Anne of the Island

Anne of the Island

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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ISBN-13: 9781729518021
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2018
Pages: 446
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE (November 30, 1874 - April 24, 1942) published as L.M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables. The book was an immediate success. The central character, Anne Shirley, an orphaned girl, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. The first novel was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery went on to publish 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays.

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Anne of the Island Book and Charm


By L. M. Montgomery

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 L. M. Montgomery
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060758597

Chapter One

The Shadow of Change

"Harvest is ended and summer is gone," quoted Anne Shirley, gazing across the shorn fields dreamily. She and Diana Barry had been picking apples in the Green Gables orchard, but were now resting from their labors in a sunny corner, where airy fleets of thistledown drifted by on the wings of a wind that was still summer-sweet with the incense of ferns in the Haunted Wood.

But everything in the landscape around them spoke of autumn. The sea was roaring hollowly in the distance, the fields were bare and sere, scarfed with goldenrod, the brook valley below Green Gables overflowed with asters of ethereal purple, and the Lake of Shining Waters was blue -- blue -- blue; not the changeful blue of spring, nor the pale azure of summer, but a clear, steadfast, serene blue, as if the water were past all moods and tenses of emotion and had settled down to a tranquility unbroken by fickle dreams.

"It has been a nice summer," said Diana, twisting the new ring on her left hand with a smile. "And Miss Lavendar's wedding seemed to come as a sort of crown to it. I suppose Mr. and Mrs. Irving are on the Pacific coast now."

"It seems to me they have been gone long enough to go around the world," sighed Anne. "I can't believe it is only a week since they were married. Everything has changed. Miss Lavendar and Mr. and Mrs. Allan gone -- how lonely the manse looks with the shutters all closed! I went past it last night, and it made me feel as if everybody in it had died."

"We'll never get another minister as nice as Mr. Allan," said Diana, with gloomy conviction. "I suppose we'll have all kinds of supplies this winter, and half the Sundays no preaching at all. And you and Gilbert gone -- it will be awfully dull."

"Fred will be here," insinuated Anne slyly.

"When is Mrs. Lynde going to move up?" asked Diana, as if she had not heard Anne's remark.

"Tomorrow. I'm glad she's coming -- but it will be another change. Marilla and I cleared everything out of the spare room yesterday. Do you know, I hated to do it? Of course, it was silly -- but it did seem as if we were committing sacrilege. That old spare room has always seemed like a shrine to me. When I was a child I thought it the most wonderful apartment in the world. You remember what a consuming desire I had to sleep in a spare room bed -- but not the Green Gables spare room. Oh, no, never there! It would have been too terrible -- I couldn't have slept a wink from awe. I never walked through that room when Marilla sent me in on an errand -- no, indeed, I tiptoed through it and held my breath, as if I were in church, and felt relieved when I got out of it. The pictures of George Whitefield and the Duke of Wellington hung there, one on each side of the mirror, and frowned so sternly at me all the time I was in, especially if I dared peep in the mirror, which was the only one in the house that didn't twist my face a little. I always wondered how Marilla dared houseclean that room. And now it's not only cleaned but stripped bare. George Whitefield and the Duke have been relegated to the upstairs hall. 'So passes the glory of this world,'" concluded Anne, with a laugh in which there was a little note of regret. It is never pleasant to have our old shrines desecrated, even when we have outgrown them.

"I'll be so lonesome when you go," moaned Diana for the hundredth time. "And to think you go next week!"

"But we're together still," said Anne cheerily. "We mustn't let next week rob us of this week's joy. I hate the thought of going myself -- home and I are such good friends. Talk of being lonesome! It's I who should groan. You'll be here with any number of your old friends -- and Fred! While I shall be alone among strangers, not knowing a soul!"

"Except Gilbert -- and Charlie Sloane," said Diana, imitating Anne's italics and slyness.

"Charlie Sloane will be a great comfort, of course," agreed Anne sarcastically; whereupon both those irresponsible damsels laughed. Diana knew exactly what Anne thought of Charlie Sloane; but, despite sundry confidential talks, she did not know just what Anne thought of Gilbert Blythe. To be sure, Anne herself did not know that.

