I enjoyed this as much as the first in the series. While Anne is now older and not nearly so humorous a character (after all, as a schoolma'am she must act in a somewhat reserved fashion)--except for a hilarious predicament she gets herself into involving a china platter and a less than stable roof--the author has introduced some new characters--chiefly the little boy, Davy--to fill the bill. Montgomery certainly has an understanding of little boys and not necessarily the stereotyped version. I loved how life-like the characters of both Davy and Paul were and yet they had almost nothing in common. The romance in the story came somewhat unexpectedly and in unforeseen places, but the ending was perfect and only left me wanting to read the next in the series.
One more note: This is a story that will appeal to anyone, but is a particular must-read for those about to begin teaching for the first time. Several passages contain words of comfort and/or wisdom for first-time teachers looking with a good deal of trepidation at having to face (alone) a classroom of strange little people for the first time.