Book: Anne of Avonlea
Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery
Notes: 2nd book in the Anne of Green Gables series
My Review: As addictive and entertaining as Anne of Green Gables
My Rating: 5 Stars
I finished listening to Anne of Green Gables earlier this month and immediately started listening to Anne of Avonlea. I loved the way the first book easily flowed into the second without any kind of a break. Yet in spite of that, Anne in Anne of Avonlea is so much more grown up than the Anne in Anne of Green Gables.
Lucy Maud Montgomery has done a fabulous job in capturing the growth of Anne over the years. In addition, she brings all the people of Avonlea to life and listening/reading the book takes you into that world very easily – Avonlea in the early 1900s is such a beautiful peaceful community and the people are all very endearing – yes, even Mrs. Rachel Lynde!
A host of new characters are introduced in the book. Dora and Davy – the siblings that Marilla adopts when their mother dies, Mr. Harrison – the man who lives next to Green Gables with his garrulous parrot, Little Paul Irwing – one of Anne’s students in the Avonlea school, Miss Lavendar – who is pretty and charming and definitely one of Anne’s kindred spirits who lives in the most charming place called the Echo Lodge!
By the end of the book, you feel like you’ve always known all of them! Anne has definitely grown up in this book but not too grown up to avoid getting into scrapes. The chapter where she sells Mr. Harrison’s Jersey cow is hilarious!
If you’ve read Anne of Green Gables and haven’t read this one – you definitely are missing out on a book that is as fabulous as Anne of Green Gables! And if you haven’t read either of the books, I would recommend that you start with Anne of Green Gables and then definitely read Anne of Avonlea.
I am now listening to Anne of the Island and I am loving it just as much! Audiobooks are so useful when I am trying to knit. I am definitely not one of those prolific knitters who can read while they are knitting and so I just turn on my audiobook and get lost in the world of Anne while the little blue baby blanket that I am knitting for my best friend who is due this weekend slowly and steadily takes shape!
Have you read Anne of Avonlea? Share your thoughts with me!