This early work by Lucy Maud Montgomery was originally published in 1917 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on 30th November 1874, New London, in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island. Her mother, Clara Woolner (Macneil), died before Lucy reached the age of two and so she was raised by her maternal grandparents in a family of wealthy Scottish immigrants. In 1908 Montgomery produced her first full-length novel, titled 'Anne of Green Gables'. It was an instant success, and following it up with several sequels, Montgomery became a regular on the best-seller list and an international household name. Montgomery died in Toronto on 24th April 1942.
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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. Montgomery died in Toronto in 1942 and was buried on her beloved island.
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Anne's House of Dreams
By L. M. Montgomery
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In the Garret of Green Gables
"Thanks be, I'm done with geometry, learning or teaching it," said Anne Shirley, a trifle vindictively, as she thumped a somewhat battered volume of Euclid into a big chest of books, banged the lid in triumph, and sat down upon it, looking at Diana Wright across the Green Gables garret, with gray eyes that were like a morning sky.
The garret was a shadowy, suggestive, delightful place, as all garrets should be. Through the open window, by which Anne sat, blew the sweet, scented, sun-warm air of the August afternoon; outside, poplar boughs rustled and tossed in the wind; beyond them were the woods, where Lover's Lane wound its enchanted path, and the old apple orchard which still bore its rosy harvests munificently. And, over all, was a great mountain range of snowy clouds in the blue southern sky. Through the other window was glimpsed a distant, white-capped, blue sea — the beautiful St. Lawrence Gulf, on which floats, like a jewel, Abegweit, whose softer, sweeter Indian name has long been forsaken for the more prosaic one of Prince Edward Island.
Diana Wright, three years older than when we last saw her, had grown somewhat matronly in the intervening time. But her eyes were as black and brilliant, her cheeks as rosy, and her dimples as enchanting, as in the long-ago days when she and Anne Shirley had vowed eternal friendship in the garden at Orchard Slope. In her arms she held a small, sleeping, black-curled creature, who for two happy years had been known to the world of Avonlea as "Small Anne Cordelia." Avonlea folks knew why Diana had called her Anne, of course, but Avonlea folks were puzzled by the Cordelia. There had never been a Cordelia in the Wright or Barry connections. Mrs. Harmon Andrews said she supposed Diana had found the name in some trashy novel and wondered that Fred hadn't more sense than to allow it. But Diana and Anne smiled at each other. They knew how Small Anne Cordelia had come by her name.
"You always hated geometry," said Diana with a retrospective smile. "I should think you'd be real glad to be through with teaching, anyhow."
"Oh, I've always liked teaching, apart from geometry. These past three years in Summerside have been very pleasant ones. Mrs. Harmon Andrews told me when I came home that I wouldn't likely find married life as much better than teaching as I expected. Evidently she is of Hamlet's opinion that it may be better to bear the ills that we have than fly to others that we know not of."
Anne's laugh, as blithe and irresistible as of yore, with an added note of sweetness and maturity, rang through the garret. Marilla in the kitchen below, compounding blue plum preserve, heard it and smiled; then sighed to think how seldom that dear laugh would echo through Green Gables in the years to come. Nothing in her life had given Marilla so much happiness as the knowledge that Anne was going to marry Gilbert Blythe; but every joy must bring with it its little shadow of sorrow. During the three Summerside years Anne had been home often for vacations and week ends; but, after this, a bi-annual visit would be as much as could be hoped for.
"You needn't let what Mrs. Harmon says worry you," said Diana, with the calm assurance of the four-years matron. "Married life has its ups and downs, of course. You mustn't expect that everything will always go smoothly. But I can assure you, Anne, that it's a happy life, when you're married to the right man."
Anne smothered a smile. Diana's airs of vast experience always amused her a little.
"I daresay I'll be putting them on too, when I've been married four years," she thought. "Surely my sense of humor will preserve me from it, though."
"Is it settled yet where you are going to live?" asked Diana, cuddling Small Anne Cordelia with the inimitable gesture of motherhood which always sent through Anne's heart, filled with sweet, unuttered dreams and hopes, a thrill that was half pure pleasure and half a strange, ethereal pain.
"Yes. That was what I wanted to tell you when I 'phoned to you to come down today. By the way, I can't realize that we really have telephones in Avonlea now. It sounds so preposterously up-to-date and modernish for this darling, leisurely old place."
