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Anne of Windy Willows (Anne of Green Gables #4)

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Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They're known as the royal family of Summerside--and they quickly let Anne know she is not the person they had wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cozy tower room at Windy P ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published 1975 by Angus & Robertson (first published 1936)
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Possibly 3.5/5 but idk yet.
I still really enjoyed this book because Anne is my FAVE, but I think the back and forth between her letters to Gilbert and third person narrative was a little bit much. I didn't really love that switch and I missed Gilbert throughout this book, though I understand why he wasn't in it!
I still love Anne as a character DEARLY and I will honestly love her forever. She is so kind and compassionate and lovely and just EVERYTHING.
Aug 10, 2008 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one. I think at the beginning I was a little skeptical, especially since Montgomery kept omitting the parts where Anne "had the right pen" to write love letters to Gilbert. I wanted to READ Anne's love letters!

But for all that, I loved the characters in this book. Rebecca Dew cracked me up, as did Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty, with their buttermilk secrets; Dusty Miller the cat; Katherine Brooke; Nora Nelson and Jim Wilcox; little Elizabeth; Cyrus Taylor (oh, but that was a hilarious e
Sep 15, 2016 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"Nobody is ever too old to dream. And dreams never grow old."

I see by the reviews that a lot of Anne-fans are disappointed in this one. On this, my third reading, I must admit that I was, too. I think it is the lack of the "old familiar." Anne is away, serving as principal of a school in Summerside. Gilbert is far, far away, studying medicine. Other than letters, there is no repartee between the two. Avonlea, and her beloved residents, is only visited during the holidays and summer breaks.

Oct 20, 2008 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne fans
Shelves: fiction
In a word....disappointing. It was good enough to finish. but it took 2 or 3 weeks to get through. This is a good indication of my interest level, because really great books keep me up at night until I finish them. This one....not so much.

I didn't care for the style--half letters from Anne to Gilbert, and half third-person, with no good reason to switch back and forth between the two. There are a ton of new characters, but the sheer volume precludes any satisfying character development. Anne see
Apr 05, 2009 MAP rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics
Please someone tell me if I'm crazy....Did Anne Shirley and a student named Lewis meet with a ghost, take a picture of him, and then when they found out he was a ghost, they took in total stride and gave the picture to his father?

Did that seriously happen in this book? Or did some of my pages have LSD on them?
After reading Anne of the Island, my favorite book in the Anne series, Anne of Windy Poplars always seems to fall a little flat for me.
Anne and Gilbert are engaged and while Gilbert is off at medical school, Anne has taken a job as principal at Summerside High School.
Much of this book is made up of letters from Anne to Gilbert. I just wish there was more of Gilbert in this story like maybe some of his letters to Anne. L.M. Montgomery rarely wrote much from the hero's side in her books, something
Apr 14, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful! This is probably one of my least favorites of the Anne books, but I enjoyed it thoroughly, nonetheless.

Anne's moved away to Summerside for three whole years in this book. I must admit, I didn't like that the fact that a lot of the first part was written in letters. I had forgotten the majority of this book, and so was worried that the whole book was written in letter form, which is not my favorite. I want to read and feel like I was witnessing what was happening to Anne
Naomi Sarah
So far, 'Anne of Windy Poplars' has to be my least favourite Anne book. This might change, because I did like it. Some bits I really liked. Some bits I found so boring I found myself taking a nap.

What I liked:
1. Windy Poplars. It sounds like such a beautiful place to live!!! Little hidey-holes and secret reading places?!!!! Yes Please. I'd love to live in Windy Poplars. (And the name is scrumptious.) (Did you know that it was originally called 'Anne of Windy WILLOWS?' They asked Montgomery
Deborah Pickstone
Some people dislike this being written mainly as letters but I really enjoyed it. This has developed from a 'children's' book to HF, and well done at that, as well as a classic. Of course it wasn't HF at the time of writing!

