I don’t know how I missed the Anne books when I was a girl. I faintly remember other girls talking about the PBS series, but it was never anything that piqued my interest. As an adult, I’ve heard it newly raised in conversation because of another PBS movie and upcoming Netflix series. There seems to be such a love of this heroine, whether from the book or the screen, so when I stumbled upon a five cent copy at the thrift store, I decided I had to give it a go. I’m counting Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery for the reading challenge category “a book about adoption.” (There are so many pretty copies of Anne it puts my banged up thrift store copy to shame. So here’s the Puffin in Bloom cover.)
Anne of Green Gables is the story of a young orphan girl who is accidentally sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who wanted a boy to help around the farm. Though Marilla is intent that Anne must go back, the girl soon captures their hearts and they decide to adopt her. The novel is written in episodes as Anne settles in to her new home at Green Gables and in to her new town, Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. Anne is a delightfully quirky character who loves imagining, hates her red hair and freckles, and gets into all kinds of humorous predicaments. Through her, the reader gets to meet the other inhabitants of Avonlea and watch Anne grow up and become part of a family. It is no wonder that Anne is such a beloved heroine of literature, though over a hundred years old. Montgomery created not only a wonderfully winsome heroine, but a charming town and community. Anne of Green Gables is the first in a series of eight books that follow Anne’s life, though I’ve been told the first is by far the best. It was a delightful, sweet read and, though I probably won’t read more Anne books, I look forward to reading the first in Montgomery’s Emily books which is supposed to be just as great.