Anne's House of Dreams [NOOK Book]

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Every girl dreams of her perfect wedding day...

For Anne Shirley, those dreams are about to come true as she marries her one true love, Gilbert Blythe, in the dappled sunshine of the old orchard at Green Gables. Soon the two will be moving to their own little dream house on the misty shores of Four Winds Harbor. And a new home means new neighbors—including the adventurous lighthouse keeper Captain Jim and the tragically beautiful Leslie Moore. In their first years together, Anne...

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Overview

Every girl dreams of her perfect wedding day...

For Anne Shirley, those dreams are about to come true as she marries her one true love, Gilbert Blythe, in the dappled sunshine of the old orchard at Green Gables. Soon the two will be moving to their own little dream house on the misty shores of Four Winds Harbor. And a new home means new neighbors—including the adventurous lighthouse keeper Captain Jim and the tragically beautiful Leslie Moore. In their first years together, Anne and Gil will experience both heartbreak and joy, and, of course, plenty of "scope for the imagination."

With Anne's beautiful gift of transforming the everyday into the extraordinary, it's easy to see why she's become a beloved classic of generations of readers around the world and a favorite of everyone from Mark Twain to Duchess Kate.

This new edition lovingly restores the original, unabridged text and includes an all-new, exclusive introduction with special memories from L.M. Montgomery's granddaughter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781291031706
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 3/13/2013
  • Sold by: LULU PRESS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 353,542
  • File size: 408 KB

Meet the Author

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) was born in what is now New London, Prince Edward Island, and raised by her grandparents after the death of her mother when she was just two. She worked for a time as a teacher and a journalist, then wrote her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, in the evenings while caring for her grandmother. When the book appeared in 1908, it was an instant success; it would go on to sell millions of copies in dozens of languages the world over, making Anne one of literature's most beloved characters of all time.
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Chapter 1

In the Garret of Green Gables

"Thanks be, I'm done with geometry, learning or teaching it," said Anne Shirley, a trifle vindictively, as she thumped a somewhat battered volume of Euclid into a big chest of books, banged the lid in triumph, and sat down upon it, looking at Diana Wright across the Green Gables garret, with gray eyes that were like a morning sky.

The garret was a shadowy, suggestive, delightful place, as all garrets should be. Through the open window, by which Anne sat, blew the sweet, scented, sun-warm air of the August afternoon; outside, poplar boughs rustled and tossed in the wind; beyond them were the woods, where Lovers' Lane wound its enchanted path, and the old apple orchard which still bore its rosy harvests munificently. And, over all, was a great mountain range of snowy clouds in the blue southern sky. Through the other window was glimpsed a distant, white-capped, blue sea-the beautiful St. Lawrence Gulf, on which floats, like a jewel, Abegweit, whose softer, sweeter Indian name has long been forsaken for the more prosaic one of Prince Edward Island.

Diana Wright, three years older than when we last saw her, had grown somewhat matronly in the intervening time. But her eyes were as black and brilliant, her cheeks as rosy, and her dimples as enchanting, as in the long-ago days when she and Anne Shirley had vowed eternal friendship in the garden at Orchard Slope. In her arms she held a small, sleeping, black-curled creature, who for two happy years had been known to the world of Avonlea as "Small Anne Cordelia." Avonlea folks knew why Diana had called her Anne, of course, but Avonlea folks were puzzled by the Cordelia. There had never been a Cordelia in the Wright or Barry connections. Mrs. Harmon Andrews said she supposed Diana had found the name in some trashy novel, and wondered that Fred hadn't more sense than to allow it. But Diana and Anne smiled at each other. They knew how Small Anne Cordelia had come by her name.

"You always hated geometry," said Diana with a retrospective smile. "I should think you'd be real glad to be through with teaching, anyhow."

"Oh, I've always liked teaching, apart from geometry. These past three years in Summerside have been very pleasant ones. Mrs. Harmon Andrews told me when I came home that I wouldn't likely find married life as much better than teaching as I expected. Evidently Mrs. Harmon is of Hamlet's opinion that it may be better to bear the ills that we have than fly to others that we know not of."

Anne's laugh, as blithe and irresistible as of yore, with an added note of sweetness and maturity, rang through the garret. Marilla in the kitchen below, compounding blue plum preserve, heard it and smiled; then sighed to think how seldom that dear laugh would echo through Green Gables in the years to come. Nothing in her life had ever given Marilla so much happiness as the knowledge that Anne was going to marry Gilbert Blythe; but every joy must bring with it its little shadow of sorrow. During the three Summerside years Anne had been home often for vacations and weekends; but, after this, a bi-annual visit would be as much as could be hoped for.