"The boys may be boarding at the other end of Kingsport, for all I know," Anne went on. "I am glad I'm going to Redmond, and I am sure I shall like it after a while. But for the first few weeks I know I won't. I shan't even have the comfort of looking forward to the weekend visit home, as I had when I went to Queen's. Christmas will seem like a thousand years away."

Everything is changing -- or going to change," said Diana sadly. "I have a feeling that things will never be the same again, Anne."

"We have come to a parting of the ways, I suppose," said Anne thoughtfully. "We had to come to it. Do you think, Diana, that being grown-up is really as nice as we used to imagine it would be when we were children?"

"I don't know -- there are some nice things about it," answered Diana, again caressing her ring with that little smile which always had the effect of making Anne feel suddenly left out and inexperienced. "But there are so many puzzling things, too. Sometimes I feel as if being grown-up just frightened me -- and then I would give anything to be a little girl again."

"I suppose we'll get used to being grown-up in time," said Anne cheerfully. "There won't be so many unexpected things about it by and by -- though, after all, I fancy it's the unexpected things that give spice to life. We're eighteen, Diana. In two more years we'll be twenty. . . .

Continues...


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Anne of the Island 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As old friends come out of the picture and new ones come in, Anne Shirley clings on to the days of the past. But as old friendships become far more than friendships, she¿s not so sure she can. From young frivolous, little Anne to grown up woman going to college, Anne Shirley has changed a lot over the years. She wants to hang on to the past, but as old friends marry off and new ones come into the picture, Anne firmly believes that she has finally reached adulthood. But, is she really happy? I really like the story plot in Anne of the Island because it¿s a sweet story and many parts of it remind me of special memories that I had. To me, the plot of this story is like a winding path. Whenever I think it¿s going uphill, it¿s going downhill, whenever I think it¿s turning right, it¿s turning left. There are many unexpected, yet subtle, turns in this book. It really makes me wonder what will happen in the next book of the series. The characters in this book are so real, so defined, it seems to me, that they could never be anything but themselves. This book plants very firm pictures of the characters in my head, so they look very different to me when I see a picture on the cover or something else. This is probably because of the many great descriptions shown in this book. I wouldn¿t change one single character in this book, they¿re just so unique and special. The writing style of this book is very old-timey and professional. Many times while reading, I find myself thinking, ¿Huh?¿ And that¿s a good thing I learned new words and it challenged me. The language in this book is very poetic. There are many metaphors and similes, and it creates a mood for the reader. If you ever decide you want to read this book, I think you¿ll really like it, I know I did. It is the third book in L.M. Montgomery¿s wonderful series Anne of Green Gables. Just like the two before it, it is a very fun and unique book. A. Ambler
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books! Suitable for all ages. The movies are good, as well, except for the very sensitive (like me) you may not want to watch the last one; it takes place during a war and it broke my heart to watch all the suffering even if it is just a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne of the Island is a wonderful book. It takes you back to another place and time and has delightful characters that are very easy to relate to. I felt myself experiencing the highs and lows that Anne and the other characters were going through. It is my favorite book of the series, probably because it is the most romantic. It is an incredible book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne of The Island is a very exciting booek. This book keeps you guessing. L.M Montgomry is an excillent writer. Everything about this book makes you want to keep reading it. This book takes place in a course of four years. It starts out with a young lady who cannot afford to go to college but she really wants to go. But when one of her friends reccomend her and she makes it shes shocked but she jumps at the chance and she also gets a scholorship. When shes there she meets many friends and starts writing a book everyone pointed out the bad but she sent it in anyway and she won a contest. This book is so well writen you never want to put it down. I cant wait to read the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. It is such a sweet CLEAN romance, and in a world like today thats hard to come by. Anne really grows a lot in this book. L.M. Montgomery did a fantastic job with the third book in the Anne of Green Gables series
