30 April 2020

“A Nest for Celeste” by Henry Cole

A Nest for Celeste:
A Story About Art, Inspiration, & the Meaning of Home
by Henry Cole

Synopsis: 
A fanciful history lesson for middle graders, featuring a charming mouse named Celeste.
Celeste is a mouse who is looking for a home. Is it nestled in the toe of a warm boot? In the shirt pocket of Celeste’s new friend Joseph? Or is home the place deep inside Celeste’s heart, where friendships live?
Beautifully illustrated with hundreds of black-and-white drawings, A Nest for Celeste is a short novel that tells the story a mouse living in the 1800s and his friendship with John James Audubon’s young apprentice. While enjoying this sweet amd [sic] appealing story, young readers will also learn about nineteenth-century plantation life and the famous naturalist who was known for his paintings of birds and American wildlife.


My Review:
⭐⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎
5+ stars & 7/10 hearts. This book. It is so, so beautiful and sweet. The illustrations are perfect, and the story is so whimsical! <3 (Note that there are some euphemisms and one place where Audubon swears in French). There are some lovely descriptions... of music and the world and the river... Joseph is a darling and I loved his interactions with Celeste. And Lafayette is so much fun. xD This is definitely a must-read for anyone and you will not regret purchasing it! (The hardcover version is beautiful and worth every penny).

A Favourite Beautiful Quote: “[The thrush] hopped gracefully onto the dogwood branch, fluttering a little. He took a deep breath and opened his mouth to sing.
“Out came the liquid, gurgling stream of silvery notes so sweet and fluid that Joseph dropped his pencils....
“The song, a mixture of sweetness and melancholy, swirled through the room like a cool breeze.”

A Favourite Humorous Quote: “‘Well, there I was, mindin’ my own business, [...], had barely gotten any distance at all, and the next thing I know, BOOM! Some crazy maniac down in the yard is jumpin’ around and wavin’ his gun and laughin’! My wing missin’ some feathers, and down I go.’”

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28 April 2020

“On the Banks of Plum Creek” by Laura Ingalls Wilder

On the Banks of Plum Creek
(Little House Series, #4)
by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Synopsis: 
Immerse yourself in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House series, now featuring Garth Williams’ classic art in vibrant full-color. Based on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, On the Banks of Plum Creek is the Newbery Honor-winning fourth book in the Little House series, which has captivated generations of readers.
The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they leave their little house on the prairie and travel in their covered wagon to Minnesota. They settle into a house made of sod on the banks of beautiful Plum Creek. Soon Pa builds them a sturdier house, with real glass windows and a hinged door. Laura and Mary go to school, help with the chores around the house, and fish in the creek. Pa’s fiddle lulls them all to sleep at the end of the day. But then disaster strikes—on top of a terrible blizzard, a grasshopper infestation devours their wheat crop. Now the family must work harder than ever to overcome these challenges.
The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura’s real childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier, and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family sticking together through thick and thin.

My Review:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎
5 stars & 5/10 hearts. I really love this particular book out of the series. These books have been around all my life, and I still love them. They’re amazing grow-up-with books. I love the creek descriptions, and the descriptions of the house, and the feel of the book, even if the debts make me cringe so! Laura’s attitude to Nellie is wrong, but you must admit Nellie was a spoiled brat. ;)

A Favourite Beautiful Quote: “The path stooped in the shade of a great willow tree. A footbridge went on across the water to level, sunny grass. Then the dim path wandered on until it curved around a tiny hill and went out of sight.
“Laura thought that the little path went on forever wandering on sunny grass and rising friendly streams and always going around low hills to see what was on the other side. She knew it really must go to Mr. Nelson’s[,] but it was a little path that did not want to stay anywhere. It wanted always to be going on.”
 

