Book Review: Ana of California

Book Review: Ana of CaliforniaAna of California by Andi Teran
on June 30th 2015
Pages: 353
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: #AYearInAvonlea

A modern take on the classic coming-of-age novel, inspired by Anne of Green Gables
In the grand tradition of Anne of Green Gables, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Andi Teran’s captivating debut novel offers a contemporary twist on a beloved classic. Fifteen-year-old orphan Ana Cortez has just blown her last chance with a foster family. It’s a group home next—unless she agrees to leave East Los Angeles for a farm trainee program in Northern California.
When she first arrives, Ana can’t tell a tomato plant from a blackberry bush, and Emmett Garber is skeptical that this slight city girl can be any help on his farm. His sister Abbie, however, thinks Ana might be just what they need. Ana comes to love Garber Farm, and even Emmett has to admit that her hard work is an asset. But when she inadvertently stirs up trouble in town, Ana is afraid she might have ruined her last chance at finding a place to belong.

I chose this book for my final selection for the #AYearInAvonlea reading challenge.

When I heard about this book a little while before I heard about this reading challenge, I thought it was a clever concept and since I love the Anne of Green Gables series I had to read it. I never got around it to, so when I discovered this challenge and was given the opportunity I chose it. I was not disappointed.

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Book Review: The Road to Yesterday

Book Review: The Road to YesterdayThe Road to Yesterday by L.M. Montgomery
on January 1st 1993
Pages: 403
Goodreads
two-stars
Reading Challenges: #AYearInAvonlea

For Anne and Gilbert Blythe, life in a small village is never dull because of all the entertaining gossip, and what strange and funny tales they hear: about the mischievous twins whose dearest wish comes true when they meet up with a bored and haunted millionaire; or clever Penelope Craig, who considers herself an expert on children -- until she adopts a boy of her own; or Timothy Randebush, a man so eager to keep his brother out of the clutches of a dangerous woman that he spirits her away -- only to fall prey to her charms himself. Filled with unexpected surprises, laughter, and tears, here are fourteen of the Blythes' favorite tales.

I read this book for the #AYearInAvonlea challenge for the November choice.

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Book Review: The Blythes Are Quoted

Book Review: The Blythes Are QuotedThe Blythes Are Quoted by L.M. Montgomery, Benjamin Lefebvre, Elizabeth Rollins Epperly
Series: Anne of Green Gables
on October 27th 2009
Pages: 527
Goodreads
two-stars
Reading Challenges: #AYearInAvonlea

The Blythes Are Quoted is the last work of fiction by the internationally celebrated author of Anne of Green Gables. Intended by L.M. Montgomery to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring her beloved heroine Anne – and delivered to her publisher on the very day she died – it has never before been published in its entirety. This rediscovered volume marks the final word of a writer whose work continues to fascinate readers all over the world.
Adultery, illegitimacy, revenge, murder, and death – these are not the first terms we associate with L.M. Montgomery. But in The Blythes Are Quoted, completed at the end of her life,the author brings topics such as these to the fore.
Intended by Montgomery to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring Anne Shirley Blythe, The Blythes Are Quoted takes Anne and her family a full two decades beyond anything else she published about them, and some of its subject matter is darker than we might expect.
Divided into two sections, one set before and one after the Great War of 1914–1918, it contains fifteen short stories set in and around the Blythes’ Prince Edward Island community of Glen St. Mary. Binding these stories are sketches featuring Anne and Gilbert Blythe discussing poems by Anne and their middle son, Walter, who dies as a soldier in the war. By blending together poetry, prose, and dialogue in this way, Montgomery was at the end of her career experimenting with storytelling methods in an entirely new manner.
This publication of Montgomery's rediscovered original work – previously published only in severely abridged form as The Road to Yesterday – invites readers to return to her earlier books with a renewed appreciation and perspective.

I read this book for the #AYearInAvonlea challenge for the October choice.