I also saw questions raised over (view spoiler)
Dec 14, 2015 Darcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Shirley is without a doubt my dearest fictional friend.
Mar 25, 2015 Arghavan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
کسالتآور بود خیلی.
و سوال: چرا هر لفظ عاشقانهی آنی به گیلبرت رو سانسور کردهبودن؟ -_- «برایت بوسه میفرستم» رو تبدیل کردهبودن به «برایت ... میفرستم.» . همین رو تعمیم بدید به سایر بخشهای عاشقانهی کتاب. -_-
و این که اونقدر کاراکترها گذرا بودن که آدم نمیتونست بشناسدشون اصلاً. توی ذهن نمیموندن هیچکدوم؛ برخلاف کتابهای قبلی.
Aug 17, 2015 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

Ok, I have loved all of the books in this series so far, however, this one was a shall I say this - eh. That's what it was. Eh.

Anne writes lots of letters to Gilbert, but we never get to see any letters that Gil writes to her. Also, lots of new characters are introduced in this book and I wonder how on earth Anne is going to keep up with all these people.

Also, Anne has officially turned into the perfect person who changes the life of everyone she meets. Honestly, does this woman hav
As much as I enjoy the original Anne of Green Gables , this and Anne of the Island are probably my favorites in the series. Anne's grown up, still both stubborn and dreamy, and I find it easier to read her stories at this stage of her life than when she was a small child. For similar reasons, I'm not as fond of the later books in this series, where Anne becomes a flatter, duller character, and then eventually fades to the background, letting her children's stories come to the fore-front. This ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Lady rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites
Anne has morphed into Mary Sue. In other news, bears shit in the woods.

I'm beginning to believe that LM Montgomery wrote the Anne books as an escapist fantasy for herself, as Anne is so utterly impossible a creature - with Anne's background, she would be permanently damaged psychologically, and this happy horseshit of "Oh, [insert name here]! Isn't [insert random natural phenomenon here] wonderful? Isn't it splendid to know that tomorrow will always come?" is simply unbelievable.

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Sep 22, 2013 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years ago in my early teens I voraciously read the first 3 Anne books and was ready to devour the rest of the series. But this particular book was not available in the library. I couldn't bear to skip a book, so I stopped, intending to begin again when I laid my hands on this book. Years went by and finishing the series dropped in priority. But recently, I decided to pick up the series again on my kindle. Well 2 books are missing from the audio series due to copyright laws, and once again I almo ...more
Oct 30, 2011 K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girls-bookshelf
I thought this one was going to be pretty lame from the very boring letters "to Gilbert" which it begins with. Once those were mostly over the book was more delightful than the last one. The story of the sulking Mr. Cyrus Taylor was fabulous.

Although they were funny, there were too many ill-humored cranks in this book...are there really that many in a small population? The book seemed more like a sort-of inter-related series of short stories than a plotted novel, but they stories were fun, so i
Lydia Presley
My memory of Anne of Windy Poplars is.. non-existent. It's been so long since I've read the books and I see the PBS movies (which are wonderful in their own right) once or twice throughout the year, so it's easy to forget that Anne of Avonlea (the movie edition) is a mix-match of several books in the series.

In Anne of Windy Poplars the dreaded Pringles make their appearance. And it's oh so much more than the movie shows. They are so dreadful, each and every one of them, but everything else is an
Apr 22, 2016 Yasmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished this, which I started months ago!! Not the fault of the book- just that I read so many in between. Another lovely instalment of Annes tale, with lots of problems to work through and lots of people to help. She is just a delight of a character, and I wish she was real and my friend !! She approaches life with optimism and enthusiasm, and reading about her always cheers me up. Her particular reaction to everything around her, be they people, trees, the wind or the sea are poetic a ...more
Marnie  Krüger
I'm a bit disappointed with this book.

Omitting what Anne wrote to Gilbert in her love letters seemed mean, I would so love to know what she wrote.
And Anne was very meddling in others relationships, which I really didn’t like.

Still I can’t wait to read the next book, the great wedding and the Blythe House of dreams.
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Anne Shirley has graduated from college and has signed on as Principal of a school in Summerside, across the island from her beloved Green Gables. Once again she needs to make friends, and convert the potential enemies of the town who begrudge this young woman her responsible position.

