Who wrote this book and when?
L.M. Montgomery published this book in 1936.

Has there been a film version?
The stories in this book were adapted for the majority of the story in the TV miniseries “Anne of Avonlea.”

Who are the important characters?
Anne Shirley – now engaged to Gilbert, she is teaching at a high school in Summerside
Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty – two elderly women whose house Anne boards at
Rebecca Dew – the no-nonsense housekeeper for Kate and Chatty
Elizabeth Campbell – the small girl who lives in the house next to Anne, she desperately misses her father and is always searching for the magical land of Tomorrow
The Pringles – the high society family of Summerside, they have it out for Anne
Katherine Brooke – another teacher at Summerside High School, she is very bitter and sarcastic

What’s it about?
This set of stories covers the three years of Anne and Gilbert’s engagement. Anne has taken a position teaching at Summerside High. She boards at a lovely house in Spooks’ Lane with two elderly women and their spirited housekeeper. Included are a great many letters from Anne to Gilbert as well as stories concerning Anne’s struggles to win the hearts of the Pringle family and Katherine Brooke. Anne details several weddings and romances which she becomes entangled in and also the story of Elizabeth Campbell.

Why is this book a classic?
It’s part of the Anne of Green Gables series, which includes only bestsellers.

Do I recommend you read this book?
Yes, if you enjoy the series.

How did this book make my list?
I love books by L.M. Montgomery.

Has it won any awards?
No.

Favorite quotes:
“‘You are the only person who loves me in the world,’ said Elizabeth. ‘When you talk to me I smell violets.'” – p 60

“Gilbert darling, don’t let’s ever be afraid of things. It’s such dreadful slavery. Let’s be daring and adventurous and expectant. Let’s dance to meet life and all it can bring us, even if it brings scads of trouble and typhoid and twins!” – p 174

Anything else?
The Anne books were written out of chronological order. This was actually the next to last to be written, although it is the fourth in the series.

Personal thoughts:
I have such a horrendous time reading books that are comprised of letters. I feel as if I’m missing out on so much of the action going on outside of the letter writer. I did appreciate how this book blended both letters and narrative – but still. Entirely too much letter content. I adored the character of Elizabeth – she’s so sweet it’s almost impossible to believe such a child would ever exist. I also wish that there had been more stories about the Pringle girls. I was so interested in all of their hi jinks but we very rarely got to see much more than a glimpse. However, most of the other characters were just adorable and Anne was as lovely as ever a character she ever was.

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