"We can thank the A. V. I. S. for them," said Diana. "We should never have got the line if they hadn't taken the matter up and carried it through. There was enough cold water thrown to discourage any society. But they stuck to it, nevertheless. You did a splendid thing for Avonlea when you founded that society, Anne. What fun we did have at our meetings! Will you ever forget the blue hall and Judson Parker's scheme for painting medicine advertisements on his fence?"
"I don't know that I'm wholly grateful to the A. V. I. S. in the matter of the telephone," said Anne. "Oh, I know it's most convenient — even more so than our old device of signaling to each other by flashes of candlelight! And, as Mrs. Rachel says, 'Avonlea must keep up with the procession, that's what.' But somehow I feel as if I didn't want Avonlea spoiled by what Mr. Harrison, when he wants to be witty, calls 'modern inconveniences.' I should like to have it kept always just as it was in the dear old years. That's foolish — and sentimental — and impossible. So I shall immediately become wise and practical and possible. The telephone, as Mr. Harrison concedes, is 'a buster of a good thing' — even if you do know that probably half a dozen interested people are listening along the line."
"That's the worst of it," sighed Diana. "It's so annoying to hear the receivers going down whenever you ring anyone up. They say Mrs. Harmon Andrews insisted that their 'phone should be put in their kitchen just so that she could listen whenever it rang and keep an eye on the dinner at the same time. Today, when you called me, I distinctly heard that queer clock of the Pyes' striking. So no doubt Josie or Gertie was listening."
"Oh, so that is why you said, 'You've got a new clock at Green Gables, haven't you?' I couldn't imagine what you meant. I heard a vicious click as soon as you had spoken. I suppose it was the Pye receiver being hung up with profane energy. Well, never mind the Pyes. As Mrs. Rachel says, 'Pyes they always were and Pyes they always will be, world without end, amen.' I want to talk of pleasanter things. It's all settled as to where my new home shall be."
"Oh, Anne, where? I do hope it's near here."
"No-o-o, that's the drawback. Gilbert is going to settle at Four Winds Harbor — sixty miles from here."
"Sixty! It might as well be six hundred," sighed Diana. "I never can get farther from home now than Charlottetown."
"You'll have to come to Four Winds. It's the most beautiful harbor on the Island. There's a little village called Glen St. Mary at its head, and Dr. David Blythe has been practicing there for fifty years. He is Gilbert's great-uncle, you know. He is going to retire, and Gilbert is to take over his practice. Dr. Blythe is going to keep his house, though, so we shall have to find a habitation for ourselves. I don't know yet what it is, or where it will be in reality, but I have a little house o' dreams all furnished in my imagination — a tiny, delightful castle in Spain."
"Where are you going for your wedding tour?" asked Diana.
"Nowhere. Don't look horrified, Diana dearest. You suggest Mrs. Harmon Andrews. She, no doubt, will remark condescendingly that people who can't afford wedding 'towers' are real sensible not to take them; and then she'll remind me that Jane went to Europe for hers. I want to spend my honeymoon at Four Winds in my own dear house of dreams."
"And you've decided not to have any bridesmaid?"
"There isn't anyone to have. You and Phil and Priscilla and Jane all stole a march on me in the matter of marriage; and Stella is teaching in Vancouver. I have no other 'kindred soul' and I won't have a bridesmaid who isn't."
"But you are going to wear a veil, aren't you?" asked Diana anxiously.
"Yes, indeedy. I shouldn't feel like a bride without one. I remember telling Matthew, that evening when he brought me to Green Gables, that I never expected to be a bride because I was so homely no one would ever want to marry me — unless some foreign missionary did. I had an idea then that foreign missionaries couldn't afford to be finicky in the matter of looks if they wanted a girl to risk her life among cannibals. You should have seen the foreign missionary Priscilla married. He was as handsome and inscrutable as those daydreams we once planned to marry ourselves, Diana; he was the best dressed man I ever met, and he raved over Priscilla's 'ethereal, golden beauty.' But of course there are no cannibals in Japan."
"Your wedding dress is a dream, anyhow," sighed Diana rapturously. "You'll look like a perfect queen in it — you're so tall and slender. How do you keep so slim, Anne? I'm fatter than ever — I'll soon have no waist at all."
