Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Twice Upon a Time - Short Story Collection Review

 Goodreads: Twice Upon a Time: Selected Stories 1898 - 1939 by L.M. Montgomery

Rating: Loved It! (5 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Although L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) is best remembered for the twenty-two book-length works of fiction that she published in her lifetime, from Anne of Green Gables (1908) to Anne of Ingleside (1939), she also contributed some five hundred short stories and serials to a wide range of North American and British periodicals from 1895 to 1940. While most of these stories demonstrate her ability to produce material that would fit the mainstream periodical fiction market as it evolved across almost half a century, many of them also contain early incarnations of characters, storylines, conversations, and settings that she would rework for inclusion in her novels and collections of linked short stories.

In Twice upon a Time, the third volume in The L.M. Montgomery Library, Benjamin Lefebvre collects and discusses over two dozen stories from across Montgomery’s career as a short fiction writer, many of them available in book form for the first time. The volume offers a rare glimpse into Montgomery’s creative process in adapting her periodical work for her books, which continue to fascinate readers all over the world.

Genre: Fiction, Middle Grade - Short Story Collection 

Why I Picked This Book:  Montgomery is one of my very favorite authors and I have thoroughly enjoyed all other short story collections I've read by her.

My Impression:  I knew I was going to enjoy this collection.  I own several previous collections of Montgomery's short story collections and love them all.  I love how she experiments with her short stories.  Sometimes trying different character types in a similar storyline or vice-versa, sometimes playing with darker themes or even adding a touch of paranormal, and sometimes going all in with the sweet and heartwarming.  I found this collection to be the same with a mix of familiar and new stories and including the story of Dog Monday from Rilla of Ingleside which never fails to make me sob (but don't worry Dog Monday is alive and well all through the story).

What makes this collection special are the story headings.  Before each heading Benjamin Lefebvre provides context for where the story was published, where in Montgomery's career the story falls, and where the storyline or characters are used again.  As a lover of Montgomery's other books I found this information absolutely fascinating and it made reading this collection all the more enjoyable and a much richer experience.  

If you are a lover of Montgomery's Anne books this collection is an absolute must read!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely!  I frequently reread my favorite Montgomery books and will always purchase any new collections that are released.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy other books by L.M. Montgomery books this is a must read.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Sounds excellent, I love Montgomery too. Several years ago I read a book that contained parts of her diaries. Surprisingly, there were dreams and experiences that showed up in novels. I remember that she had a dream about a WW1 French Soldier who said "They shall not pass" . Was that in Rilla?

  2. Getting my notebook out to take note of this one. It would make a good night read before I sleep kind of book I think.

  3. I have never read this author. I feel like I need to at least try her Anne of Green Gables books.