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Anne's own true love, Gilbert Blythe, is finally a doctor, and in the sunshine of the old orchard, among their dearest friends, they are about to speak their vows. Soon the happy couple will be bound for a new life together and their own dream house, on the misty purple shores of Four Winds Harbor. A new life means fresh problems to solve, fresh surprises. Anne and Gilbert Anne's own true love, Gilbert Blythe, is finally a doctor, and in the sunshine of the old orchard, among their dearest friends, they are about to speak their vows. Soon the happy couple will be bound for a new life together and their own dream house, on the misty purple shores of Four Winds Harbor. A new life means fresh problems to solve, fresh surprises. Anne and Gilbert will make new friends and meet their neighbors: Captain Jim, the lighthouse attendant, with his sad stories of the sea; Miss Cornelia Bryant, the lady who speaks from the heart -- and speaks her mind; and the tragically beautiful Leslie Moore, into whose dark life Anne shines a brilliant light. The original, unabridged text A specially commissioned biography of L. M. Montgomery A map of Prince Edward Island


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Anne's own true love, Gilbert Blythe, is finally a doctor, and in the sunshine of the old orchard, among their dearest friends, they are about to speak their vows. Soon the happy couple will be bound for a new life together and their own dream house, on the misty purple shores of Four Winds Harbor. A new life means fresh problems to solve, fresh surprises. Anne and Gilbert Anne's own true love, Gilbert Blythe, is finally a doctor, and in the sunshine of the old orchard, among their dearest friends, they are about to speak their vows. Soon the happy couple will be bound for a new life together and their own dream house, on the misty purple shores of Four Winds Harbor. A new life means fresh problems to solve, fresh surprises. Anne and Gilbert will make new friends and meet their neighbors: Captain Jim, the lighthouse attendant, with his sad stories of the sea; Miss Cornelia Bryant, the lady who speaks from the heart -- and speaks her mind; and the tragically beautiful Leslie Moore, into whose dark life Anne shines a brilliant light. The original, unabridged text A specially commissioned biography of L. M. Montgomery A map of Prince Edward Island

30 review for Anne's House of Dreams (1917). By: Lucy Maud Montgomery: The novel is from a series of books written primarily for girls and young women, about a ... The books follow the course of Anne's life.

  1. 4 out of 5

    CS

    I originally read the entire Anne series when I was 11. In fact, the Anne books were among the first ones I bought with my money, money I had earned doing odd chores or watching my younger brothers for an hour or two. I recently went to an event at the Margaret Mitchell House featuring romance authors, and one of the questions was "What's your favorite literary kiss?" I started thinking about my own answer, and decided it might be the very end of "Anne of the Island" - FINALLY Anne realized she I originally read the entire Anne series when I was 11. In fact, the Anne books were among the first ones I bought with my money, money I had earned doing odd chores or watching my younger brothers for an hour or two. I recently went to an event at the Margaret Mitchell House featuring romance authors, and one of the questions was "What's your favorite literary kiss?" I started thinking about my own answer, and decided it might be the very end of "Anne of the Island" - FINALLY Anne realized she and Gilbert were meant to be. That led to a re-reading of the end of "Anne of the Island," and before I knew it I had flipped the Kindle to "Anne's House of Dreams" (alas, I don't possess "Anne of Windy Poplars" in e-form.) "Anne's House of Dreams" was among my favorite Anne books, and it held up for me all these many years later. I think it's the most personal of the Anne books, the most poignant. Montgomery wrote many angry and disillusioned characters, but in my opinion Leslie Moore is the most nuanced character in the entire series - and that includes Anne. It's also the most romantic book in the series- there's not only the sweet newlywed relationship between Anne and Gilbert, but also Captain Jim and Lost Margaret, Leslie and Owen. And the setting is romance personified - an out of the way cottage, a wild seashore, a lighthouse still manually operated by its keeper. This is not the close-knit village of Avonlea, or the large, rambling, center of town Ingleside manor where Anne and Gilbert will raise their family. In those books, the greater community plays a large role in Anne's life. "Anne's House of Dreams" is more self-contained, centering on a smaller cast of characters: Anne, Gilbert and their immediate neighbors Miss Cornelia, Leslie and Captain Jim. In fact, "dreams" is very apropos because there is a dream-like quality to much of the book. Anne is often referred to as a "dreamer of dreams" - most of them centering around building a family with Gilbert. Captain Jim sees Lost Margaret in his dreams. Leslie's dreams are dead - or so she thinks. Even Gilbert refers to his dreams coming true, and hates to argue with Anne lest he finds his marriage to his long-sought after love is nothing but a waking dream. But for all the dream references, this is also (along with "Rilla of Ingleside") the most poignant of the Anne novels. There is plenty of romance, and even humor in the form of Miss Cornelia, but also tragedy and sadness. This is the last book to focus exclusively on Anne - subsequent books are more about the children than her - and Anne is truly a grown-up by the end: a wife, a mother, a survivor of grief and joy. I find the reviews disappointed in Anne's choice to marry Gilbert and become a wife and mother rather...puzzling. Anne is a product of her times. More important, she is a product of L.M. Montgomery's particular times. Anne was never set up to be a bohemian or to flout society. Anne wanted more than anything to fit in and have a family of her own - go read the scene in "Anne of Green Gables" where Matthew gives her the dress with the puffed sleeves. She doesn't settle for Gilbert - she actively chooses to be with him. Anne had examples of women who chose careers away from home instead of marriage before her: Stella went to Vancouver, Jane went out West (and landed a millionaire, true, but it wasn't Jane's stated goal), Aunt Jamesina's daughter was a missionary in India, Katherine became a secretary to a globe trotting MP. And Anne saw that women could remain unmarried and still lead productive lives, Marilla being only one example. So she could have followed in their footsteps. But Anne LOVES. That is Anne's great gift. She loves people unconditionally. She gave love to Matthew and Marilla, to Davy and Dora, to Diana and Phil and Katherine and Leslie. She's everyone's favorite confidante - not because she's some saccharine, two-dimensional Mary Sue, but because Anne demonstrates a deep and abiding interest in and care for others. For Anne to chose career over love and a family of her own just wouldn't be in her character. At all. Creating a home and a community for Gilbert and their family - and for Leslie, Captain Jim, Miss Cornelia, and all the other characters who spend more time in her house than their own - that's Anne's true calling. Is it anti-feminist? Not at all. Anne isn't held back, she isn't put down, she doesn't kowtow to Gilbert. In fact, he, more than anyone, knows that Anne had plenty of choices and he's still amazed and grateful that she chose him. Also: written in 1917, people. If anything, Montgomery is rather subversive in showing that women truly call the shots in the communities she creates.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    What happened to Anne?? You'll stay right here with me, Anne-girl," said Gilbert lazily. "I won't have you flying away from me into the hearts of storms. Oh, that's right. She got married. I miss the adventuring Young Anne - with haunted woods and dryad's bubble. I wish we still had the College-gal Anne - with her little cottage of friends. I would even prefer the Schoolmistress Anne - battling the Pringles and educating young minds. Anne was strong, independent, with dreams and ambitions of What happened to Anne?? You'll stay right here with me, Anne-girl," said Gilbert lazily. "I won't have you flying away from me into the hearts of storms. Oh, that's right. She got married. I miss the adventuring Young Anne - with haunted woods and dryad's bubble. I wish we still had the College-gal Anne - with her little cottage of friends. I would even prefer the Schoolmistress Anne - battling the Pringles and educating young minds. Anne was strong, independent, with dreams and ambitions of writing. I liked to see how she reached out and over the heads of many women who were confined to traditional rolls. And all of a sudden, her highest goal is to be married and to raise children. It's like L. M Montgomery flipped a switch. I suppose at those times, women were expected to contentedly give up everything to raise the children but Anne used to have her heart set on so, so many things. And for her to give all that up without even the slightest protest?? She does still have her quiet dreamy-ness and her thoughtless meddling, but everything is so much tamer. So much more domestic. Oh, Marilla, I thought I was happy before. Now I know that I just dreamed a pleasant dream of happiness. This is the reality. So...she does it because...happiness? This whole book had me questioning everything. Namely, what was even the point of the first four books? We spend so much time following Anne through her education. She spent so many of years of her life doing her best in school solely so she could become a school teacher. Then, only a few years in, she completely drops everything?? L. M. Montgomery forced Anne into marriage and erased convenient bits of her personality to fit her into the mold. Audiobook Comments Read by Susan O'Malley and while the audiobook wasn't terrible...the plot of this book just gave me an overall negative impression. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat @miranda.reads Happy Reading!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables #5), L.M. Montgomery Anne's House of Dreams is a novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It was first published in 1917 by McClelland, Goodchild and Stewart. The novel is from a series of books written primarily for girls and young women, about a young girl named Anne Shirley. The books follow the course of Anne's life. It is set principally on Canada's Prince Edward Island, Montgomery's birthplace and home for much of her life. تاریخ نخستین Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables #5), L.M. Montgomery Anne's House of Dreams is a novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It was first published in 1917 by McClelland, Goodchild and Stewart. The novel is from a series of books written primarily for girls and young women, about a young girl named Anne Shirley. The books follow the course of Anne's life. It is set principally on Canada's Prince Edward Island, Montgomery's birthplace and home for much of her life. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و پنجم ماه سپتامبر سال 2012 میلادی عنوان: آنی شرلی در خانه رویاها - کتاب پنجم؛ نویسنده: لوسی مود (ال.ام.) مونتگمری؛ مترجم: سارا قدیانی؛ تهران، قدیانی، 1386؛ چاپ دوم 1388؛ در 391 ص؛ شابک: 9789645361929؛ چهام 1390؛ پنجم 1391؛ ششم 1392؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان - سده 20 م آن شرلی با «گیلبرت بلایت» ازدواج میکند، و برای زندگی به روستایی به نام «گلن سنت مری» میرود. او با همسایگان دوست میشود، و به همراه آنها ماجراهایی به وجود میاورد. ا. شربیانی