"Stoutness and slimness seem to be matters of predestination," said Anne. "At all events, Mrs. Harmon Andrews can't say to you what she said to me when I came home from Summerside, 'Well, Anne, you're just about as skinny as ever.' It sounds quite romantic to be 'slender,' but 'skinny' has a very different tang."
"Mrs. Harmon has been talking about your trousseau. She admits it's as nice as Jane's, although she says Jane married a millionaire and you are only marrying a 'poor young doctor without a cent to his name.'"
"My dresses are nice. I love pretty things. I remember the first pretty dress I ever had — the brown gloria Matthew gave me for our school concert. Before that everything I had was so ugly. It seemed to me that I stepped into a new world that night."
"That was the night Gilbert recited 'Bingen on the Rhine,' and looked at you when he said, 'There's another, not a sister.' And you were so furious because he put your pink tissue rose in his breast pocket! You didn't much imagine then that you would ever marry him."
"Oh, well, that's another instance of predestination," laughed Anne, as they went down the garret stairs.CHAPTER 2
The House of Dreams
There was more excitement in the air of Green Gables than there had ever been before in all its history. Even Marilla was so excited that she couldn't help showing it — which was little short of being phenomenal.
"There's never been a wedding in this house," she said, half apologetically, to Mrs. Rachel Lynde. "When I was a child I heard an old minister say that a house was not a real home until it had been consecrated by a birth, a wedding and a death. We've had deaths here — my father and mother died here as well as Matthew; and we've even had a birth here. Long ago, just after we moved into this house, we had a married hired man for a little while, and his wife had a baby here. But there's never been a wedding before. It does seem so strange to think of Anne being married. In a way she just seems to me the little girl Matthew brought home here fourteen years ago. I can't realize that she's grown up. I shall never forget what I felt when I saw Matthew bringing in a girl. I wonder what became of the boy we would have got if there hadn't been a mistake. I wonder what his fate was."
"Well, it was a fortunate mistake," said Mrs. Rachel Lynde, "though, mind you, there was a time I didn't think so — that evening I came up to see Anne and she treated us to such a scene. Many things have changed since then, that's what."
Mrs. Rachel sighed, and then brisked up again. When weddings were in order Mrs. Rachel was ready to let the dead past bury its dead.
"I'm going to give Anne two of my cotton warp spreads," she resumed. "A tobacco-stripe one and an apple-leaf one. She tells me they're getting to be real fashionable again. Well, fashion or no fashion, I don't believe there's anything prettier for a spare-room bed than a nice apple-leaf spread, that's what. I must see about getting them bleached. I've had them sewed up in cotton bags ever since Thomas died, and no doubt they're an awful color. But there's a month yet, and dew-bleaching will work wonders."
Only a month! Marilla sighed and then said proudly:
"I'm giving Anne that half dozen braided rugs I have in the garret. I never supposed she'd want them — they're so old-fashioned, and nobody seems to want anything but hooked mats now. But she asked me for them — said she'd rather have them than anything else for her floors. They are pretty. I made them of the nicest rags, and braided them in stripes. It was such company these last few winters. And I'll make her enough blue plum preserve to stock her jam closet for a year. It seems real strange. Those blue plum trees hadn't even a blossom for three years, and I thought they might as well be cut down. And this last spring they were white, and such a crop of plums I never remember at Green Gables."
"Well, thank goodness that Anne and Gilbert really are going to be married after all. It's what I've always prayed for," said Mrs. Rachel, in the tone of one who is comfortably sure that her prayers have availed much. "It was a great relief to find out that she really didn't mean to take the Kingsport man. He was rich, to be sure, and Gilbert is poor — at least, to begin with; but then he's an Island boy."
"He's Gilbert Blythe," said Marilla contentedly. Marilla would have died the death before she would have put into words the thought that was always in the background of her mind whenever she had looked at Gilbert from his childhood up — the thought that had it not been for her own wilful pride long, long ago, he might have been her son. Marilla felt that, in some strange way, his marriage with Anne would put right that old mistake. Good had come out of the evil of the ancient bitterness.
As for Anne herself, she was so happy that she almost felt frightened. The gods, so says the old supersitition, do not like to behold too happy mortals. It is certain, at least, that some human beings do not. Two of that ilk descended upon Anne one violet dusk and proceeded to do what in them lay to prick the rainbow bubble of her satisfaction. If she thought she was getting any particular prize in young Dr. Blythe, or if she imagined that he was still as infatuated with her as he might have been in his salad days, it was surely their duty to put the matter before her in another light. Yet these two worthy ladies were not enemies of Anne; on the contrary, they were really quite fond of her, and would have defended her as their own young had anyone else attacked her. Human nature is not obliged to be consistent.
