Anne Of The Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Reading an Anne book is an escape just like watching TV is. It’s the easiest and most comforting of experiences: the protagonist gets a happy ending and we are happy to see her get it. In this latest episode, Anne not only gets what she needs, but she also gets what she wants, finds out she doesn’t actually want it, and then gets something better.
I envy Anne’s ability to always have good friends around her – a best friend to share secrets with, a rotating roster of regular friends for everyday life, a friend especially for socializing with.
New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs her bags, waves goodbye to childhood, and heads for Redmond College. With her old friend Prissy Grant waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and her frivolous new friend Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks away her memories of rural Avonlea and discovers life on her own terms, filled with surprises … including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart, too. Suddenly Anne must decide whether she’s ready for love.