Anne Of Windy Poplars by Lucy Maud Montgomery
This book answers the question about what Anne was doing during her (at least) three-year engagement to Gilbert Blythe. As I am reading the Anne books in order of Anne’s age, and not in order of publication, this wasn’t a question that had occurred to me.
The answer is that Anne moved away to become the principal of a school in another town. As in Anne Of Avonlea, the reader gets very few looks into the classroom – Anne’s three years are related mostly by her adventures in the evenings and on weekends. These adventures include an almost ghost story, censored love letters to Gilbert, and an adult spanking scene!
This installment is the fourth by order of Anne’s age, but seventh by order of publication, and it feels exactly like a late-in-the-day offering tacked onto a popular series, almost like a reunion episode of your favourite TV show.
Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They’re known as the royal family of Summerside – and they quickly let Anne knows she is not the person they wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cozy tower room at Windy Poplars, Anne finds she has great allies in the widows Aune Kate and Aunt Chatty – and in their irrepressible housekeeper, Rebecca Dew. As Anne learns Summerside’s strangest secrets, winning the support of the prickly Pringles is only the first of her delicious triumphs.