when i discovered Renee Ann’s
impetuous red-haired Anne
as a child in “Anne of Green Gables”
the rural Prince Edward Island community of Avonlea…
” an August afternoon with blue hazes scarfing the harvest slopes, little winds whispering elfishly in the poplars and a dancing slendor of red poppies outflaming against the dark coppice of young firs in a corner of the cherry orchard was fitter for dreams than dead languages.”
postponing her 17th birthday from the
vagaries of March in favour of a spring picnic with her friends,
the walk through vales and lanes spanning bridges and brooks
provides picturesque settings for their talk
that soon takes a ‘heavenly’ turn ~
“Minnie May asked me the other day if we would wear our best dresses
every day in heaven,” laughed Diana.
“And didn’t you tell her we would?” asked Anne.
“Mercy, no! I told her we wouldn’t be thinkng of dresses at all there.”
“oh, I think we will … a little,” said Anne earnestly.
“There’ll be plenty of time in all eternity for it without neglecting more important things. I believe we’ll all wear beautiful dresses…or I suppose raiment would be a more suitable way of speaking.
I shall want to wear pink for a few centuries at first…
it would take me that long to get tired of it,
I feel sure.
I do love pink so and I can never wear it in this world.”
Anne’s role as local school teacher providing
“If I’m as good as good can be all day tomorrow
will you let me be just as bad as I like all the next day?” asked Davy.
her wit and creativity
of rural life of another century
offer great reading satisfaction~
especially in light of having lived in Anne’s land
of Prince Edward Island
and experiencing first hand
accurate depictions of islanders ‘thought’
lovely opportunities for numerous
mouthwatering tea and garden parties,
proponents of conflicting theologies
within the same households,
well developed characters
and plentiful humour,
kept me enjoyably occupied
to the final page.
the variety of love stories
would satisfy the
most romantically inclined reader amongst us!
“Gilbert wisely said nothing more;
but in his silence he read the history of the next four years
in the light of Anne’s remembered blush…”
tissues at hand,
a delightful break in my routine,
i sincerely thank you Renee Ann
for offering up this book challenge!
i do hope a reader of this review
will take “Anne of Avonlea” as a selection of their own.
would you let us know your response if you do?
*THANK YOU to you who already have!!*
many thanks for sharing my enjoyment!
Miss Spenser has tea for us today
in the tradition Anne would approve!
feel free to stop in ~
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
: C.S. Lewis