Spinster lies about a romance in her past

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1Annette_Simpson
Jan 13, 2017, 6:59pm

I though this story was by Lucy Maud Montgomery but I still find it difficult to match my recollections to her books...

In the opening (or near the beginning) there is a quilters group making a quilt for a soon to be married family member. It is all the female family members quilting together. I think it is in the heroine's home. She lives here with her mother. She is plain, downtrodden and belittled. Partly because of her status as never having a beau.
Fed up with her families attitude, she decides to create a past. There is a a brief time when she was away from this town/family home so that no-one can trully say she is lying. They think she is lying. But she gets a little credibility because she has had a romance.
She makes up a name and perhaps even some career of the hero (not sure about the details). Anyway, a stranger by this name comes into their town. The family wait for his shredding of the heroine's character and uncovering her lie.
For whatever reason, he actually feels sorry for her and agrees to assist her in a cover-up to her lies.
They end up falling in love and marrying.
Thanks for any help with title and author.

2SylviaC
Jan 13, 2017, 7:19pm

It is by L. M. Montgomery. It is "The Materializing of Cecil" from Further Chronicles of Avonlea.

3Annette_Simpson
Jan 13, 2017, 8:32pm

Thank-you SylviaC. I have just re-read "The Materializing of Cecil". I was so sure it was a longer story. I think I may have blended a couple of books together with time.

4SylviaC
Jan 13, 2017, 9:13pm

>3 Annette_Simpson: She tended to reuse her themes and plots a lot, so there may well be similarities with her other stories. When I read your description, I immediately remembered that the name was either Cyril, Cyrus, or Cecil, so I googled it because it was quicker than digging out the books. It's been a long time since I've read the short story collections, but I remembered that one pretty well.