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Preview — Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Windy Poplars
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 to ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
-- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Did that seriously happen in this book? Or did some of my pages have LSD on them?
This is a really delightful book and I enjoyed most of the new charact ...more
Coming back to this series after two whole years was a sweet, nostalgic and much-needed punch in the feels. I was sighing with contentment the minute I started it if that’s possible. This series has been an absolute delight so far.
“I’m glad I don’t live in Yesterday … the Tomorrow is still a friend.”
“There go more italics! But a few italics really do relieve your feelings.”
“There used to be a stone here for his uncle Samuel, who was reported drowned at sea fif...more
Ok, I have loved all of the books in this series so far, however, this one was a little...how 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 ...more
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The format was different from the previous books, which helped greatly since Anne and Gilbert were separated during this novel.
Honestly, the highlight for every single novel in this series is Anne. Anne, who is unapologetically herself. Anne, who triumphs over adversity. Anne, who is good and kind.
Characters like her become fewer with each passing year. It's an awful thought, because we must all strive to be Anne Shirley ...more
Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goo ...more
I've been reading through the Anne series, but I decide to skip this one this time-again. Anne of Windy Poplars never interested me nearly as much as the other books, but once I finally read it, it was a really good book. Just not in the mood to read it this time.
Gilbert is only in this one briefly, bu ...more
Now at Windy Poplars, Anne is older, wiser, and school principal. The book is told half through letters to Gilbert Blythe and half third person narration. My only problem with this was all the love letters were excluded, and I really missed Gilbert in this book. Once Anne's competition and own worst enemy is now the love of her life. I couldn't be happier about this, because I've be ...more
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.
People like Kath ...more
I wish we had some letters back from Gilbert to Anne, because he was the only thing truly missing from this book.
The characters were so much more interesting an ...more
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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