Friday, December 3, 2010

Anne of the Island

Title: Anne of the Island
Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery
Series: Anne of Green Gables, book 3
Genre: Children lit
Published: 1915

Recommendation: A great companion to Anne of Avonlea.
Rating: 8/10

Summary: Anne Shirley goes to Redmond to study for her BA. She goes there knowing no one except for Gilbert and Charlie Sloane from Avonlea but soon she makes new exciting friends there.

Reactions: The ending of the previous book in the series just left me wanting more of Anne's story, so I began this book immediately after finishing the last page of the previous one. The story continues where the previous one left off without any interruption though there's quite a bit of time between the actual publication dates of these books.

Anne goes off to live and study in Redmond and we meet a new character whom I enjoy very much, named Philippa Gordon. It's a terrible name, but the girl is amusing, confident to the point of conceit, likes to party and has a head for mathematics. I enjoyed reading about her and she makes the story quite lively.

In this book we also finally get to witness Anne's and Gilbert's romantic relationships and there are both surprises and frustrations there. I find Anne surprisingly daft when it comes to listening to her heart, but there is a good resolution at the end of the book, so I finished the book satisfied with the ending.

There are more books in the series, but I am not yet sure whether I'll be re-reading the rest this year. However, I do have a feeling this is not the last time that I am re-reading the beginning of this series.


  1. Anne of the Island is the one book in the series that I have re-read the most, and any time I consider reading back through the Anne books I generally skip straight to this book. I would imagine this is a favorite of mine largely because of the things that Anne and Gilbert go through in their relationship.

  2. This made me think of you

    So... what edition are you read?

  3. Ooh, that's an edition to die for. Not that I would ever consider spending 20K on a book, even a rare one.

    I was actually reading the free Project Gutenberg copy of the book on my iPad. I've been finding myself getting used more and more to reading ebooks and I am rather enjoying reading on the iPad now.