Has there been a film version?
Who are the important characters?
Anne Blythe – formerly Anne Shirley, now mother of six
Gilbert Blythe – a respected Doctor and Anne’s husband
Susan – the Blythe’s housekeeper
Aunt Mary Maria Blythe – Gilbert’s maiden aunt who is a royal pain
Jem Blythe – the eldest at age eight
Walter Blythe – age seven and a bit of a softhearted boy
Nan Blythe – one of the twins, age four with brown hair and eyes
Diana Blythe – the other twin, with red hair and green eyes
Shirley Blythe – the youngest son, two years old and Susan’s favorite
Marilla “Rilla” Blythe – the baby, she speaks with a lisp
What’s it about?
This book mainly chronicles the escapades of the Blythe children as they grow up and enter school. The girls are faced with duplicitous friends and fanciful fairy stories. And the sons are faced with dogs and bullies and the stress of having to buy birthday presents for the best mother ever. And Anne herself must face the fact that her children will grow up and she herself will grow older.
Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It’s part of the Anne of Green Gables series.
Do I recommend you read this book?
How did this book make my list?
It’s by L.M. Montgomery and I love Anne Shirley.
Has it won any awards?
“The Sloanes are still Sloanes, Anne, and will be for ever and ever, world without end, amen.” – p 3
This is the last book that was written about Anne, the previous ones which are later chronologically were actually published earlier. This was also the last book published by Montgomery while she was alive.
This book almost recaptures the innocent fun of the first book in the series as it regales us with stories of the Blythe children – whose mishaps are not unlike their mother’s when she was young. They go through many of the same trials we went through as children, with friends who aren’t always what they seem, with relatives who nobody can understand, with fears of new faces and places. And through it all, their lovely mother is there for them to cry to or laugh with or share serious problems with. Anne is still the same Anne, even though she has six children to keep up with.