House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenberg | Book Review

House Of Dreams: The Life Of L.M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenberg is appealing for obvious reasons. I goddamn love me some Anne Shirley. So, it stands to reason that I would be pumped to read a book about the life of Anne’s creator. Plus, the title is totally a play on one of the titles from the Anne Series. It’s not often that I read non-fiction aimed at juveniles, so I was ready to dive head first into this biography.

Liz Rosenberg’s House Of Dreams really does detail L.M. Montgomery’s life from beginning to end. We see Maud, which LM Montgomery prefered to be called, lose her mother to tuberculosis. Then Maud’s father goes off gallivanting and she is stuck living with her severe grandparents. From there, she enjoys her time and school and has close friendships. I am probably messing up the timeline now, but she ends up living with her father and stepmother, that doesn’t work out. So, she comes home and goes back to school, eventually going to college. Through it all, she writes like the wind. She turns down suitors, earns money for her writing, and eventually writes Anne. Meanwhile, she does get married, has kids, and battles depression for her whole life.

One thing I did enjoy about this book were the inclusion of illustrations. The illustrations looked like pen and ink illustrations on my iPad. They were created by Julie Morstad and were perfectly suited to this book.

So, overall, I think that this book could find success with that crowd who is interested in biographies. It could do well with kids who have to write research papers on authors. Rosenberg does not shy away from the darker moments of Montgomery’s life. I will say that I was actually kind of surprised at just how much adversity was a part of Maud’s life. I guess I sort of expected a happier life from the woman who created the Lake Of Shining Waters and such. The pacing of the book, however, is kind of slow. It did take me what felt like forever to get through it. Despite that, this is a decent sort of read and very informational.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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