"You needn't let what Mrs. Harmon says worry you," said Diana, with the calm assurance of the four-years matron. "Married life has its ups and downs, of course. You mustn't expect that everything will always go smoothly. But I can assure you, Anne, that it's a happy life, when you're married to the right man."

Anne smothered a smile. Diana's airs of vast experience always amused her a little.

"I daresay I'll be putting them on too, when I've been married four years," she thought. "Surely my sense of humor will preserve me from it, though."

"Is it settled yet where you are going to live?" asked Diana, cuddling Small Cordelia with the inimitable gesture of motherhood which always sent through Anne's heart, filled with sweet, unuttered dreams and hopes, a thrill that was half pure pleasure and half a strange, ethereal pain.

"Yes. That was what I wanted to tell you when I 'phoned to you to come down today. By the way, I can't realize that we really have telephones in Avonlea now. It sounds so preposterously up-to-date and modernish for this darling, leisurely old place."

"We can thank the A.V.I.S. for them," said Diana. "We should never have got the line if they hadn't taken the matter up and carried it through. There was enough cold water thrown to discourage any society. But they stuck to it, nevertheless. You did a splendid thing for Avonlea when you founded that society, Anne. What fun we did have at our meetings! Will you ever forget the blue hall and Judson Parker's scheme for painting medicine advertisements on his fence?"

"I don't know that I'm wholly grateful to the A.V.I.S. in the matter of the telephone," said Anne. "Oh, I know it's most convenient-even more so than our old device of signaling to each other by flashes of candlelight! And, as Mrs. Rachel says, ‘Avonlea must keep up with the procession, that's what.' But somehow I feel as if I didn't want Avonlea spoiled by what Mr. Harrison, when he wants to be witty, calls ‘modern inconveniences.' I should like to have it kept always just as it was in the dear old years. That's foolish-and sentimental-and impossible. So I shall immediately become wise and practical and possible. The telephone, as Mr. Harrison concedes, is ‘a buster of a good thing'-even if you do know that probably half a dozen interested people are listening along the line."

"That's the worst of it," sighed Diana. "It's so annoying to hear the receivers going down whenever you ring anyone up. They say Mrs. Harmon Andrews insisted that their phone should be put in their kitchen just so that she could listen whenever it rang and keep an eye on the dinner at the same time. Today, when you called me, I distinctly heard that queer clock of the Pyes' striking. So no doubt Josie or Gertie was listening."

"Oh, so that is why you said, ‘You've got a new clock at Green Gables, haven't you?' I couldn't imagine what you meant. I heard a vicious click as soon as you had spoken. I suppose it was the Pye receiver being hung up with profane energy. Well, never mind the Pyes. As Mrs. Rachel says, ‘Pyes they always were and Pyes they always will be, world without end, amen.' I want to talk of pleasanter things. It's all settled as to where my new home shall be."

"Oh, Anne, where? I do hope it's near here."

"No-o-o, that's the drawback. Gilbert is going to settle at Four Winds Harbor-sixty miles from here."

"Sixty! It might as well be six hundred," sighed Diana. "I never can get further from home now than Charlottetown."

"You'll have to come to Four Winds. It's the most beautiful harbor on the Island. There's a little village called Glen St. Mary at its head, and Dr. David Blythe has been practicing there for fifty years. He is Gilbert's great-uncle, you know. He is going to retire, and Gilbert is to take over his practice. Dr. Blythe is going to keep his house, though, so we shall have to find a habitation for ourselves. I don't know yet what it is, or where it will be in reality, but I have a little house o' dreams all furnished in my imagination-a tiny, delightful castle in Spain."

"Where are you going for your wedding tour?" asked Diana.

"Nowhere. Don't look horrified, Diana dearest. You suggest Mrs. Harmon Andrews. She, no doubt, will remark condescendingly that people who can't afford wedding ‘towers' are real sensible not to take them; and then she'll remind me that Jane went to Europe for hers. I want to spend my honeymoon at Four Winds in my own dear house of dreams."

"And you've decided not to have any bridesmaid?"

"There isn't anyone to have. You and Phil and Priscilla and Jane all stole a march on me in the matter of marriage; and Stella is teaching in Vancouver. I have no other ‘kindred soul' and I won't have a bridesmaid who isn't."

"But you are going to wear a veil, aren't you?" asked Diana, anxiously.

"Yes, indeedy. I shouldn't feel like a bride without one. I remember telling Matthew, that evening when he brought me to Green Gables, that I never expected to be a bride because I was so homely no one would ever want to marry me-unless some foreign missionary did. I had an idea then that foreign missionaries couldn't afford to be finicky in the matter of looks if they wanted a girl to risk her life among cannibals. You should have seen the foreign missionary Priscilla married. He was as handsome and inscrutable as those day-dreams we once planned to marry ourselves, Diana; he was the best dressed man I ever met, and he raved over Priscilla's ‘ethereal, golden beauty.' But of course there are no cannibals in Japan."