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25 April 2020

“The Graham Quartet & the Mysterious Strangers” by Rebekah A. Morris

The Graham Quartet & the Mysterious Strangers
(Graham Quartet #1)
by Rebekah A. Morris



Synopsis: 
In the midst of the cold, snowy woods, the Graham Quartet stumble across a mystery. It could mean danger, but that doesn’t stop Elsa, Matt, Tim and Selena as they try their best to help a stranger who needs them. But what can Siam, Hong Kong and Vanderbilt have to do with the local furniture factory? And why are so many strangers suddenly appearing and then disappearing in town? With the arrival of an elusive figure, things start moving, while a simple delivery trip may bring more than the Quartet bargained for. Will the four siblings be able to help their friend and their country?
My Review:
⭐⭐ ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎
5 stars & 5/10 hearts. Talk about a thriller. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Over and over I was afraid for the Quartet but each time the story just kept right on. I loved all the FBI and detective stuff! I also really liked how well the Quartet worked together (I liked them all, but Tim is my favourite ;) ) and how their parents were involved. I also really appreciated how they often stopped to pray about the whole thing. The final scene was a-maz-ing and I loved it so much!! The audiobook version is amazing too. I really appreciated that the villans didn't haunt me. I'm a easily impressionable person :P and often after I read of villans they freak me out in the dark. For this book, however, the bad guys were very little touched upon. I read this book at night but I had no difficulty going to sleep or anything. Definitely recommend this for easily frightened people who love the excitement and fascination of detective/mystery stories.

A Favourite Quote: “‘You know, I think it’s time we prayed.’ [...]
“‘You’re right, Elsa. We’re completely stuck as far as what to do, but there is a right thing to do. Let’s all pray right now about what we should do[.’]”


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23 April 2020

“Kitty's Class Day” by Louisa May Alcott

Kitty's Class Day, 
& Other Stories
by Louisa May Alcott


Synopsis: 
Originally published under the title Proverb Stories, this collection includes: Kitty's Class Day; Aunt Kipp; Psyche's Art; A Country Christmas; On Picket Duty; The Baron's Gloves; My Red Cap; What the Bells Saw & Said--little-known tales by the author of Little Women, full of enjoyable characters, humour, romance, and good little lessons. 

My Review:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎
5+ stars & 6/10 hearts. I really enjoyed this story collection. “Kitty’s Class Day” was sweet and old-fashioned and just lovely. Jack was a dear, and the story gave me “Little Women” vibes several times! “Aunt Kipp” was hilarious and sweet. “Psyche’s Art” was lovely and had an excellent message... “A Country Christmas” was full of good advice, romance, and old-fashioned happiness. “On Picket Duty” will not be pleasing to the sympathizer of the South (it’s set in the American Civil War/WBTS), but it was interesting enough. “My Red Cap” was sweet... “What the Bells Heard & Saw” would have been lovely, except it was about spirits so I will not be rereading it. Call me an incurable romantic, but “A Baron’s Gloves” was my favourite of all those lovely stories. I enjoyed it so, so much!!!

A Favourite Quote: “‘...I'd ... hunt up some homely, happy folks to write about; folks that don't borrer trouble and go lookin' for holes in their neighbors' coats, but take their lives brave and cheerful; and rememberin' we are all human, have pity on the weak, and try to be as full of mercy, patience and lovin' kindness as Him who made us. That sort of a book would do a heap of good; be real warmin' and strengthening and make them that read it love the man that wrote it, and remember him when he was dead and gone.’”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “[T]he two young ladies ... sat apart, apparently absorbed in novels, while each was privately longing for somebody to come, and with the charming inconsistency of the fair sex, planning to fly if certain somebodies did appear.”

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21 April 2020

“The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle” by Hugh Lofting

The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle
by Hugh Lofting


Synopsis: 
Doctor Dolittle heads for the high seas in perhaps the most amazing adventure ever experienced by man or animal! Told by 9-and-a-half-year-old Tommy Stubbins, crewman and future naturalist, Doctor Dolittle and company survive a perilous shipwreck and land on the mysterious, floating Spidermonkey Island. There he meets the Great Glass Sea Snail who holds the key to the biggest mystery of all.