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Book Review: Before Green Gables

Book Review: Before Green GablesBefore Green Gables by Budge Wilson
on February 21st 2008
Pages: 387
Goodreads
four-stars
Reading Challenges: #AYearInAvonlea

A must-read for generations of book lovers. This remarkable, and heart-warming prequel to the classic Anne of Green Gables was specially authorized by L.M. Montgomery's heirs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the original novel.
Before Green Gables is the story of Anne Shirley's life before her arrival at Green Gables-a heartwarming tale of a precocious child whose lively imagination and relentless spirit help her to overcome difficult circumstances and of a young girl's ability to love, learn, and above all, dream.
Published in 1908, L. M. Montgomery's coming-of-age classic Anne of Green Gables has enchanted generations of readers, both children and adults. The story of the spunky red-haired orphan from Prince Edward Island is known to millions, and copies of the eight titles in the series have never gone out of print.
But when readers first meet Anne, she is eleven, and has just been sent from an orphanage to meet her new family. No one ever learned the events of Anne's life before she arrived at Green Gables.
Until now.
For the millions of readers who devoured the Green Gables series, Before Green Gables is an irresistible treat; the account of how one of literature's most beloved heroines became the girl who captivated the world.

This month is one of two catch-up months for the #AYearInAvonlea challenge. For those participating in this challenge, it was up to us if we wanted to read a relevant book this month or not. I chose to do so. I have had this book for quite some time and never got around to reading it.

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Book Review: Rilla of Ingleside

Book Review: Rilla of InglesideRilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
Series: Anne of Green Gables #8
Goodreads
four-stars
Reading Challenges: #20BooksOfSummer, #AYearInAvonlea

Anne's children were almost grown up, except for pretty, high-spirited Rilla. No one could resist her bright hazel eyes and dazzling smile. Rilla, almost fifteen, can't think any further ahead than going to her very first dance at the Four Winds lighthouse and getting her first kiss from handsome Kenneth Ford. But undreamed-of challenges await the irrepressible Rilla when the world of Ingleside becomes endangered by a far-off war. Her brothers go off to fight, and Rilla brings home an orphaned newborn in a soup tureen. She is swept into a drama that tests her courage and leaves her changed forever.

This eighth and final book in the Anne of Green Gables takes places ten years after the previous book – Rainbow Valley – and centers around the youngest Blythe child – Bertha Marilla (Rilla). Rilla is now 15-years-old and very much the baby of her family. She has no ambition in life  and no cares in the world and her parents worry about their daughter. All she really wants is to be young – yet an adult, admired and to have fun. Her first chance comes when she gets the opportunity to attend her first adult party with her friends. She is extremely excited about the event, but is slightly disappointed because it really was nothing special. With World War I looming, the party maybe her only one for a while.

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Book Review: Rainbow Valley

Book Review: Rainbow ValleyRainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery
Series: Anne of Green Gables #7
Pages: 256
Goodreads
four-stars
Reading Challenges: #AYearInAvonlea

Anne Shirley is grown up, has married her beloved Gilbert and now is the mother of six mischievous children.
These boys and girls discover a special place all their own, but they never dream  of what will happen when the strangest family  moves into an old nearby mansion. The Meredith clan is  two boys and two girls, with minister father but  no mother -- and a runaway girl named Mary Vance. Soon the Meredith kids join Anne's children in their private hideout to carry out their plans to save Mary from the orphanage, to help the lonely minister find happiness, and to keep a pet rooster from the soup pot. There's always an adventure brewing in the sun-dappled world of Rainbow Valley.

Rainbow Valley is the seventh book in the Anne of Green Gables series. So far it is my least favorite book. It took me a while to get into it but once I did I didn’t want to put it down. Even with that being said it was a good book (after the hump). I think one of the reasons I didn’t really get into the book was because it wasn’t really about the Anne and Gilbert Blythe, who have been married for 15 years, and their children (Jem, Walter, Nan, Di, Shirley and Rilla).

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Sunday Post #13

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Book Review: Anne of Ingleside

Book Review: Anne of InglesideAnne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
Series: Anne of Green Gables #6
on May 1st 1984
Pages: 274
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: #AYearInAvonlea

Anne is the mother of five, with never a dull moment in her lively home. And now with a new baby on the way and insufferable Aunt Mary visiting - and wearing out her welcome - Anne's life is full to bursting.
Still, Mrs Doctor can't think of any place she'd rather be than her own beloved Ingleside. Until the day she begins to worry that her adored Gilbert doesn't love her anymore. How could that be? She may be a little older, but she's still the same irrepressible, irreplaceable redhead - the wonderful Anne of Green Gables, all grown up... She's ready to make her cherished husband fall in love with her all over again!

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Sunday #12

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