Ahoy there me mateys! I received this children’s nonfiction biography in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
house of dreams (Liz Rosenberg)
Title: house of dreams: the life of l. m. montgomery
Author: Liz Rosenberg
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: Tomorrow!!! (hardback/e-book)
Anne with an E is one of me favourite characters of all time. I have reread the stories about Anne Shirley often. L.M. Montgomery was featured in Broadside No. 18. I even made the ma (hi ma!) take me to PEI as a wee girl so I could visit this beloved island in person. So when I saw this title on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it and luckily got a copy.
At first I found this hard to get into. It was rather slow and had a curiously odd writing tone that is difficult to explain. As I got used to it, I truly was fascinated by Maud’s life. It was altogether a bleak one at times. Her relationship with her grandparents, step-mother, and husband were extremely disheartening to read about. Yet many of the circumstances in Maud’s upbringing were used as fodder for her writing. Maud and her husband also suffered from mental illness. Ye also get an interesting look into the treatment of women in general, women as teachers, and women as professional writers.
Maud was truly an unique and fascinating woman. She was prolific, intelligent, and endearing. I was very happy to get a more in-depth understanding of her life, her stories, and her legacy. I do recommend this read for all folk who love this author’s work.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Candlewick Press!
NetGalley’s website has this to say about the novel:
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 Maud’s 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.
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