Length: 243 pages
Setting: Avonlea and Redmond College, early 1900s. Immediately following the events of Anne of Avonlea,
Interest: It’s the third book in the Anne of Green Gables series that I’m slowly reading to Miss Curiosity before bed.
Summary: Anne is off to Redmond College. She’s old enough now that she’s getting marriage proposals (Charlie Sloane being the first to ask, via his sister), but not old enough to consider being married. All her friends seem to be getting married, even Diana, but Anne wants to keep things the same, especially between her and Gilbert. Gilbert hopes for more than just friendship. Anne and some of her college friends rend a darling house on the outskirts of the city called Patty’s Place after their freshman year at Redmond. The friends become very close and share their good and bad time together. They all graduate eventually, and Anne nearly is engaged to perfect, but boring, Roy Gardner. She comes to her senses in time and finally says yes to Gilbert’s proposal.
Final thoughts: I think I spent half the book mentally shouting at Anne to not be a ninny and accept Gilbert’s proposal. But, she had to experience how empty her version of romantic love really was before she could realize that Gilbert offered the real thing. I do think I need to take a break from reading Anne stories because I’m just not appreciating the language as much. Anne doesn’t get into near as many scrapes as a college student compared to when she was a child, but there’s always Davy for comic relief.
The book works well as a bedtime story. The chapters are a little shorter than in the previous books, so you can read one in about 15 minutes or so. The text is quite lyrical and lends itself to being read aloud. There’s nothing too exciting so you don’t have to worry about amping the kids up right before they’re supposed to go to sleep, either.
Title comes from: It keeps with the naming convention of the series, again opening out to a larger location (Anne of Green Gable, Avonlea, and now the Island).
Reading challenges fulfilled: 23/100 in my 100 Book Challenge, and an M in my Alphabet Soup Author Challenge
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