Title: Anne of the Island
Series: Anne of Green Gables, #3
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Genre: Young Adult, Classic
Story Perspective: Third-Person Omniscient
Themes: Romance, Friendship, Relationship, Loss
Publication Date: First published in 1915
Anne of Green Gables is ready to go to Redmond College and start her next four years with old friend, Prissy, and new friend, Philippa. However, what Anne was not prepared for was all the love interests that follow her as she grows into a more mature young woman. Is she ready to open her heart to one of these men?
Here I am finding myself reading the third in the Anne of Green Gables series and really enjoying it!
One of my favorite aspects of this installment of the series is how the author seemed to have changed a little bit of her writing style. Instead of having several short stories in one book, Anne of the Island was more a continuous story following Anne through her college years. I really enjoyed this because it mimics books that I tend to enjoy more, rather than having multiple mini-episodes within one text.
The passage of time is rather quick, where all four years of college flies by in less than 300 pages. However, this wasn’t something that necessarily bothered me or caused me to dislike the book. I think if readers were to follow Anne throughout the four years more closely, it would have been too much and almost boring to read. I think the author really wanted Anne to become a more mature young adult by passing through these years, which I think worked well here.
Some of secondary characters were developed a bit more than other books, which was great to see. I especially loved seeing how Dora, one of the twins that Marilla is raising, actually had some dialogue and readers could get to know her a bit more than the previous book. It was also interesting to meet some new people. However, what I especially loved is having more Gilbert scenes! Yay! We finally get to see Anne and Gilbert interact more and have more meaningful scenes. This made me very happy, and I can’t wait to see Anne and Gilbert in the next book!
It was a little insane how many marriage proposals happened in this book. Some of them ended in weddings and some didn’t. Not sure if this how it was in the past, that even some random guy that you met a few times felt that he could just propose to you and thought that was totally normal. Even with this bit of craziness, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.
Overall, I really enjoyed Anne of the Island very much so. Of the three that I’ve read so far in the series, this one is my favorite. This, of course, means that I will continue the series!
I would recommend Anne of the Island to those who have enjoyed the first two in the series and would like a more continuous storyline following Anne.