#Review : Anne of Windy Willows (Anne of Green Gables #4) by L.M. Montgomery

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Anne of Windy Willows (Anne of Green Gables #4) by L.M. Montgomery
Publication Date: June 4th 2015 (first published 1936)
Publisher: Puffin Classics Penguin Random House
Genre: Classics / Historical Fiction
Pages: 432
Stars: ★★★★★ (4.5)

The fourth book about the red-haired Anne Shirley from Green Gables.
Now a young woman and her romance with Gilbert Blythe beginning to flourish, Anne Shirley becomes Principal of Summerside High School. But Summerside is virtually ruled by the Pringle family, who don’t want Anne at the school. It takes all of Anne’s courage and tact, and the comfort she draws from the eccentric household at Windy Willows, to overcome local prejudice and confront the dreaded Pringles.

Previous books in the series:

  1. Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
  2. Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2)
  3. Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3)

Anne of Windy Willows was semi epistolary, historical fiction that revolved around Anne’s three years as a Principal of Summerside High School, her sojourn in Summerside, people she met and mini lessons she learned from her experiences- all in letters she wrote to Gilbert. A new place, new stetting and lots of new friends. It was about friendship, helping people of Summerside, and importance of happiness, life, dresses and imagination.

Book was first person narrative. It was divided in 3 years of Anne’s principalship in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Do I have to tell anything about author’s writing? It was poetic, lyrical, atmospheric, and beautiful. Once again, author added a wonderful book to series. I loved all character’s life story, dresses, setting, and that usual effects of weather and atmosphere that was constant in whole Anne series so far.

It’s been long since I read last book (in January) so I was little clueless when Anne was offered job at Summerside High. But I didn’t dwell on it and plunged into Anne’s beautiful new abode, Windy Willows, its occupants, students of Summerside High, Pringles, impressive people in the town, and gossips.

Throughout the book, one place that I so loved was, Windy Willows and Anne’s Tower room at Windy Willows. I can perfectly imagine each room of the house, every corner and windows of Anne’s room where our kindred spirit resided.

Let me tell about Anne and other characters, because without them you cannot just talk about book.

Anne– If I have commented on your blog or anywhere in more than 2 sentences, it’s purely Anne effect. She was catching. She wrote amazingly long letters, told her stories and experiences in her refreshing, vivacious and infectious voice. It felt so good to see Anne growing into wonderful woman. She was great throughout the book, I cannot imagine from where she got patience! She handled some prickly and temperamental characters so effortlessly. I loved her thoughts about all of them.

She was wise, sensible, lil bit sensitive and as always dreamy. I loved her seeing as teacher in Anne of Avonlea and I loved her even more in this book. But here Anne faced bigger challenge- The Pringles who gave her tough time in her first year. Pringles made her stay so difficult that she couldn’t see her job and stay more than a year. But this is Anne we are talking about and it was certain she was going to win them all sooner or later but what I was curious to know was, how.

Then there was Anne’s Kindred spirit that added mystery to story- Elizabeth. She was just like little Anne we met in first book, living in imaginations, having dreams and giving names to herself. It was kind of creative, you know, giving different names as per moods. She was such an adorable kid, I couldn’t understand why her great-grandmother and the Woman (their maid) treated her so strictly, how they could keep her in house all the time and discourage her, keep her starved from life and happiness! And why he father doesn’t know anything about it. I couldn’t wait to see what Anne would do about it.

I loved widows and Rebecca Dew, occupants of Windy Willows. They were quirky and made fascinating trio. How can the house be complete without ‘The Cat’. I liked the bickering between these ladies. Even though there was generation gap and disagreements they loved and took care of each other. I loved to see Anne becoming integral part of their little cult.

There were all sort of Pringles who were great to read. I liked Jane and her gang. And so many windows, cranky old people in Summerside who were really amusing, specially Mrs. Gibson and what I tell you about twins of Mrs. Raymond! They were naughtiest twin, Davy felt rather gentlemanly after reading them. Miss Minerva’s haunted house and cursed family was nightmarish. I don’t know how Anne spent a night there. I loved Katherine’s development. She turned out totally different person by the end of the book and became Anne’s best friend.

