CHARGE (What was the author trying to say?): To write “a biography that includes recent revelations about the author’s last days and to encompass the complexity of a brilliant and checkered life.”
FACTS: What a beautiful book! I grew up on Anne of Green Gables and have visited Prince Edward Island. Conventional wisdom would tell you that these extraordinarily charming stories must have been written by a happy, well-adjusted optimist. It is fascinating to learn what lurked behind Montgomery’s luminous writing. The book is beautifully written. The author draws you into Maud’s persona, sharing portions of her private journals. Her descriptions of some of Montgomery’s lesser-known works will have you adding to your reading list.
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged. I highly recommend this for anyone who has ever read any of L. M. Montgomery’s books.