My Review:
⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎
3 stars & 3/10 hearts. This was a pleasant little story, English-y and old-fashioned. Long Arrow was my favourite. ^_^ There are a few euphemisms, a mention of polygamy, and many mentions that Polynesia swears. I enjoyed the quaintness and humour of this book and I think it’s a lovely little read, especially for children.

A Favourite Quote: “Yes, it was a very pleasant life I lived in those days long ago—though of course I did not think so then. I was nine and a half years old and, like all boys, I wanted to grow up—not knowing how well off I was with no cares and nothing to worry me.”
A Favourite Beautiful Quote: “I had only so far seen the sea in friendly moods; sometimes quiet and lazy; sometimes laughing, venturesome and reckless; sometimes brooding and poetic, when moon beams turned her ripples into silver threads and dreaming snowy clouds piled up fairy castles in the sky. But as yet I had not know, or even guessed at, the terrible strength of the sea’s wild anger.”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “Oh[!]” groaned the Doctor. “I do wish they wouldn’t be so enthusiastic! Bother it, I don’t *want* to be a king!’
“‘I should think, Doctor,’ said I, ‘you’d feel rather proud and glad. I wish *I* had a chance to be a king.’
“‘Oh, I know it sounds grand,’ said he, pulling on his boots miserably, ‘but the trouble is, you can’t take up responsibilities and then just drop them again when you feel like it.I have my own work to do. Scarcely one moment have I had to give to natural history since I landed on this island. I’ve been doing someone else’s business all the time. And now they want me to go on doing it! Why, once I’m made king of the Popsipetels, that’s the end of me as a useful naturalist,. I’d be too busy for anything. All I’d be then is just a er… er… just a king.’
“‘Well, that’s something!’ said Bumpo. ‘My father is a king[.]’”

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18 April 2020

“Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen

Pride & Prejudice 
by Jane Austen


Synopsis: 
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
Next to the exhortation at the beginning of Moby-Dick, "Call me Ishmael," the first sentence of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice must be among the most quoted in literature. And certainly what Melville did for whaling Austen does for marriage--tracing the intricacies (not to mention the economics) of 19th-century British mating rituals with a sure hand and an unblinking eye. As usual, Austen trains her sights on a country village and a few families--in this case, the Bennets, the Philips, and the Lucases. Into their midst comes Mr. Bingley, a single man of good fortune, and his friend, Mr. Darcy, who is even richer. Mrs. Bennet, who married above her station, sees their arrival as an opportunity to marry off at least one of her five daughters. Bingley is complaisant and easily charmed by the eldest Bennet girl, Jane; Darcy, however, is harder to please. Put off by Mrs. Bennet's vulgarity and the untoward behavior of the three younger daughters, he is unable to see the true worth of the older girls, Jane and Elizabeth. His excessive pride offends Lizzy, who is more than willing to believe the worst that other people have to say of him; when George Wickham, a soldier stationed in the village, does indeed have a discreditable tale to tell, his words fall on fertile ground. 
Having set up the central misunderstanding of the novel, Austen then brings in her cast of fascinating secondary characters: Mr. Collins, the sycophantic clergyman who aspires to Lizzy's hand but settles for her best friend, Charlotte, instead; Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Darcy's insufferably snobbish aunt; and the Gardiners, Jane and Elizabeth's low-born but noble-hearted aunt and uncle. Some of Austen's best comedy comes from mixing and matching these representatives of different classes and economic strata, demonstrating the hypocrisy at the heart of so many social interactions. And though the novel is rife with romantic misunderstandings, rejected proposals, disastrous elopements, and a requisite happy ending for those who deserve one, Austen never gets so carried away with the romance that she loses sight of the hard economic realities of 19th-century matrimonial maneuvering. Good marriages for penniless girls such as the Bennets are hard to come by, and even Lizzy, who comes to sincerely value Mr. Darcy, remarks when asked when she first began to love him: "It has been coming on so gradually, that I hardly know when it began. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley." She may be joking, but there's more than a little truth to her sentiment, as well. Jane Austen considered Elizabeth Bennet "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print". Readers of Pride and Prejudice would be hard-pressed to disagree. 
-Alix Wilber (from Amazon)


