Anne of Windy Poplars

Anne of Windy Poplars

by Lucy Maud Montgomery


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Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They're known as the royal family of Summerside - and they quickly let Anne know she is not the person they had wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cozy tower room at Windy Poplars, Anne finds she has great allies in the widows Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty - and in their irrepressible housekeeper, Rebecca Dew. As Anne learns Summerside's strangest secrets, winning the support of the prickly Pringles becomes only the first of her triumphs.

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ISBN-13: 9781729502518
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2018
Pages: 490
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

L. M. Montgomery had a thriving writing career that included several novels and more than five hundred poems and stories. She is best known as the author of Anne of Green Gables.

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Anne of Windy Poplars (#4 Original Full Version) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
barbiejeanie More than 1 year ago
loved the working my way through all anne of green gables books and really enjoing them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book in the Anne Shirley series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! ~giggles~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
every time i read the other books i always thought that something was missing now that i have it feels like the books come together now!
Laura-Jane_Barber More than 1 year ago
Much of this segment of the series is composed of letters Anne writes to Gilbert. At first, I was turend off by this element as it was entirely different from the prior novels and because I feared the integrity of the series may not remain intact. My fears were completely unfounded. This is by far my favorite of all the novels. It's nice to be in Anne's perspective for much of the story. I enjoyed every second. Another delightful part of the Anne of Green Gables series.
milti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the boring-est of the books, probably because it has so little actual romance and is mostly just letters.:D
savageknight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne spends 3 years as the Principal of Summerside and we learn of all the goings-on in her life through the letters she writes to her fiance, Gilbert.As I've discovered, all things "Anne" really do work out for the best and no situation - regardless of how bad it seems at first, will eventually work out. To that end, I find myself questioning why I continue to read these books. Why do I find them so entertaining? They are so "polyanna" that there is little in the way of true drama because everything does come up roses.The only answer I have is that I have grown quite fond of the character. She is a dreamer, a believer of fantasy and imagination, and someone who always looks to the positives of life. These are all things that are quite dear to me as well. On top of that, I have to admit that we are introduced to a large array of characters each with their own little quirks that makes them "real" and interesting to read.I've often remarked that reading these "Anne" books was like catching up with an old friend. The format of this particular novel is very much like that. A comforting read.
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne and Gilbert are now engaged (finally!) and Anne accepts a principalship at a prestigious girls' school while Gilbert is finishing his medical degree. Summerside High is an old school, in an old, proud town full of Pringles. The Pringle clan runs everything in Kingsport, and when they decide they don't like Anne because she beat out a cousin of theirs for the position, they embark on a campaign of subtle persecution which Anne's sensitive spirit feels keenly. Things come to such a pass that Anne is afraid she will lose her position, for how can she reason with prejudice? With each new novel, Montgomery introduces new and delightful characters to add spice to the story and keep things from getting flat. The widows with whom Anne lodges, Aunt Chatty and Aunt Kate, and their servant Rebecca Dew are fun each in her own way. The buttermilk secret always makes me laugh. And I do love Katherine Brooke. She is decidedly different from Anne's other friends; the only comparable character in the series would probably be Nora Nelson... though there are hints of Leslie Ford as well, come to think of it. One new character I'm not a big fan of is Elizabeth. She just seems too precocious and perfect to me. I think Montgomery wrote Elizabeth as a facet of herself; during her childhood she lived with her strict grandparents and her experiences with them might have been similar. Interestingly, Elizabeth's grandmother and servant do not soften or change by the end of the story. Elizabeth escapes, but the prison itself does not disappear. Another thing I enjoy about this story is its epistolary nature. The only complaint I would make is that it would be nice to see some of Gilbert's letters to Anne. But I suppose they wouldn't be half so interesting or funny! Although this isn't the first book I think of when I try to name my favorites among the series, it has so many brilliant little stories... Anne's day with the onerous invalid Mrs. Gibson, the disastrous dinner with sulky Cyrus Taylor, the affair of the play, Rebecca Dew's flowery but sincere goodbye note, Cousin Ernestine Bugle's dolorously hilarious visit, etc. This book is a joy to read and I'm so thankful that the Anne stories ¿ wholesome, hilarious, wonderful ¿ influenced me so much in my teen years. I think Anne makes me a better person.
amerynth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne of Windy Poplars, the fourth book in the Anne of Green Gables series tells the story of Ann's adventures as a teacher in Summerside during the three years prior to her marriage to Gilbert Blythe. I liked this book better than some of the other installments, but missed hearing about the familiar characters of Prince Edward Island, since this book mostly takes place away from Anne's home. As always, L.M. Montgomery has populated her book with memorable and interesting characters -- and the stories are so realistic they seem true to life. The is just another book in a wonderful series.
Magadri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me this book is the beginning of the end of the series. I loved the first few books, but this book was a little boring and it doesn't get any better.
rainbowdarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I read this at first as a young teen, I didn't like it. I would skip it when I re-read the series. After I re-read the whole series (without skipping this one) about five years ago, though, I began to wonder exactly why I hadn't liked it. The novel provides interesting pictures into the lives of others as Anne comes into contact with them. The epistolary portions are also pleasant as they really feel as if they were written by Anne herself and as such, I felt more bonded to her than I had before. There are such rich "side-"characters in this that I would rank it among my favorites. It is sweet and poignant, and showcases the epistolary style that I don't think Montgomery used nearly enough.
neverlistless on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
the next saga of Anne's life. She's moved into a home by the name of Windy Poplars on Spook's Lane with two old widows and a helper. She's a principal at the high school while Gilbert is away at medical school and they write letters to each other and pine away. Montgomery introduces us to another set of interesting characters - it's such good fun.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unlike some of the other books in the "Anne" series, this one doesn't have a lot of plot line. Anne is spending her years of engagement teaching and serving as principal of a private high school. This book is a combination of letters to Gilbert and various narratives of funny and touching things that happen to Anne during those three years - many of Ms. Montgomery's short stories find themselves woven into the narrative. I especially liked the story of Little Elizabeth - she reminded me a bit of Paul from "Anne of Avonlea" and I would have liked to hear more about Elizabeth. And I loved Rebecca Dew! While there isn't a major plot turn or climax at the end, this book is a lot like life - a series of small adventures and happenings that color the everyday thread of a contented life.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although Anne of Windy Poplars is the fourth book chronologically in the Anne of Green Gables series, it was actually the seventh book L.M. Montgomery wrote for the series. Anne of Windy Poplars is an epistolary novel, telling the story of the years between the time Anne Shirley graduated from college and the time she finally marries Gilbert Blythe. During this time Anne is living at Windy Poplars with two elderly widows, and working as the principal of Summerside High School. The letters that make up the bulk of the novel are from Anne to her fiancé.Anne of Windy Poplars almost surpasses Anne of Green Gables for me. Through Anne's writing, Montgomery really has a chance to illustrate just what a special young woman Anne is. She is a delightful character to read, intelligent and witty with real gumption. Even in the face of overwhelming negativity Anne refuses to back down. She is determined to persevere against all odds, and in the end manages to change every life she touches. This is Anne as I will always think of her - a spirited woman whose heart bursts with love and poetry.As always, Montgomery seems to cast an even more eccentric set of characters in Anne of Windy Poplars. She has such a way with creating characters that seem to leap off the page. From Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty at Windy Poplars, to characters like Jen Pringle (and the whole Pringle clan,) Katherine Brooke, Pauline Gibson, and Cousin Ernestine - Montgomery has taken great care to invent highly readable and believable people to live in Anne's world. These are people full of faults but with a great capacity for growth - they just need a little Anne Shirley in their lives!Anne of Windy Poplars enhances Anne's story beautifully. By using her charming letters to Gilbert, the reader gets to see things through Anne's own eyes. Anne is a gifted writer, as is L.M. Montgomery, obviously. This series of books offers the reader a lyrical look into the life of one of literature's most entertaining heroines. I highly recommend reading it straight through!
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My memory of Anne of Windy Poplars is.. non-existent. It's been so long since I've read the books and I see the PBS movies (which are wonderful in their own right) once or twice throughout the year, so it's easy to forget that Anne of Avonlea (the movie edition) is a mix-match of several books in the series.In Anne of Windy Poplars the dreaded Pringles make their appearance. And it's oh so much more than the movie shows. They are so dreadful, each and every one of them, but everything else is an absolute delight. Windy Poplars, Rebecca Dew, Little Elizabeth and most of all - a character we rarely get to see in the book, Gilbert Blythe.Wait, how can Gilbert be so wonderful? He's hardly in the book! I'll tell you why - because this book shows the reader just how beautiful love letters can be.A good portion of Anne of Windy Poplars is composed of Anne's letters to "her dearest of dears" and they are so tender and sweet and filled with so much news and juicy tidbits and sweetness (with just the right amount of "pages omitted") that it set the romantic in me a-fluttering. Anne is learning how to be in love, something we see all too rarely in girls literature today. She has to be patient, to wait to make a life with the one her heart has chosen, but she does it so sweetly it's impossible not to feel the excitement. Romance doesn't need to be rushed. One doesn't need to spend all of ones time before the wedding crushed up against his or her chosen. Anne learns that absence sweetens the deal and her dreams grow because of it. And, in the process, sets aside a beautiful history to share with her own children.Today we write emails and tweet to one another and love letters such as those in this book are a thing of the past. But they don't have to be - and if you need inspiration, pick up this book.