"Your wedding dress is a dream, anyhow," sighed Diana rapturously. "You'll look like a perfect queen in it-you're so tall and slender. How do you keep so slim, Anne? I'm fatter than ever-I'll soon have no waist at all."

"Stoutness and slimness seem to be matters of predestination," said Anne. "At all events, Mrs. Harmon Andrews can't say to you what she said to me when I came home from Summerside, ‘Well, Anne, you're just about as skinny as ever.' It sounds quite romantic to be ‘slender,' but ‘skinny' has a very different tang."

"Mrs. Harmon has been talking about your trousseau. She admits it's as nice as Jane's, although she says Jane married a millionaire and you are only marrying a ‘poor doctor without a cent to his name.'"

Anne laughed.

"My dresses are nice. I love pretty things. I remember the first pretty dress I ever had-the brown gloria Matthew gave me for our school concert. Before that everything I had was so ugly. It seemed to me that I stepped into a new world that night."

"That was the night Gilbert recited ‘Bingen on the Rhine,' and looked at you when he said, ‘There's another, not a sister.' And you were so furious because he put your pink tissue rose in his breast pocket! You didn't much imagine then that you would ever marry him."

"Oh, well, that's another instance of predestination," laughed Anne, as they went down the garret stairs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Yes, the other review was correct- there is another anne book in the series before this one. If you want the full series list here it is:
    * anne of green gables
    * anne of avonlea
    * anne of the island
    * anne of windy poplars
    * anne's house of dreams

    All in all this is a truly magnificant series i loved it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    ;)

    This book is awesome! ~giggles~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Awesomre

    I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Read this book

    This is a really great book for someone who would like to read the house of green gable bc this book is simular to it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    House o dreams

    This was among the best books in the seires, although the entire seires was probably the best i ever read. Though i did not like that Joyce died. I had looked foward to this book alot and when the wedding happened i think i was dissapointing. There should have been more detail. But like the other books it was ecedingly well writen.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    anne is my fav

    i love all the books from anne of green gables series but this one is different because it is her grown up and married

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Awesome

    Love it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    On ONE OF THESE REVIEWS IS WRONG!!!!!

    Someone said that this book was the fifth in this series, and that is corect. The only thing that this person said was wrong was that they said that the fourth in this series, Anee of Windy Poplars, was not avaliable. WRONG!!!!!!! Think im wrong? Type in the title. Its their!!!!! So if youve just finished anne of the island and want something more then anne of windy poplars is your next read!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    LOVE

    I love anne

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    One of the best of the Anne Series

    Besides the first book, I liked "Anne's House of Dreams" the best so far out of the whole series. Why? Although Anne and Gilbert are finally married, the tone of this book isn't so "cutsy-perfect" as some of the other books are. Hardships and tragedies actually occur, and we read how Anne and other characters handle them. A couple complaints: I wish Gilbert appeared more in the book, but we should be grateful for what we get of him in this story becauase he appears even less in the next. The wedding of Anne and Gilbert was kind of a let down. There was a big build up to this moment ever since Gilbert first yanked Anne's hair in the first book, and then when they finally got married, it was like we weren't even invited to the wedding! I would have at least liked a description of her wedding dress! I loved the banter between Captain Jim and Miss Cornelia, but for some reason I did not take to Susan Baker. I guess I felt like she got "in the way"... there always seemed to be other characters around Anne and Gilbert, and sometimes I just wanted our main characters to be left alone with each other more often! I could see, hear, and smell every scene in the story (my compliments to the author). This book also includes one of the biggest plot twists I've ever read! I'm a pretty good "guesser" but I was NOT expecting this!

    Spoiler: I'm glad Anne learned how to live and still enjoy life after the death of Joy. And I was so happy for Leslie that things turned out right in the end. Lessons could be learned from her strange circumstance. No matter what, do the right thing and be patient.. God will bring good about from any circumstance in the end for those who love Him.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    Great Book!

    I love this book! It's about when Anne and Gilbert get married and start a new life. Anne meets lots of new people. This book is one of the best ive read.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    Wrong series number

    Anne's House of Dreams is actually book 5 in the series. They don't have Anne of Windy Poplars which is actually book 4 in the series. If you're listening website editors, you need to change this. Having Anne of Windy Poplars in ebook available as book 4 might be nice as well.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    book number five...

    Anne's House of Dreams is book number five in the Green Gables series. Anne's first year of marriage is filled with perfect happiness. But with the happiness comes tragic heartbreak. Life at Four Winds Harbor is never dull and Anne takes life as it comes. The Anne of Green Gables series is beautifully written with stunning descriptions. I am really enjoying re-reading these books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    Truly a Dream

    Anne's House of Dreams is wonderful. It leaves you breathless. I love this novel. Miss Corneilia is the greatest, and I cried so much when Captian Jim died. Definitely a great sequel to all the others. A must read for readers of all ages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2004

    FULL OF IMAGINATION!!