My Review:
⭐⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎
5 stars & 5/10 hearts. I loved, loved, loved the humour and wit in this book. I also loved the pictures of Regency life and just the Austen genius. ;) There are a couple words I wouldn’t use (e.i, Good Heavens, Lord, etc), and of course the whole situation of one sister running away and living with a young officer for a fortnight (then they get married), but it’s all well handled and it’s a good lesson for girls—and their parents. Elizabeth and Darcy are wonderful <3 and every character is so realistic!

A Favourite Quote: “‘How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.’”
A Favourite Beautiful Quote: “She read with an eagerness which hardly left her power of comprehension, and from impatience of knowing what the next sentence might bring, was incapable of attending to the sense of the one before her eyes.”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “‘One cannot wonder that so very fine a young man, with family, fortune, everything in his favour, should think highly of himself. If I may so express it, he has a /right/ to be proud.
“‘That is very true,’ replied Elizabeth,and I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.’”

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16 April 2020

“The Case of the Missing Hero” by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

The Case of the Missing Hero

 (The Kitten Files Book 2) 

by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick


Synopsis: 
"I'm Mia.
I know how to write.
Why's that a big deal?
Because... I'm a cat."
A goofy, shaggy farm dog is missing. Did he run away? Was he dog-napped? Normally the fate of a dog wouldn't concern Mia too much, but this one belongs to Keith's nephew.
As detective and cat dig deeper, they discover there are more dogs missing from the area. Will Mia be able to sniff out the location of the missing dogs—and solve her second case?
A cute, clean mystery for all ages.



My Review:
  ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎
4 stars. I think this is Perry’s best work so far.* It was so funny. Mia’s sarcasm, and her cattish point of view and comments on humans (especially children) were so well done and so funny! I can’t wait to see where her phone will take her. :P

A Favourite Humorous Quote: “Mr. Adams draped an arm around his wife’s shoulder and leaned over the counter to inspect the warm cookies.
“‘Let's see,’ he teased, ‘twelve cookies. That's one for each of you and six for me, right?’
“‘No, Dad, they're all for you,’ Natalie said. ‘But you can share them if you want to.’”




*this was written in 2018! 

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14 April 2020

“Third Year at Malory Towers” by Enid Blyton

Third Year at Malory Towers
(Malory Towers Book 3)
by Enid Blyton



Synopsis: 
And they're off! Saddle up for a wild term with Darrell and her friends! There's so much going on! Will they make it past the finish line?   

My Review:
 ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎
5 stars & 5/10 hearts. These books are all built a little along the same lines, which I love. I adore seeing all the little details of boarding-school life. I love the lessons that the girls learn. I love the humour. This book has a few more euphemisms than the other books, and I don’t agree with everything else in it, but it is just as good as the first two books and introduces more lovely characters.

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11 April 2020

“Ruby Moon” by Jenny Knipfer

Ruby Moon 
(By the Light of the Moon, Book 1)
by Jenny Knipfer


Synopsis:
Ruby Moon embodies a tale of grief, guilt, and romance set on the shores of Lake Superior in Ontario during the mid 1890’s. Jenay, a young woman of mixed French and Ojibwe descent, must survive the trauma of causing a horrific accident. Her maturity accelerates as the challenges of grief, and romance enter the scene.
Amidst this drama, Jenay is caught in a web spun by Renault, a rich, charming man who once threatened ruination of her father’s shipping company but now seeks something even more valuable–Jenay. Renault, her past enemy, suddenly becomes her friend then something more...