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    "Anne was always romantic, you know," said Marilla apologetically. "Well, married life will most likely cure her of that," Mrs. Lynde responded comfortingly. Woo-hoo! This is the moment we've been waiting for - the wedding of Anne and Gilbert. After a simple ceremony at Green Gables, the two lovebirds head to a small house in Four Winds Harbour. (As this book was first published in 1917, there are, or course, no details of the wedding night. That's rather a pity, as I would love to hear Anne's "Anne was always romantic, you know," said Marilla apologetically. "Well, married life will most likely cure her of that," Mrs. Lynde responded comfortingly. Woo-hoo! This is the moment we've been waiting for - the wedding of Anne and Gilbert. After a simple ceremony at Green Gables, the two lovebirds head to a small house in Four Winds Harbour. (As this book was first published in 1917, there are, or course, no details of the wedding night. That's rather a pity, as I would love to hear Anne's comments about sex.) It's not long until Anne meets her charming and eccentric neighbors: Captain Jim, an elderly sea dog who is bursting with tales about the local area, the lovely and ethereal Leslie, whose life has been touched by so much tragedy, and Miss Cornelia, an opinionated, though kindly, spinster, who has seldom known the luxury of an unexpressed thought. She's not a big fan of the masculine gender; one of her most used expressions is "isn't that just like a man." "I like a man who can stick to a thing," retorted Miss Cornelia. "Amos Grant, who used to be after me long ago, couldn't. You never saw such a weather-vane. He jumped into the pond to drown himself once and then changed his mind and swum out again. Wasn't that just like a man? Marshall would have stuck to it and drowned." As always, Anne is surrounded by love and laughter, great joy and sadness. This is my third visit to this book, and it remains one of my favorites of the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    I enjoyed this, though not as much as precious books! I still love Anne and Gilbert and I really love all the new characters and Four Winds! Just so lovely.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Castalia

    Sadly, my enjoyment of Montgomery's Anne series diminishes as the series goes along. While even those books set outside of Avonlea still manage to contain wonderful characters who add such lovely color to the stories, especially the Redmond group and the clan at Windy Poplars, once Anne is married and sets up house the appeal goes right out the window for me. One must agree with Gilbert's statement in House of Dreams, that many people would indeed think that Anne, a Redmond B.A. and a published Sadly, my enjoyment of Montgomery's Anne series diminishes as the series goes along. While even those books set outside of Avonlea still manage to contain wonderful characters who add such lovely color to the stories, especially the Redmond group and the clan at Windy Poplars, once Anne is married and sets up house the appeal goes right out the window for me. One must agree with Gilbert's statement in House of Dreams, that many people would indeed think that Anne, a Redmond B.A. and a published author, is wasted as wife to a poor country doctor. While I as a young girl could relate to Anne in her educational endeavors, I could not relate to her once she set all that aside to become a housewife and mother of six children. I so wanted to like the later books, and was sad when I did not.