    This is such a great book and I recomend it to everyone! You will love this book once you read about Captain Jim's adventures and how the tragic life of Leslie Moor turns around! I guarantee that you'd love this book and would never put it dow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2003

    This is a Wonderful Book

    ¿The night winds were beginning their wild dances beyond the bar, and the fishing hamlet across the harbour was gemmed with lights Anne and Gilbert drove up the poplar lane. The door of the little house opened, and a warm glow of firelight flickered out into the dusk. Gilbert lifter Anne from the buggy and led her into the garden, through the little gate between the ruddy-tipped firs, up the trim, red path to the sandstone step. ¿Welcome home,¿ he whispered, and had in hand they stepped over the threshold of their house of dreams¿..¿ What a romantic introduction, don¿t you think? Well, if you liked that part, you will definitely like the book Anne¿s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery. This book is about a girl named Anne, and her true love, Gilbert finally getting married and settling into a life that¿s their own. So they buy a house in Four Winds, that Anne calls their house of dreams. However what she doesn¿t know is what will happen while she¿s in this house. The newlyweds have gotten off to a great start. Gilbert has a job as the town¿s doctor, and Anne is making new friends everyday. Miss. Cornelia and Captain Jim have been a great help to get them settled in and tell them about Four Winds. However there is this one person that Anne can¿t figure out. She can¿t get close enough to know her, but she knows that if she could they would be great friends. Unlike other books I have read, this one has a moral that stuck out to me. The lesson I think that Ms. Montgomery was trying to teach was that not everything in life goes as we want it to. But sometimes things work out for the best. This book is very romantic, yet it is realistic at the same time. There are plenty of surprises, heartbreaks, and joyous moments in this book. It will make you laugh, cry, and you won¿t be able to put the book down. You will learn things that will stay with you for a long time. I absolutely love this book, but I would suggest reading the first four books before this book if you have the time. So if you are looking for a book to read, that is highly recommended, then read this book. I couldn¿t suggest a better book. Now go out and read this book and find out what happens to Anne and her House of Dreams!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    I LOVE IT!!!!!

    How would you like when you grow up to have all your dreams come true? Well this is what happened in the story I read. It is called ¿Anne¿s House of Dreams¿. Anne¿s life has changed from being a little orphan girl to a bride married to her true love Gilbert. Now they¿re going to spend the rest of their lives loving each other. I really like stories like this because they are old fashioned and show how people lived before all of this technology came. In the story Anne and Gilbert are finally married and they decide to move to a different town because Gilbert is going to take over his uncle¿s practice. They move into a nice house which Anne and Gilbert call it their ¿house of dreams¿. They meet a lot of different people and quickly become friends. Although some of the people they met weren¿t always the nicest people at first, but when you got to know them they turned out to be great friends. The only thing I have against some of the characters in the story was that they were to outgoing and that they would come over without even calling. What I am referring to is when Captain Jim came over to Anne¿s house without her knowing, which she didn¿t have a problem with. If that were me, I would have gotten really angry. This book is a book that shows real life struggles, problem, tragedies, and basically the true meaning of life. I think if you would like to see how people worked before they had machinery, television, cars, etc¿. then this would be an excellent book. This book actually talks you in the seat of the characters and makes you feel that you are in their situations. I really don¿t think that this is a book for people that like action and killing. I feel that this book really touches the heart. The story was kind plain in some sense, but over all I enjoyed the book. I am very sure that a lot of people will like the book and that they will be as moved as I was. I am so positive that my friends would love this book. The way the setting was described in the book almost made you feel that you were actually there. The plot in the story was so overwhelmingly interesting but as I say again it was sort of plain. The romance in the novel was so moving and touching, that I wish that when I get married I would like to have the same kindle between Anne and Gilbert. In conclusion, this was a great book and when you see how moving and touching the book is you would fall in love with it as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2003

    One Of the Greatest Series in the world

    I loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    Wonderful Book. Wonderful Series

    This is such a wonderful series of books. I hope that these books last forever because I believe that every generation should get to know Anne and all of her friends and family. These books are so sweet and wonderfully written- L.M. Montgomery truly knew how to transport the imagination to another time and place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2002

    This is the best book!

    I think out of all the Anne of Green Gables series this is the best book, I love getting to see Anne on her own with Gilbert. It is such a sweet story. Even though i haven't read the last two books yet I am quite sure that Anne's House of Dreams will still be my favorite. !!!!!!!Read this book!!!!! If anyone wants to im me or something about these books please do--none of my friends have read them and i need some discussion! it is CookieMonstr8218@aol.com!

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