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Mistress Pat [Paperback]

By L.M. Montgomery (Author)
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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.92" Width: 4.5" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 1997
Publisher   Seal Books
Age  9-12
ISBN  0770422462  
EAN  9780770422462  

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When she was twenty, nearly everyone thought Patricia Gardiner ought to be having beaus--except of course, Pat herself. For Pat, Silver Bush was both home and heaven. All she could ever ask of life was bound in the magic of the lovely old house on Prince Edward Island, "where good things never change." And now there was more than ever to do, what with planning for the Christmas family reunion, entertaining a countess, playing matchmaker, and preparing for the arrival of the new hired man. Yet as those she loved so dearly started to move away, Pat began to question the wisdom of her choice of Silver Bush over romance. Was it possible to be lonely at Silver Bush?
"I love books.  I hope when I grow up to be able to have lots of them." Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote in her journal when she was just fourteen.  This journal entry, made in 1889, is significant to readers today who know that when she grew up she not only owned and read many books, but also became the world-famous author L. M. Montgomery.  Maud, as she liked to be called by family and friends, wrote twenty-four books between 1908 and 1939.  Her first was Anne of Green Gables, and her other works include seven more Anne books, the Avonlea stories, the Emily trilogy, two novels for adults, an autobiography, and the novel The Story Girl.

Lucy Maud Montgomery was always writing and reading and was quite a story girl herself, creating more than five hundred short stories.  She also wrote many poems.  One edition of her poetry was published during her lifetime and today all her poems have been collected in a single volume.

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More About L.M. Montgomery

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lucy Maud Montgomery (November 30, 1874 April 24, 1942), was a Canadian author best known for her series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, which was an immediate success. The first novel was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery went on to publish 20 novels as well as 500 short stories and poems. She was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in 1874 and died in 1942.

Lucy Maud Montgomery has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Anne of Green Gables
  2. Anne of Green Gables Novels
  3. Artfolds Classic Editions
  4. Classic Starts
  5. Compact Novel Journal
  6. Dover Evergreen Classics
  7. Emily Novels
  8. Everyman's Library Children's Classics
  9. L.M. Montgomery Books
  10. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  11. Naxos Classics
  12. Norton Critical Editions
  13. Novel Journal
  14. Stepping Stone Book Classics
  15. Tantor Unabridged Classics

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Great Little Duo of Books  May 7, 2007
I am rather surprised that some readers did not like the conclusion of Patricia Gardiner's story. I think she finally found what she was looking for even if it had always been there and sometimes it takes adversity to lead us down the right path. As for substance of character, these stories were written in the early part of the 20th century when women were still not encouraged to be strong and self-reliant and so therefore they were coddled and protected and might come across as shallow or self-absorbed in today's society. I feel that Lucy Montgomery's work is a delightful trek into the past and reminds us just how far we have come today.
Only readable because of Montgomerey's style  Nov 22, 2005
I am a big fan of L.M. Montgomerey. That being said, I hated the heroine of this book. Pat is odiously obsessive about change. One would suspect some sort of psychiatric disorder. Also, I was very perturbed by the persistent snobbery in this book; the Gardiner's perceive themselves as above others, i.e. "we're not Binnie's!" or something to that effect being mentioned in every chapter. L.M. does have a tendency towards snobbery and racism (Tannis of the Flats, Kilmeny of the Orchard) in many of her books and short stories. The racism can usually be attributed to historical perspective, but the snobbery is tasteless regardless of era. Also, if you read nearly all of her books and stories you'll begin to notice the same plot devices and even storylines popping up, which is tiresome.

Stick with the Anne and Emily series, and the Blue Castle.
Disliked the Ending  Mar 10, 2005
I have loved and enjoyed many of L.M. Montgomery's books through the years--especially the Emily series, which I have read over and over again--but I had never read this book before. I read it without reading "Pat of Silver Bush" first. This was probably a mistake.

"Mistress Pat" contained many of the elements that I have loved in Montgomery's other books--the magical sense of place, the humor, the vividly described characters. The portentous "CHANGE IS COMING" theme seemed to overshadow all of those elements throughout the book; nevertheless, I enjoyed reading the novel... until the very end.

Until "The Eleventh Year", I had believed that Pat would someday realize what everyone around her and every reader had realized since page one: Hilary is the love of her life. Yes, she does realize this at the end, but only after almost everything else that matters to her has been swept away. For several days after finishing the book, I wondered why it bothered it me so much. I don't like to see beautiful places destroyed, even fictional beautiful places, but it was more than that. I think it was the disturbing thought that this horrendous Deus ex machina transformed Hilary into Pat's last resort.

One is quite sure at the end that Hilary and Pat will live happily ever after. But one wonders if Hilary will ever speculate, in his darker moments: "Would she still have loved and chosen me, if she HADN'T lost everything?"
Don't want it to end  Apr 21, 2004
This is a book that I hate to have end because the plot is about a woman clinging to a way of life that's slipping away from her and I don't want to see it go.

One of the most successful elements of the books is the characters and the sense of place. Judy, who we meet again from Pat of Silverbush, and Tillytuck, a new addition to the cast, are two of her most realistic and interesting characters. Silverbush itself is a character - I feel like I have tromped through the flower beds and maybe overnighted in the Poet's room. Despite this developed sense of place and person, some of Montgomery's formulas are still evident: I found Pat's sister Cuddles to be remarkably similar to Philippa Gordon from the Anne series. Pat has a streak of Murray pride and an older love interest a la Emily. Also, May Binnie, Pat's nemesis is a rather one dimensional character and we never understand what's motivating her.

Some people complained that there isn't enough of the male love interest in this book but I think they miss the point. This isn't a love story about a man and woman, it's a love story about a woman and her home. Besides, in most of Montgomery's other books the love interests are featured for only a few pages here and there. Anne and Gilbert didn't get together every weekend and neither did Emily and Teddy.

Another aspect of the story that I liked is that we see Pat get a little older before she figures who she loves and how she will spend her life. I'm only speculating but it felt more autobiographical. After all, Montgomery herself was in her thirties when Anne of Green Gables was published and wasn't married until she was in her late thirties.

I just finished rereading this book last night. I'll have to hold off a couple of years before rereading it again and I'm a little homesick right now for Silverbush and Pat and the Gardiner family.

Poignant  Feb 12, 2004
Yes, Pat's devotion to Silver Bush can skirt awfully close to neurotic heights BUT this book is just so poignant. The fact of its spanning 11 years is one of its greatest strengths -- I think it lets us know how time can pass so quickly, unchanging in many ways, but interspersed with life-altering events. Characters in this book mature and change -- look at "Cuddles" into Rae. And the love she and Pat share is wonderful; most of LMM's heroines have that all-supportive best friend, but I think this portrayal of sisters is wonderful, and they fight like sisters would, too.

No heroic struggles to achieve fame are here, but Pat definitely has to endure things large and small. From the passage of time, of life, to everyday annoyances. To have May Binnie brought into your very own home, and try not to be awful to her for your brother's sake -- ! I think it would be very harrowing to live with someone so alien and unsympathetic, in your very own beloved house -- living with a thousand small pinpricks a day.

Finally, Judy's death -- so well-written. Grievously sad but not maudlin -- the touches of humor Judy displays, her courage in dying -- I just don't think you'd have seen anything like that in earlier LMM works.

I never bothered purchasing a copy of Pat of Silver Bush for my own -- not that it wasn't well worth a read. But my copy of Mistress Pat was so well-read the cover fell off.


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