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great! It had all the romance i love! I can totally relate to Anne! I love reading about Anne and Gilberts relashonship and how it fizzled and grew! Anne experienced heartbreak and loss! The best one out of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It was well written, great vocabulary, and an intresting plot. I cant wait to read number 4.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have watched the "Anne movies" since I was a little girl. And now though I'm grown (reading wasn't so interesting when I was a little girl) I started reading the books, and they are better than the movies! This one is the latest I've read, and I have to say, probably my fav so far. Can't wait to read the rest. I highly recommend these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far my favorite of the Anne books. My mother bought me the series when I was young and I have probably re-read all the books at least 3-4 times, but I've read Anne of the Island more than a dozen times. I always discover something new each time I read it. I've often left it out on the coffee table and picked it up here and there and read a chapter or two. I think that I have it memorized by heart. It's absolutley delightful and will stay in your memories for a long time. I can't wait for my daughter to start reading Lucy Maud Montgomery!
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Book number three in the Anne of Green Gables series is just as beautiful as the previous two. Anne of the Island is full of charming characters and enchanting situations. It's so much fun to watch Anne grow and learn in her college years. She makes some interesting new"chums" at school but many of the same old dear characters return from the previous stories. L.M. Montgomery created a classic with Anne!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read the Anne of Green Gables series as a pre-teen and they are the only books that I feel a need to revisit every couple of years. They are like dear old friends, and I love them as much now in my late twenties as I did as a girl! Anne of the Island is my favorite! It is so sweet & romantic, you just can't help but fall in love with Anne & Gilbert and their story!! They truely were meant for one another! If only every girl could have a Gilbert Blythe to love her faithfully & unconditionally!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is terriffic. I've read it over 10 times. This book sucks you into Anne's life, her romances, her sorrows, and her joys. This book leaves off in a perfect spot that makes you want to read the rest. This is probably my favorite book in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne of The Island was an abslutely charming book. It's my favorite book of the whole series- that is, for now... I'm still on #4!! ='
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had all the charms of Anne of Green Gable--Anne is her usual sweet, vivacious character, and her friends are all interesting and well fleshed out, not to mention that some parts of the story are amusing and entertaining. The thing that really makes this book stand out, however, is that this book has a very clear direction. It is a love story, rather than the collection of adventures the other books tend to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lucy Maude Montgomery was one of the most remarkable writers of her time. All of her books are incredible, but Anne of the Island is by far the best. Anne must finally come to terms with what her imagination had always told her she wanted the most, and what life really has in store for her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne of the Island is one of the sweetest books i have ever read. It has the same Anne, always getting into scrapes with romance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are familiar with the Anne of Green Gables series, than you know what I'm talking about when I say that Harry Potter doesn't come close to this book!
goodnightmoon on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Two drawbacks (as with the other books): whole paragraphs devoted to describing the scenery using unreadable, too-flowery language; and absolutely no details about many, many things (e.g., four years of college go by in this book!). One big upside: what a sweet last chapter, when Anne finally realizes how dumb she was to turn down Gilbert the first time and then he asks again. It's what we waited through three books for!
Othemts on LibraryThing 25 days ago
The third book of the Anne Shirley series sees Anne off to college on Nova Scotia, studying, making new friends, and setting up a new home. Letters and visits to home emphasize Anne's growth and change as she spends time away from her beloved home. There's also continuing intrigue regarding her relationship with Gilbert Blythe. Enjoyable, but lacking the magic of the first book.
susanbevans on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Anne of the Island is book 3 in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series. It is a continuation of the story of Anne Shirley as she goes away to school at Redmond College in Kingsport. Some of Anne's old chums from Avonlea are also at Redmond - Charlie Sloane and Gilbert Blythe, but Montgomery also introduces new and interesting characters. L.M. Montgomery certainly has a way with characters! She writes people that are really believable. These are people you will wish were in your life - as you follow them on their journey, they become your friends as well.Anne of the Island is the book that finally sees some serious development in the Gilbert/Anne dynamic, and for this reason it seems to be the favorite of the series for a lot of Montgomery