Ann of Green Gables is a timeless classic book that was written in1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I have read this book as a teenager and again for this blog. It pulls you in as you read of the beauty, details that make you feel as if you are right there. The location is rural Prince Edward Island in Canda. Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert is a brother and sister who lives on a small farm that is their childhood home. They are getting older now and is thinking about getting a boy from an orphanage in Novia Scotia to help on the farm. Matthew goes to the train station to pick up the child instead of a boy waiting for him. It’s a skinny, red-headed girl. She’s dressed very shabbily. He asked the station master if there was a little boy he said no that he was told the little girl brought off the train by a Mrs. Spencer said she was being adopted by you and your sister. Matthew decides to take her home to Green Gables to talk things over with his sister Marilla. The girl’s name is Ann and she talks to Matthew all the way home. Matthew is a very quiet man so he was glad that Ann was doing all the talking Well when they arrived at Green Gables which is located outside of a small town named Avonlea. Marilla was waiting so you can only imagine what shock it was when she saw Ann instead of a little boy. After Matthew explained Marrilla allows Ann to stay the night.
Matthew likes Ann and gets Marilla to let her stay. He says that she can help Marilla do the chores and she would be company for her. Marilla is afraid because she has never been around children much and she had never married but, she agrees to give it her best effort. If you think this is going to be a boring read. Think again this is not little Orphan Annie this has more to offer like She makes friends with Diana Barry, Jane Andrews, and Ruby Gilles. That ‘s not all she keeps getting into trouble, not on purpose but nevertheless, she falls off the roof after walking on it when she accepts a dare, she accidentally dyes her hair green. Was Marilla shocked? you have to read the book I am only giving you a few highlights and read what happened when she by mistake gives Diana wine instead of cordial when she spends a night with her. Oops!!
You will have to read the book cause I have left out a lot of details on purpose. You will be laughing out loud at some of the things that happen to Ann in this book. From going to school and hitting a boy name Gilbert Blyth over the head when he yanks her braids and called her Carrots. Only his pride got hurt. I will not say whether or not a romance or friendship started here. Anne does finish school. The end is a little sad but it all works out. There is film also if you like the book.
Reviewed by Kathy W.