An affecting biography of the author of Anne of Green Gables is the first for young readers to include revelations about her last days and to encompass the complexity of a brilliant and sometimes troubled life.Once upon a time, there was a girl named Maud who adored stories. When she was fourteen years old, Maud wrote in her journal, "I love books. I hope when I grow up to be able to have lots of them." Not only did Maud grow up to own lots of books, she wrote twenty-four of them herself as L. M. Montgomery, the world-renowned author of Anne of Green Gables. For many years, not a great deal was known about Mauds personal life. Her childhood was spent with strict, undemonstrative grandparents, and her reflections on writing, her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression, her "year of mad passion," and her difficult married life remained locked away, buried deep within her unpublished personal journals. Through this revealing and deeply moving biography, kindred spirits of all ages who, like Maud, never gave up "the substance of things hoped for" will be captivated anew by the words of this remarkable woman....
|Title||:||House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery|
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House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery Reviews
Any L.M. Montgomery fan will want to read this book, as it portrays Lucy Maud's life and writings. I was delighted to discover that the author herself was much like her character Anne, full of vivacity and imagination and a love of beauty and nature.
Sadly, Maud's life was not one of happiness. In her early years, she struggled with loneliness and abandonment. In later years, she struggled with depression, was not happily married, and had a very difficult adult son. Her friendships were sweet, sh ...more
I had no idea of the tragedy and heartbreak (and all the suitors!) that Maud experienced in her life, especially considering how bright and cheerful Anne is. Received at ALA Midwinter 2018.
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
L.M. Montgomery is probably best known as the creator of one of the best-loved book characters every written: Anne Shirley. I first encountered Lucy Maud Montgomery the when I picked up Anne of Green Gables for the first time. I later met some of her other creations: Emily, the Storygirl, and my favorite: Valancy Stirling. I hadn't given Montgomery's life much thought beyond her profession as a written and tho ...more
I wish I never had read this. I never knew anything about L.M. Montgomery before this book, and I'm sorry to know anything at all. All I can hope to do us put this book out of my mind and try to forget it. All of my life I have dreamed of visiting Prince Edward Island, and it hurts my heart a bit to think knowing more about the author may have ruined a childhood favorite (and a series I have always enjoyed rereading as an adult).
As for the actual book, I liked the cover illustration (indeed it s ...more
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Liz Rosenberg has done an exceptional job of collecting personal details of the life of beloved author L.M. Montgomery, bringing to light her life long struggles with anxiety and depression. A prolific writer, Montgomery's determination led her to overcome financial difficulties and obtain additional education uncommon for young women at the time.
I enjoyed learning about Montgomery's childhood and how she managed to turn portions of her sad childhood into a hopeful and positive story that still ...more
What a wonderful book! I am normally a slow reader, but I read this one quickly. I love the way this writers puts her sentences together.
L. M. Montgomery is a favorite author so I had a special interest here, though I am inclined to like most bios. This one is gripping from the start. Poor Maud was abandoned by her father shortly after her mother died. Luckily she had grandparents to care for her. There are some light moments here, like early romances, sleigh rides, adventures etc. just as you' ...more
The book!!! The illustrations are five stars alone let alone the story! I did not know much about Maud Montgomery before reading this; just that I had read and loved Anne of Green Gables growing up. Now I love the books even more and need to reread! If you love Anne as much as I do I think you will love this this book.
This novel follows Anne’s whole life and it was really interesting to learn more about her, which experiences and people inspired her books, and how many hardships she overcame to ...more