Jenay must find where her strength lies in order to face the challenges life brings her or be washed away like driftwood on the tumultuous shores of Lake Superior. Life’s richest dramas are played out under the banner of two ruby-colored moons and become the hidden gems which forge her into a mature strong woman. Jenay realizes God is by her side, using even the harsh events of life to create something precious in her.

My Review:
⭐⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎
3 stars & 3/10 hearts. I have mixed feelings about this book. I think I’ll list the negative stuff and then the positive, and then draw a conclusion. The narrator’s language was too modern, which brothered me. I disliked the content of this book. There was some content I disliked--really, I felt like the story was really aimed at married couples, all about having secrets & getting attracted to another man. The religion was half-Catholic and I wasn’t sure if the characters were saved, and there was some Native American spiritualism mixed in. On the other hand, the French & Indian language was perfectly woven into the dialogue (I found one mistake but the author will be changing it). I loved Jacque. And there were some good little lessons run through the book. Basically, I don’t think I’ll read this again, but I don’t regret reading it. It was good, but not my cup of tea. For the sake of the lessons, which I really liked, I will round my rating up to 3 stars. Recommended age: 18+

Highlight to read content: Some mentions of wanting a woman, thinking about her body, her sharing her body, etc; mentions of a period; a slightly detailed birthing scene; La Rue & a woman make love in a hotel room... and the whole problem of La Rue wanting Jenay & assaulting her.


A Favourite Quote: “Strangely, I am not anxious about it. I have this strange sense of peace that I am sure can only be coming from God. How thankful I am for this assurance that no matter what happens, I will be well, our little family will be well. Nothing comes to us that does first not go through the hands of a loving and wise God. I am trusting in that fact alone.”
A Favourite Beautiful Quote: ““How good it is to hear the roll of the waves of Gitchi-gami. It was the music of wind on water. The repeating sound was soothing to her soul.”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “‘Botheration!’ exclaimed John Pierre Follett out loud to himself. ‘The man obviously does not comprehend the meaning of the word, NO!’”


* I received an ebook copy of this book from the author in return for my honest review.*
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9 April 2020

“The Bravest of the Brave” by G.A. Henty

The Bravest of the Brave,
Or, With Peterborough in Spain
by G.A. Henty


Synopsis: 
There are few great leaders whose lives and actions have so completely fallen into oblivion as those of the Earl of Peterborough. His career as a general was a brief one, extending only over little more than a year, and yet in that time he showed a genius for warfare which has never been surpassed, and performed feats of daring worthy of taking their place among those of the leaders of chivalry.


My Review:
⭐⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎
3 stars & 3/10 hearts. This is a fast-paced, somewhat humorous story about a brilliant and magnanimous man. Lord Peterborough had his faults, but he also had his virtues, and overall is an interesting figure and has some very good points. There is a couple conversations on the delights of good wine/drinking and the usual Henty mentions of drinking & smoking. Not my favourite Henty book but overall light-hearted and pleasant.

A Favourite Quote: “‘...as long as the ship floats, the British flag will float over her.’”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “‘Then so far as you know, Captain Stilwell, the Earl of Peterborough is still at Valencia, and has no intention of leaving that province at present.’
“‘I can say truly, sir, that so far as I know the general had no intention of leaving Valencia; but as his decisions are generally taken instantaneously, and are a surprise to all about him, I should be sorry to assert that the earl remained in Valencia a quarter of an hour after I quitted the city.
“‘It matters little,’ the duke said, ‘the affair is rapidly approaching an end. (...) You agree with me, do you not?’ he asked as Jack remained silent.
“‘Well, sir, it seems that it must be as you say, and I have only to reply that you have not reckoned upon the Earl of Peterborough. What he will do I do not pretend to say, but knowing him as I do, I can say that he will give you trouble. I don’t think that anything can be considered as a certainty in which you have the Earl of Peterborough to reckon with.’”

