Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2)
by: Lucy Maud Montgomery
G: Classics, Fiction, Historical Fiction
Goodreads Reading Challenge: 30 out of 50
Anne is one of my favorite fictional characters because she’s a dreamer. It’s a habit she developed in her orphan days to block out all the terrible-ness around her. She’s kept her childlike demeanor and wide eye view of the world. She is an optimist who sees the world through rose-colored glasses.
In this installment she put her dreams on hold to care for Marilla, whose eyesight wasn’t what it used to be. Marilla wasn’t too happy about losing her sight or putting her dreams on the back burner and tried to talk her out of staying at Green Gables and she may have succeeded if it wasn’t for Marilla’s ailing late cousin’s wife. Her late cousin had left behind a wife and a set of twins. With the twins mother dying Anne was convinced it was providence that she stay home at Green Gables.
She had her work cut out for her. Care for prideful Marilla, two six-year olds, and teach a whole school-house of children of various ages. All of this at the ages of sixteen and seventeen. Even with all the problems piling on Anne never lost sight of her dreams. She study at home because she knew that one day she’d attend college but it wasn’t right away and she was okay with that.
She had plenty of adventures, met new faces, revised her ideals, and grew up a little. Not enough to lose her spunk but enough that she now saw the world for what it was. She still managed to dream, but her dreams became a little less fantastical.