#13. L.M. Montgomery's Anne Books

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"When I left Queen's my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla. I wonder how the road beyond it goes--what there is of green glory and soft, checkered light and shadows--what new landscapes--what new beauties--what curves and hills and valleys further on."

Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Synopsis: Orphaned Anne Shirley is brought by mistake from the orphanage to brother-and-sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who had planned on taking in a boy. The mistake proves a turning point for all their lives, and Anne brings new life and love to Green Gables. Her talkative nature, her sensitivity, and her imagination get her in trouble from time to time, but she makes many a true friend and becomes particularly loved by one of them.

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I loved all the Anne books--but if the truth be told, Rilla of Ingleside is probably my favorite. It tells the story of Anne's youngest daughter, who grows up during World War I, and L.M. Montgomery's capacity for humor and pathos are thoroughly developed in that book. Still, I've read and re-read the lot; Anne of the Island and Rainbow Valley are two others I particularly enjoy.

Like Fanny Price, Anne appeals to me through her love of books and nature. Her starry-eyed delight in life and her imagination have been a strong influence over my mind, and I tend to see the world almost as much a magical place as she does.

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