I read two books from this classic series for the 2018 Reading Challenge. The first book, Anne of Green Gables, I read for the book with my favorite color in the title. And I read the second book, Anne of Avonlea, for a book with characters who are twins.
In the first book, we meet Anne for the first time as she comes to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, an aging brother and sister who have decided to adopt a child in order to help them with their property. The child was supposed to be a boy, but they get Anne instead. This misunderstanding turns out to be just the right thing for everyone involved. Full of dreams and prone to flights of fancy, Anne is a delightful, precocious child with a knack for landing in trouble.
The second book, Anne of Avonlea, continues Anne’s life after she finishes her schooling and takes on the role of teacher at the Avonlea school. Also, Marilla has taken in the twin children of her third cousin who has passed away after a prolonged illness. With these two, especially Davy, Anne gets to see some of what she put Marilla through in her own younger years. In this book, Anne faces the bittersweet changes that becoming a woman naturally bring.
I simply adore Anne. Her adventures never fail to make me smile. These books are delightful and heartwarming, even in the tragedies that must inevitably fall. These books are set on Prince Edward Island in the early 1900s, and speak of a time very different than our own now. Still, they are full of wisdom that transcends time. I look forward to reading the rest of this series when I can.