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Anne of the Island. by L. M. Montgomery.
on 8 September 2015
This book continues the story that was started in "Anne of Green Gables" and was continued in "Anne of Avonlea". They describe Anne's years at Redmond College in Kingsport, Nova Scotia; and are full of L. M. Montgomery's best mixture of humour, seriousness, sorrow, gladness, and real meaningfulness- with lots of great incidents to enjoy! She begins by boarding with Priscilla Grant in a boarding house full of cushions, but after a year joins other girls in renting a gloriously romantic cottage called Pattys Place that ends up seemingly full of cats! The other girls include Philippa, a real character of a girl, who can't make up her mind which of two boys to marry! Little does she know then who she will end up happily married to - a very different kind of person! There are boys in Anne's life too - the boy who gets his sister to propose on his behalf - then Charlie Sloan who proposes and is amazed that Anne should refuse him! Then there is Gilbert - who loves her - who is told by Anne that she cannot love him - yet Anne doesn't seem to like it when other girls are interested in him! Later on there is Royal Gardner, who Anne goes out with for two years - will she marry him? Or someone else? But there is much more than that in the book. There is the tragedy of Ruby Gillis, who has consumption but won't admit it. There are the twins, Davy and Dora, at home in Avonlea, and Davy's humorous antics and comments. There is Anne's story "Averil's Atonement" that, to Anne's horror, becomes a baking powder advertisement! And there is much, much, more! So many great characters. So many great incidents. This is another book to enjoy!