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13 Hidden Gems By Better Known Authors

So I promised a list of retellings of Little Women in my post yesterday. That is in progress right now and you will see it in the next day or two. For now, I bring you a few hidden gems by better known authors (whose birthday it is on November 30th). And this might end up helping you with reading a new book (to you) in the month of December, which is apparently Read a New Book Month!

Please note that I have to read these books as well, and they are all new to me too. But I am confident in the authors themselves, and in my love for them! So here is to hoping I will enjoy these reads as well.

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Hidden Gems By Better Known Authors

For all these books below, the link in the title will take you to Amazon if you want to buy a printed copy for yourself, while I have provided the link to free online copies (either at or the gutenberg project) via the cover images of each book (except for Mark Twain’s The Purloining….)

Lucy Maud Montogomery’s Hidden Gems

A Tangled Web

A Tangled Web (Classic Fiction)

The feuding Dark and Penhallow families, linked by sixty marriages, face a year of unexpected twists after eccentric Aunt Becky bequeaths a coveted heirloom jug. Gay Penhallow’s fiancé leaves her for Nan Penhallow, Peter Penhallow and Donna Dark are mysteriously drawn together, and separated couple Hugh and Joscelyn Dark get a second chance. All this unfolds under the watchful eye of the enigmatic Moon Man with second sight. As Aunt Becky’s long-awaited revelation night approaches, the family braces for a surprising twist that will change everything.

Emily of New Moon

Emily of New Moon (Teen & YA)

Orphaned Emily Starr faces life with snobbish relatives at New Moon Farm. Despite challenges, she befriends Teddy, a talented artist, Perry, a well-traveled sailor, and fiery tomboy Ilse. Emily discovers the beauty of New Moon, leading to new friendships and adventures.

After Many Days

After Many Days: Tales of Time Passed (Teen & YA)

In this collection of eighteen rediscovered short stories, L.M. Montgomery explores the theme of postponement and the poignancy of “time passed.” Many characters in these fine stories at last have a chance “after many days,” to reconcile with an estranged relative, repay a kindness, or even wreak long-plotted revenge. Others discover how true love can survive great distances and long separation.

The Story Girl 

The Story Girl (7 years and up)

Fourteen-year-old Sara Stanley enchants the town of Carlisle with irresistible tales, drawing both children and adults from miles away. Bev King and his brother Felix, visiting for the summer, are captivated by the Story Girl’s spellbinding narratives

The Blue Castle

The Blue Castle (Classic Fiction)

An unforgettable story of courage and romance. Will Valancy Stirling ever escape her strict family and find true love? Valancy Stirling is 29, unmarried, and has never been in love. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she finds her only consolation in the “forbidden” books of John Foster and her daydreams of the Blue Castle–a place where all her dreams come true and she can be who she truly wants to be. After getting shocking news from the doctor, she rebels against her family and discovers a surprising new world, full of love and adventures far beyond her most secret dreams.

Louisa May Alcott: Hidden Gems

An Old-Fashioned Girl

An Old-Fashioned Girl (8 years and up)

The book revolves around Polly Milton, the old-fashioned girl who titles the story. Polly visits her wealthy friend Fanny Shaw in the city and is overwhelmed by the fashionable and urban life they live–but also left out because of her “countrified” manners and outdated clothes.

Under the Lilacs

Under the Lilacs (Children’s Fiction)

Ben and his trained dog, Sancho, run away from the circus and soon find a warm welcome in a kind community where spirited games are played. Theatricals and imaginative pageantry are all part of the fun.

Hospital Sketches

Hospital Sketches (Short stories)

Louisa May Alcott worked as a nurse at a soldiers’ hospital in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. Drawing on that experience, Alcott wrote Hospital Sketches (1863), a vivid account that offers rich insights into women’s wartime roles, the shocking conditions in soldiers’ hospitals, the lives of the soldiers themselves, and the racial prejudice of the time.

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill (8 years and up)

When best friends, Jack and Jill, tumble off their sled, their injuries cause them to be bedridden for many months. Their parents fill their days with the joys of Christmas preparations, a theatrical production and many other imaginative events.

Mark Twain: Hidden Gems

Roughing it

Roughing It (Historical Autobiography)

This is semi-autobiographical travel literature written by American humorist Mark Twain. He wrote it during 1870–71 and published in 1872, as a prequel to his first book The Innocents Abroad (1869). This book tells of Twain’s adventures prior to his pleasure cruise related in Innocents Abroad.

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine (8 – 12 years, and up)

A never-before-published, previously unfinished Mark Twain children’s story is brought to life by Caldecott Medal winners Philip Stead and Erin Stead. Plucked from the Mark Twain archive at the University of California at Berkeley, Twain’s notes now form the foundation of a fairy tale picked up over a century later. With only Twain’s fragmentary script and a story that stops partway as his guide, author Philip Stead has written a tale that imagines what might have been if Twain had fully realized this work.

The War Prayer

The War Prayer (Short Stories)

Written by Mark Twain during the Philippine-American War in the first decade of the twentieth century, The War Prayer tells of a patriotic church service held to send the town’s young men off to war. During the service, a stranger enters and addresses the gathering. He tells the patriotic crowd that their prayers for victory are double-edged-by praying for victory they are also praying for the destruction of the enemy… for the destruction of human life.

Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences

Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences (Literary Criticism)

This is a satirical literary criticism of the writings of the novelist James Fenimore Cooper.

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And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, have you read any of these hidden gems? If 👍🏻, I would love to hear your thoughts on them. If not, which one would you be picking first for yourself?

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10 thoughts on “13 Hidden Gems By Better Known Authors

  1. I love it when hidden gems like this get brought out into the light! I haven’t heard of a lot of these and forgot about those that I have, but they’ll be great recommendations for the grandchildren and re-reads for me, ha-ha!

  2. So many fabulous book suggestions here and a few that I am for sure interested in. I love different genres when reading and these are perfect 😉

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