fans. While I enjoyed the story just as much as the previous two books, I wouldn't say it would be my favorite - my heart will always belong to the little orphan girl from Anne of Green Gables. She becomes a remarkable young woman over the course of the years, but some of my favorite Anne-escapades take place in the first book.As always, L.M. Montgomery is a master of the literary form. Her descriptions are well-formed and breathtaking in their scope - not a single word could be omitted:"The sea was roaring hollowly in the distance, the fields were bare and sere, scarfed with golden rod, the brook valley below Green Gables overflowed with asters of ethereal purple, and The Lake of Shining Waters was blue-blue-blue; not the changeful blue of spring, nor the pale azure of summer, but a clear, steadfast, serene blue, as if the water were past all moods and tenses of emotion and had settled down to a tranquility unbroken by fickle dreams."Isn't that fantastic!? Drink in the beauty...These are wonderful books for all ages and there is a little something for everyone here: adventure, romance, drama, suspense, and comedy. If you give Anne a chance, you'll have a bosom friend for life!
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Anne of the Island is the third "Anne Shirley" book by Lucy Maud Montgomery (L.M. for short). The first two books, Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea cover Anne Shirley's childhood from ages 11-18 but Anne of the Island takes over when Anne leaves Avonlea for Redmond College in Novia Scotia. The title comes from Anne's distinct connection to Prince Edward Island while away at the landlocked college. This leaving is a pivotal phase of Anne's life and the title is supposed to reflect that. While at college Anne is making new friends, rediscovering her past (she lost both of her parents and was adopted by Miss Marilla as a baby), and has the unfortunate task of warding off many suitors asking for her hand (she has no less than four marriage proposals during her time at Redmond).
lucygirljb on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Certainly my favorite Anne book in the series; in college, I dreamed of living at Patty's Place with my girlfriends. Such a sweet time that means so much in your life - so glad that I could share it with Anne.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This is my favorite book of the Anne of Green Gables series (well, one of two favorites). The story held in the pages of Anne of the Island is one filled with the growing pains of youth, the losing of dreams, replaced by the gaining of new dreams, the making of new friends, saying goodbye to old and life continuing it's everlasting journey of passing us by.Although the times were different, much of what L.M. Montgomery wrote of Anne's experience at college is still the same today. It's a time for discovering yourself, of getting to know who you are. And for Anne, who's mind is "constantly changing" so she's having to "reacquaint herself" with it (one of my favorite quotes in the book), college is everything I remember it being for me as well.I think one of the reasons I love Anne so much is because she has such a perfect, wonderful appreciation for home. Sure, she sees it through rose-tinted glasses, but I don't think that's a bad thing. I think we all long to have that place in our minds, that home filled with memories and the ghosts of our youth. Remembering mine helps to steady me when things get rough, but also has such a bittersweet taste to it - and that's what Anne of the Island captures so well.Ruby Gillis, Gilbert Blythe, Patty's Place, Diana (Barry) Wright, the births of new characters, the deaths of some old favorites, all happen in this story and it's very much a turning point. The ending of something special and the beginning of something new and exciting.
mandochild on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Most of this book seems filled with what are clearly meant for insightful, witty character sketches, both humorous and poignant. It is less of a novel than a series of vignettes. Or so it seems at present. And I suppose the character sketches are insightful - they've just become a little predictable and a little author-omnipotent-ish for me. I don't know why this should suddenly feel the case; it's very annoying. But I've never been keen on a narration style that knows more than its characters about "the human condition". I also find Anne's ability to be close to unfeeling about cats quite unsettling. So much imagination when it comes to people, and so much pragmatism for animals!However, there are a couple of really lovely moments, including the one in which she realises that her own blindness has led to Roy Gardner's pain. It is her own fault that things work out badly and she is not at all a perfect person. Her ongoing blindness about Gilbert is painfully maddening, but at least that's over now. Finally. When I read the next book I won't have that tension spreading onwards unnaturally like an episode of the X Files.And now to see what my shelf offers up next by way of a Sunday read!
savageknight on LibraryThing 27 days ago
The feeling I mentioned in my review of the previous book (as though one were re-visiting an old friend) continues in this third novel. Anne's college life is filled with the typical anne-like situations and fascinations that just make reading these novels a comforting pleasure.