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WOYBS Maud’s Trail

It definitely wasn’t the only reason that we visited Prince Edward Island but it was certainly the cause of a few side trips.

I wanted to pay my respect to Lucy Maud Montgomery and the birthplace of her Anne girl. Which meant I needed to delve into all 8 in the Anne Series. I did that once I had read Maud’s Biography. It gave such good insight into a prolific writer’s inner life. The following houses all influenced her and had starring roles in different stories.

(Clockwise) Maud’s birth house, Campbell’s house (Silverbush), Montgomery house (Ingelside) and Webb house (Green Gables)

Without a doubt the first three are the best of the stories. The characters literally come alive off the page and her incredibly articulate descriptions of the setting and the era are fabulous. In the last few books the characters aren’t as well developed and Anne herself is lost. Sometimes she’s Mother, Mrs. Blythe, Mrs. Dr. Dear or Anne girl and it’s leaves a disjointed feeling to the end.

Maud mentioned in her diaries that she got tired of writing hapoy endings but it was what the public wanted. And here I go in that I wanted it all wrapped up nicely with knowing where Mirella and Mrs. Lynde, Dianna and Davi ended up. There are tiny threads here and there but basically the last book goes on and on (and maybe even two more on’s) about each and every battle of the First World War and somewhat loses the characters. She published the book in 1921 (so would have been written earlier) and it gives a first hand account of how Canadians heard, read and felt about the news of the day and the impact it had on families.

Touring the houses and the museum also gave lots of information about life in that era and how it impacted all of her books. Rural life, the ocean, the forest and how life was lived in those times with a strong sense of community.

Spots of impact all captured in her diaries and her novels

So many words. 21 novels and literally hundreds of short stories published in newspapers and magazines of the time. All written by hand and then typed for submission. She used scraps of paper to write down ideas and snatches of scenes. Her mind must never have been still ever.

Her writing desk that she sat at daily.

No great concluding paragraph seems to be forth coming. Does it happen to other bloggers? I suspect it even happened to Maud, especially given that parts of her life had some serious struggles.

So that concludes my summers readings of many books by L.M. Montgomery. Any one have a favourite Anne book?



I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

12 thoughts on “WOYBS Maud’s Trail

  1. I’m going to have to go back and read the Anne series again now Bernie. Those houses look just as I imagined they would. I’ve not known much about L M Montgomery apart from the Anne of Green gables series, so this was really interesting thanks!


    1. So many books. She was really prolific and also published a lot of short stories that are probably lost now. One book was adapted into “The Road to Avonlea” which we watched for years. Loved it so much. And yes the houses were perfect but the barn at Green Gables was not the one I had imagined. But the one at Silver Bush was. Thanks for reading and engaging. Bernie

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  2. HI, Bernie – I sadly missed that part of the trail this year, but had visited Maud’s house on a previous PEI trip (years ago). Your posts on Maud’s home and her writing made me want to go back immediatley. I had planned to reread Anne of Green Gables while in PEI but I was trapped in Charles Dickensen’s ‘Bleakhouse’ and it wouldn’t release me! 😀


    1. It was interesting to read the entire series having read her biography and some journals. She didn’t write them chronologically. It’s such a beautiful area of PEI. So now we both need to go back!

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  3. An original lap desk! Oh that is charming. I didn’t know that LMM got tired of writing happy endings, but I can understand that. Considering her real life, maybe it seemed too contrived to her to end things on an up note?


    1. Weird. I had written a reply to this comment and it isn’t here. Nor is your comment approved. How rude of WP or my 👍?
      Yea an old school writing desk. She used it always for her first drafts. She never had a dedicated writing space, first the kitchen and then her bedrooms over the years. That says something about the life and times that she lived in. She carried on a full church life, raised 2 kids, entertained as required and wrote daily. Plus kept up her journals. No wonder, as you said, happy endings seemed contrived. Bernie

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      1. I’ve had weirdness with longtime commenters’ comments going to moderation or spam, too. Those WP Gremlins are hard at work lately. 🫤


  4. Great exploration of PEI and Maud Bernie. We all grew up with the tales and the shows, so it is good to visit the place that inspired them. As to getting to a summary or point, there are many times I get to the end of post and wonder what I was trying to say. Cheers and Happy Monday. Allan


    1. I usually know what I want to say but can never seem to articulate it like I want to but it’s not like I am getting paid to do this so I hit publish. Thanks for reading. Sorry for the late response. Yes our exploration was great and now would not be a good time to be there. Bernie

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  5. As I’ve never heard about L.M. Montgomery, I had to use Google to find out more about her. I am pretty impressed by the number of novels and short stories she managed to publish. I have to see if there are any of her books in my local library. Thanks for sharing Bernie and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx


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