Blog tour: After Anne

Welcome to the blog tour for After Anne by Logan Steiner!

More about the book…

As a young woman, Maud had dreams bigger than the whole of Prince Edward Island. Her exuberant spirit had always drawn frowns from her grandmother and their neighbours, but she knew she was meant to create, to capture and share the way she saw the world. And the young girl in Maud’s mind became more and more persistent: Here is my story, she said. Here is how my name should be spelled—Anne with an “e.”

But the day Maud writes the first lines of Anne of Green Gables, she gets a visit from the handsome new minister in town, and soon faces a decision: forge her own path as a spinster authoress, or live as a rural minister’s wife, an existence she once called "a synonym for respectable slavery." The choice she makes alters the course of her life.

With a husband whose religious mania threatens their health and happiness at every turn, the secret darkness that Maud herself holds inside threatens to break through the persona she shows to the world, driving an ever-widening wedge between her public face and private self, and putting her on a path towards a heartbreaking end.

Beautiful and moving, After Anne reveals Maud’s hidden personal challenges while celebrating what was timeless about her life and art—the importance of tenacity and the peaceful refuge found in imagination.

More about the author…

Logan is a lawyer by day and a writer by baby bedtime. Her writing explores motherhood and the creative life.

Logan's debut novel AFTER ANNE will be released on May 30, 2023 by HarperCollins. For fans of Anne of Green Gables and fans of complex, creative women, the novel tells the life story of the author Lucy Maud Montgomery. See Logan's website for more information: https://logansteiner.com/.

Logan also writes a weekly Substack newsletter called The Creative Sort: https://logansteiner.substack.com/.

After graduating from Pomona College and Harvard Law School, Logan clerked for three federal judges, spent six years in Big Law, and served for three years as an Assistant United States Attorney. She now specializes in brief writing at a boutique law firm. Logan lives in Denver with her husband and daughter.

My impressions…

Anne of Green Gables is a book that has been on my wish list for a long time but that I haven’t read yet. I was therefore intrigued when I got the chance to read about its author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and her life. A difficult life, there is no doubt about that, which makes her ability to create books that have fascinated generations of readers even more remarkable. Based on Maud’s journals, it is clear that this book has been thoroughly researched and it might have just been what I needed to push Anne of Green Gables to the top of my TBR!

Three words to describe it. Beautiful. Sad. Fascinating.

Do I like the cover? Yes, it has a timeless beauty.

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, this is a wonderful debut.

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