Genre: Classic Fiction
Setting: Early 1900s, Prince Edward Island
My copy came from: I borrowed this book from my mom.
Review: Enchanting and delightful. I loved this book and think it may be my favorite of the Anne series!
Anne’s House of Dreams, the fifth book in the Anne of Green Gables series, begins with the marriage of Anne and Gilbert and the start of their married life together. Before I started this book, I was concerned that Anne and Gilbert’s relationship would turn stale and boring to read, but their relationship in this installment kept me interested. They still have that playfulness and friendship, and their love for each other really shows in this entry.
“But pearls are for tears, the old legend says”, Gilbert had objected.
“I’m not afraid of that. And tears can be happy as well as sad. My very happiest moments have been when I had tears in my eyes—when Marilla told me I might stay at Green Gables—when Matthew gave me the first pretty dress I ever had—when I heard that you were going to recover from the fever. So give me pearls for our troth ring, Gilbert, and I’ll willingly accept the sorrow of life with its joy.”
Anne and Gilbert move to Four Winds, so Gilbert can take over his great uncle’s medical practice. Besides the core relationship of Anne and Gilbert, we are introduced to several new characters and I loved them all. There is Captain Jim, a dear older man who runs the lighthouse. I adored him with all of his sea stories and friendliness, and his story was one of many that pulled at my heartstrings.
Besides Captain Jim, we also are introduced to Miss Cornelia, who made me laugh and laugh! Miss Cornelia hilariously is “against” men, and her comments sprinkled throughout the book are truly funny, and you just know that when she appears on the scene a big ol’ grin will slide across your face! From her “just like a man” comments, to her always needing to have the last word, she brought the humor to this book, and the book desperately needed it, as there are many serious scenes in Anne’s House of Dreams.
“What have men been doing now?” asked Gilbert entering.
“Mischief—mischief! What else did they ever do?”
“It was Eve ate the apple, Miss Cornelia.”
“ ‘Twas a he-creature tempted her,” retorted Miss Cornelia triumphantly.
My favorite character was Leslie Moore, the mysterious neighbor who is close to Anne’s age. Leslie has a sad, tragic story, and is standoffish and doesn’t always mesh well with Anne, and I found their relationship real and interesting.
As in her other books, L.M. Montgomery’s writing is so beautiful here. Four Winds is situated on the coast, and what a rugged, atmospheric coast it sounds like! I think I prefer the setting of Four Winds to Green Gables (gasp! Did I really just type that??), as Four Winds has an air of mystery and sadness around it, while Green Gables feels so light and happy. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Green Gables, but I’m drawn to the wildness of the sea that exists in Four Winds.
The ways of Four Winds were less staid and settled and grooved than those of Avonlea; winds of change blew over them; the sea called ever to the dwellers on shore, and even those who might not answer its call felt the thrill and unrest and mystery and possibilities of it.
There are definitely some tearjerker scenes in this book, and again, L.M. Montgomery does not shy away from addressing grief in her writing. I have found Montgomery’s writing on grief to be some of the best I’ve read about the issue, and she can really wallop your heart in a few simple sentences.
I was so surprised to love this book as much as I did. Usually with series I start out really liking them, and then the books seem to go downhill. This is not the case here, and I really think this may be my favorite of the series (so-far!). I still have the rest to read!
Bottom Line: Utterly beautiful and entertaining.
Have you read the Anne of Green Gables series? Which character is your favorite? Which book is your favorite? Have you ever visited Prince Edward Island?