Mrs. Inglis — née Jane Andrews, to quote from the Daily Enterprise — came with her mother and Mrs. Jasper Bell. But in Jane the milk of human kindness had not been curdled by years of matrimonial bickerings. Her lines had fallen in pleasant places. In spite of the fact — as Mrs. Rachel Lynde would say — that she had married a millionaire, her marriage had been happy. Wealth had not spoiled her. She was still the placid, amiable, pink-cheeked Jane of the old quartette, sympathizing with her old chum's happiness and as keenly interested in all the dainty details of Anne's trousseau as if it could rival her own silken and bejewelled splendors. Jane was not brilliant, and had probably never made a remark worth listening to in her life; but she never said anything that would hurt anyone's feelings — which may be a negative talent but is likewise a rare and enviable one.
"So Gilbert didn't go back on you after all," said Mrs. Harmon Andrews, contriving to convey an expression of surprise in her tone. "Well, the Blythes generally keep their word when they've once passed it, no matter what happens. Let me see — you're twenty-five, aren't you, Anne? When I was a girl twenty-five was the first corner. But you look quite young. Redheaded people always do."
"Red hair is very fashionable now," said Anne, trying to smile, but speaking rather coldly. Life had developed in her a sense of humor which helped her over many difficulties; but as yet nothing had availed to steel her against a reference to her hair.
"So it is — so it is," conceded Mrs. Harmon. "There's no telling what queer freaks fashion will take. Well, Anne, your things are very pretty, and very suitable to your position in life, aren't they, Jane? I hope you'll be very happy. You have my best wishes, I'm sure. A long engagement doesn't often turn out well. But, of course, in your case it couldn't be helped."
"Gilbert looks very young for a doctor. I'm afraid people won't have much confidence in him," said Mrs. Jasper Bell gloomily. Then she shut her mouth tightly, as if she had said what she considered it her duty to say and held her conscience clear. She belonged to the type which always has a stringy black feather in its hat and straggling locks of hair on its neck.
Anne's surface pleasure in her pretty bridal things was temporarily shadowed; but the deeps of happiness below could not thus be disturbed; and the little stings of Mesdames Bell and Andrews were forgotten when Gilbert came later, and they wandered down to the birches of the brook, which had been saplings when Anne had come to Green Gables, but were now tall, ivory columns in a fairy palace of twilight and stars. In their shadows Anne and Gilbert talked in lover fashion of their new home and their new life together.
"I've found a nest for us, Anne."
"Oh, where? Not right in the village, I hope. I wouldn't like that altogether."
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Table of Contents
Contents1. In the Garret of Green Gables,
2. The House of Dreams,
3. The Land of Dreams Among,
4. The First Bride of Green Gables,
5. The Homecoming,
6. Captain Jim,
7. The Schoolmaster's Bride,
8. Miss Cornelia Bryant Comes to Call,
9. An Evening at Four Winds Point,
10. Leslie Moore,
11. The Story of Leslie Moore,
12. Leslie Comes Over,
13. A Ghostly Evening,
14. November Days,
15. Christmas at Four Winds,
16. New Year's Eve at the Light,
17. A Four Winds Winter,
18. Spring Days,
19. Dawn and Dusk,
20. Lost Margaret,
21. Barriers Swept Away,
22. Miss Cornelia Arranges Matters,
23. Owen Ford Comes,
24. The Life-Book of Captain Jim,
25. The Writing of the Book,
26. Owen Ford's Confession,
27. On the Sand Bar,
28. Odds and Ends,
29. Gilbert and Anne Disagree,
30. Leslie Decides,
31. The Truth Makes Free,
32. Miss Cornelia Discusses the Affair,
33. Leslie Returns,
34. The Ship o' Dreams Comes to Harbor,
35. Politics at Four Winds,
36. Beauty for Ashes,
37. Miss Cornelia Makes a Startling Announcement,
38. Red Roses,
39. Captain Jim Crosses the Bar,
40. Farewell to the House of Dreams,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Yes, the other review was correct- there is another anne book in the series before this one. If you want the full series list here it is: * anne of green gables * anne of avonlea * anne of the island * anne of windy poplars * anne's house of dreams All in all this is a truly magnificant series i loved it!
