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Anne of Green Gables is a worldwide phenomenon that has sold over fifty million copies and inspired numerous films, plays, musicals, and television series. It has turned Prince Edward Island into a multimillion-dollar tourist destination visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year. In The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables, Catherine Reid reveals how Lucy Maud Mon ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Timber Press
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Hannah Greendale
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables is a flower lover's delight, a delicious morsel for those who marvel at the wonders of nature. Reid pairs archived images and new color photographs with ephemera from L. M. Montgomery's life to draw surprising comparisons between the budding writer who flourished amid the beauty of Prince Edward Island and the precocious Anne Shirley - one of literature's most belov
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Cheri
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
”As in the novels that preceded it, the strong draw of Anne’s story is due as much to the orphan’s charisma as to the setting where it takes place – in her case, the wooded paths, the orchards in bloom, the fields stretching out to the sea. But the lasting gift of Anne of Green Gables is how the landscape also fuels Anne’s prodigious imagination; it’s where she goes when she needs sustenance; it’s the example that she’ll hold onto for what is beautiful, what is possible.”

Born in the town of Clif
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Lara Maynard
This book is so much more than I thought it would be. I expected a sort of attractive touristy selection of photos of Prince Edward Island, supported with some text. It turns out that this book is quite an in-depth look at the connection of Lucy Maud Montgomery and her beloved character Anne Shirley with Prince Edward Island. Yes, there are lots of lovely photos of PEI and sites associated with the author's family and the Anne stories, including the Green Gables museum, but there are also images ...more
Manybooks
While L.M. Montgomery is most certainly one of my absolutely favourite authors, I am also a reader whose most treasured writing by the latter has actually and in fact NOT EVER been her universally known Anne of Green Gables series. Oh yes, I do of course and very much adore the Anne novels and I have also read and reread the entire eight book Anne of Green Gables series (except for my own pet peeve Rilla of Ingleside) numerous times over the decades. But indeed, for personal relatability to a ma ...more
Schizanthus Nerd
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Calling all kindred spirits! Did you know that because of the success of Anne of Green Gables the second most successful industry on Prince Edward Island is tourism? Once you look at the gorgeous landscape photography in this book you'll want to book your trip as well.

The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables has plenty of information about Anne's creator, Lucy Maud Montgomery, who preferred to be known as Maud (without an e). You'll gain insight into her childhood and love of Prince Edward Island
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Krista
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I would give the content and writing a 4 star, but the aesthetics of this book all around from the cover to the photographs to the layout are simply stunning and bump it to a 5 star for me.
Krista
Thanks to Timber Press, NetGalley, and the author Catherine Reid, for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, this is a 5-star book for me! My Mom and I shared a love of Anne of Green Gables. We read four or five of the books in the series out loud to each other as I was overcoming a health issue in my early twenties. We grew to love our kindred spirit, Anne. Our love of Anne and her descriptions of PEI prompted a vacation visit to the island. What a wonderful ex
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Wendi Lee
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This book was lovely.

I loved Anne of Green Gables when I was a child. I felt a real kinship with the red-haired orphan and her wild imagination, and imagined Prince Edward Island as beautifully lush and just as wild as Anne. I've always wanted to travel there to see the island for myself, but haven't had a chance yet. Reading The Landscapes that Inspired Anne of Green Gables, however, gives you a satisfying glimpse of what it's like.

There are gorgeous photographs of Prince Edward Island and Av
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Kristy K
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, netgalley, arc, reference
I took a few weeks hiatus from reading and came back to finish this lovely book of picturesque settings and glimpses into the past.

This would make a stunning coffee table book. Filled with nostalgia, gorgeous pictures, and a brief then and now about Prince Edwards Islands, The Landscape of Anne of Green Gables was idyllic and perfect for a peaceful afternoon read.

I especially liked how Reid discusses the parallels between Montgomery's and Anne's disposition and surroundings. It makes me wish I'
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Alisha
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a combination biography, textual commentary, and photographs about the love of nature that L.M. Montgomery and her creation Anne of Green Gables have in common.

Any fan of L.M. Montgomery's work will enjoy this book. It manages to weave together the basic facts of L.M. Montgomery's life, from childhood through her sad death, and at the same time evoke happy memories from her novels, particularly the Anne ones.

It's not hard to see that L.M. Montgomery found particular solace in the wo
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Ashley Owens
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I will most certainly be purchasing my own hard copy of this book! Just for the photographs alone! The pictures of Montgomery and her life, and especially of Prince Edward Island both in her time and in modern days were just stunning!

This book made me not only want to go to P.E.I. IMMEDIATELY, but I also plan to find and buy some of Montgomery's journals as well. They are referenced quite a bit in this book, because it t
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Tarissa
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much of the beloved Anne books is centered upon the land, the scenic landscapes described. These descriptions add poetry and romanticism to the stories. When you read the Anne books yourself, tell me, weren't you inspired by the beauty of Prince Edward Island? It creates the very atmosphere of the story, and if you read between the lines, the elements of nature express and emphasize the plot and emotions therein. Some of this, I subconsciously knew before. After reading this book though, I ha ...more
Dianna
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This book is a joy for a lifelong fan of L.M. Montgomery like me. It's packed with gorgeous photographs of Prince Edward Island and the historical sites from Montgomery's life and books. Also included are photographs taken by Montgomery and tidbits from her personal scrapbooks alongside plenteous quotes from her works and autobiography.

