Hey book dragons,
Anne of Green Gables will forever be one of my favourite books and series. For those who aren’t familiar with the story it starts off siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert’s request to adopt an orphan boy to help on their family farm on Prince Edward Island.
Matthew arrives at the station to pick up their boy and is met with a strong willed, freckled, redheaded girl named Anne (with an E). With no more trains running that day Matthew had no other option but to take her home to meet Marilla. Unable to be persuaded on keeping her for good, Marilla agreed to a trial period before sending Anne back to the orphanage.
Anne befriends Diana Barry at school and a life long friendship is ignited. With her kindred spirit by her side Anne gets into more trouble than Marilla and Matthew thought possible. From letting cows loose to falling off buildings and dying her hair green. She’s a breath of fresh air, although that’s not widely appreciated in Green Gables. Among those in Anne’s new life is Gilbert Blythe. Their first key interaction is Gilbert calling her Carrots and Anne cracking a slate over his head in anger. Sounds like a pretty rocky start but they become friends. Navigating their lives together they find themselves sometimes dividing by what society expects of them and what their hearts tell them to do. Anne is unapologetic her and she won’t dim her sparkle for anyone.
Adventure, heartbreak and love follow suit as Anne is welcomed into the Cuthbert home. Anne always dreamed of having a place to call home and now she wears her title proudly, Anne of Green Gables.
This is a beautiful book with heartwarming characters and cringe worthy moments. Anne is everything the Cuthbert’s never knew they needed.
This is hands down a five star read and I highly recommend this stunning book to everyone. A few of my favourite quotes are below to give you a taste of what you are missing.
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
“People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”
“It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.”
“True friends are always together in spirit.”
I would love to know your thoughts if you have read it.