This Anne of Green Gables novel is my absolute favorite. I really, really love it. I loved finally getting to read about Anne and Gilbert's wedding, and the fact that they live in a precious little cottage right by the sea... mmm. Just a delightful setting. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. Here is my review:
Anne's House of Dreams
By L.M. Montgomery
Under the shaded seclusion of the trees at old Green Gables, among old friends near and dear, Anne and Gilbert are about to speak their vows. Now man and wife, they will move to Four Winds Point together, close to the small village of Glen St. Mary, and into their "dear little house of dreams" by the sea.
New friends, such as Captain Jim, a retired sea captain, and sharp-tongued, Methodist-hating Miss Cornelia, will enter their lives, and many evenings in the lighthouse room will be spent together, full of fun and merriment. They will all attempt to reach out to beautiful and tragically miserable Leslie Moore, but only Anne can break through to Leslie's heart.
Many other topics of interest, such as the birth of Anne's first child, the budding romance between Leslie and Owen Ford, and the writing of Captain Jim's life book, fill this delightful read.
Oh, words cannot describe how happy I was to finally read of Anne and Gilbert's wedding! Was I the only girl who felt as though it seemed to take forever for them to get married? And their wedding was oh-so-sweet and oh-so-perfect. Marvelous, just marvelous. :)
Leslie Moore... ahh, she intrigued me. Her character was very unique. Anne has reached out to bitter spinsters, to stiff older people, and to young, childish people, and yet they all seem so small compared to the depth of Leslie's misery and sadness. Her history just broke my heart. And in the most unexpected of ways, when everything else seems to have failed, Anne finally understands what Leslie is going through and becomes a truer friend because of it.
I love Captain Jim. Don't you just love him? Sitting up in the lighthouse, "telling old yarns" -- he's such a wonderful character. And he, too, is unique. That is, perhaps, one of the reasons I love this book. It is so filled to the brim with new and original characters, and the plot is so full of such depth of emotion. And the descriptions of the sea... oh, is that not the icing on the cake of dreams? (sorry, that was horrible of me--I couldn't help it!)
Do you know now why I love this book? This book speaks to my heart in ways that are tragic, wonderful, and beautiful. But emotions so beautiful and precious cannot be explained or pushed upon others. I will only say that this is one of the best books you will ever read. Perhaps it is just me. :)
A BIT O' READING FOR THE DAY
P.S. This is my 99th post! And I have 99 followers! Should I do something special when I reach 100 followers and 100 posts?