Right at the end of August, I managed to slip in one more for my 10 Books of Summer, which was the short children’s classic, Anne of Green Gables by the Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery. This was first published in 1908 and due to its huge popularity has spawned a much-loved anthology series, been translated into many languages and become one of the bestselling books worldwide.
Anne of Green Gables opens with the unmarried Cuthbert siblings: elderly Matthew and his stern sister, Marilla; who decide to adopt a young boy to help them on their farm, as the labour is getting harder for Matthew. However, due to a miscommunication with the orphanage, they are instead sent Anne Shirley: a slim, pale girl with long fiery-red plaits, freckles and a spirited nature.
Matthew takes an instant shine to this talkative, whirlwind of a girl, while Marilla is not so sure. When she sees how devastated Anne, who so longs for a real home, is when she realises they don’t want her, Marilla is softened into giving her a chance. And it is not long before Anne wins them (and me) over completely, with her big heart, vivid imagination and almost indefinite positive can-do attitude!
What follows is a delightful coming-of-age tale full of love, family, friendship and adventures, as well as mistakes, heartache and misadventures too, as the vulnerability, expectations and dreams of a growing child are explored. As many of my blogging friends predicted, I absolutely loved Anne and it was so wonderful to see a child character from this time period written with so much individuality and spirit.
I can see also why generations of readers have fallen in love with the special world of the Green Gables farm 🏡 and the fictional town of Avonlea, located in a verdant corner of Prince Edward Island. Where the author, Montgomery grew up, which you can see in how beautifully she describes Anne’s love for the nature she is surrounding by; and the quiet island life, that revolves around farming, the changing seasons and traditions.
All in all I thought Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery was an utterly charming coming-of-age tale and a wonderful portrait of family, farming life, and the amazing transformative power of love. In fact, I loved this story and Anne so much, I have added two more books from the series to my Classics Club list. Great read ⭐⭐⭐
Have you read this or any of the other books in the series? Please let me know in the comments below.