In the last decade or so, producers, authors, and scholars have constantly been taking classic literature (such as Anne of Green Gables) and throwing out their sp
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Debbie Robson
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Since the age of about 14 when I read the first Anne book - Anne of Green Gables - I have loved the books and the marvellous landscape of Prince Edward Island. I remember I read the last two books in the series - Anne’s House of Dreams and Rilla of Ingleside in my thirties and decided to feature Green Gables Farm in my novel Crossing Paths ten odd years later.
I still want to go to Prince Edward Island but in the meantime, until I win the lottery, Catherine Reid’s The Landscapes of Anne of Green
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Laura Harrison
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sheer joy! If you love Lucy Maud Montgomery and flowers, trees, nature, history-you are going to love this book. It is magnificent!
Lori
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Catherine Reid and Kerry Michaels produced a book which Anne of Green Gables enthusiasts everywhere will welcome. The book's focus is on the landscapes (gardens, woods, lakes, etc.) inspiring Montgomery's settings for the Anne series. Readers see the birch wood in varying seasons. They encounter gardens which inspired the Barry's garden of the books. They see the "Lake of Shining Waters." Gorgeous flower photographs appeal to the eye. The author includes excerpts from the books as she adds detai ...more
Marzie
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-net-galley
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

As many of my friends and followers know, I retain an almost irrational love for Anne of Green Gables, decades after first reading the books one summer, returning to school, and finding that my bestie SleepingKoala45 (Wishful Thinking) had been on the exact same kick. (This was in the days before email and cell phones and stuff, people) SK45 and I spent hours... no days... no weeks... talking about th
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Amy
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Much more than I imagined, this book takes you far beyond the 'Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables'. Almost immediately the author draws your attention to the connection between Anne & Maud herself. I would suppose that Diana Barry & Anne Shirley were not the original 'kindred spirits', but rather Anne & Maud are. There is much to learn about the similarities of the circumstances and upbringing that Maud endured. Despite not being totally orphaned and being raised by extended family, it's clear t ...more
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A lovely book for every reader (like me) who felt she and Anne are kindred spirits. I enjoyed so much re-visiting the Anne of Green Gables stories through this book as well as seeing the pretty landscape of Prince Edward Island for the first time. The addition of biographical details on the parallels between Montgomery and her character was also quite interesting. All fans of L.M. Montgomery's work will enjoy this book and everyone who wants to visit PEI will be inspired by the gorgeous photos. ...more
Jeimy
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reid takes us into the life and work of beloved author Lucy Maud Montgomery and how Prince Edward Island inspired the author. The accompanying photographs are an homage to the author and the island.
Lauren
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Despite this being not quite the type of book that demands to be read straight through, I did finally complete my reading of all the words in this book. (which has been brought to a standstill many times by me losing my mind and lending it to people because they HAVE TO WITNESS ITS BEAUTY)(which i stand by)

So fun. The appeal is obviously the photographs, which are stunning, but the words and the quotes are also designed and visually presented with a very well-suited eye for design and for aesthe
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Elena
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this book from the library with the intent to flip through the photos as a reference, but ended up reading it cover to cover because it was so intriguing! I have long been interested in L.M. Montgomery's life and the interweaving of fact and fiction shared between her and her most well-known heroine, Anne. I already have Prince Edward Island on my bucket list, but it has bumped its way up after reading this book. With gorgeous photos depicting Prince Edward Island's rolling hills and ...more
Toni
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A simply beautifully illustrated book - one to cherish for any true Anne fan.
Emma
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A really beautifully produced look at LM Montgomery's PEI past and present. I grew up spending my summers in Cavendish (and my parents still have a cottage in Stanley Bridge) in the heart of LM Montgomery country so nothing in the text is a revelation to me, but the photographs are just stunning. (And make me a little homesick.)
Nathan Albright
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge2017
[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Net Gallery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

I consider myself at least a mild fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery and of her writings [1], for like her and like many of her characters I am a high-strung and sensitive person who feels compelled to write, has a deep appreciation of creation, and comes off to others as far more optimistic than I feel inside.  In short, I found this book deeply relatable and wanted to read it on those grounds.  Having
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Jess
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Anne of Green Gables fans: take note of this book. Filled with colorful photographs of Prince Edward Island, this book takes readers to the island made famous by Lucy Maud Montgomery and her cast of strong female characters. Reid uses the text to compare and contrast Montgomery’s world and Anne’s world, linking personal similarities between Montgomery and Anne. Readers can also step into
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Monique
Review written: April 2, 2018
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
Heat Rating: N/A

An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review.

I admit to being disappointed in this book. I went into it with specific expectations based on the title and blurb and found the book to be primarily about something else entirely. I thought I was getting a book about Prince Edward Island - it's history, it's landscapes, how it was at the turn of the 20th century, how it has changed
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Laura
When I first went to London, I expected to see the London of Peter Pan, and Mary Poppins. But even 40 years ago, that London had long gone, destroyed by time, and WWII bombs. There were bits, bits, where you could see the old London, but they were far and few between. Sometimes great stories, set in areas will have to be visited only in your head. Just as the Los Angeles of Raymond Chandler has long since vanished.

For the lucky ones, for the ones that wanted to preserve the land that inspired th
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Camille
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables explores the real-life landscapes of Prince Edward Island that have influenced Lucy Maud Montgomery, as well as her connection to nature and the way she saw it. Catherine Reid also examines the similarities between Montgomery and Anne Shirley, as well as her other heroines briefly. She gives an account of L.M. Montgomery's life that is short yet it gives enough details to have a comprehensive idea of it.

This book is an absolute delight and a must-have. The
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Tiffany
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
"The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables" is a wonderful reading experience. One part nature photography, one part biography, and one part literary examination-this book is beautifully written and accompanied by often breathtaking images of PEI. I thought it was a perfect accompaniment for anyone that has spent time imagining the hills, flowers, and lanes Anne Shirley (L. Maud Montgomery) describes as she flabergasts Marilla and Mathew with her exuberance and imagination. Catherine Reid expertly ...more
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