Last week when I was sick as a dog--coughing my lungs up and constantly trying not to pee my pants I needed some sort of diversion. Mother-in-law to the rescue! She had sent this book to my sister-in-law just recently giving it high reviews. I decided to pilfer it the last time I was up there. Thank goodness I did! It was just the ticket! I needed something that required VERY LITTLE energy and yet occupied my mind to a sufficient degree that I could have brief respites of calm-without coughing and making my weary abdominal muscles work anymore than they absolutely had to.
Long story short and without anymore whining---I loved it!
I have always been a fan of Anne of Green Gables and I, like many others have wanted there to be more to Annes story. I didn't want it to end. I was a little leary at first though, knowing that often when a different author tries to continue the series it usually comes out flat and not nearly as good as the original author's work. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderfully this book fits in with L.M. Montgomery's original series. It feels the same! It was easy to read, entertaining, full of fun details that seem very much in alignment with the "real" Anne books. The book is actually a prequel to the series that we know and love. It tells the story of Annes early life before she was adopted by the Cuthberts. There is plenty of substance in the book to give a person cause to think without detracting from the sheer entertainment value of a good story. So, for whatever it's worth, I give my two thumbs up and suddenly feel the need to break out my Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea movies to watch for the thousandth time.