  7. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    I hate to admit that the first half bored me to tears but the second half gave me so many feelings!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elaina

    These books have a special place in my heart now <3 I can definitely see these being ones that I will reread over and over again as I get older! :D Like I've said before, the characters are just what makes these books so great to me! We got to meet some new ones in this one...Captain Jim, Miss Cornelia, and Leslie Moore are a few :) I was surprised by how much development Leslie's character went through in the story and I just enjoyed seeing her grow. I loved getting to see Anne and Gilbert These books have a special place in my heart now <3 I can definitely see these being ones that I will reread over and over again as I get older! :D Like I've said before, the characters are just what makes these books so great to me! We got to meet some new ones in this one...Captain Jim, Miss Cornelia, and Leslie Moore are a few :) I was surprised by how much development Leslie's character went through in the story and I just enjoyed seeing her grow. I loved getting to see Anne and Gilbert as husband and wife of course too! :)) It is getting much harder now to try and pick a favorite Anne book :P, but for right now I think this one and Anne of the Island are tied and the very first one is my second favorite!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Manybooks

    While of course L.M. Montgomery's Anne's House of Dreams describes Anne and Gilbert's life as newlyweds, the novel should also be considered not only as the most sentimental but also in my opinion as the most obviously and deliberately poetic and philosophical of the Anne of Green Gables stories. It celebrates home and passion, the all important bonds of deep affection (not to mention glorifying the caressing and enchanting magic and lyrical pull of the sea, of the ocean), sometimes with a While of course L.M. Montgomery's Anne's House of Dreams describes Anne and Gilbert's life as newlyweds, the novel should also be considered not only as the most sentimental but also in my opinion as the most obviously and deliberately poetic and philosophical of the Anne of Green Gables stories. It celebrates home and passion, the all important bonds of deep affection (not to mention glorifying the caressing and enchanting magic and lyrical pull of the sea, of the ocean), sometimes with a trifle too much overt emotionality to be sure, but frankly, I for one have always both appreciated and much enjoyed that Anne's House of Dreams is not just the account of the Blythes' newly-wedded bliss. For indeed and in fact, if one considers Anne's House of Dreams as a whole, as an all encompassing entity, Anne's House of Dreams is primarily an account of the immense and lasting importance of deep rooted and lasting adult friendships and relationships (Leslie Moore and Anne Blythe, The Blythes' friendship with Captain Jim, and yes, even Anne and Gilbert, while of course now married, have always considered their bond with one another first and foremost as a link between good comrades, between good and sweet friends, and yes, one also and of course cannot and should not forget Miss Cornelia Bryant, who even though she always and forever claims to despise men is still engaged in a very deep and personal friendship not only with Anne and Leslie but also with both Gilbert and Captain Jim). And therefore in Anne's House of Dreams not only Anne and Gilbert's marriage but actually almost ALL of the diverse relationships presented and featured by L.M. Montgomery tend to evocatively and caressingly conjure up a specifically enchanted and poetic environs and landscape where to quote Miss Cornelia "the race that knows Joseph" (where kindred spirits) are able to live, thrive and feel both safe and loved (and indeed also somewhat protected). And while sadness, tragedy and even possible evil, although horrors certainly do threaten and raise their dangerous thorns at times, in the end, home, love, friendship and trust are omnipresently there to always rebuild and reaffirm. Now for those readers who are used to L.M. Montgomery's fiction being primarily positive accounts of sugar, spice and everything nice, Anne's House of Dreams might well be a bit of a shock to their reading expectations, as both Leslie Moore's life story as well as Anne's own tragedy of her firstborn daughter dying immediately post birth do rather vividly demonstrate and point out that L.M. Montgomery was both well aware that life can also often be filled with sadness and pain and that she was also more than willing to depict this, to actually put this down on paper (and indeed to even have her main protagonist, to have Anne Shirley/Blythe experience this). And actually, for me personally, it is in fact and indeed the episodes of depicted and related sadness, and primarily both Leslie Moore's sad story of thwarted love and being basically sold in marriage and Anne Blythe losing her first born child immediately after birth that do make Anne's House of Dreams such an enjoyable and also sadly realistic tale (a story rendered all the more lovely and satisfying by the fact that the pain and tragedy of Leslie's and Anne's experiences then later make both Leslie finding and marrying Owen Ford and Anne giving birth to a healthy baby, to little Jem, all the more sweet, although I do indeed realise and accept that some readers might possibly find how Leslie Moore's story is related and how it unfolds a bit too over-the-top and unbelievable).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Britany

    Anne and Gilbert are finally reunited and move to Four Winds in their House of Dreams (I wonder how many times that phrase is used in this book teehee). Montgomery has once again created a new cast of characters in Captain Jim, Ms Cornelia Bryant (sounds just like a man!) and beautiful Leslie Moore. I enjoyed this jaunt into the newlywed's life on another part of the island. I enjoyed getting to know Leslie's dark past and appreciated the darker undertones in this novel and the strong female Anne and Gilbert are finally reunited and move to Four Winds in their House of Dreams (I wonder how many times that phrase is used in this book teehee). Montgomery has once again created a new cast of characters in Captain Jim, Ms Cornelia Bryant (sounds just like a man!) and beautiful Leslie Moore. I enjoyed this jaunt into the newlywed's life on another part of the island. I enjoyed getting to know Leslie's dark past and appreciated the darker undertones in this novel and the strong female protagonist characters that can stand up for themselves. I am enjoying this series and I really love being introduced to these wonderful new characters, while still getting interactions with the older, beloved cast. Looking forward to the next one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    kris

