Emily's Quest (Emily Series #3)

Emily's Quest (Emily Series #3)

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by L. M. Montgomery

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The third and final volume of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s celebrated Emily trilogy, Emily’s Quest is a vigorously drawn study of a woman coming to terms with love and her own ambition. In no other novel did Montgomery explore more fully the beauty, complexity, and wonder of love. In every detail, this mature novel, by one of the world’s best-loved


The third and final volume of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s celebrated Emily trilogy, Emily’s Quest is a vigorously drawn study of a woman coming to terms with love and her own ambition. In no other novel did Montgomery explore more fully the beauty, complexity, and wonder of love. In every detail, this mature novel, by one of the world’s best-loved authors, captures the drama and confusion of a young life on the brink.

Along with Emily of New Moon and Emily Climbs, Emily’s Quest is an honest and poignant portrait of a singular woman.

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McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
Publication date:
Emily Series, #3
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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One  I "No more cambric tea" had Emily Byrd Starr written in her diary when she came home to New Moon from Shrewsbury, with high school days behind her and immortality before her. Which was a symbol. When Aunt Elizabeth Murray permitted Emily to drink real tea – as a matter of course and not as an occasional concession – she thereby tacitly consented to let Emily grow up. Emily had been considered grown-up by other people for sometime, especially by Cousin Andrew Murray and Friend Perry Miller, each of whom had asked her to marry him and been disdainfully refused for his pains. When Aunt Elizabeth found this out she knew it was no use to go on making Emily drink cambric tea. Though, even then, Emily had no real hope that she would ever be permitted to wear silk stockings. A silk petticoat might be tolerated, being a hidden thing, in spite of its seductive rustle, but silk stockings were immoral. So Emily, of whom it was whispered somewhat mysteriously by people who knew her to people who didn't know her,  "she writes," was accepted as one of the ladies of New Moon, where nothing had ever changed since her coming there seven years before and where the carved ornament on the sideboard still cast the same queer shadow of an Ethiopian silhouette on exactly the same place on the wall where she had noticed it delightedly on her first evening there. An old house that had lived its life long ago and so was very quiet and wise and a little mysterious. Also a little austere, but very kind. Some of the Blair Water and Shrewsbury people thought it was a dull place and outlook for a young girl and said she had been very foolish to refuse Miss Royal's offer of a "position on a magazine" in New York. Throwing away such a good chance to make something of herself! But Emily, who had very clear-cut ideas of what she was going to make of herself, did not think life would be dull at New Moon or that she had lost her chance of Alpine climbing because she had elected to stay there. She belonged by right divine to the Ancient and Noble Order of Story-tellers. Born thousands of years earlier she would have sat in the circle around the fires of the tribe and enchanted her listeners. Born in the foremost files of time she must reach her audience through many artificial mediums. But the materials of story weaving are the same in all ages and all places. Births, deaths, marriages, scandals – these are the only really interesting things in the world. So she settled down very determinedly and happily to her pursuit of fame and fortune – and of something that was neither. For writing, to Emily Byrd Starr, was not primarily a matter of worldly lucre or laurel crown. It was something she had to do. A thing – an idea – whether of beauty or ugliness, tortured her until it was "written out." Humorous and dramatic by instinct, the comedy and tragedy of life enthralled her and demanded expression through her pen. A world of lost but immortal dreams, lying just beyond the drop-curtain of the real, called to her for embodiment and interpretation – called with a voice she could not – dared not – disobey. She was filled with youth's joy in mere existence. Life was forever luring and beckoning her onward. She knew that a hard struggle was before her; she knew that she must constantly offend Blair Water neighbours who would want her to write obituaries for them and who, if she used an unfamiliar word, would say contemptuously that she was "talking big"; she knew there would be rejection slips galore; she knew there would be days when she would feel despairingly that she could not write and that it was of no use to try; days when the editorial phrase, "not necessarily a reflection on its merits," would get on her nerves to such an extent that she would feel like imitating Marie Bashkirtseff and hurling the taunting, ticking, remorseless sitting-room clock out of the window; days when everything she had done or tried to do would slump – become mediocre and despicable; days when she would be tempted to bitter disbelief in her fundamental conviction that there was as much truth in the poetry of life as in the prose; days when the echo of that "random word" of the gods, for which she so avidly listened, would only seem to taunt her with its suggestions of unattainable perfection and loveliness beyond the reach of mortal ear or pen. She knew that Aunt Elizabeth tolerated but never approved her mania for scribbling. In her last two years in Shrewsbury High School Emily, to Aunt Elizabeth's almost incredulous amazement, had actually earned some money by her verses and stories. Hence the toleration. But no Murray had ever done such a thing before. And there was always that sense, which Dame Elizabeth Murray did not like, of being shut out of something. Aunt Elizabeth really resented the fact that Emily had another world, apart from the world of New Moon and Blair Water, a kingdom starry and illimitable, into which she could enter at will and into which not even the most determined and suspicious of aunts could follow her. I really think that if Emily's eyes had not so often seemed to be looking at something dreamy and lovely and secretive Aunt Elizabeth might have had more sympathy with her ambitions. None of us, not even self-sufficing Murrays of New Moon, like to be barred out.

