Annes House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables #05)
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Annes House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables #5)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  31,306 ratings  ·  822 reviews
The newlyweds, Anne and Gilbert, move into their house of dreams where they share joys and sorrows with special neighbors Captain Jim, Leslie Moore and Cornelia. The births of the first children a moving part of the story. Five 90-minute cassettes.
Paperback, 230 pages
Published July 1st 1981 by Bantam Books (first published 1917)
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Castalia
Sadly, my enjoyment of Montgomery's Anne series diminishes as the series goes along. While even those books set outside of Avonlea still manage to contain wonderful characters who add such lovely color to the stories, especially the Redmond group and the clan at Windy Poplars, once Anne is married and sets up house the appeal goes right out the window for me. One must agree with Gilbert's statement in House of Dreams, that many people would indeed think that Anne, a Redmond B.A. and a published...more
CB
I originally read the entire Anne series when I was 11. In fact, the Anne books were among the first ones I bought with my money, money I had earned doing odd chores or watching my younger brothers for an hour or two.

I recently went to an event at the Margaret Mitchell House featuring romance authors, and one of the questions was "What's your favorite literary kiss?" I started thinking about my own answer, and decided it might be the very end of "Anne of the Island" - FINALLY Anne realized she a...more
Shannon
Apr 02, 2008 Shannon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves the Anne of Green Gable series
Recommended to Shannon by: I have always wanted to read about Anne and I love a good series
Shelves: classic
I really enjoyed the Anne of Green Gable series and this book is no exception. In this book Anne marries and has her first 2 children. This book is sadder than the others and there is a sense of loss through the book that can be paralleled to the loss within L.M. Montgomery's life at the time. I don't want to say anymore than that and give anything away. I wish that we knew more what Gilbert is/was thinking in this book-- I think she (L. M. Montgomery) could have done more with his character, bu...more
Cindy
2011 - I just recently listened to the first several Anne books on CD, in what is becoming a yearly ritual. This has always been my absolute favorite of the series - even when I was a kid, oddly enough (in retrospect I have no idea why since it's much more of an adult book than the first ones). I love everything about this book - the setting, the characters (I need a Captain Jim in my life!), the story of Leslie and Dick Moore, the added depth of character Anne earns as a result of her trials in...more
Lea
I probably first read this book back in elementary school, and have reread it a few times since then, but I sat down last weekend and actually reread every word, and just LOVED this book all over again. Anne and Gilbert are grown up and get married in an early chapter, and then leave Avonlea to start their lives together far away (60 miles!) from Green Gables. This book was moving, and sad, and funny, and everything that you want for a favorite character as she matures. There may not be as many...more
Rachel
The immortal Anne Shirley so dearly loved by folks everywhere has grown up. It was inevitable, I suppose. We couldn't possibly have expected dear Anne to stay "Anne" forever, especially since Lucy M. Montgomery decided to shatter almost everything I liked about Anne Shirley over the course of the five books I've read that she spat out.

I compare this feeling to ... say, if Marilyn Monroe had lived. She was a legend then and now, and had she lived, would've probably continued to make headlines an...more
Shelley
As I read each story of Anne, I'm more disappointed. Anne of Green Gables was certainly the best and there has never been the same magic in the other four books I have read in the series so far. I expect the same from the last three books in the series. I should had just ended at the first book, but now that I'm in them, I might as well carry forth. I find Anne's life rather boring yet again, and rather disappointing. To go to college and then just to be content to stay home just doesn't seem po...more
Rachel
Ah, Anne is finally married to Gilbert! Which is interesting, because most books you read focus on courtship and resolve in a wedding, but you get to be a part of Anne's married and family life. However, for the rest of the series, Anne gradually becomes a less active character, and new characters, such as her children and neighbors, step up and take the spotlight.

This book really shows what Montgomery can do with a plot. (Which is why this is one of my five star books!) But that's all I'll say...more
benebean
I remember the first time I read this and have thought about all that has happened in my life between now and then. Sometimes a particular book just speaks to situations in your life and leaves you teary eyed...
Carole
Aug 02, 2011 Carole rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Anne fan
Recommended to Carole by: I just read the whole series!
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Ilea
This book is my favorite of the series.