There were all sort of characters with all sort of personalities in this book. Some were lovely, some dreamy, sulky, bad-tempered, nosey, cantankerous, chatty, lonely, romantic, worrier, tyrant, ungrateful, sensitive and mischievous. Just so many characters! They all were given a story even if it was just in one or few lines which was plus point, but the drawback was I felt dizzy reading about them all and trying to remember them. If I dare to list them all, I bet it will fill 2-3 foolscap pages.

Ah and there was wedding and Anne’s part in eloping lovebirds. Some stories were emotional while some were comical. And there was lots of gossips and drama. I didn’t want Anne leaving this amusing community after 3 years but I knew it was not possible. I liked the way things turned out in all stories and things Anne learned throughout the book.

All the previous books were feel good and so was this one. You can enjoy this book in any season. Just relax in sunshine, enjoy the flowery writing, dreamy Anne and warmth of the story.

Why 4.5-

My only teeny weeny issue was there were too many characters. I know I should get used to it by now but this had more than previous books. And as I mentioned, it was overwhelming. But I’m rounding it to 5 star because I just love this series and Anne.

Overall, I just love Anne Shirley, L.M. Montgomery’s writing and her beautiful stories.

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Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables #3) by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables #3) by L.M. Montgomery
Published November 1st 1983 (first published 1915)
Publisher: Bantam Books
Read Date: January 3rd 2019
Genre: Classic / YA / Fiction
Pages: 272
Stars: 5/5

New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for Redmond College. With her old friend Prissy Grant waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and her frivolous new friend Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks her memories of rural Avonlea away and discovers life on her own terms, filled with surprises . . . including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart, too. Suddenly Anne must decide whether she’s ready for love. 

Anne now grown up has left behind her innocent childhood and has entered the complexity of youth. 20-years-old, Anne is attending Redmond College in the bustling city of Kingsport. She has left behind her country life full of love- her beloved Avonlea, Green Gables, adorable twins, lovely Marilla, best friend Diana, and gossipy Mrs. Rachel – and is going to settle in city life for her college years. The settlement has been sad and homesick process but St. John’s Street and the monumental old St. John’s graveyard has risen her spirits. And her college life is going to be just as adventurous as it was in Avonlea.

What I loved most about Ms. Maud’s writing is, she brought all characters to life. Anne was as cheery and imaginative. She was wise, clever, emotional, sensitive, and sometimes idiotic (of course for turning down my beloved Blyth). I loved to read her thoughts. Her emotions touched my heart on leaving Avonlea, when she attended her sickly dying friend, when she found her house where she was born and when she was left confusing and loneliness near the end of the book. I loved the way she had developed from that wild little girl to wonderful sensible lady with BA in English.

Gilbert was such a gentleman in book. He was a great friend and person. Like whole Avonlea, I cannot see him with anyone but Anne. I loved the way he waited for Anne even after her merciless rejection.

Pricilla, Phillipa, Stella and Aunt Jemesina were the best in the book. Phillipa– new character and new friend of Anne was amusing to read. My heart lighted up on reading her initial description only. Her indecision towards everything in life including what to wear made me chuckle. She was hilarious and fabulous friend. She was truly beauty, brain and heart of gold. I so loved her. She sometimes eclipsed Anne in the book. Pricilla was Anne’s from Green Gable took more notice in this book than the previous ones. Like Anne, she was clever, imaginative and loyal friend. I loved her from the very beginning of the book and loved the way her friendship with Anne and other girls of Patty’s place developed. Aunt Jamesina was sweetest aunt, old in fashion and look but young at heart. Her wisdom and lively nature was great to read.

In this third installment Anne made new friends, found a grand house to rent with her chums on Millionaire Street, faced rejection of her first story and also earned from it that wounded her ethics, she got feisty cat who adore the ground she walked, attended 3 wedding and a dreadful funeral of her childhood friend.

I’m so in love with author’s writing. The flowery poetical writing describing wonderful and colorful characters, picturesque vivid description of Prince Edward Island, Green Gables, Kingsport, St. John’s graveyard and park. It was mesmerizing to picture characters and places of the book. In this book as well all the months has its own mood and nature and it awed me to read their description and how they created dramatic effect in the book. I lost the count of how many times and differently author has depicted all the months in year from Anne’s perspective in all three books.

There were many golden moments in book. Rusty cat and his fights with other cats, his love for Anne; Love story of Janet; Davy’s letters; Letter of Phil from Prospect Point; Averil’s Atonement; and climax of the book.

