Off the Charts – a tangled web (L.M. Montgomery)

Ahoy there mateys!  I adore this author and featured her in me Broadside No. 18.  So image me surprise when I read Matey Briana’s review of this book:

Before Aunt Becky dies, she tells her clan that she’s going to leave a cherished heirloom jug to one of them–but they won’t know the beneficiary until one year after her passing. Even worse: she’s not going to tell them how she’s deciding who gets it, so they’ll have to be on their best behavior just in case she’s instructed someone still living to decide who gets it in a year. Shenanigans ensue as everyone competes for chance at the jug. It’s a ridiculous-sounding premise when you say it’s a novel about people fighting over a jug, but the book is magic and one of Montgomery’s strongest works. It’ also the only one written with multiple points of view.

The problem – nothing other than I had never heard of this book!  Embarrassing but true.  So I got a copy and read it.  The blurb does sound ridiculous but this is a fantastic book which really does highlight the talent of L.M. Montgomery.  I absolutely loved all the quirky characters and story.  It was endearing and fabulous.  I am so glad to have gotten to read this one.  Literally the only downside (a big one) was the very last paragraph which used an awful racial slur that was so unnecessary.  So the last thought of the book was distaste.  But the rest of the book is a gem.  Makes me want to reread the Jane and Emily books.  Arrrr!

Side note:  Also check out me review of a biography about the author.

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

No amount of drama between the Dark and Penhallow families can prepare them for what follows when Aunt Becky bequeaths her prized heirloom jug – the owner to be revealed in one year’s time. The intermarriages, and resulting fighting and feuding, that have occurred over the years grow more intense as Gay Penhallow’s fiancé leaves her for the devious Nan Penhallow; Peter Penhallow and Donna Dark find love after a lifelong hatred of each other; and Joscelyn and Hugh Dark, inexplicably separated on their wedding night, are reunited.

Hopes and shortcomings are revealed as we follow the fates of the clan for an entire year. The legendary jug sits amid this love, heartbreak, and hilarity as each family member works to acquire the heirloom. But on the night that the eccentric matriarch’s wishes are to be revealed, both families find the biggest surprise of all.

To visit the author’s Goodreads page go to:

L.M. Montgomery – Author

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20 thoughts on “Off the Charts – a tangled web (L.M. Montgomery)

  1. I’m tremendously fond of LM Montgomery’s lesser books, even A Tangled Web — I just stop one chapter before the last one, so I don’t have to worry about it. What else have you read of her lesser-known books? The Blue Castle is my fave, closely followed by Jane of Lantern Hill, but I’m also very fond of Magic for Marigold. And she has a bunch of short story collections which are really sweet and comforting.

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    1. I loved the Jane, Pat, and Emily books when I was younger. I haven’t read the blue castle, the kilmeny book, or magic for marigold. I did read many of the short stories. I got three of those collections when I was in PEI.
      Reading a tangled web has spawned an interest in rereading the non-Anne books. And I am going to request blue castle and Jane from the library as I don’t own those. I be excited. Thanks for the incentive to continue the foray back into Montgomery’s works! And for the lovely comment. Arrrr!
      x The Captain


    1. I don’t think I have read the blue castle. I did just request it from the library. I will know if I read it as soon as I see the text. In any case, I am going to reread many of the non-Anne works by her because it has been too long! Thanks for visiting!
      x The Captain


      1. I have four of her books from the library – jane, marigold, kilmeny, and blue castle. It will be interested to read them and find out if any have been read and I just forgot about them. In any case, they all should be fun.
        x The Captain


    1. It is such a fantastic premise! That jug made me laugh throughout the whole book anytime it was brought up. Should I reread, I will do what Jenny @ readingtheend does and skip the last paragraph. It would be interesting to look at the book again knowing the ending.
      x The Captain


  2. Every time I read the book I’m startled by the last line because it’s just so…unnecessary! I get that Montgomery might not have thought it a slur or important at the time, but the statue is such a stupidly minor plot point that it’s frustrating that the book has to end with it at all. My copy of the book is old-ish, and I do wonder if this is edited in copies printed more recently.


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