    ANNE AND GILBERT SITTING IN A TREE. K-I-S-S—OH WAIT THERE'S BARELY ANY KISSING IN THIS ONE EITHER. Yes, if you read between the lines (and "decode" the stork metaphor), then you know that there's a lot more than kissing happening in their "house of dreams", but the on-page count is in the single digits. Saddest trombone noises. 1. I am very frustrated by my reaction to this book on this reread. It's for multiple reasons, but the gist of it is that it didn't tell the story I remembered it telling, ANNE AND GILBERT SITTING IN A TREE. K-I-S-S—OH WAIT THERE'S BARELY ANY KISSING IN THIS ONE EITHER. Yes, if you read between the lines (and "decode" the stork metaphor), then you know that there's a lot more than kissing happening in their "house of dreams", but the on-page count is in the single digits. Saddest trombone noises. 1. I am very frustrated by my reaction to this book on this reread. It's for multiple reasons, but the gist of it is that it didn't tell the story I remembered it telling, and I was bored and annoyed by turns. This feels like a betrayal of the highest order, obviously, so the rest of my review will need many grains of salt to be palatable. 2. I had forgotten just how much of the book was wrapped up in Captain Jim and Miss Cornelia and Leslie. And as much as I enjoy those characters (less so their dialogue tics), I looked forward to Anne's House of Dreams as the story that would be most about Anne and Gilbert. And I don't feel like I ever really got very much to do with them. There's a sensation in Montgomery's books of stepping back from her characters as they "grow up"; a feeling of giving them space and allowing them privacy. It starts with a small step back with Anne of Avonlea, and another with Anne of the Island—to me, it feels like Montgomery stepped too far back in House of Dreams, and left Anne a shadow creature in the book that could have used her presence most of all. This is not to say that I disagree with that approach—just that it kept me from engaging with this novel the way I once was able to. 3. This was the first time I read this book as a "newlywed", which I only bring up because I remember all those shining moments of "newness" I experienced and was looking forward to seeing those moments captured between the Blythes. But other than one or two (the first time Gil introduces Anne as his wife! their first "quarrel"!), I felt like all the "good parts" were left to the imagination. 4. Most petty, dated complaint ever, but having "Anne" erased for "Mrs. Dr. Blythe" was...not fun for me. 5. I'm just going to swing for all the petty complaints while I'm at bat: I want the book where Anne keeps writing and doesn't give up everything to play homemaker to Gil. I know Anne wants a family and loves her family more than everything, but her story ultimately makes me sad in a way it didn't just a decade or two ago. 6. JESUS FUCK, GIL: The fact that Gil refuses to believe Anne and Miss Cornelia about the life Leslie would face if Dick "returned to his old self" until he's already told Leslie about the option to operate is just...kind of the biggest dick move. I mean, yes, I see absolutely where he's coming from medically, but he's not looking at the "bigger picture": i.e., Leslie is trapped in that marriage. This is Canada where divorce wasn't a thing. And to know that he values the "health" of Dick Moore so much that he is willing to risk the health and well-being of Leslie to achieve those ends is one of those plot points that blots out forever a portion of the love I felt for Gilbert Blythe. And sure, it all turns out for the best. But Gil didn't know that would happen.. If that had truly been Dick and Dick returned to being a dick, then what? Do you think he'd have stepped in and "saved" Leslie from the tyranny of her husband? Somehow, I think not. And that's an unforgivable sin in my book. 7. All my bitter complaining aside, this book is still melded into my DNA. It's rather like hating your nose: you may look at it and seethe but ultimately the only people who can say bad things about it are you and your plastic surgeon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marnie Krüger

    I've always been and always will be one of Anne's biggest fans! Her poetic love for the world and her vivid imagination has always capture me in ways unexplainable. Even so, I've never read this particular book, for reasons beyond me. This is most definitely my favourite! It makes you smile, it makes you cry and it makes you feel. To think I've missed out on it before is almost heartbreaking. But never the less, it's part of me now and I will forever cherish it and hold it O so close to my heart. I've always been and always will be one of Anne's biggest fans! Her poetic love for the world and her vivid imagination has always capture me in ways unexplainable. Even so, I've never read this particular book, for reasons beyond me. This is most definitely my favourite! It makes you smile, it makes you cry and it makes you feel. To think I've missed out on it before is almost heartbreaking. But never the less, it's part of me now and I will forever cherish it and hold it O so close to my heart. L.M Montgomery is the Queen of her era!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh....my....goodness.... I must sadly admit I didn't like this one, at first...by the second half it had grown on me immensely. I must say that I find this to be the most sorrowful Anne book. There do seem to be many more tragedies wrapped up in this one than any of the others. I find this one to be darker, too. Not in a bad way. But the feel of it is just so different. I have to say, that that is why I didn't like this at first. But, the book did have many happy moments, as well. (Also, when I Oh....my....goodness.... I must sadly admit I didn't like this one, at first...by the second half it had grown on me immensely. I must say that I find this to be the most sorrowful Anne book. There do seem to be many more tragedies wrapped up in this one than any of the others. I find this one to be darker, too. Not in a bad way. But the feel of it is just so different. I have to say, that that is why I didn't like this at first. But, the book did have many happy moments, as well. (Also, when I was reading the majority of this book, the weather was dark, dreary, and rainy. That sometimes dampens my mood and makes me feel oppressed. That could have played a big role on why I didn't like the first part of this book. I mean, if it must rain, why doesn't it just come with a thunderstorm. Those make me happy, as long as they don't get out of hand.) Leslie, my heavens, she just makes me want to cry! I felt so sorry (sorry seems too little a word for it) her during the entire book! Here she is, caring for a grown man, who thinks he's a child for 13 years. THIRTEEN YEARS!!! Does anyone realize how much time that is?! And to believe when she knew Dick might come back, the real Dick, why it nearly broke my heart:( I just know I'd have done the same exact thing, because it was right. But, 'The truth will set you free.' And so it did, in Leslie's case, and will in all cases. Her relationship with Owen Ford was absolutely adorable! Oh, I imagine just the cutest little couple. In my mind, thought not in the book, Owen is short and dumpy, and Leslie is short and petite with the longest blonde hair anyone every saw. And they love each other, and she always holds his arm wherever they go. And when they are perhaps visiting others, though they enjoy the others' company, they steal glances at each other, and their eyes say just how much they love each other, and that no one could ever come between them or that love. Dreamy, isn't it? Ok...now on to actual details about the book. When Joy died I was nearly heartbroken. I remember reading this for the first time, and I felt so for Anne. Anne either really, deeply loves something or doesn't like it all, usually. And you know she would just adore her own children. And when that baby died, a part of her died as well. I knew she was going to become depressed, and when Anne is depressed there seems to be no hope for the rest of the world... But then she got little James Matthew, Little Jem, in the end. Not to replace Joy, but to help heal the wound that she had left a little bit more. The first time I read this book, nearly two years ago, I didn't like it. It was my least favorite Anne book. Though, it still remains my least favorite out of the series, I must admit I do love this one. Just because a book isn't all happy, doesn't mean that it's all bad...now does it? A few favorite quotes of mine from the book: “I'd like to add some beauty to life," said Anne dreamily. "I don't exactly want to make people KNOW more... though I know that IS the noblest ambition... but I'd love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me... to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn't been born.” “I couldn't live where there were no trees--something vital in me would starve.” “Even when I'm alone I have real good company — dreams and imaginations and pretendings. I like to be alone now and then, just to think over things and taste them. But I love friendships — and nice, jolly little times with people.” “Thank goodness, we can choose our friends. We have to take our relatives as they are, and be thankful…” “It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in 'em," said Captain Jim. "When I ponder on them seeds I don't find it nowise hard to believe that we've got souls that'll live in other worlds. You couldn't hardly believe there was life in them tiny things, some no bigger than grains of dust, let alone colour and scent, if you hadn't seen the miracle, could you?” “When one great passion seizes possession of the soul all other feelings are crowded out.” “I suppose all this sounds very crazy — all these terrible emotions always do sound foolish when we put them into our inadequate words. They are not meant to be spoken — only felt and endured.” “But just think what a dull world it would be if everyone was sensible,' pleaded Anne.” “My library isn't very extensive but every book in it is a friend.”

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laurence R.

    AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Thoroughly enjoyed this one in the series and it was very ably narrated by Karen Savage for LibriVox. Highly recommend.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Goodbrand

    *sigh* Anne truly has a piece of my heart forever. update 2019 reread: Absolutely darlinggggggggggggggg. even better than the first time.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ferdy

    2.5 stars Really didn't like the setting, every page seemed to have some long, detailed description of Anne's House or the area surrounding it and it was plain boring. I did enjoy some of the new characters though, Cornelia, Owen, and Captain Jim were all great. The parts that were most interesting though were the ones which mentioned Green Gables or had old characters from Green Gables pop up. Anne/Gilbert's relationship was rather weird, after four books of waiting for them to properly get 2.5 stars Really didn't like the setting, every page seemed to have some long, detailed description of Anne's House or the area surrounding it and it was plain boring. I did enjoy some of the new characters though, Cornelia, Owen, and Captain Jim were all great. The parts that were most interesting though were the ones which mentioned Green Gables or had old characters from Green Gables pop up. Anne/Gilbert's relationship was rather weird, after four books of waiting for them to properly get together they hardly interacted with each other, and when they did they didn't seem like a young, married couple in love, especially from Anne's side. Anne just seemed weirdly obsessed with her neighbour and how beautiful and amazing she was, at points it was like she was more in love with her female neighbour than with Gilbert. It was all quite strange.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    Full (mini) review now posted! (And I do mean ‘mini’…) Rating: 3.5 stars I thought I had never read this book, but I was evidently mistaken! Every book in this series has it’s share of ups and downs, but this installment had the most devastating heartbreak. There was heartbreak on more than one front, but beauty and healing were still right around the corner. Here we have Anne fully grown and embarking on married life. Her joys are now deeper, but her sorrows are those of an adult, as well. She Full (mini) review now posted! (And I do mean ‘mini’…) Rating: 3.5 stars I thought I had never read this book, but I was evidently mistaken! Every book in this series has it’s share of ups and downs, but this installment had the most devastating heartbreak. There was heartbreak on more than one front, but beauty and healing were still right around the corner. Here we have Anne fully grown and embarking on married life. Her joys are now deeper, but her sorrows are those of an adult, as well. She manages to deal with them gracefully, and makes some remarkable new friends in the process. Captain Jim is a lovely man, and I thoroughly enjoyed him. I’ve been enjoying this series immensely, but this particular book was definitely sadder than preceding novels. Only three more to go! And I'm positive I've never read these last three. Really, I am. XD

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Rounding up from 3.5 stars. While I ended up loving this book by the end, it really sags for a good 50% or so. Not enough of Anne and Gilbert's relationship; the focus is on the townspeople around them, their stories and gossip, and the complications of their lives. Still, it picks up eventually, and Anne is delightful as ever, even as she matures into "Mrs. Doctor".

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I really enjoyed the Anne of Green Gable series and this book is no exception. In this book Anne marries and has her first 2 children. This book is sadder than the others and there is a sense of loss through the book that can be paralleled to the loss within L.M. Montgomery's life at the time. I don't want to say anymore than that and give anything away. I wish that we knew more what Gilbert is/was thinking in this book-- I think she (L. M. Montgomery) could have done more with his character, I really enjoyed the Anne of Green Gable series and this book is no exception. In this book Anne marries and has her first 2 children. This book is sadder than the others and there is a sense of loss through the book that can be paralleled to the loss within L.M. Montgomery's life at the time. I don't want to say anymore than that and give anything away. I wish that we knew more what Gilbert is/was thinking in this book-- I think she (L. M. Montgomery) could have done more with his character, but that is my only critisism. It is a wonderful end to the first of the Anne books... The others in the series were written many years later when L.M. Montgomery was older.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Iolanda

    A beautiful treasure of a book! I’m feeling a little melancholy right now as this is end of the stories in which they are all solely about Anne— and the next are all focused on Anne’s children which I plan to go ahead and read, nonetheless, because let’s be honest; who wouldn’t want to read about Gil and Anne’s kids? I want to see who inherited the red hair as it played a major contribution toward their existence. ;) and so much more! Anyway, this book explores the beginning of Gil and Anne’s A beautiful treasure of a book! I’m feeling a little melancholy right now as this is end of the stories in which they are all solely about Anne— and the next are all focused on Anne’s children which I plan to go ahead and read, nonetheless, because let’s be honest; who wouldn’t want to read about Gil and Anne’s kids? I want to see who inherited the red hair as it played a major contribution toward their existence. ;) and so much more! Anyway, this book explores the beginning of Gil and Anne’s marriage as they settle somewhere else and readers meet brand new enchanting characters such as Captain Jim, Leslie Moore (her story was damn tragic) and Miss Cornelia. They weren’t quite the Green Gables community or the clans on P.E.I but they’ll do. Anne is still Anne but not for very long. Her firstborn dies within hours and it leaves her cynical, so much so that she’s barely recognisable as the orphan we met in Anne. And even the girl who seemed to walk on air as she found her new home after her wedding. She of course has another baby later on in the book but her spirit is crumpled. She wasn’t the same and never will be after this. I noticed the writing change for her sudden personality switch and I realise that the author’s own voice and despair echoed through the pages in each of her books as she swiftly moved away from Anne and worked on other creations. The tragedy is that Lucy Maud Montgomery included that in the Anne books too. Just recently I watched The Life and Times of L.M Montgomery and I’m very sure now that Anne IS Lucy. Without any of the happily-ever-afters. She was what she wished she could've been; her spirit animal, her loyal ally and then her eventual enemy. Which upsetted me a lot. :( People are never what they seem and that’s the truth. Gilbert made my heart melt countless times. His playful teasing continues. he had eyes only for Anne. He left his office door ajar whenever company came over (he couldn’t get enough of what she had to say) and each time Lucy Maud leaves things to the readers imagination by implying “something” as she had to be careful of the content she included, not just for the society in the 1900s but also the series was originally aimed at children— if you read it from an adult’s perspective, it’s very clear she was throwing hints in sly, subtle and suggestive ways about the couple’s private life. It made my inner fangirl pleased. :) House of Dreams is my favourite after Island and Anne of Green Gables . *6 stars!!!*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    I don't tend toward gifs in my posts or reviews or whathaveyou, but about halfway through Anne's House of Dreams (the Librivox audio edition) I realized the best way to describe my reaction to listening to this series is this way: Me, listening to Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island: Me, listening to Anne's House of Dreams: I usually say Windy Poplars is my favorite Anne book; not this time around. Not just because it took me forever to find an audio edition (or because when I did find one the I don't tend toward gifs in my posts or reviews or whathaveyou, but about halfway through Anne's House of Dreams (the Librivox audio edition) I realized the best way to describe my reaction to listening to this series is this way: Me, listening to Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island: Me, listening to Anne's House of Dreams: I usually say Windy Poplars is my favorite Anne book; not this time around. Not just because it took me forever to find an audio edition (or because when I did find one the reader insisted on pronouncing Avonlea "A-von-LEE-ah"; I was whimpering softly by the end), but because I realized that so many of my favorite incidents come from this book. Two words: Persis Leigh. I love the story of Persis Leigh. I love the name Persis Leigh. And Captain Jim. I love Captain Jim so very much. This is a sweet book, in every best sense of the word, because here are Anne and Gilbert, both having reached a wonderful place: they have each other, and they have a future. They have hold of the very beginning of the rest of their lives, and it begins to spool out in this book. They're getting to know each other as spouses, and as adults, and – especially since the rest of the books in the series shift most of the focus to the children – it's good. And, of course, the Librivox audio is read by Karen Savage, who is extraordinary. Crossing the Bar Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark; For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crost the bar.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lea