This book should be titled ‘Anne’s Refusal to all Proposals’. Seriously, she turned down 5 proposals in one book mercilessly. I admit some were horrible and humorous. But I’m glad she finally could separate reality of true love from her imagination. At last, her head started working in right direction. The proposal from the one she truly loved wasn’t that romantic as she had imagined and nor the hero looked like the one she sought after, but it brought back the charm and happiness she always has imagined.

The anticlimactic climax of looming death and that feeling of losing everything along with the one she loved turned toward very sweet and joyful end of the book.

Overall, it was lovely entertaining YA classic fiction with lively animated protagonist and characters, some hilarious and some sad moments that anyone can enjoy.

I don’t like mass market paperback, but the best thing about this collector’s edition I bought was, short autobiography of L.M.Montgomery and map of Prince Edward Island.

Author: L.M. Montgomery

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Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2) by L.M. Montgomery

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Publication Date: March 5th 1999 (First published: 1909)

Publisher: Wordsworth Classics

Read Date: August 3rd 2018

Genre: Classic / Fiction

Stars: 5/5

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BLURB FROM BACK COVER:

Anne of Avonlea continues Anne’s story. Now half-past sixteen but as strong-headed and romantic as ever, Anne becomes a teacher at her old school and dreams of its improvement. But her responsible position and mature ambitions do not prevent her entanglement in the scrapes that still seem to beset her in spite of her best intentions.

Thoroughly charming and amusing, with a supporting cast of colourful and endearing characters, both books will enchant and entertain readers, guaranteeing that Anne’s adventures capture their affections as well as their imaginations.


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What to say about this acclaimed book that never said before! Anne of Avonlea was a wonderful sequel of Anne of Green Gable, about the girlhood of Anne Shirley who is now 16 year old and a school ma’am. Book has new characters and a new neighbor, new people coming to Avonlea, and new ideas streaming in Anne’s head for Avonlea.

Anne might have left her childhood age in the first book but her imagination is as young and fresh. She might have grown into a fine pretty girl, bit more mature and responsible but few things one can’t change about this lively protagonist of the book and that is, her ability to get into scrapes now and then, her inborn aura of positivity, hope and bringing change in people’s heart and soul that you can easily see and feel in this book.

In the opening chapter author introduced her readers to a new character and neighbor of Green Gables, Mr. Harrison who brought the book into life in beginning only. As soon as he was introduced, I knew Anne is bound to get in trouble and latter will make Mr. Harrison like her dearly and it didn’t took long to happen. His parrot, Ginger, was such amusing one. I giggled like a girl when he called Anne a ‘Red-headed snippet’.

In middle of starting school, get acquainted with little scholars of Avonlea and helping Marilla, there were new characters coming to live at Green gables. 8-yrs-old twins- prim and all mannered, Dora and full of mischiefs, Davy. Poor Marilla was so mortified taking that kid into family but Anne set everything just perfectly. Anne’s adventures were little less than first book but Davy took the honors of amusing readers by his mischiefs, sweet silly questions, getting into troubles, and being punished by Marilla.

This book was even more amusing and hilarious than first one. I so laughed at Anne’s experience with their AVIS project and Davy’s acts, Anne’s mistakes and imaginations and thoughts. This time she dyed her nose, can you believe it! It was so funny to read. Even with all silliness and girly imagination of Anne, I couldn’t help but think how much she had grown in this book. The way she took her responsibilities, understood people and brought change in Avonlea and Avonlea people was remarkable. 

I loved the way new characters were set along with old ones. They all were colorful. Their descriptions were so comical and vivid. Anne was such a charismatic, kind character. Her approach with kids was motherly and she had such enthusiasm in her teaching that I was dying to see her success as teacher. Many teachers can relate to Anne’s thoughts and her experience with kids at school.

I so loved Miss Lavender Lewis and her picturesque stone house. The romantic story of Lavender and Hester, the talk of dear boy Paul Irving, sweet letters from kids at school, scandal in neighborhood, and terrific hailstorm will keep readers hooked to the book. End was real sweet and charming.

I can surely say now that L.M. Montgomery is my all-time favorite author. She wrote this book so beautifully with very simple yet engaging plot, wonderful description of all places, nature, and people and their thoughts. This book had such an enchanting effect that can keep the heart and soul of all readers forever young and fresh no matter at what age they are.

