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Book Review | THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

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The Scarlet Pimpernelby Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Publish Date: 1905 (audiobook published March 16, 2007)
Published by: librivox.org
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Length: approx. 8 hours
Genre: Classic Literature/Historical Fiction
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

In the year 1792, Sir Percy and Lady Marguerite Blakeney are the darlings of British society—he is known as one of the wealthiest men in England and a dimwit; she is French, a stunning former actress, and the cleverest woman in Europe—and they find themselves at the center of a deadly political intrigue. The Reign of Terror controls France, and every day aristocrats in Paris fall victim to Madame la Guillotine. Only one man can rescue them—the Scarlet Pimpernel—a master of disguises who leaves a calling card bearing only a signature red flower. As the fascinating connection between the Blakeneys and this mysterious hero is revealed, they are forced to choose between love and loyalty in order to avoid the French agent Chauvelin, who relentlessly hunts the Scarlet Pimpernel.


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Book Review | ANNE OF WINDY POPALRS, by L. M. Montgomery

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Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables #4), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: 1936 (ebook published in November 6th 2017)
Published by: N/A
Pages: 264 
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

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 Poplars, Anne finds she has great allies in the widows Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty – and in their irrepressible housekeeper, Rebecca Dew. As Anne learns Summerside’s strangest secrets, winning the support of the prickly Pringles becomes only the first of her delicious triumphs.


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Book Review | ANNE OF THE ISLAND, by L. M. Montgomery

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Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables #3), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: 1915 (audiobook recorded in November 2008)
Published by: Librivox.org (audiobook)
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Pages: 272 (approx. 6 3/4 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for Redmond College. With old friend Prissy Grant waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and frivolous new pal Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks her memories of rural Avonlea away and discovers life on her own terms, filled with surprises…including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move  into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart, too. Suddenly Anne must decide if she’s ready for love…


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Book Review | ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, by L. M. Montgomery

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Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: June 1908 (audiobook recorded in June 2006)
Published by: Librivox.org (audiobook)
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Pages: 314 (approx. 8 1/2 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

“She’ll have to go back.” Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert had decided to adopt an orphan. They wanted a nice sturdy boy to help Matthew with the farm chores. The orphanage sent a girl instead – a mischievous, talkative redhead who the Cuthberts thought would be no use at all. But as soon as Anne arrived at the snug, white farmhouse called Green Gables, she knew she wanted to stay forever. And the longer Anne stayed, the harder it was for anyone to imagine Green Gables without her.


My Review:

Now, I know for sure that at some point in my childhood I tried reading this book, because I definitely remembered a lot of the first few chapters (up to about the incident with Diana and the sherry), but not the details. Continue reading “Book Review | ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, by L. M. Montgomery”

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Book Review | OLIVER TWIST, by Charles Dickens

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Oliver Twistby Charles Dickens

Publish Date: 1838
Published by: Open Road Media (Kindle Edition), Richard Bentley (original)
Pages: 446
Genre: Classic
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis (taken from the Barnes & Noble edition):

One of Dickens’s most popular novels, Oliver Twist is the story of a young orphan who dares to say, “Please, sir, I want some more.” After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured readers’ imaginations for more than 150 years: the loathsome Fagin, the beautiful and tragic Nancy, the crafty Artful Dodger, and perhaps one of the greatest villains of all time—the terrifying Bill Sikes.

Rife with Dickens’s disturbing descriptions of street life, the novel is buoyed by the purity of the orphan Oliver. Though he is treated with cruelty and surrounded by coarseness for most of his life, his pious innocence leads him at last to salvation—and the shocking discovery of his true identity. 


My Review:

I know the Dickens is known for being tedious with words, but this book took forever for me to read. I loved A Tale of Two Cities when I read it in school, but maybe because there was some actual intrigue and plot that one was just more interesting to me. Continue reading “Book Review | OLIVER TWIST, by Charles Dickens”