Meet the Author

L. M. Montgomery was born in 1874 on Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she spent her childhood living with her grandparents in an old farmhouse. A prolific writer, she published many short stories, poems and novels, many of which were inspired by the years she spent on the beautiful Prince Edward Island. Anne of Green Gables and its sequels have always been amongst the most popular of children's classics, yet many readers consider the Emily trilogy to be better, and indeed, Emily was the author's own favourite character. Montgomery died in Toronto in 1942 and was buried on her beloved island.

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Emily's Quest 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That ending....just so wonderful. Amazing ending to the series! Oh Ilse, what will we do without you? (:
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
This was a charming story and a finale to the wonderful Emily series. I wish Emily's story didn't have to end here! Devouring an Emily book is like reading pure poetic prose. The storyline of "Emily's Quest" was amazing. Emily is in a tug-of-war with her writing. She sometimes is successfully triumphant, and sometimes deeply failing at her writings. I really loved this particular series from L.M. Montgomery. One day, I will most definitely be reading all three books again.
Booklover1776 More than 1 year ago
I have always loved L.M. Montgomery's books. The Emily books are not my favorite that she has written (it is actually The Blue Castle and the Anne books), but they are still very good. It focuses on a heroine that is somewhat similar to Anne, but with a different twist. There are a total of three books in the Emily series. And I love the new look for the paperback! The artwork is beautiful. The only problem... now I want to update all of my collection of her books to match the new look. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1: ATHLETICS <br> <p> 2: SURVIVAL <br> <p> 3: gold-smithing <br> <p> 4: STRATEGIES <br> <p> 5: mythincal creature knowlage <br> <p> Rune teaches the dragon class, so yeah. She will go to her classes if she doesn't have one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1. COMBAT MAGIC / 2. Combat / 3. Hunting / 4. Athletics / 5. Strategy / 6. Survival / 7. Monster fighting / 8. Healing / 9. Gladiating / 10. War combat./
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1. Combat <p> 2. Alchemy <p> 3. Strategy <p> 4. Animal Charming. <p> 5. Crafting <p> 6. Survival <p> 7. Monster Fighting <p> 8. Healing <p> 9. War Combat. <p> 10. Elementals
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1;ATHLETICS 2;Crafting 3Monster Training 4:COMBAT 5;Monster Combat 6;War Combat 7;SURVIVAL 8;STRATEGY 9;HUNTING 10;Art of Outlawing.
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This one takes you on many twists and turns and frustrating journeys. It is all worth it!
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silverwings More than 1 year ago
This books is so thrillingly romantic. I love Emily's love story. It was so touching, and I actually cried when Teddy's mother told her the truth. This book is worth reading and worth keeping!
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I got so drawn into this third Emily book that I completely zoned out! I also found myself saying a quick prayer for characters in the story--then I'd catch myself and realize they weren't real people! That's how true the book became to me as I read it. It took me two days to read it, and it only took that long because I had a big event I was involved in! L.M. Montgomery has written a story that comes very close to my heart and soul. Emily's dreams come true were so inspirational, and in a way, coincide with my own dreams come true!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding. It is the best out of the entire series, and also is one of L.M. Montgomery's best books. I have read many books, and everytime I pick this one up, I feel like I AM Emily. I understand her perfectly. She feels like the one best friend that understands you and you understand!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I read it all in one day. It was so good I couldn't put it down. LM is an awesome writer. She always writes something inspirational, and this book is no different. I suffered with Emily and laughed with her. It's a marvelous classic
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that the whole Emily series was wonderful. L.M. Montgomery is truly a gifted author. I started out by reading her Anne of Green Gables series and have spread out to all the other books she wrote. In doing so I found another favorite of mine! wow! that is the best word to describe it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
an outstanding thrilling book after readng all three emily books im truly a fan.Everyone will love this book no matter what age they are and will fall in love with emily cause she's just a unique person who you'd want to get to know. ~
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book but I did find it a little depressing. The character (Emily)'s feelings were described so well that I couldn't help feeling the same way as she did.She did change a lot from that carefree Fourteen year old to an adult facing new challenges. As always L.M. Montgomery used many great descriptions!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 28 years old and just re-read the Emily books for about the 5th time since I got them at age 11. These are the most wonderful books! They are the kind of books that really stick with you and haunt you for days after finishing them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I think it inspires kids not to give up on what they want. I wish I could have read it sooner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emily's Quest was one of the most amazing books I have ever read. When one reads it, they really get caught up in it. I found myself crying at many parts, and smiling joyously at others. When something bad happened, it even put me in a bad mood. The writer was an extraordinary writer, and I intend on reading many more of her books. This one took many unexpected turns, and was so suspenceful, I found myself peeking at the back of the book to find out what happened. The night I finished it, I even drempt about it. This book really touched me, and I think every person out there should read it. I'm sure almost everyone would be able to understand Emily, and fell her pain and sorrow. I give it five stars, and two thumbs up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emily Byrd Starr was born with a taste for writing. She made a vow that she would one day climb the alpinepath. Emily went to live wih her aunt Ruth in Shrewshberry after begging aunt Elizabeth for it. When one day a lady named Janet Royal gives her a rope to climb the alpinepath in this book she climbs it she is famous!