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Anne of Windy Poplars

(Anne of Green Gables #4)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  88,220 ratings  ·  3,765 reviews
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, 288 pages
Published December 1st 1983 by Turtleback Books (first published June 28th 1936)
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Loren I think it's partly because the focus of her story isn't so much Anne and Gilbert's romance as it is Anne's adventures with the characters in Summersi…moreI think it's partly because the focus of her story isn't so much Anne and Gilbert's romance as it is Anne's adventures with the characters in Summerside. The romance is set, the readers know it's there, there's no need to elaborate. It also is Montgomery's gentle humor and a chance to let the readers imagine the flowery, mushy stuff Anne might have written without having to wade through it. (less)
Dua-e-Zehra This is the fourth part which is the longest and borest one. It would be better if you read its abridged form or summary after reading Anne Of The Isl…moreThis is the fourth part which is the longest and borest one. It would be better if you read its abridged form or summary after reading Anne Of The Island and then read Anne Of House Of Dreams.(less)

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Not to be dramatic, but me not loving this book is the saddest worst thing that has ever happened to me or anyone, ever, in the history of the world.

Also the most surprising.

Yes, I may have an average rating of 2.95, and yes, I may be well used to being disappointed in life, and yes, maybe this is actually not a very sad or bad thing at all, let alone in the context of the history of human suffering.

But if I admitted that, I’d have to rewrite the opening of this review, and that, my dear, is ne
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Oh Anne, you wonderfully bold and beautiful gal
Life owes me something more than it has paid me and I’m going out to collect it…
I just love seeing the woman Anne's grown into. She's finished college, runs her own little school and is in constant correspondence with her fiance, Gilbert.
“Gilbert, I'm afraid I'm scandalously in love with you.”
For the first time, we have a bit of switching perspectives - Anne in third person throughout the novel and in first person as we read her letters
Ahmad Sharabiani
Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables #4), L.M. Montgomery

The novel features a series of letters Anne sends to her intended, Gilbert Blythe, who is completing medical school. Chronologically, the book is fourth in the series, but it was the seventh book written.

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
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 15, 2016 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.

Aug 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jo (The Book Geek)
I am pretty disappointed with this one. I mean, in comparison to the first three books in this series, this one was rather weak. Unfortunately, it just didn't keep me interested enough to thoroughly enjoy it, even if this series is reminiscent to my childhood.
The writing itself was lacking any kind of interesting description, the plot was confusing and pretty much all over the place and for me, telling the story through half written letters to Gilbert, really didn't work.
I do enjoy the Anne of g
This is a classic middle grade, and this is the 4th book in the Anne of Green Gables series. Some of this book is written as letters. I love the letters parts. I did really like this book, but I have to say I loved Anne of Green Gables so much more then this book. Some of the characters in this book I do not think is very developed. (*)
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 07, 2021 marked it as temporary-dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, classsics
~ DNF @ 31% ~

My fatal flaw as a reader is DNFing books that I picked up at a wrong time rather than books I dislike. And this is one of the situations. I didn't get the relief of the warm feeling I went into this wanting and craving. This book was written differently than the first 3, and quite frankly doesn't hold the same magic to it. I'm not completely sure if I even want to revisit this series in the future, but for now, I am content pretending like this series is a trilogy
Jun 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2021, audiobooks
3.5 rounded to 4

Anne Shirley is once again away from Avonlea. Now that she's completed her B.A. at Redmond College, she lives at Windy Poplars and is the principal at Summerside High School. This story covers her three-year stay in Summerside away from Gilbert Blythe, who's a medical student at Redmond College.

A lot of the story is told in letters from Anne to Gilbert during this three-year period. That was an interesting change from the storytelling style in the first three books. I did, howeve
Katja Labonté
5+ stars & 8/10 hearts. I never know just how to write a review of the Anne books, because they are so good and I love them so much. This one is a sudden shift from the old familiar friends and dwells upon completely new folk. It’s very nice to see all these new people... little Elizabeth and the widows and Rebecca Dew and Katherine and Lewis and... just all of them! They’re all so real and humorous and beautiful and living. Just like all the books, I don’t agree with everything, but it’s beauti ...more
Now while Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Windy Poplars is considered the fourth of the Anne of Green Gables stories according to the timeline of Anne Shirley's life (and describes with both meticulously descriptive detail and often very much delightful, sometimes even wickedly hilarious humour her three years teaching at a girl's academy in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, whilst her fiancé Gilbert Blythe is studying to be a doctor), Anne of Windy Poplars is actually the second to last novel of ...more
Oct 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
When I read the 3rd book in the Anne of green gables series I said that I hoped to get to this soon. It took me almost a year but better late then never I guess. While this is either my least favorite in the series or I've been away from the series to long. I still loved the cozy and humble reading experience. I couldn't stand the Netflix series but in these books I absolutely adore Anne. ...more
Tharindu Dissanayake
"Oh, it's good … good … good to be home again!"