This is the entire book. And it's free! It's the only one of the Anne series I could find for free, so I suggest you get it. My only complaint is that there are a few misspellings. However, it doesn't take away from the delightful story in here. Anne and Gilbert are (finally) married and move to, well, Anne's House of Dreams. This story is both deep, lighthearted, and funny. I savored every bit. No spoilers for those who haven't read it yet. Go ahead and get it. FREE.
I read all the books and they are great. READ
The anne series are definately my favorite! These books are funny, charming , and just a fun read! I totally recommend this book. It is number five in the series. Make sure to get the other ones too! They are: Anne of Green Gables, Anna of avonlea, Anne of the island, Annae of windy poplars, this one Annes house of dreams, anne of ingleside, Rainbow valley, and Rilla of Ingleside. I have been able to find almosr all of them for free on my nook. GET IT!!!
The book is not free! But it is cheaper than most books. It is only $2.99
This book is awesome! ~giggles~
I loved it!
This is a really great book for someone who would like to read the house of green gable bc this book is simular to it
Anne's House of Dreams is book number five in the Green Gables series. Anne's first year of marriage is filled with perfect happiness. But with the happiness comes tragic heartbreak. Life at Four Winds Harbor is never dull and Anne takes life as it comes. The Anne of Green Gables series is beautifully written with stunning descriptions. I am really enjoying re-reading these books!
Very satisfying read, memorable
Do you have a House of Dreams? I do. I've had one since I was a little girl. Of course, it involves a white picket fence and beautiful flowers and pretty green shutters. I imagine that it has just enough bedrooms for a family, a warm and welcoming kitchen and it's always Spring so I can keep the windows open.Anne and Gilbert are finally married in Anne's House of Dreams. There is so much sweetness in the days leading up to the wedding that I ended up reading through those pages with tears holding a permanent place on my cheeks. The mention of Matthew, the memories - I think that's what makes these books so strong. I grew up with Anne, of course, and so her memories are also some of my own. Memories of a slate being broken over Gilbert's head, the childish pranks of the girls, Matthew and the puffed sleeves, Marilla finally saying yes to the little Anne-girl staying for good. So when Anne looks at leaving Green Gables behind and transferring her precious little gable room to Dora, it's not just a bittersweet moment for her, but for me as well.But then there's so much excitement ahead. Married life, a precious home, new friends and the promise of babies - because Anne is so ready to love and be a mother to her own children, and she's had plenty of training you know!This book introduced Captain Jim and Miss Cornelia, both immensely colorful characters. There are subtle little moments when you can't help laughing out loud with Gilbert (who's bound to be hiding in another room) while listening to Miss Cornelia prattle on. But, as always, life tends to step in and give us twists.I think I can relate to this Anne in this book more now then I could as a teenager. I've experienced some sorrow of my own and seen some of my dreams fade, but I'd like to think that I'd be "of the race of Joseph" and I know there are others out there who are as well.
Anne begins her life as a married woman as Gilbert begins his career as a doctor. As with the earlier books, we are introduced to new characters, but not as many as before. These come very much alive with the sharing of their dreams and tragedies but no character "lives" as well as Captain Jim does.I was concerned that this new venture in Anne's life would not be as interesting or entertaining as her previous ones, and I was very happy to have been wrong. I will also admit to having found the writing very interesting/ curious especially in the detailing (or very lack thereof!) of the coming of babies :) Continuous glimpses in how life was lived 100 years ago always makes these books especially entertaining to me.
Intertwined in the story of Anne and Gilbert's first years of marriage, are the stories of Leslie and Captain Jim and Owen. Anne is as appealing as ever, though her funny scrapes are behind her. There is tragedy for Anne and Gilbert, but for whatever reason Ms. Montgomery doesn't really spend much time on that aspect of the story. Maybe it is our modern experience that makes tragedy so much harder to deal with and move on. Much of the plot movement comes in the interaction Anne has with Leslie, and Leslie's life changing experiences. I loved the character of Captain Jim.