What I love most about the Anne books is that a young girl can basically grow up with Anne. In the first book, she is a young, lonely orphan with an incredible ability to sort of live within herself to a certain extent. The second book finds Anne continuing her education, dealing with the usual teenage girl things-new opportunities, developing relationships with her childhood friends. In the third book, Anne goes to college and finds herself falling in lov...more
Scarlet
I needed something to listen to last weekend and this book was available. Good grief, it was awful. The narrator made an already sentimental narrative unbearably mawkish. Captain Jim is a sexist pig. I fail to see why everyone likes him, plus the narrator gave him a Southern accent, for all love. Maybe PEI rustics have a similar accent, but I rather doubt it.

Also, Montgomery's research into trepanning was pretty minimal at best. If trepanning was a fairly well-known practice in 1801, when Stephe...more
Maryanne
Another interesting one to re-read as an adult. I have to admit, I was starting to sympathize with Leslie Moore in this book when she says that she resents Anne her happiness - books 3 & 4, and maybe book 2 are all about the precious adorableness of every single thing in Anne's life (which is why I think I especially get tired of Davy, and Elizabeth, and all the other charming sad little children that Anne saves...). But this is the book where I think things start getting more interesting -...more
Liz B
I don't think I ever realized how much better this is than some of the other Anne sequels. Maybe it's because I'm older now--I don't think I've read this one since I was 14 or 15. Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island are wonderful--but they're more loose short story collections than novels. Anne of Avonlea is particularly episodic.

This one is a close and tight look at the nature of love, family, friendship, and pain. Leslie Moore is at the heart of it, and the novel is about Leslie and Anne be...more
Noor Al.huda Sawalha
Who can deny it?!
Don't we all love happy endings?! :D

Montngomery has added so many interesting characters to the novel and created a whole new lovely world ...
But she almost broke my heart with Leslie & Ford's story ... especially when he had to leave without telling her how he really felt for her! However, she managed to make a great unexpected closing to their story :)
I also loved captin Jim so much, he is a "worshipper of beauty" indeed ... & such a supporting fellow ...
Not to men...more
Jeanette
Jul 15, 2013 Jeanette rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nola Passmore
Shelves: young-adult, classic
Anne's House of Dreams chronicles Anne and Gilbert's first years together in the little "house of dreams" in the picturesque, lonely and sometimes wild seascapes of Four Winds Harbour. It introduces intriguing and entertaining new characters - Captain Jim, the tragic Lesley, the outspoken and warmhearted Miss Cornelia and homely Susan. Here Anne experiences her first grown-up tragedy and grows up a little while retaining all her charm, romance and (eventually) warmhearted optimism. There are the...more
Rita
Anne becomes the perfect housewife with a husband who adores her, no wonder Leslie Moore hates her. I was a bit confused by the writing, it's as though the author wasn't sure how grown up Anne was, in one part of the book she's skipping around on the beach and then in another bit making a perfect Christmas dinner for family and friends. I also found Anne's preganancies caused a problem for the author, it's either a vague 'happy event' or not mentioned at all until the stork brings baby Jem.It wo...more
Rachel
PBS recently showed the "Ann of Green Gables" miniseries, which got me feeling all nostalgic about the Ann books. I decided to start reading where the miniseries leaves off. As one might expect, it's a charming book, full of the poignancy and simple joys of a more "settled" married life with Ann and Gilbert.

I have to give credit to L.M. Montgomery for continuing her series past the artificial "happily ever after" of an engagement or wedding. Like all the Ann books, this one stands up well to the...more
Erin
Maybe my favorite installment so far. I'm just surprised that the series was so popular among young girls since only the first two or three volumes could be said to take place when Anne was a young adult. Captain and Jim and Leslie were wonderful additions to the series.
Karen Giauque
She's married now. Yaay.
Rebekah
I'm not sure I'd say this book was my favorite but I think I responded to it the most, likely because at this point Anne and I are the same age and experiencing similar experiences. I read reviews by young girls who felt the same about the first books; and the opposite of this one.

