Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Book Review: The Doctor's Sweetheart by L.M. Montgomery

The Doctor's Sweetheart

Book Description:
In this remarkable collection of fourteen previously uncollected stories, L.M. Montgomery weaves her unique brand of magic as she explores the private passions of the heart. A country doctor never loses faith in the young woman who swears to return to him; a beautiful maiden, in a fit of pique, recklessly pledges to marry the very first man who asks her; an estranged wife bets her future happiness on a horse race; two maiden ladies, scared onto a roof by a dog, ponder marriage to the dog's owner as the price of rescue. These are some of the unforgettable characters whose stories--of romance and friendship reconciliation and abiding love--live again in an anthology L.M. Montgomery readers will treasure.

My thoughts:
I have to admit that I am a short story girl, but I have enjoyed L.M. Montgomery's stories. They cover many topics and are filled with humor, sweetness, sadness, love and friendship. These stories portray in uniqueness of L.M. Montgomery storytelling.

When I first started The Doctor's Sweetheart I thought I had never read it, but by the end many of the stories were  familiar.  I have either read the book before, or some of these stories appear in other books. If you have read Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, No. 6) you will recognize the story, "I Know a Secret".  Overall, I found The Doctor's Sweetheart an enjoyable and easy read.

Some of my favorite stories include:
"The Girl and the Wild Race"
"The Parting of Ways"
"Abel and His Great Adventure"


  1. Montgomery didn't actually think she was very good at writing short stories. She enjoyed writing longer tales. But I think reading collections of her short stories is fun all the same. Predictable. But enjoyable.

    Thanks for sharing about this one!

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