    I probably first read this book back in elementary school, and have reread it a few times since then, but I sat down last weekend and actually reread every word, and just LOVED this book all over again. Anne and Gilbert are grown up and get married in an early chapter, and then leave Avonlea to start their lives together far away (60 miles!) from Green Gables. This book was moving, and sad, and funny, and everything that you want for a favorite character as she matures. There may not be as many I probably first read this book back in elementary school, and have reread it a few times since then, but I sat down last weekend and actually reread every word, and just LOVED this book all over again. Anne and Gilbert are grown up and get married in an early chapter, and then leave Avonlea to start their lives together far away (60 miles!) from Green Gables. This book was moving, and sad, and funny, and everything that you want for a favorite character as she matures. There may not be as many adventures as in Anne of Green Gables, but L.M. Montgomery tells her story with as much loving and moving detail as ever.

  24. 4 out of 5

    steph

    Review December 2014: Oh this book. I mean, I love all the books in this series but AHOD has a special place in my heart because it's the first (and only) book that is all about Anne and Gilbert. The previous four books are more about Anne and all the people she meets throughout the years with Gilbert (of course) sprinkled in. And the next three books (especially the last two) are focused mainly on their kids with Anne and Gilbert mentioned in third person. But this book, this is their book with Review December 2014: Oh this book. I mean, I love all the books in this series but AHOD has a special place in my heart because it's the first (and only) book that is all about Anne and Gilbert. The previous four books are more about Anne and all the people she meets throughout the years with Gilbert (of course) sprinkled in. And the next three books (especially the last two) are focused mainly on their kids with Anne and Gilbert mentioned in third person. But this book, this is their book with their wedding and their first few years of marriage at their little house of dreams and it's wonderful and brilliant and some moments make me cry and others make me laugh and I just love this book so much for showing me Anne and Gilbert as Anne and Gilbert. Anne watched her until she was lost in the shadows of the chill and misty night. Then she turned slowly back to the glow of her own radiant hearthstone. "Isn't she lovely, Gilbert? Her hair fascinates me. Miss Cornelia says it reaches to her feet. Ruby Gillis had beautiful hair—but Leslie's is ALIVE—every thread of it is living gold." "She is very beautiful," agreed Gilbert, so heartily that Anne almost wished he were a LITTLE less enthusiastic. "Gilbert, would you like my hair better if it were like Leslie's?" she asked wistfully. "I wouldn't have your hair any color but just what it is for the world," said Gilbert, with one or two convincing accompaniments. "You wouldn't be ANNE if you had golden hair—or hair of any color but"— "Red," said Anne, with gloomy satisfaction. "Yes, red—to give warmth to that milk-white skin and those shining gray-green eyes of yours. Golden hair wouldn't suit you at all Queen Anne—MY Queen Anne—queen of my heart and life and home." "Then you may admire Leslie's all you like," said Anne magnanimously. GR read: pre-2009, June 2009, May 2011 and December 2014

  25. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Atchley

    After rivalling one another throughout grade school in book one, keeping a distant friendship in book two, Anne coming to realize that she truly loves Gilbert as she is threatened with losing him in book three, and spending a long courtship apart in book four, Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe are now getting married. The book begins as Anne spends her last evening as a single woman reminiscing with her bosom friend, Diana Wright. The next day, a simple, yet beautiful, September wedding takes After rivalling one another throughout grade school in book one, keeping a distant friendship in book two, Anne coming to realize that she truly loves Gilbert as she is threatened with losing him in book three, and spending a long courtship apart in book four, Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe are now getting married. The book begins as Anne spends her last evening as a single woman reminiscing with her bosom friend, Diana Wright. The next day, a simple, yet beautiful, September wedding takes place at the beloved Green Gables, Marilla Cuthbert and Rachel Lynde crying as they watch their Anne girl ride off to her new home in a small and charming sea-side town called Four Winds. Having finished medical school, Gilbert is now taking over his late uncle's practice. Alone, he searched for Anne's house of dreams and succeeded in a quaint little home in the woods, which Anne adores. Over the two years in which the book takes place, we see Anne make friends with a woman named Leslie Moore, a feisty spinster Miss Cornelia Bryant, and a sailor named Captain Jim, whose stories Anne listens to in awe. We also read of Anne being pregnant for the first time, giving birth to Joy in their home, and Joy passing shortly after being born. We watch as Anne suffers from grief and then begins to carry on with life, later giving birth to a healthy boy she names James Matthew. I think this is where the series really begins to change, for obvious reasons. Anne is now married. She and Gilbert move to Four Winds and she begins keeping house, something some of us never expected to see Anne do, but she still maintains that whimsy you can only find in Anne. She manages to find a friend in Leslie Moore, a lonely young woman trapped in a loveless marriage. And Owen Ford? *swoon* I love this book. I love the lovely simplicity to it. Anne and Gilbert's wedding is so beautiful and simple. The little seaside town sounds so charming and delightful. I love Leslie and how Anne helped her. Miss Cornelia Bryant made me laugh with her biting remarks. I never thought I would enjoy seeing Anne away from Green Gables. It isn't that I'm glad to see her away from the dear home she so dearly loved, I just love reading about how happy she is. For a lot of us, we turned to the Anne books for comfort as we grew because Anne understood how hard growing up can be. And yet now we see Anne happy as an adult. I feel like Anne is more carefree in this book. She still has that spice to her, but her temper is more controlled than in the first books and she's more understanding of those around her. And though this book is full of Anne's happiness, we see her sadness, too, as she loses her firstborn. It's a terrible pain, but she faces it with grace and overcomes to live a better life. Anne's House of Dreams is a lovely addition to the Anne series; one of my favorites of the lot. It's full of happiness, sadness, strength, and grace.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Audiobook performed by Justine Eyre In book five of this much-beloved series, Anne begins her married life. I don’t want to say any more because I don’t want to include spoilers. What I love about these books is Anne, herself. She’s so optimistic and friendly, with good common sense, a kind heart, and a generous spirit. She is no stranger to trouble and heartache, and this book definitely includes some heart-wrenching events, but she relies on her strength of character to see her through, and Audiobook performed by Justine Eyre In book five of this much-beloved series, Anne begins her married life. I don’t want to say any more because I don’t want to include spoilers. What I love about these books is Anne, herself. She’s so optimistic and friendly, with good common sense, a kind heart, and a generous spirit. She is no stranger to trouble and heartache, and this book definitely includes some heart-wrenching events, but she relies on her strength of character to see her through, and ultimately achieves happiness by recognizing her many blessings and being thankful for them. I love the young woman she has become. Justine Eyre does a marvelous job voicing the audio book. There are many characters, and she is up to the task of giving each of them a unique voice and demeanor. Of course, Montgomery’s writing gets much of the credit, but Eyre really brings them to life.