I also found that few new characters were introduced to be influenced by Anne. There are a few new friends in her new community, but they are closer, more developed friendships and they actually influence her perhaps a...more
Kalen
Oh Anne how I've missed you! I haven't read one of your books for about a year. This book has wonderful fore shadowing which makes it so exciting because you feel something will happen but not necessarily know what it is.

I do miss the Anne from Green Gables that I fell in love with. The Anne from house of dreams doesn't have nearly as many adventures as Anne of Green Gables. The later Anne books appear to be Montgomery's chance to write about other characters and story lines that probably would...more
Susann
The only aspect I remembered from my high school reading of this were LMM's euphemisms for Anne being pregnant. I specifically remember reading aloud and laughing over the STORK passage with my sister.

With this go-round, I liked seeing Anne and Gilbert get all domestic, but would have enjoyed even more nesting and house-settling. I would also very much like a slice of Susan Baker's strawberry pie with a glass of milk. I simultaneously embraced and rolled my eyes over Leslie's melodrama, and tho...more
Jayme
The little one and I just completed our fifth novel, the second of nine in the Anne of Green Gables series. I’ve never read them before, though I grew up watching the films, and that makes this the first time for both of us (whereas the other three books we’ve finished this year were already longtime favorites of mine). And we are really enjoying them. Anne of Green Gables was predictably wonderful and Anne of Avonlea was a pleasant surprise. Because although the latter was largely dissimilar fr...more
HaEun
My favourite paragraphs of all.


"If Cornelia Bryant was sick, it would not be Doctor Dave or the Methodist doctor she would send for," sniffed Susan. "She would have you out of your hard-earned bed in the middle of the night, doctor, dear, if she took a spell of misery, that she would. And then she would likely say your bill was past all reason. But do not you mind her, doctor, dear. It takes all kinds of people to make a world."

Anne and Gilbert discreetly melted away; butwen Owen had gone Anne...more
rabbitprincess
Aug 21, 2011 rabbitprincess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Anne
Shelves: oh-canada, borrowed, 2011
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Lydia Presley
Do you have a House of Dreams? I do. I've had one since I was a little girl. Of course, it involves a white picket fence and beautiful flowers and pretty green shutters. I imagine that it has just enough bedrooms for a family, a warm and welcoming kitchen and it's always Spring so I can keep the windows open.

Anne and Gilbert are finally married in Anne's House of Dreams. There is so much sweetness in the days leading up to the wedding that I ended up reading through those pages with tears holdin...more
Anne
Well, it did have its moments. I did love Captain Jim and Miss Cornelia and their friendly rivalry; Miss Cornelia's feigned hatred of men and her prejudice against Methodists; and I have to admit that the tragedy mid-book left me reeling. I had to put it down for 24-hours; I was that shocked and upset. I guess I knew things had been going far too well for Anne and Gilbert.

That said, where was the mischief? What's always been so great about the Anne books is that no matter how old she gets, she a...more
Bethany
I have really enjoyed this book. I'm debating whether it's my favorite of the series, I can't decided since they are all equally good, but I can say it's one of my favorites! This book is not only the half-way finished mark through the series, but it's also the first book were Anne is a married girl so I felt as if I was reading the second part of Anne's complete story. I loved how "homey" this book was. Anne was dearly enjoying married life and loved living in her little "house of dreams" and I...more
Julia
I was reading this book simontaneously with The Master of Margarita. I needed something to counterbalance that darkish novel. I meant to finish them at the same time, but I couldn't help myself and finished this one way ahead of time. I read someone else's review that said that Montgommery's writing cheered them up when they were in a bad mood and I certainly think its true for me too. Montgommery's writing is sometimes full of flaws, but I completely overlook them because her books are just so...more
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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...more
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“I'd like to add some beauty to life," said Anne dreamily. "I don't exactly want to make people KNOW more... though I know that IS the noblest ambition... but I'd love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me... to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn't been born.” 291 likes
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