Anne's House of Dreams is the fifth book in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series. The book begins with Anne and Gilbert's wedding at Green Gables, and chronicles the first few years of their lives together through happiness and hardship.Despite the fact that Anne and Gilbert finally seem to get their happy ending in Anne's House of Dreams, some of the magic of the earlier books is lost in this novel. I can't really put my finger on any one thing and say, "that's it - that's where it went wrong," but something is definitely missing. Anne, of course, is still Anne - a young woman with a enviable zest for life, who seems to touch the lives of everyone around her - but one thing has changed: she's forsaken her creative dreams for a set of different dreams. It was a switch from the Anne I've come to know and love, and I didn't really care for it. Montgomery has also created another fabulously eccentric cast of characters, but they don't seem as well-drawn as past characters. Thankfully Montgomery's writing is still beautiful. She was a master of descriptive and lyrical fiction:"The garret was a shadowy, suggestive, delightful place, as all garrets should be. Through the open window, by which Anne sat, blew the sweet, scented, sun-warm air of the August afternoon; outside, poplar boughs rustled and tossed in the wind; beyond them were the woods, where Lover's Lane wound it's enchanted path, and the old apple orchard, which still bore it's rosy harvests munificently." Can't you just picture it? The one thing that remains wonderful about this series is Montgomery's wonderful style of writing.Although it is not my favorite, Anne's House of Dreams is still worth reading. This novel has lost a little of the "feel" of the earlier books, but still makes a good addition to Anne's story.
I wanted my own little house of dreams after I read it.
This book was too much about the other characters in Anne's life. If she is the protagonist (um, it is ANNE's house of dreams) shouldn't the story revolve around her, not Leslie or Capt. Jim? Ah well, still a sweet book, although not my favorite in the Anne series.
Aside from the original story "Anne of Green Gables," "Anne's House of Dreams" was my favorite of the series. L.M. Montgomery crates such rich, vibrant characters -- Captain Jim and Miss Cornelia in particular-- that they just seem to jump off the page. In this installment, Gilbert and Anne are finally married and destined for a happy ending (though there are a few bumps along the way.) This book has a great story and a couple of good twists and turns that I didn't really see coming. A very enjoyable series even now that I'm re-reading them as an adult.
In Anne's House of Dreams, she and Gilbert are finally married and begin their life together in their "house of dreams" some sixty miles from Avonlea, in a place called Four Winds. Four Winds is a port town and Gilbert will be taking over his uncle's practice there. Anne and Gilbert are very happy in their new life, though it brings them sorrows as well as joys. Their lives are enriched by the advent of several new kindred spirits, or "the race that knows Joseph," as Miss Cornelia would say. This story introduces two of my favorite characters in the entire series, Miss Cornelia Bryant and Captain Jim. Miss Cornelia is a middle-aged lady who hates both men and Methodists with a passion. She is similar to Mrs. Rachel Lynde in her love of gossip and her charitable work among the poor. But her tongue is blistering, and she spares no one in her no-nonsense speeches. Gilbert stays home on one occasion in the story just to hear her talk, for she is assuredly never dull. Captain Jim is never dull either, but his is a gentle spirit. He is a retired sea captain who mans the Four Winds lighthouse and befriends the Blythes in their new home. His speeches are also hilarious, but in a completely different way from Miss Cornelia's. Montgomery's grasp of the distinct voices and humor of her characters never fails to impress me. One thing I so appreciate about Montgomery is her ability to evoke entire communities in the course of a quick gossipy speech. The MacAllisters over-harbour, the Wests, the Kirks, the Douglases, the Marshalls ¿ all we hear is a few brief anecdotes of them in the dialogue, but their families take on a distinct personality and flavor the story with their presence. Everything happens against the backdrop of the community. It's in the background and we never actually meet these characters beyond their mention in the dialogue, but this sense of humorous community is absolutely essential to the Anne books. It's also interesting how politics fringe the characters' lives. Montgomery never goes into the actual issues, but rather shows us people's varying responses to the politics of the day. There is one small inconsistency between this story and Anne of Green Gables; in the first book Gilbert is a Grit, but now he and Anne are Conservative. Perhaps he changed? I think Montgomery disliked how vitriolic people become during elections and rallies... and yet she saw the funny side too. As always!One thing that distresses me about this book is how sloppily it was put together. It's full of terrible typos. Shame on you, Bantam Classics, for such a poor job on this classic book. There are typos throughout the rest of the books but this one certainly suffers the worst of them. This one used to be one of my lesser-liked among the series, but subsequent rereads have mellowed my opinion. I do think the subplot of Leslie's life is a bit melodramatic and ends too neatly, but if you can get over that it certainly is entertaining. It's nice to see Anne a married woman and mother, and yet still a character consistent with her younger, more immature self. This is another worthy installment in the Anne series, and is sure to please Montgomery's legions of fans.