I’m out of words now! I saw many readers said it was not as good as first one but for me it was just awesome. I can’t wait to read more about Anne’s life and adventures, her growing friendship with Gilbert in next book of the series.

Overall, it was refreshing, exhilarating, wonderful classic young adult fiction that I highly recommend to all.


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Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) by L.M. Montgomery

 

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(I have this combined Wordsworth edition (which was most cheaper) but I’m reviewing only first book)

Publication Date: March 5th 1999 (First published: June 1908)

Publisher: Wordsworth Classics 

Read Date: July 27th 2018

Genre: Classic / Fiction

Stars: 5/5

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Blurb from back cover:

When the Cuthberts send to an orphanage for a boy to help them at Green Gables, their farm in Canada, they are astonished when a talkative little girl steps off the train. Anne, red-headed, pugnacious and incurably romantic, causes chaos at Green Gables and in the village, but her wit and good nature delight the fictional community of Prince Edward Island, Canada, and ensure that Anne of Green Gables continues to be a firm favourite with readers worldwide.

Thoroughly charming and amusing, with a supporting cast of colourful and endearing characters, both books will enchant and entertain readers, guaranteeing that Anne’s adventures capture their affections as well as their imaginations.


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Anne of Green Gable was a lovely delightful coming -of-age classic fiction. A story of orphan girl, Anne who comes to live at Green Gables with lovely Cuthberts and start a new life with her wonderful imaginations.

Why I waited so long to read this book! I loved this book and Anne more than I expected. It was so refreshing that left me smiling at every page. I can’t think of any other classic book as lovely as this.  

Author narrated the story so remarkably. Description of places and characters created lifelike figure in my mind. The writing was so beautiful, mesmerizing, with big words and if I speak from Anne’s perspective, it was so romantic. The way book started with ‘Rachel is surprised’, ‘Matthew is surprised’ and then Marilla… They were definitely gripping titles with even more captivating start. I was instantly pulled into the story and wanted to know how the story and Anne will turn out. How Cuthberts and neighbors will get along with Anne.  

Anne was the charm of the book. Coming at new place with pitiful past and knowing that Cuthberts wanted a boy not girl was really heart-stirring for Anne. I could feel her pain and anguish. But she never let her readers to be in somber mood longer. She was full of life and imaginations. Oh my, and she never stopped talking. Her amusing style of talking, the way she held herself, behaved and learned from her mistakes just won my heart. The most lovable thing about her was, her apologies and confessions throughout the book. Wow! I could see why everyone loved her so dearly.

My goodness, Anne’s temper was so bad and uncertain. First, Mrs. Lynde and then Gilbert! That scene at school, a first seed of discord between Gilbert and Anne was so hilarious. I couldn’t have imagined word ‘Carrots’ for red hair. She expressed any kind of emotions in full extent. I definitely agreed Marilla on this matter.

There were so many characters in the book and I loved them all. Specifically, Cuthberts, Mrs Lynde, Diana, Gilbert, and Miss Barry. I can’t imagine the book without them. They added their own charm both in book and Anne’s life.  The way Anne’s quirky characteristics eventually thawed Marilla’s heart was most remarkable in the book. Anne’s bond with both Matthew and Marilla was heart-warming.

There was everything a growing girl would love to read in the book- Fashion, school, colorful classmates, teachers, rivalry, best friend, nosy neighbors, local customs, critical comments, getting into all sort of troubles and then rectifying them with confession and learning from it. It was all so dramatic and entertaining. It wasn’t to put down the book.

Looking at the seasons, nature, world, and life with Anne’s eyes gave the story a whole new life. Her ambitions and perspectives were infectious.  I so admire the author for having such wonderful thoughts, displaying women strong and capable during that era.

Climax was sad not surprising, I could see it coming at certain point but not too early. The way Anne developed from here to the end was just perfect. I wouldn’t change a bit in the book. No matter how many ups and downs came in Anne’s life she made most out of it. She knew how to live life fully and that’s what I loved most about her.

Overall, it was refreshing, lovely story. The book had a feel good factor that will put a smile on every reader’s face. I could see why it is loved by so many readers. I’m so excited to read the next book of the series.


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