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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; Reprint edition (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844089878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844089871
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1874. She had her first poem published at the age of 15 and after completing college she worked for a short time as a journalist before becoming a teacher.

In 1908 Anne of Green Gables was published to huge acclaim with Anne of Avonlea coming soon after. Many successful novels follwed but by late 1930s, due to personal troubles, illness and depression, she stopped writing.

Lucy Maud Montgomery died in 1942 and was buried on her beloved Prince Edward Island.

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From the author of Anne of Green Gables comes the Emily of New Moon trilogy, with a spirited heroine who will beguile readers of all ages. Emily's story is heart-rending, magical and completely unforgettable. Emily's Quest is the final book in the trilogy.

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Emily Starr is certain of two things - that she will be a great writer and that she and Teddy Kent are destined to be together. School is over, and one by one her friends leave to follow their dreams, including Teddy, who goes to art school in Montreal. Emily chooses to stay at New Moon, and though she misses her friends, she knows the path of a writer is a solitary one.

With each visit home Emily's friends seem more distant, especially Teddy. Desolate, but determined to hide her feelings, she throws herself into finishing her novel. When it is rejected, though, her confidence is shattered. To banish all thoughts of Teddy, Emily agrees to marry a man she doesn't love and give up on her dreams forever. But can she really have been so wrong about everything?


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Ng on 19 Jan 2014
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I used to read and re-read the Emily trilogy as a teenager, though haven't come back to them for many years. I just read this lovely edition and found it much darker than I remembered. Emily is so lonely, so depressed for much of the book. She goes through some terrible times. But of course there are still Montgomery's lighter touches, flashes of humour, and we still get to see Emily's writing career developing. I still dislike Dean as much as I ever did as a teen, and Teddy is a most unsatisfactory hero, but apart from that I do love the Emily stories. Do yourself a favour and start at the beginning of the trilogy with Emily of New Moon, then it's Emily Climbs, and this is the final part. The books work beautifully together and are very well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee on 8 Mar 2014
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Beautiful new editions. I hate the thought of young women missing out on reading LM Montgomery. Most famous for Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery claimed Emily to be her favourite character. Montgomery writes about place, landscape and beauty in a way that fully engages the readers senses. This trilogy takes a young Emily orphaned up to young adulthood and her desire to become a writer despite family disapproval. I've read the trilogy two times so far and look forward to picking them up again, I also look for excuses to buy them for other people. I can't recommend them highly enough, give them to any woman young or old that you love.
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By Amazon Customer on 29 Jun 2014
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Montgomery might be a children's writer, and she might go on at length about the Canadian countryside in a somewhat sugary way but she does some really amazing things in the Emily books - they feel ground breaking.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Diane M. Hellyer on 14 Dec 2013
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I have not read either of the other books in this trilogy and I shan't now! Whilst the storyline was o.k., it's method of delivery was overladen with references to 'New Moon' and other locations, giving the book a stuffy and snobbish feel: 'We're o.k., we're from New Moon. They're not up to scratch because they are not from New Moon'. Tiresome. But with a happy ending!
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An emotional finale... 16 May 2014
By D. S. Thurlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The saga of Emily Star has come to this: "Emily's Quest" is the emotional conclusion to Lucy Maud Montgomery's superb "Emily" trilogy, set on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in the years before the First World War. The young orphan of "Emily of New Moon" and the earnest young student of "Emily Climbs" has become a young woman in search of love and success.

As the story opens, Emily finds she has been left behind at New Moon Farms. Best friend Ilsa Burnley is off to school in Montreal, while good friend and sometime suitor Perry Miller is learning the law in Charlottetown. Worst of all, Teddy Kent, with whom Emily shares an uncanny bond, leaves for art school after their relationship somehow seems to lose its magic. Emily is left with her writing and with an older mentor, the cynical and manipulative Dean Priest.

Emily suffers a crushing disappointment in her writing, then a near fatal illness. Out of loneliness and near despair, her only option seems to be Dean's offer of marriage. However, a dramatic second-sight experience offers a different road to the future.

If the endpoint of Emily's quest is predictable, the journey is not. Emily will struggle to sell her first book while dealing with some comical distractions. Emily's relationship woes will continue to a cleverly written and entertaining ending.

Lucy Maud Montgomery drew heavily on her own experiences as a struggling writer in the "Emily" series; the story has some real bite, along with the author's characteristic humor and gentle wisdom. "Emily's Quest" is very highly recommended to her fans.
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