Drama, Short Stories

Twice upon a Time by LM Montgomery

My greatest bias as I approached this book was that Anne and her life were the first time I felt a thrill as I read. As a child who had been feeding on Famous Five and the like prior to finding these books, it was fun but not as emotionally rewarding as some of Anne’s tales.
This collection helped me get a new perspective on the writing process. Many of the stories here were ones that were later repurposed as part of a larger series. Some names were changed, and some endings were tweaked for the final publication, but this is where the editor’s notes helped provide more depth.
Each story is preceded by a very detailed background of when and where each story was published. This is a collection of some choice moments of the stories I adore. There were some scenes that I had forgotten or deemed not that touching, but when seen as an individual chapter here, I ended up appreciating it all the more.
I highly recommend this to fans of the author and/or Anne. It could also serve as a possible introduction to someone who has always been interested in the author but did not have the time to read a full-length novel.
The time and place these might have been originally written did play a part in the final presentation, and that was interesting all on its own.
I am not going into the separate chapters for two reasons, the first being that it would not serve much of a purpose since they are all stories of the kind of people she always writes about, and the mischief within is also pretty standard fare. The second and more important reason is that I no longer have the e-copy and did not take notes during and therefore cannot go into too many details.
I received an ARC thanks to Netgalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience and the memories it threw up.


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