Anne of Avonlea," "Kilmeny of the Orchard," and "The Story Girl," it is my understanding that the author revised some of these stories to work in references to Anne and Avonlea, which would make them more palatable for her growing audience of readers.

This volume contains my favorite Montgomery short story, "Old Lady Lloyd," which is actually set in Spencervale. The title character is thought to be rich, mean and proud but is really only the last that is true. But then she hears of the plight of young Sylvia Gray and Margaret Lloyd finds there is something more important than her wicked pride. Montgomery does some nice twists with what is basically a fairy godmother story. "Old Lady Lloyd" also provided the basis for one of the first season episodes of the television series "Road to Avonlea," as did the comic romances "Aunt Olivia's Beau" and "The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's" from this volume.

Although "Old Lady Lloyd" is a love story of sorts, many of the dozen stories found here are more traditional romances. "The Hurrying of Ludovic" is about Anne Shirley's plan to help the ironically named Ludovic Speed to hurry up and ask her friend TheodoraDix to be married. "The Winning of Lucinda" and "The Courting of Prissy Strong" follow suit as well, although with Montgomery's wry sense of humor coming into play. But another strong theme in these stories starting with "Old Lady Lloyd" is the love of music, which comes into play in both "Each in His Own Tongue" and "Little Joscelyn.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1997
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Perfect for sitting in front of the fireplace and reading. These stories are all about love-- with all its twists and turns. It'll make you laugh and cry. Each story takes you into a different world where you care about the characters and want their dreams to be fulfilled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By In the Bookcase on January 29, 2015
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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 Sloane's Purchase, The Courting of Prissy Strong, The Miracle at Carmody, The End of a Quarrel.

Now, to share with you about my absolute favorites from Chronicles of Avonlea!

"Each in His Own Tongue" tells of a musically talented young boy and one of the strangest men in Carmody (or so the local gossips think), Abel Blair. He is a man who has kept to himself for years -- except for in the instance of young Felix Moore, who often stops by to practice playing Abel's violin. The beautiful deed of music must be performed in secret, for Felix's guardian grandfather doesn't approve of such things. Especially since Felix can capture the very soul of a person in musical notes and crescendos. Sometimes the angelic music is so painstakingly true that it's painful to listen to; sometimes it can help those who can't be otherwise reached.

"The Winning of Lucinda" is the story of an uncompleted courtship, in a way. That is, if a courtship can be constructed from two young lovers, who after a moment of discord, would not speak to each other for fifteen years, growing older, and yet still engaged throughout the entire span of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Barnes on February 28, 2008
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If you're already an 'Anne of Green Gables' fan, you'll love these short stories. Each one is unique and is about different residents of Avonlea and its' surrounds. Laugh out loud with some - they're every bit as entertaining as the 'Anne' books themselves.

Don't expect to find too much of 'Anne' herself in these stories though. She often gets a mention, but no more than that. These stories are about other residents in Avonlea and are great for giving extra depth and fullness to the novels about Anne. 12 tales in total - I loved them all!
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Short stories are not my thing, and I don't know why I keep reading them, but I do. I think I'm trying to find a collection of short stories that I love as much as David Sedaris' work. But, I don't think that I'll ever love any anthology of short stories like I will a David Sedaris book so I need to stop trying.

With all that said, I read Chronicles of Avonlea because it came as part of the Anne of Green Gables series I purchased for Nook, and because I just wasn't ready to leave the Avonlea world yet. I was disappointed that Anne and Gilbert weren't featured at all here, but enjoyed the book nonetheless. My usual complaint of short stories leaving me unsatisfied still applied, but this book was good for what it is: a sweet collection of stories that I forgot as soon as I read the last page.

Up until the last story, Further Chronicles of Avonlea was more of the same, except for a story featuring Anne, which I was pleased to read. However, the last story was so different from the rest that I was shocked! It was racist and the tone was so unlike the rest of the Avonlea stories that I wondered at its inclusion in the series. The last story was not how I wanted to end my Anne of Green Gables journey and it soured the entire Further Chronicles of Avonlea experience for me.

I would recommend these two books for fans of the Anne of Green Gables series only. If you're new to the Anne books, start with Anne of Green Gables. While I did enjoy these books, I don't think that they are enough to win over new-to-the-series readers.

Just One Gripe:
The last story in Further Chronicles of Avonlea was terrible!

The Best Thing About This Book:
Just about every story had its own little happily ever after.
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Lucy Maude Montgomery (1874-1942) was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, the setting for Anne of Green Gables. She left to attend college, but returned to Prince Edward Island to teach. In 1911, she married the Reverend Ewan MacDonald. Anne of Green Gables, the first in a series of "Anne" books by Montgomery, was published in 1908 to immediate success and continues to be a perennial favorite.

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