Lucy Maud and Me

Author: Mary Frances Coady
Publisher: Beach Holme Publishing (Vancouver)
Date: 1999
Pagination: vi + 121 pp.
Format: Trade paperback
Trim: 5.5” x 8.5”
ISBN: 0-88878-398-1

Lucy Maud and Me is a novel for middle-grade readers by Mary Frances Coady that was published by Beach Holme Publishing in 1999. It tells the story of twelve-year-old Laura, who in 1940 visits her grandfather in Toronto, only to discover that his neighbour is “Mrs. Macdonald,” whom she knows as L.M. Montgomery.

From the Back Cover

It is 1940 and twelve-year-old Laura Campbell leaves Rocky Falls for her first visit to her grandfather in Toronto, a city bustling with the war effort and news from abroad. While looking for something to do in his quiet neighbourhood, she meets the reclusive woman living across the street who introduces herself as “Mrs. Macdonald,” but friends call her Maud. Laura is stunned to realize she is really in the presence of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the very same writer who penned her favourite novels.

Laura soon finds herself helping with spring preparations in Maud’s garden, using the opportunity of an audience with the famous woman to question her about the past. Maud reminisces about the farm on Prince Edward Island, her string of suitors and the childhood friends that inspired the cast of Anne of Green Gables, Emily of New Moon, The Story Girl and her other classics.

In Maud’s library Laura discovers old family photos and first editions of her books, all the while listening as Maud shares her concern about her two grown sons, her husband’s mysterious illness and the imminent threat of conscription. But before the week is through, Laura has her own special gift from Maud and has made a “bosom friend” she will never forget.

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Reviews by Elizabeth R. Epperly and Elisabeth-Anne MacDonald-Murray.