Once again I was pleasantly surprised by L. M. Montgomery, who it seems never fails to make it interesting irrespective of the circumstances. The different approach of narration using letters from Anne to Gilbert was a nice bit of change.

Almost all the characters were new this time around, and with very little reference to happenings at Green Gables. But all new characters were fascinating. And, though emotional, glad to have found a happy ending to
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Fourth in the Anne of Green Gables series and I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the others.

Anne is now in her early twenties, engaged and away from home and Gilbert. Anne is teaching for three years and this book is 80% letters to her family and Gilbert. Some parts of the letters are omitted for privacy reasons which is an interesting concept for fictional characters.

I am looking forward to the next book though when Anne is back where she belongs.
~4.5 stars~

I wasn’t too sure about how I would like this book once I realized that most of it was just Anne’s letters to Gilbert—But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I did enjoy it! It could definitely be a little slow in some areas, and I don’t think it is in any way my favorite out of the series as a whole, but I am still glad I decided to continue on with this beautiful series that L.M. Montgomery has created ^_^ I am looking forward to reading the fifth book really soon because of (vie
Angela R. Watts
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I finished it.

-- The writing was... lacking description quite a few times. It also was all over the place. I didn't see much need for the formatting of telling stories through the letters. I didn't like that too much.
-- It was rather pointless... I love the Anne books and will finish the series, of course, but this was like a little book of stories I really didn't care about. There were a ton of characters. 90% of them were totals jerks so I was speed-reading most of the time.
Overall, I didn't
So far, this is my favorite Anne book in the series.

I fell head over heels listening to this book on audio. A cast of characters that exceeded any cast in the series so far (which is hard to believe-- I know). Anne goes to Summerside to be a principal while her betrothed Gilbert is in med school. The book is mostly comprised of letters to Gilbert about the goings-on in Summerside. Rebecca Dew might just be my absolute favorite character in the series so far. I just loved her and her snarky ways
4.5 stars!

I. LOVE. THESE. BOOKS. Are they perfect? No. Are they very much enjoyable nevertheless? YES!

Things I liked:

I really loved Anne’s newfound maturity in this book. She’s still the young, imaginative, energetic, loving, enthusiastic Anne we know and love, but the life lessons she learned in the previous book have settled in and I really liked how grounded she was, and how secure in her engagement to Gilbert. Unlike in the previous book, there was never a time when I wanted to take her by
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full (mini) review now posted!

I have a soft spot for epistolary novels. I love getting someone’s innermost thoughts in their own words. This book was a hybrid, half epistolary and half regular novel. But it’s all Anne Shirley in all of her glory, enjoying a new home and profession and conglomeration of interesting neighbors. If I had to choose one word to describe this novel, that would would be shenanigans. Seriously, Anne gets into so many uncomfortable, hilarious situations, and witnesses her
Apr 04, 2009 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?
Nov 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
This was charming, very like what I remember of the second Anne movie. I enjoyed Anne’s adventures in Summerside, I only wish we could’ve seen some correspondence back from Gilbert! Can’t wait to read the next one, it’s a favorite of mine.
I just adore Anne in this installment of the series. She has grown up substantially but still retains her "Anne-ness." She still gets into a bit of trouble every now and then, and she has a lovely way with words, but she's a bit less dramatic and a bit more aware of her own faults.

I also enjoyed that parts of the story are told through letters from Anne to Gilbert. I love epistolary style stories, so that aspect really appeals to me. It would have been neat to see a letter from Gilbert to her, s
Feb 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Lisa Wolf
Another outstanding installment in the Anne series. Loving these books so much!
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I read this oeuvre jointly with Kerri, Leeanne, and Shirin. They dismissed the question of Lucy Maud Montgomery writing about Anne’s twenties, 19 years after “Anne’s House Of Dreams”. It succeeds this volume and introduces Anne’s & Gilbert’s marriage. They presumed it was fan interest but I love discussing curiosities. I doubt requests coerce authors into work, unless material was planned.

I think Maud wondered about Anne after university, or noticed gaps and made them replete. It will whet my cu
Feb 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of reviewers seem to dislike this volume, primarily due to the lack of Gilbert. As I couldn't give a shaved monkey's ping pong ball for Gilbert, this wasn't a problem for me in the slightest.

Indeed, I found Anne's change of scenery (in this book she spends three years in a teaching position at the titular Windy Poplars and as such doesn't spend a lot of time at the famous Green Gables) quite refreshing, although I did miss Davey. I liked the new additions to her supporting cast and liked t
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Anne Shirley is without a doubt my dearest fictional friend.
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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.

Montgomery was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911. She had three children and wrote close to a dozen books while she was living in

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