The Golden Road

The Golden Road (L.C. Page and Company, 1913)The Golden Road is L.M. Montgomery’s sixth book, first published in September 1913 by Boston publisher L.C. Page and Company. A sequel to The Story Girl, it is also the first novel written by Montgomery after her marriage and move to Leaskdale, Ontario, where her husband was a Presbyterian minister. Perhaps not coincidentally, much of the book focuses on the inevitability of change. It was preceded by Chronicles of Avonlea (1912) and followed by Anne of the Island (1915).

This book partly formed the basis for the popular television series Road to Avonlea (1990–1996), as did The Story Girl, Chronicles of Avonlea, and Further Chronicles of Avonlea.

“Many who have walked the golden road and perhaps left it behind will in reading this story look backward to their youth.” – Utica Press

Epigraph

“Life was a rose-lipped comrade / With purple flowers dripping from her fingers.” – The Author

Dedication

“To the memory of Aunt Mary Lawson who told me many of the tales repeated by the Story Girl.”

Contents

Foreword

I. A New Departure

II. A Will, a Way and a Woman

III. The Christmas Harp

IV. New Year Resolutions

V. The First Number of Our Magazine

VI. Great-aunt Eliza’s Visit

VII. We Visit Cousin Mattie’s

VIII. We Visit Peg Bowen

IX. Extracts from the February and March Numbers of Our Magazine

X. Disappearance of Paddy

XI. The Witch’s Wishbone

XII. Flowers o’ May

XIII. A Surprising Announcement

XIV. A Prodigal Returns

XV. The Rape of the Lock

XVI. Aunt Una’s Story

XVII. Aunt Olivia’s Wedding

XVIII. Sara Ray Helps Out

XIX. By Way of the Stars

XX. Extracts from Our Magazine

XXI. Peg Bowen Comes to Church

XXII. The Yankee Storm

XXIII. A Missionary Heroine

XXIV. A Tantalizing Revelation

XXV. The Love Story of the Awkward Man

XXVI. Uncle Blair Comes Home

XXVII. The Old Order Changeth

XXVIII. The Path to Arcady

XXIX. We Lose a Friend

XXX. Prophecies

XXXI. The Last Number of Our Magazine

XXXII. Our Last Evening Together

XXXIII. The Story Girl Goes