Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery

Published: 1922

Genre: fiction

Length: 227 pages

Setting: Glen St. Mary, Prince Edward Island, early 1900s

Interest: It’s the fifth book in the Anne of Green Gables series I’m reading to Miss Adventure as a bedtime story

Summary: Anne and Gilbert have finally gotten married and are off to Glen St. Mary where Gilbert will be practicing medicine with his uncle. Anne fins dome new kindred spirits there. Miss Cornelia is an affirmed old maid just down the way who has an opinion on everything (and it usually starts with men and/or Methodists being wrong). Captain Jim is the lighthouse keeper and teller of many tales. Then there’s Leslie Moore, who’s lived a tragic life and is saddled with a simple husband she hates. They don’t truly become friends until Anne loses her first baby at birth. We see many scenes from Anne’s life in her first year or so of marriage.

Final thoughts: A delightful story, due mainly to Montgomery’s writing instead of any major plot points in the book. Montgomery loves to describe the scenery and Prince Edward Island provides many opportunities for her lyrical descriptions. She also tends to use catchphrases for her supporting characters, which can get tiresome at times. Makes it easy to tell who’s talking, though. I also noticed that this book seemed to have a stronger thread of Christianity than previous books.

I did find it interesting that at no time was it ever said that Anne was pregnant. In fact, even when she was in labor, the allusions where so vague Miss Adventure didn’t realize what was happening. Once the baby was born, though, Montgomery was able to convey the sadness of losing a child so well that I teared up while reading the passages.

As a read aloud, this book worked quite well. Not only did you have Montgomery’s lyrical descriptions of the location, but the chapters were the perfect length to read one a night. I always appreciate having a given stopping point instead of having to find one in the middle of a chapter.

Title comes from: It’s what Anne and Gilbert called the house they lived in, their first house together.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 97/100 in my 100 Book Challenge

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