This is book #3 in the Anne series, and the copy I own is the copy I received as a young person. I definitely appreciate these Anne books more now as an adult than I think I ever did as a pre-teen/teen! Anne is so funny, and Gilbert is wonderful, and Marilla is tough yet tender at times, and Mrs. Rachel Lynde is just perfect. I’ll admit, my images of these characters are the ones portrayed in the 1985/1987 Kevin Sullivan CBC movies. Ah, Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie…classic Anne and Gilbert for me!
“New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for Redmond College. With old friend Prissy Grant waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and frivolous new pal Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks her memories of rural Avonlea away and discovers life on her own terms, filled with surprises…including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart, too. Suddenly Anne must decide if she’s ready for love…” (Goodreads)
This book was wonderful! It made me laugh out loud. It almost made me cry when Anne refuses Gilbert’s first proposal (however, my sister reassured me that we know how it eventually turns out so not to worry!). It made me almost cry again when she finally accepts his proposal.
I can’t wait to read the next installment in the series!
*My progress for the Canadian Book Challenge is 3/13!!