Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery
Synopsis: Anne, Gilbert and Charlie Sloan head off to Redmond to study for their BAs. In Kingsport they make new friends and learn new things. However things are also changing between Anne and her friends.
My Thoughts: Yet another Anne book that I adore. As with Anne of Avonlea the language in the book is beautiful. It is full of scrumptious descriptions and flowing prose. I just love it. It is one of the few books where I don’t mind that the author uses ten words when she could have used one.
I always want to whack Anne over the head in this book. Why oh why doesn’t she realise how absolutely amazing Gilbert is! Gilbert is probably my longest standing bookish crush. I suppose he is my Prince Charming :).
Along with Anne’s changing relationship to Gilbert the book focuses on new and changing friendships for Anne. Anne’s friends from Queens Pricilla and Stella join her at Redmond and the girls make a new friend in frivolous but lovable Philippa, known as Phil to her friends. I love the view of friendship that is presented in the book.
If I could give one criticism it would be that the academic in me would have liked to see more of the classes. What exactly did they study. The book covers four years and could easily have been four times as long. I want more! More of everything!
For me this is the ultimate comfort read. This is one of the books I reach for when life is difficult. This is one of the books that never fails to make me feel better.