Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery

Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are in for a big surprise. They are waiting for an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables – but a skinny, red-haired girl turns up instead. Feisty and full of spirit, Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthbert’s’ affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter. It’s not long before Anne finds herself in trouble, but soon it becomes impossible for the Cuthbert’s to imagine life without ‘their’ Anne – and for the people of Avonlea to recall what it was like before this wildly creative little girl whirled into town.

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[MRS RACHEL LYNDE lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies’ eardrops, and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place]  

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(Puffin, 2 March 1993, first published 1908, paperback, 256 pages, #popsugarreadingchallenge 2019, a book that makes you nostalgic, bought from @AmazonUK)

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L.M Montgomery’s series has been one of my favourites since I was a child. I’ve re-read the books every couple of years for decades. Every time I read Anne of Green Gables I feel like a child again, the first time I read it, falling in love with Anne, Matthew, Marilla, Rachel Lynde and Avonlea. I spent a long time as a child imagining I lived in Avonlea. It’s been a while since I read the book so it was a delight to revisit a beloved old friend. I’ve just started to watch Anne with an E on Netflix and love every minute of it. This still remains one of my all-time favourites. This story, about an orphan who brings such love and light into the lives of two elderly people and a whole community still dazzles.

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