Dear L. M. Montgomery

I just want to tell you that your books have been my friends.

Anne of Green Gables was the first book written by you that I read. I loved Anne and all her poetic raptures and silly scrapes. And I couldn’t understand why she was so contrary to Gilbert. Which made me pick up the next book and read it. All the way to Rilla of Ingleside, which I could barely read for the tears.

Because of your books, I saw more beauty and romance in my daily life. You were enchanted with a blooming cherry tree or a path into the woods and your description made me see it with your eyes. I would like to walk a ways with you and just hear you talk about it.

I have read your biography and know about sadness and difficult circumstances in your life. I think you are like me, because you didn’t want to go to Boston and sign books and go to dinners with the publisher people, because you would rather be at home. I understand.

My favorite book by you is The Blue Castle. Last fall I was looking for it in my shelves, thinking I would read it again. But it wasn’t with the other Montgomery books, and I couldn’t find it anywhere. Then I thought maybe I’d lent it to someone. Later I remembered it had a broken spine and some pages were loose so I concluded I had thrown it away on some cleaning spree. I had read it so many times, yet I want to read it again.

Recently I heard someone say they liked Story Girl best. I have it but I haven’t read it. So I pulled it out to my to be read shelf. I also learned you had written Christmas stories and a book of poetry. I will be on the lookout for a chance to read them and maybe add them to my collection.

So you see, you are not forgotten. You live on in our minds and hearts. Thank you for writing your lovely stories!


Anne Books

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Anne of Avonlea
  • Anne of the Island
  • Anne of Windy Poplars
  • Anne’s House of Dreams
  • Anne of Ingleside
  • Rainbow Valley
  • Rilla of Ingleside

King Family Books

  • The Story Girl
  • The Golden Road

Emily Books

  • Emily of New Moon
  • Emily Climbs
  • Emily’s Quest

Silver Bush Books

  • Pat of Silver Bush
  • Mistress Bush

Stand Alone Novels

  • Kilmeny of the Orchard
  • Magic for Marigold
  • The Blue Castle
  • A Tangled Web
  • Jane of Lantern Hill

Chronicles of Avonlea

  • Chronicles of Avonlea
  • Further Chronicles of Avonlea

Non-Fiction books

  • The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career, 1917
  • The Green Gables Letters, 2002
  • Four From Lucy, 2018
  • L. M. Montgomery’s Complete Journals, 2018
  • The Poetry of L. M. Montgomery, 1999
  • The Complete Christmas Stories, 2016
  • Also various collections of short stories

Which L. M. Montgomery book is your favorite?

9 responses to “Dear L. M. Montgomery”

  1. Ahhh…. LM Montgomery’s books are indeed old friends! The night before I left for a two year stay in Africa, I got out of bed and stuffed Pat of Silverbush and Mistress Pat into my overstuffed bags. I pulled them out when I was in need of familiarity, among all the new experiences of living in a strange land!


  2. Have you read The Blythes are Quoted? It was seemingly delivered to her publisher the day she died & not fully published until 2009. I read it last year & enjoyed the stories. I skimmed most of the poetry.

    It is hard for me to pick a favorite. I do know that I don’t like reading them off of my phone screen. I need an L. M. Montgomery book in my hands for it to seem right. Some books are just best read with a real book, a soft blanket, a good drink, & a cozy chair♡


    • I haven’t heard of The Blythes are Quoted! Some of the other books I mentioned were compiled and published after her death. Yes, you need the paper book to get all the coziness!


  3. The Blue Castle is definitely my favorite but I also love the Anne books. I recently read The Blue Castle to a young person. It was a treat to read it aloud to an appreciative audience! 🙂


  4. yes yes…
    anne was my ideal. i devoured those books more than once. and i only discovered blue castle as an adult but it’s a Favorite! i don’t reread much but blue castle is one book that gets that honor:)

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    • I don’t reread many books either, because they don’t hold my interest as well the second time around. Sometimes I do catch stuff I’ve missed the first time when I actually do read it again. I love that you reread The Blue Castle.

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  5. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve read, The Blue Castle. It’s definitely my favorite of Montgomery books! A close runner up is, Jane of Lantern Hill which I’ve read numerous times.

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