Anne’s House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables #5), by L. M. Montgomery
Publish Date: 1917 (audiobook published in November 23, 2011)
Published by: Librivox.org
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Pages: 243 (approx. 7 1/2 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
Anne’s own true love, Gilbert Blythe, is finally a doctor, and in the sunshine of the old orchard, among their dearest friends, they are about to speak their vows. Soon the happy couple will be bound for a new life together and their own dream house, on the misty purple shores of Four Winds Harbor.
A new life means fresh problems to solve, fresh surprises. Anne and Gilbert will make new friends and meet their neighbors: Captain Jim, the lighthouse attendant, with his sad stories of the sea; Miss Cornelia Bryant, the lady who speaks from the heart — and speaks her mind; and the tragically beautiful Leslie Moore, into whose dark life Anne shines a brilliant light.
This one was just as entertaining and made me just as happy (for the most part) as all the others in the series so far, and was a beautiful transition from one part of Anne’s life into her next. I enjoyed most of the new characters, especially Captain Jim and Miss Cornelia, whose hatred for men was so on point, but I had trouble liking Leslie. Sure I felt sympathy for her because of her circumstances, but oh how awful some of things she said were, especially considering when she said them. I gave Anne a lot of credit for being so forgiving sometimes, because while I understood that Leslie had been suffering for a long while, she kind of crossed the line a couple of times. I was especially heartbroken over Joyce, because honestly after all these books of such sheer happy moments, that felt like such a kick in the ribs. But, all in all, it was a beaautiful story, one that made me smile often, cry a few times, and laugh out loud as well.
Beat the Backlist 2018 | Books Completed Toward Goal: 18/20