ThorneStaff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While Gilbert finishes medical school, Anne is invited to be the principal of a high school in Summerside. She faces one seemingly insurmountable problem immediately: the Pringles, a venerable and large family. The Pringles have influence over all that happens in the town, and they are upset because Anne was not their first choice; a cousin of theirs was. But she has allies in the kindly widows who allow her to board, Aunt Chatty and Aunt Kate, along with Rebecca Dew, the housekeeper. What follows is a series of vignettes about Anne's dealings with the school and the people of the town, but a common thread goes throughout: her fate is largely determined by the Pringles, and Anne is just as determined to win them over. Part of "Anne of Windy Poplars" consists of Anne's letters to Gilbert, and the author judiciously omits the more sentimental passages of the letters. This book was written seventh in the series of eight books, so it definitely seems to lose a little continuity, and might rightly be considered a companion piece rather than book five of the series. And it is probably not Ms. Montgomery's best work in the Anne of Green Gables series, though it may fit in better with her other lesser-known collections of short stories. It seems to drag in parts, and I kept wanting to skip through to the "good" sections. However, I faithfully read through it and was glad to be done and on to the next book, "Anne's House of Dreams", that has better "flow".
booksandwine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne of Windy Poplars was a delight to read. The book is comprised of letters written by Anne and third-person narrative. As with the other Anne books, we meet some wonderful new characters and become reaquainted with old ones. There is a hilarious dinner scene which definately made me laugh out loud in public.
mandochild on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I become frustrated by the over-fanciful language and the reliance on episodic "vignettes" that are often too sweet or too pat. But then comes a moment of pure magic - a sudden jewel of a line. And some of the characterisations become more than clever pen portraits, becoming real and believable. It is also a wonderful reminder on the importance of gratitude in life.
inkstained on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorites in Montgomery's body of work, and in particular in this series. This novel is also published as "Anne of Windy Willows" in the UK. It was one of the last ones of the series written, but the fourth one in the series chronologically. It's easy to tell it was written later in her writing career because the voice and writing quality are much more polished. The plotting is tighter, and it has to be to get Anne through this difficult period. This is the time of life that, in the era this takes place, is very difficult for women. It's after graduation from college, working, but before marriage. Considering most women didn't attend college in Anne's day, and that it was highly controversial for them to do so, I'm not at all surprised that Montgomery left this chapter of Anne's life until later to write. She pulled it off with grace, finesse, and a good dose of humor.
Wanderlust_Lost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Things move on apace in Anne's world and this installment of the series finds her as headmistress of a high school and living in a house called Windy Poplars. This book deals more with Anne's relationship to Gilbert and her impending marriage and is written in epistolary form.A slight departure from the previous books it focuses solely on Anne's experience from a first person point of view.It's not my favourite, but it deserves full marks. And the next novel picks things up again properly.
sedelia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne of Windy Poplars is the fourth installment of the Anne of Green Gables series. It is mostly set in a city called Summerside. Anne has left Redmond College to begin a job as principal of Summerside High School. She ends up staying in a place called ¿Windy Poplars¿ with two widows and an old maid. Throughout the story Anne has to face winning the affections of the Pringle family, solving marital problems between her friends, and helping a little girl named Elizabeth find laughter in the world.As with the rest of the series, this book is a thrilling read, with sorrows and triumphs. I feel that this book is missing something that the others have (it is probably the absence of Gilbert, who rarely shows up in this book), but it is fun and exciting all the same. I would recommend this book to all fans of Anne of Green Gables, as well as to those who are simply looking for laughter and magic in their life.
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book really disappointed me in comparison to the earlier Anne books. Montgomery tries a new epistolary style in this book, writing most of the chapters as letters from Anne to Gilbert. There is never any reply, lending the stories a dull, one-sided feel, and the passages are occasionally interrupted by authorial comments like "(two pages omitted here)" where Anne is ostensibly writing her private romantic thoughts to her beloved. The letters just don't work as a narrative device, being especially annoying to the modern reader in their use of quotation marks at the beginning of every paragraph, with additional internal quotation marks for actual dialogue, and Montgomery further disrupts her attempts at a new literary technique by reverting to the omniscient narrator perspective for several chapters. Anne seems to meet someone brand new in almost every chapter, but doesn't form very deep attachments with that many people, and the reader is given little to no hint of her having any meaningful communication with old characters during her visits home. Montgomery misses the opportunity to derive a meaningful narrative thread from the three years during which Anne must work and wait before marrying Gilbert, thus lending the unfortunate impression that Anne is just another grown woman with nothing to do but sit around and wait to be married. It feels as if Montgomery ended her previous novel in what she felt was the most romantic possible fashion, and then didn't know how to deal with the separation she had imposed on her main characters. Perhaps this book was a literary experiment of sorts. Unfortunately, it didn't work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for all "Anne of Green Gables " fans. Unforgettable characters, adventures, misadventures with Anne at the center make this tale one not to be missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wonderful book is about an young woman (20-25 yrs old) named Anne Shirly. Anne writes letters to a boy in Green Gables who teaches school like she does, named Gilbert about her days at Windy Poplers. My favortie (but saddest part yet) is when Anne meets a little boy named Thedore, who asked for a picture to send to his house for his dad. But the day they were going to give it to his father next thing they knew poor little Thedore was ........... DEAD!!!! (sobbing, crying) Sorry that was SO SAD!!!!!!!!!!!! - Tigerpaws aka Julia Harger
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems like as the series goes on it gets less and less of the charm of the origional Anne of Green Gables book. Overall it's not bafld though.