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Emily's Quest (Emily Novels)

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ISBN-13: 978-0553264937
ISBN-10: 0553264931
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Emily knows she's going to be a great writer. She also knows that she and her childhood sweetheart, Teddy Kent, will conquer the world together. But when Teddy leaves home to pursue his goal to become an artist at the School of Design in Montreal, Emily's world collapses. With Teddy gone, Emily agrees to marry a man she doesn't love ... as she tries to banish all thoughts of Teddy. In her heart, Emily must search for what being a writer really means....

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Emily knows she's going to be a great writer. She also knows that she and her childhood sweetheart, Teddy Kent, will conquer the world together. But when Teddy leaves home to pursue his goal to become an artist at the School of Design in Montreal, Emily's world collapses. With Teddy gone, Emily agrees to marry a man she doesn't love ... as she tries to banish all thoughts of Teddy. In her heart, Emily must search for what being a writer really means....
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Product Details

  • Series: Emily Novels
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (August 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553264931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553264937
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Wonderful. As with all the Montgomery books, the beauty of the world captures you. Emily's Quest is a brilliant end to a most charming series of books. Its sadder - had to be, for Emily is no longer a child of 14. She is now 24, with unfulfilled dreams. Hence, there had to be mor etears. But the book statisfied all expectations, except to some extent the final chapter. Rarely has a romance been built up so beautifully and so truthfully as here - and it deserved a much better final chapter. My favourite chapter here is the one where the 24 year old Emily reads the letter written to her by the 14 year old Emily. I cried a long while as I read and reread the lines. I have read nothing as beautiful. In conclusion, this is a must-read. A romance for all ages - to live in a world that is beautiful and captivating, but which alas, no longer exists in this dark world of today.
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By A Customer on December 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Look, it was amazing. Because I am going through a misunderstanding similar to what Emily went through, I loved it.
But......I thought she should have got out of Blair Water, maybe gone to New York for a year. It wouldn't have killed her.
The ending.....it really looked like she wouldn't end up with Teddy. And the way she just ASSUMES she means nothing to him.
Wasn't she jumping to conclusions a bit? How could she be so sure? And couldn't she have told her own best friend about who she was in love with? It would have made her easier to relate to for me. Cool down, girl.
The ending chapter, as others have said, was simply not complete enough. A description of her wedding.....that would have been nice. If not in this one then in some book Montgomery wrote after this about Emily. We deserved to know more. And I wanted more of Teddy around. We always heard what Emily thought of him, but there was so much of Dean and so little of Teddy. Why?
I like that Dean character. I think Montgomery does a good job of showing the vile parts of human nature when she writes of how Dean told Emily "The Seller of Dreams" was no good. I seriously got angry when I find out he had done that to her though. It made me wonder, how selfish of him....when he knew in part at least that that accident she suffered was his fault, how could he have had that happy summer with her furnishing the Dissapointed House?
The Dissapointed House is a wonderful metaphor by the way throughout the novel.
Write better and less SUDDEN! endings Emily is tons better than Anne. I like the ambition of the woman. Anne lost all that. There is more of a mutual respect thing between Teddy and her. They are both going after "Rainbow Gold." Wish there had been more talk of that between them during the book.
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By A Customer on June 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
Emily's Quest seems often to be telling two stories at once, in two different styles. Emily's relationships with Teddy Kent and Dean Priest often play out like conventional magazine romance of the time. This can get frustrating, particularly in the latter half of the book. However, Emily's continuing adventures as a writer and her from-the-heart journal entries are pure gold, and have the feel of L.M. Montgomery's own experience.
This book does have a bittersweet flavor that is missing from the Anne series, but I appreciate the emotional truth that comes through. Montgomery's insight into her characters is clear but gentle, and rarely unforgiving. My only wish is that she would have trusted her characters to forward Emily's story to the end without resorting to plot devices. Overall, however, this is a worthwhile read that fans of Emily Climbs will not want to miss.
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Format: Hardcover
Of all the books ever to make it to the shelves, Emily's Quest is by far my favorite. I first picked it up when I was eleven years old because I liked the picture of Emily on the front, and lo and behold--you CAN tell a book by its cover! Ever since, I have loved Emily because of her passion for writing, her love for Teddy, and her ability to draw me into her world. The magic Montgomery sprinkles into this book is truly a fairy dust of the soul--she makes one doubt that Emily is fiction at all. The more I read, the more it seemed as though New Moon was a real place, and that Emily's love for it was real as well. This is clearly not just a chronicle of a cardboard character. I felt Emily's pain of being left behind, her suffering through the years as she strived to become a successful writer and dreamed of winning Teddy's love. Contrary to what some may think, I don't believe Emily's Quest is a dark book. How could it be when filled with such people as fun-loving Ilse, dashing Perry, mysterious Dean, wonderful Teddy, and imaginative, passionate, starry-eyed Emily? The book goes on as life does (or perhaps as life SHOULD) until finally the dreams in Emily's heart come true--and the reader is left dreaming that somehow, for some reason, the story of Emily does not end there after all . . . .
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By A Customer on September 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
I finished reading this book in two days' time. Well, now I like the Emily series very very much. I know I like Anne too. She will always have a special place in my life..but Emily, she is so down to earth. At first, I thought I wouldn't like this book as much as the other two...coz it's too sad. I kept on thinking, how come LMM will let her own character give up writing! That was the one thing Emily loved to do all her life. Then when I got to chapter 10, I just couldn't leave my eyes from the book. I was so absorded that I thought I might be Emily Byrd Starr myself!!:p It *hurt* me as much as it did to Emily when I heard that my best friend Ilse (well..at that time i believe i were emily..i was TOO absorded) is going to marry the boy (Teddy) whom I love all my life!! The only boy/man whom I love and belong to!! It *broke* my heart when Teddy said in front of me that "the only one star I HATE is 'Vega of the Lyre'" (oh..teddy, do you still remember we have promsied to think of each other when we see this star!!) Oh..our promise..our dreams ..our Disappointed House!! (well..I just can't help myself ..tears just coming out of my eyes..like non-stop!!) I felt as if I myself, like Emily, have also lost a true friend and teacher when Mr. Carpenter died. Well..there is one place in the book that i feel really heart-warming though..that is when Aunt Elizabeth told Emily she wouldn't mind listening to Emily's "The Moral of the Rose". It's just so Murrayish! LOL! But I can sense the she is indeed very proud of Juliet's daughter. See how she put Emily's first book in her living room whenever there is a caller at New Moon! LOL!!!...She loves Emily. I never doubt that!! :0) well..as for the ending..I won't say a word here!I don't want to spoil the fun here! What I would say is, it gives us so much scope for the imagination! All in all, I love this book! Just can't help myself!
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