Finally! The long-awaited marriage of Anne and Gilbert. People in Avonlea had been matching them up since they were children, and it took five books to finally get them married! Anne and Gilbert marry in the orchard of Green Gables, in a simple ceremony with few guests -- only those nearest and dearest to them. Then they move to Four Winds Harbor, where Gilbert is installed as the new doctor, taking over some of his uncle's practice. With Captain Jim to visit at the lighthouse, Miss Cornelia to provide entertaining "man bashing" and brooding Leslie Owen to talk to, Anne and Gilbert surround themselves with new loved ones, while still treasuring the people they left in Avonlea. Surprises await, and we see the full circle of life in this little out of the way part of the Island that is tender and heartwarming.There's a part of me that has concluded that Anne mellows a little too much after she marries, and it is more difficult to spot her "Anne-ness", though occasionally it can't help but come out. But despite this disappointment, I am still drawn in to the world of Four Winds, and thoroughly enjoy meeting new "kindred spirits", who from here on are christened people "of the race that knows Joseph".
I would say that this book is my least favorite of the eight Anne books. It seems to somehow depart from the energetic, occasionally flighty redheaded orphan-girl who we're introduced to in Anne of Green Gables and who continues on through scrapes and success for three more books. Anne seems to disappear into the role of wife, homemaker and later, mother. Captain Jim and Miss Cornelia are the stars of the novel, being the more interesting characters of the bunch, and Leslie seems to be the heroine of young Anne's dreams, beauty and tragedy fully included. It isn't to say that this is a bad book, it just pales in comparison to the merits that the other seven have to offer.
This book follows Anne and Gilbert's married life. Vaguely interesting, but I found myself wishing for it to be over.
The fifth in the "Anne" series, newly married Anne moves to Four Winds with her husband, Dr. Gilbert Blythe. In her new home, she meets new people like Captain Jim, the keeper of the lighthouse, Leslie, who is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and the unique Miss Cornelia, who hates men and entertains them all with her pronouncements.This was a reread for me. Though I already knew what to expect in terms of the story, reading it now as an adult was very different from when I was a young teen. Then, I was rather scandalized by some of Miss Cornelia's ways and Leslie's strongly emotional outbursts. This time around, Miss Cornelia was much funnier and though I couldn't really relate to Leslie's feelings I could understand them a little bit more. I think calling this a "teen" novel is a bit of a misnomer.
This book finds Anne and Gilbert married and living in a cozy little fishing village where Anne makes plenty of new friends and settles into her house-wifely role. This is truly Anne's coming of age as this book sees her cross the threshold between childhood and adulthood once and for all. Her life up until this point has been full of minor difficulties but this is the first book to see Anne face real tragedy. It sees Anne become a mother for the first time and it sees her come to terms with both birth and death. Anne is finally grown up and things have changed for her.
This book is a great improvement over "Anne of Windy Poplars," and finally sees the contributions of Anne's dreamy, imaginative youth to her character as a well-rounded, believable adult. There is a greater narrative flow between events in this book than in earlier Anne books, with a deeper focus on fewer characters and their individual development rather than just a random string of "adventures," as was more characteristic of the earlier novels in the series. This is the first book where I felt like Montgomery was actually attempting to write a novel and not just episodes for publication as a serial. There is also a very tantalizing hint of mystery here that pulls the reader along. At first it seems that Montgomery borrowed a bit too much inspiration from "Jane Eyre" in crafting the character of Leslie, but this is made up for by the plot twists that follow, which use the unexpected to draw Anne and Leslie closer together and satisfy the reader with their emotional depth and unpredictability. This is definitely one of the better written of the "Anne" stories and shows the marks of an author developing her craft.
This is one of those Anne books that I really like. Well, I like all of them, but somehow, this is espeically sweet. Old Capt'n Jim, tragical Leslie Moore, novelist Owen Ford, and man-hating Miss Cornelia - all of these add such character and flavor. Anne, while still Anne at heart, learns to love and live differently. Her friendship with Leslie Moore, affects her in a way nothing else could. Anne grows, as does Leslie, and Gilbert. Definitally something you must read if you're a fan of Anne!