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7 April 2020

“Easter Flowers” by Isabella Alden

Easter Flowers
by Isabella Alden


Synopsis: 
When Easter morning dawns, young Claribel is eager to commemorate Christ’s resurrection by offering her most beautiful possession to the church. But a friend in need may cause Claribel to stray from her purpose.


My Review:
⭐⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎
3 stars & 3/10 hearts. This is a very sweet, short little story that I just enjoyed. So old-fashioned, and with a lovely lesson. 
A Favourite Quote: “And more than eighteen hundred times have the followers of our Lord Jesus Christ welcomed Easter Sabbath, which still comes to us with its fresh, new joy each year.”

4 April 2020

“Battles With the Sea” by R.M. Ballantyne

Battles With the Sea
by R.M. Ballantyne

Synopsis: 
This is a nonfictional account of the Lifeboat Institution of England contemporary to the author's time. 

*Determines that from now on she will write synopsis for Ballantyne's and Henty's books when she reads them*

My Review:
⭐⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎
5+ stars & 7/10 hearts. I really enjoyed this book. It is nonfiction, on a topic very very little talked about—the lifeboats of England in the 1860s+. I very much appreciated and enjoyed learning about the heroism and self-sacrifice of the lifeboat men, and all the difficulty and toil they went through constantly. Even the parts describing the lifeboat and rockets were interesting. This was a fascinating subject and I am definitely interested in learning more about it.

A Favourite Quote: “...wild despair has seized them all, excepting those who, through God’s grace, have learned to ‘fear no evil[.]’”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “A sturdy middle-aged man named Brown—a common name, frequently associated with common sense—is having a rope fastened round his waist by one of the lifeboat crew named Jones—also a common name, not seldom associated with uncommon courage.”

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2 April 2020

“Chronicles of Avonlea” by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Chronicles of Avonlea
(Anne of Green Gables Series, #9) 
by Lucy Maud Montgomery


Synopsis: 
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-hunting woman and her cat got quarantined in the same house with a woman-hating bachelor and his dog. Form 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.

My Review:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎

5 stars & 5/10 hearts. This is a great companion to “Anne of Green Gables,” “Anne of Avonlea,” & “Anne of the Island.” The stories span these years and cover the villages around Avonlea, as well as Avonlea itself. There’s a couple of stories where Anne makes an appearance, but mostly she’s either mentioned or not at all. It’s very interesting to see her from different people’s point of view! There’s a swear word (printed with blanks instead of words), and a few things I don’t agree with; but it’s very good. These stories are mostly hilarious, although a few are just sweet. They’re full of Montgomery’s amazing characters—true to life, full of comedy and sorrow and love. It isn’t as good as the Anne books, but it’s a great read.

A Favourite Quote: “‘See to it that you never make your music the servant of the power of evil—never debase it to unworthy ends. For your responsibility is as your gift, and God will exact the accounting of it from you.’”
A Favourite Beautiful Quote: “[T]he harbour was veiling itself in a wondrous twilight splendour. Afar out, the sea lay throbbing and purple, and the moan of the bar came through the sweet, chill spring air with its burden of hopeless, endless longing and seeking. The sky was blossoming into stars above the afterglow; out to the east the moon was rising, and the sea beneath it was a thing of radiance and silver and glamour; and a little harbour boat that went sailing across it was transmuted into an elfin shallop from the coast of fairyland.”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “‘We are going to keep this baby in spite of any number of uncles in Manitoba. Have I made this sufficiently clear to your understanding, Mr. Spencer?’
“‘Certainly, certainly,’ stammered the unfortunate man[,] ‘but I thought you didn’t want him—I thought you’d written to his uncle—I thought—‘
“‘I really wouldn’t think quite so much if I were you,’ said Ma kindly. ‘It must be hard on you. Won’t you stay and have tea with us?’
“But, no, Josiah would not stay. He was thankful to make his escape with such rags of self-respect as remained to him.”

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