  27. 4 out of 5

    E.F.B.

    Well, that was an emotional rollercoaster in the best way! This book had more emotional depth than I expected. I thought it would be a fairly light story about Anne and Gilbert finding their “house of dreams”, but while there were certainly plenty of happy moments to be had, there were also some really deep themes about motherhood, grief, the unfairness of life (but still having hope for better things in the face of that unfairness), and making morally correct choices whether they are “easy” or Well, that was an emotional rollercoaster in the best way! This book had more emotional depth than I expected. I thought it would be a fairly light story about Anne and Gilbert finding their “house of dreams”, but while there were certainly plenty of happy moments to be had, there were also some really deep themes about motherhood, grief, the unfairness of life (but still having hope for better things in the face of that unfairness), and making morally correct choices whether they are “easy” or not. I can’t help but appreciate the way that, as Anne matures, the themes in the stories mature, and yet are handled in a way that is still appropriate for the many children who have and will read this series. There was quite a bit that happened in this book that could be considered a spoiler for those who haven’t read it yet, so I’ll try to be careful with what I say. As with all Anne books, the story is largely driven by the characters, and I don’t think I disliked any of the characters in this book, even the side characters. Characters both old and new were present and endeared themselves to me very quickly. Of the old characters, I was very glad Gilbert was present and active in this one, unlike in the previous book where Anne was writing letters to him, but he was not physically present, or even when he was present, didn’t get any dialog because what was going on didn’t have anything to do with him. Anne herself, of course, was once again, lovable. (The only book where I didn’t like her as much was the third one where she annoyed me due to the lack of maturity over a certain subject.) That said, I really like the maturity she’s grown into while still not losing her whimsy or ability to dream. I was a little worried about her losing those qualities in this story due to something sad that happened, but that made it even more encouraging to see her slowly overcome the sad thing and learn from it. I was also happy to see Marilla, Mrs. Lynde, and the twins, however briefly. Of the new characters, like I said, I didn’t dislike any of them. Captain Jim in particular won me over quickly with his kind, loving heart, especially when he helped Anne heal from the sad thing simply by being a wonderful, understanding person. I wasn’t sure if I would like Miss Cornelia when she first showed up seeing how she was so critical of every man ever born, but she ended up being one of those characters whose flaws make her funny (much to her chagrin :p) and she also had some genuinely likable qualities as well. Leslie was another one who didn’t seem likable at first, but ended up being likable, and I adored her friendship with Anne, and her overall story arc. As for the story itself, I generally found it very enjoyable, while also being very emotional. I both laughed and got teary-eyed several times. There was also one twist I TOTALLY didn’t see coming, which is unusual for me while reading these books. Montgomery tends to foreshadow things well enough you at least have a hint as to what’s coming, but this was an instance where my jaw totally dropped. It was an excellent twist and solved a problem that I was afraid would have to solved in a negative way (with the death of a character), or not solved at all. Really, the only thing I outright disliked was a brief description of a dead body, which I’ll cover more thoroughly in my Content Advisory. Overall, this was a highly emotional, satisfying, enjoyable read that is now my second favorite of the series, after the first book, which will forever be my favorite. I give it 5 stars. Content Advisory for those who want to know: Violence: The only violence is that which we’re told happened in the past, but there was actually some description (albeit brief) that surprised me, all of which came up while we were being told of one character’s very sad background. As a child, this character was said to have witnessed a younger brother fall off and be run over by a cart. It is mentioned that his body was bloody, but there is no more description than that. The description that surprised me was related to when we are told that that same character’s father committed suicide. While it was, again, a brief one-line description, I’ll put this in spoiler code since I know this kind of thing can bother some people: (view spoiler)[ When the character was a teenager, her father committed suicide by hanging himself inside their home, and his daughter was the one who found him in the morning. We are told that “his face was already black” by that time. (hide spoiler)] While that was literally all that was described, I personally didn’t like even knowing that much because, it went from not asking me to imagine what it was like for her to find him to taking my imagination in closer and asking me to picture what his dead body looked like. Blech. However, that one description is literally the only thing I truly disliked about this book. One adult side character is severely mentally handicapped due to having been beaten up by (everyone assumes) robbers many years ago, and basically acts like a child. No one knows the details surrounding his beating and the only description we are given is that, when he was found, he was so swollen and bloodied as to be unrecognizable. (On the positive side, he has been taken care of in spite of his handicap, and most of the characters are understanding and patient with him.) While they do not occur due to violence, anyone who has read all the previous books in this series knows by now that at least one person dies in every book. This is the case here as well, and two characters die due to natural causes, and both deaths are emotionally impactful. There is also fear that one character might die due to complications during the birth of a baby, but the birth itself is not described as we are in the perspective of characters who are not inside the birthing room during the whole labor. Sexual content (or lack thereof): Kissing is lightly implied a couple of times, sometimes SO lightly implied you’re not even sure if the characters kissed or not. The most “detailed” description of a kiss in the whole book is a brief statement that “their lips met”. Pregnancies occur during this book, but again, are so lightly implied you’re not even sure for a while if that’s what’s going on. (I seriously thought for a few pages one character was ill until a more solid indication of pregnancy was given) I honestly don’t even remember the word “pregnancy” ever being used. (Fun fact: While discussing my irritation over these extremely vague allusions with my mother, she said it did seem like back when she was a child it was outright taboo to talk about pregnancy, to the point that once, when she was in fifth grade and simply told her mother that her teacher was *gasp* pregnant, it was like a bomb had dropped in the room. Her mother didn’t scold her, but just got dead silent, and she realized that that word was, apparently, Not To Be Spoken.) The most direct indication of pregnancy that is ever used is a very cute short scene in which a stork carrying baby is looking for a place to land. Worldviews: As with all the Anne books, there are both direct and indirect allusions to the Bible, faith, Christianity, and sometimes, the afterlife. Quite a few of the characters are said to go to church, though not all of those who do always behave in a Christian manner. For example, one character who would consider herself a faithful and righteous church-goer is also a man-hater and has a deep prejudice against Methodists. However, this is often used for comedic effect, as the reasons behind her man-hating and religious prejudices sometimes get so ridiculous you (and the other characters) can’t help but laugh. Swearing: No swear words, however “Lord” is several times used as an exclamation by the aforementioned man-hater. There was also one instance of another character saying, “Oh my God”, but within the context of the scene and the manner in which it was used, I wasn’t sure if it was a flippant exclamation of distress, or if the character was truly calling out to God.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    SUMMARY: Anne is marrying Gilbert Blythe! While she’s deliriously happy to finally be with her version of Prince Charming, she’s devastated when she learns that they will be making their new home miles away from her beloved Avonlea. But Anne is always up for an adventure, especially when she has Gilbert by her side. The newlyweds settle right in to their house of dreams. Anne couldn’t be more content—the house is darling and fits all of her lofty requirements: a bubbling brook running through the SUMMARY: Anne is marrying Gilbert Blythe! While she’s deliriously happy to finally be with her version of Prince Charming, she’s devastated when she learns that they will be making their new home miles away from her beloved Avonlea. But Anne is always up for an adventure, especially when she has Gilbert by her side. The newlyweds settle right in to their house of dreams. Anne couldn’t be more content—the house is darling and fits all of her lofty requirements: a bubbling brook running through the property, lots of lovely trees, and close proximity to a beautiful old lighthouse and the sea. In true Anne fashion she immediately makes new friends, including salty Captain Jim, beautiful but tragic Leslie Moore, and prim and proper Miss Cornelia Bryant. While Anne’s days are filled with triumphs and tragedies, her imagination, spirit, and sense of humor guide her as she navigates this next chapter in her extraordinary life. REVIEW: This is the first Anne of Green Gables book I have read although I have watched the television series. The writing is sweet, easy to read, and the story is filled with Anne's thoughts and emotions as she traverses the first year or so of her marriage. I found the descriptions very well done and the characters intriguing. A great deal of depth to the writing and the storyline and it fits the time period quite well. I loved Miss Cornelia's humorous "man tantrums" and was surprised at a decision she makes late in the story. Leslie was a tragic figure and it was nice to see her open up to Anne and become more vibrant. She too had a surprise late in the story. Captain Jim was one of the highlights of the story with his story telling and sweet disposition. All in all a book filled with delightful characters. FAVORITE QUOTES: "We came to the comforting conclusion that the Creator probably knew how to run His universe quite as well as we do, and that, after all, there are no such things as 'wasted" lives, saving and except when an individual willfully squanders and wastes his own life." "Death grows friendlier as we grow older." "On a spring day like this, I know exactly what my soul will feel on the resurrection morning." "Heretics are wicked , but they're mighty interesting. It's just that they got sorta lost looking for God , being under the impression that He was hard to find."

