Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday Salon: Reading The Golden Road (1913)

The Golden Road. L.M. Montgomery. 1913. 213 pages.

The Golden Road is the sequel to The Story Girl. It picks up exactly where The Story Girl leaves us--a cold November. Beverly and Felix King are still visiting their cousins Dan, Felicity, and Cecily, and the unforgettable Sara Stanley (The Story Girl). Also among their friends: Sara Ray (who cries a LOT) and Peter Craig (who doesn't). In this book, they decide to start a paper together. Each will contribute articles, essays, stories, editorials, etc. Sample papers are collected throughout this book. Also each will attempt to make and keep resolutions for the New Year. The upcoming year will have many adventures in it. Mostly good, though some bittersweet. For example, this will be the last year they are all together as a group. The stories continue, of course. Some of these stories are horror or mysteries, but there are one or two love stories...including that of the Awkward Man.

What I enjoyed about both books was the opportunity to get to know these characters in their day-to-day lives. I liked the focus on friendship and family. I liked following their adventures over a two year period.

Favorite quotes:
We may long have left the golden road behind, but its memories are the dearest of our eternal possessions; and those who cherish them as such may haply find a pleasure in the pages of this book, whose people are pilgrims on the golden road of youth.
For there is no bond more lasting than that formed by the mutual confidences of that magic time when youth is slipping from the sheath of childhood and beginning to wonder what lies for it beyond those misty hills that bound for the golden road. 
The delight of the world had been ours on the golden road. It had enticed us with daisies and rewarded us with roses. Blossom and lyric had waited on our wishes. Thoughts, careless and sweet, had visited us. Laughter had been our comrade and fearless Hope our guide.

© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

JaneGS 6:31 PM  

I went to the library today to pick up The Blue Castle, but amazingly my library didn't have a copy, so I poked through the other LMM books, and I thought about THe Story Girl instead. Now, after reading your review of its sequel, I wish I had! I am really in the mood for some LMM magic.

You've whetted my appetite--those quotes are wonderful!

Dila 1:05 AM  

I bought this book without noticing that this is a sequel from the story girl. fortunately i don't read it yet. maybe i can buy the story girl or just borrow it in nearby library. or just read it and talk about the first book later (?)

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