Title: Anne of the Island
Author: LM Montgomery
Length: 243 pages
Published in: 1915
Summary (from book): LM Montgomery Mini-Challenge 2012, hosted by Giraffe Days
New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for Redmond College. With old friend Prissy Grant waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and frivolous new pal Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks her memories of rural Avonlea away and discovers life on her own terms, filled with surprises…including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart, too. Suddenly Anne must decide if she’s ready for love…
My Thoughts: I was a little skeptical about this one. I just love Avonlea so much that I was worried how much I could like this when Anne is hardly there at all during the book. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. It must be Anne that makes the stories so wonderful.
I honestly had no idea that Anne had so many proposals! I believe there were four or five, not including the two times from one person. It must have been a very different world 100 years ago–for people to just propose on a practical whim with no real relationship between them. I realize that it’s just a story. But imagine!