LM Montgomery’s short stories, except I will have to put them down soon-ish and go dig up a category romance for Keishon’s TBR Day challenge. Ms Montgomery’s probably best-known for her Anne of Green Gables series, though I much preferred her Emily trilogy. I do have to say that “Rilla of Ingleside” (the last of the Anne books) had enough romance and heartbreak to satisfy the romantic in me and I recall reading and re-reading the last chapter many times.
Anyway, I can’t remember what inspired me to go look for her short stories, but I’m glad I did. They’re making me slightly nostalgic, because I read so many of her books when I was younger. Revisiting her world, where girls named Nan and Theodosia are studying to be teachers or making up dresses for a social, and when letting a man walk you home from prayer meeting is an indication of serious interest, is a very refreshing break from the more recent paranormals or urban fantasy that I’ve been reading.
I’m amazed at how much “story” she can pack into a few pages, how she so quickly makes you care for her characters, whether they be whimsical or practical, on the brink of womanhood or approaching middle-age. Some of them can get a bit same-y after a while (I suspect I’m not meant to read around fifty-plus at one go), and there are some misses amongst the many hits, but most of them are fantastic feel-good stories and a lovely peek into a bygone era.