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Book Review | RILLA OF INGLESIDE, by L. M. Montgomery

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Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #8), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: 1921 (audiobook recorded in August 2006)
Published by: Librivox.org
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Pages: 277 (approx. 8 1/2 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Anne’s children were almost grown up, except for pretty, high-spirited Rilla. No one could resist her bright hazel eyes and dazzling smile. Rilla, almost fifteen, can’t think any further ahead than going to her very first dance at the Four Winds lighthouse and getting her first kiss from handsome Kenneth Ford. But undreamed-of challenges await the irrepressible Rilla when the world of Ingleside becomes endangered by a far-off war. Her brothers go off to fight, and Rilla brings home an orphaned newborn in a soup tureen. She is swept into a drama that tests her courage and leaves her changed forever.


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Book Review | RAINBOW VALLEY, by L. M. Montgomery

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Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables #7), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: 1919 (audiobook recorded in April 2016)
Published by: Librivox.org
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Pages: 256 (approx. 7 1/2 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Anne Shirley is grown up, has married her beloved Gilbert and now is the mother of six mischievous children.

These boys and girls discover a special place all their own, but they never dream  of what will happen when the strangest family  moves into an old nearby mansion. The Meredith clan is  two boys and two girls, with minister father but  no mother — and a runaway girl named Mary Vance. Soon the Meredith kids join Anne’s children in their private hideout to carry out their plans to save Mary from the orphanage, to help the lonely minister find happiness, and to keep a pet rooster from the soup pot. There’s always an adventure brewing in the sun-dappled world of Rainbow Valley.


My Review:

I think this book in the series was okay, but definitely not as enchanting as the first few. The story drifted far away from Anne and her family and focused mostly on the Merediths instead, and while they had some interesting events to deal with and good character arcs (as opposed to Anne’s own children in the last book), it was also only somewhat captivating of a story.  Continue reading “Book Review | RAINBOW VALLEY, by L. M. Montgomery”

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Book Review | ANNE OF INGLESIDE, by L. M. Montgomery

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Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #6), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: 1939 (audiobook published in October 7, 2017)
Published by: Dreamscape Media
Pages: 274 (approx. 11 3/4 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Anne is the mother of five, with never a dull moment in her lively home. And now with a new baby on the way and insufferable Aunt Mary visiting – and wearing out her welcome – Anne’s life is full to bursting.

Still, Mrs Doctor can’t think of any place she’d rather be than her own beloved Ingleside. Until the day she begins to worry that her adored Gilbert doesn’t love her anymore. How could that be? She may be a little older, but she’s still the same irrepressible, irreplaceable redhead – the wonderful Anne of Green Gables, all grown up… She’s ready to make her cherished husband fall in love with her all over again!


My Review:

Well. I was a little wary going into this one based on the reviews, and my can I say they are accurate. Where the previous books were all engaging and enjoying to read (or in my case, listen to), this one was kind of a bore and a struggle to get through. Continue reading “Book Review | ANNE OF INGLESIDE, by L. M. Montgomery”

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Book Review | ANNE’S HOUSE OF DREAMS, by L. M. Montgomery

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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)


Synopsis:

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.


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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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