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Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
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Anne of Ingleside is the sixth book in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series. This novel takes place about seven years after Anne's House of Dreams (book 5,) and Anne is the married mother of five children.

Anne in her mid-thirties is not as fun-loving a character as she was in the earlier books. She has much more responsibility now and this is plainly illustrated for the reader in Anne of Ingleside. I understand that Anne's freedom has been curtailed a bit by her choices, but Montgomery paints her life in such a negative light that I can't help but wonder what happened to the real Anne? Anne Shirley was always a "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" kind of girl, but as a wife and mother she seems bitter and resentful of the people around her.

Most of the story however is really about Anne's children in this novel and unfortunately, they all seem like paler versions of their mother. They are a little boring and ill-formed, and their so-called "adventures" are not very interesting at all. All in all, Anne of Ingleside was a disappointment and I am worried about the next two books...

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