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Anne's House of Dreams chronicles Anne and Gilbert's first years together in the little "house of dreams" in the picturesque, lonely and sometimes wild seascapes of Four Winds Harbour. It introduces intriguing and entertaining new characters - Captain Jim, the tragic Lesley, the outspoken and warmhearted Miss Cornelia and homely Susan. Here Anne experiences her first grown-up tragedy and grows up a little while retaining all her charm, romance and (eventually) warmhearted optimism. There are the Anne's House of Dreams chronicles Anne and Gilbert's first years together in the little "house of dreams" in the picturesque, lonely and sometimes wild seascapes of Four Winds Harbour. It introduces intriguing and entertaining new characters - Captain Jim, the tragic Lesley, the outspoken and warmhearted Miss Cornelia and homely Susan. Here Anne experiences her first grown-up tragedy and grows up a little while retaining all her charm, romance and (eventually) warmhearted optimism. There are the obligatory match making, glorious descriptions that transport you to the world P E Island (in yester year), quirky anecdotes and sudden surprises. This is truly vintage L M Montegomery which my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara Saif

    "A magic casement opening on the foam Of perilous seas in fairy lands forlorn" And the loveliness persists! I don't understand how L.M. Montgomery does it. Her prose is infectious, her storytelling is melodious and her characters are charming. She builds it all up, slowly, beautifully lovingly and while you begin with a huge smile on your face, you end in tears. Anne's House of Dreams finally had Anne and Gilbert married. There's no "emphasis" on the romance between the two, rather on Anne's "A magic casement opening on the foam Of perilous seas in fairy lands forlorn" And the loveliness persists! I don't understand how L.M. Montgomery does it. Her prose is infectious, her storytelling is melodious and her characters are charming. She builds it all up, slowly, beautifully lovingly and while you begin with a huge smile on your face, you end in tears. Anne's House of Dreams finally had Anne and Gilbert married. There's no "emphasis" on the romance between the two, rather on Anne's romantic notions about everything around her as usual. She sees everything with a dreamer's and optimist's eyes and finds stories wherever she goes. I highlighted a ton of things in the book with that aforementioned goofy smile on my face. The star of this book was Miss Cornelia Bryant. All of L.M. Montgomery's characters so far have been endearing and sweet in their own ways but she takes the prize. She's a little prejudiced towards men and sympathizes towards all women but she does it hilariously and without malice. Exhibit A: " Had Miss Cornelia been entering a palace to call on a prince's bride she would have been just as dignified and just as wholly mistress of the situation. She would have trailed her rose-spattered flounce over the marble floors just as unconcernedly, and she would have proceeded just as calmly to disabuse the mind of the princess of any idea that the possession of a mere man, be he prince or peasant, was anything to brag of." Exhibit B: "Now you know, Anne, I always take the ground that us women ought to stand by each other. We've got enough to endure at the hands of men, the Lord knows, so I hold we hadn't ought to clapper-claw one another, and it isn't often you'll find me running down another woman." Exhibit C: "Oh, there's a few, just to show that with God all things are possible,' acknowledged Miss Cornelia reluctantly. 'I don't deny that an odd man here and there, if he's caught young and trained up proper, and if his mother has spanked him well beforehand, may turn out a decent being." And there was an Anne and Gilbert moment that I really liked. "Well, I'm punished: I shall never be able to have a different opinion from Gilbert's again! If I try to have he will squelch me by casting George Moore's case upon me!" "As if that would squelch a woman!" mocked Gilbert. "At least do not become my echo, Anne. A little opposition gives spice to life. I do not want a wife like John MacAllister's across the harbour. No matter what he says, she at once remarks in that drab, lifeless little voice of hers, "That's very true, John, dear me!'" All in all, I liked it a lot and you have to admit how remarkably the writer brings it all together and wraps it up.

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