I love Anne – who wouldn’t, she’s so optimistic, kind and straightforward. I was pleased to see that the book opens as a letter from Anne to Gilbert, and I was looking forward to an epistolary novel. However, Montg
Sep 06, 2016 Tamsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, young-adult
Reread September 5, 2016.
Apr 06, 2016 Gwyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Anne of Windy Poplars!! Or rather... Anne of Windy Willows... That's the title Montgomery originally chose for it {and not just title, but scenery of the main house!}, but America said it was too much like "The Wind in the Willows". So, she changed it... {as well as removing some "gruesome content"from the original book???} But England and Australia kept it the same. My edition is this one ^, but all the same, this time through when I came to "Windy Poplars"I always tried to see it in my head as ...more
Apr 21, 2014 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics, romance
This is the last book for my Anne of Green Gables read through. Here, Anne and Gilbert are engaged but separated for three years while Gilbert does medical school. Anne has taken the position of Principal at a high school, much to the chagrin of a powerful family in the community.

I was surprised how much of the book plot had been changed for the 1980s movie adaptation. I know that a lot of times, they take creative license, but a lot was different here. (No awkward romance between Anne and the l
Feb 26, 2010 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Most of the beginning of the book is written in the form of letters to Gilbert, and I didn't quite like it. Oh...Sudden thought: I suppose people who steam other people's mail to read the contents would have appreciated this seeing as it's a free peek into other people's private letters, but in this case the thrill is kind of non-existent because there isn't any challenge anymore, and frankly, try as she may to be interesting, her letters are not. Thus, I'd recommend this as a very good hypnotic ...more
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Mar 03, 2012 Seo Woo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Anne of Windy Willows" is the fourth book in the "Anne of Green Gables" series. In this book, Anne Shirley moves to Windy Willows to be a new principal of the school. However, the school is owned by the family Pringles. The Pringles family is the most populated family in Windy Willows, and they have control over everything. But, the Pringles are far away from what you'd expect from the leaders of the Windy Willows. They're evil, mean, cruel and everything opposite from the word "nice". They don ...more
Jul 17, 2015 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I enjoyed this book, I feel like it's lost some of its shine from the original book Anne of Green Gables, just because Diana Barry is now Diana Wright and is no longer playing one of the largest roles in the book.
I really enjoyed reading the letters that Anne sent to Gilbert.
I found that Anne is always having to deal with the troubles of others. Like marriages. I remember reading at least four situations in which they were couples in need of someone like Anne to mediate a problem. I
Jun 29, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Thank goodness I got word just in time that my digital edition from Kindle doesn't include books 4 and 6 (no clue why). Since I was three books in and I'm guessing that post-move it will be months before I ever see my hard copy again I went ahead and shelled out the $5ish bucks for a copy. Well-played, Amazon, you bastards.

So glad I didn't miss this installment of Anne's letters to Gilbert interspersed with her life at Windy Poplars - lots of wonderful characters to be found in Anne's home of t
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Después de quichicientos años lo terminé, bueno en mi defensa al tenerlo en papel solo lo leía en el colegio cuando terminaba las pruebas, tareas o tenía horas libres.

Volviendo al libro, no me gustó tanto como los anteriores, se me hizo un poco aburrido y me molesto que Gilbert ni apareciera.

Una frase que me encantó:
" De día pertenezco al mundo... por la noche, al sueño y a la eternidad. Pero a la hora del crepúsculo, estoy libre de ambos y me pertenezco solo a mí misma...y a ti"
Apr 27, 2015 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best bits were the love letters that were "omitted" from the books - so much scope for the imagination!
Aug 12, 2015 Lela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys happiness
I think it would be the quintessence of my existence to meet Anne Shirley. I simply adore her. These books are my favorite series I have ever read. They're so comforting and happy and never dull for a minute. I was sad that Gilbert was so seldom in this book even though they're now engaged. I look forward to them being married because then he simply must be a prominent character! But aside from that, I've no complaints to speak of.

Montgomery's style is episodic, but this book particularly feels
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Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.

The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911
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Other Books in the Series

Anne of Green Gables (10 books)
  • Before Green Gables
  • Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
  • Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2)
  • Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3)
  • Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables, #5)
  • Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #6)
  • Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables, #7)
  • Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #8)
  • The Blythes Are Quoted (Anne of Green Gables, #9)

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