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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 know she is not the person they had wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cozy tower room at Windy P 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 know she is not the person they had 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 Aunt 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 becomes only the first of her delicious triumphs.


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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 know she is not the person they had wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cozy tower room at Windy P 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 know she is not the person they had 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 Aunt 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 becomes only the first of her delicious triumphs.

30 review for Anne of Windy Poplars

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Oh Anne, you wonderfully bold and beautiful gal Life owes me something more than it has paid me and I’m going out to collect it… I just love seeing the woman Anne's grown into. She's finished college, runs her own little school and is in constant correspondence with her fiance, Gilbert. “Gilbert, I'm afraid I'm scandalously in love with you.” For the first time, we have a bit of switching perspectives - Anne in third person throughout the novel and in first person as we read her letters Oh Anne, you wonderfully bold and beautiful gal Life owes me something more than it has paid me and I’m going out to collect it… I just love seeing the woman Anne's grown into. She's finished college, runs her own little school and is in constant correspondence with her fiance, Gilbert. “Gilbert, I'm afraid I'm scandalously in love with you.” For the first time, we have a bit of switching perspectives - Anne in third person throughout the novel and in first person as we read her letters to Gilbert. I can see why those letters are included - it's a way for the readers to remember that she's still very much in love with her fiance. Yet, I cannot say that I'm a fan of it. It's just so eye-rollingly over-the-top. Gilbert darling, don't let's ever be afraid of things. It's such dreadful slavery. Let's be daring and adventurous and expectant. Let's dance to meet life and all it can bring to us, even if it brings scads of trouble and typhoid and twins! We only see the one-sided gushing from her end and nothing from his perspective. Honestly, for half of the book, I thought that was supposed to be a sign that their relationship is in the slumps. Holding with the pattern from the previous books: --Anne meets and befriends a new grumpy person (who becomes a bosom friend). --Anne interferes with someone else's love life (later realizing that things would've worked out without her influence). --And Anne overcomes insurmountable challenges (with grace and poise). Wouldn't it be a rather drab world if everybody was wise and sensible . . . and good? What would we find to talk about Honestly Anne, it's a bit drab considering this book 4 and we get the same exact plot from book 1. Okay, okay...as much as I complain, I still enjoy these books. She's still the wonderful Anne that I've grown to know and love. I just hope that things pick up a bit...especially considering the lines like this: Good night, belovedest. Your sleep will be sweet if there is any influences in the wishes of your own. Gag. Audiobook Comments Narrated by Tara Ward - an excellent reader! YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  2. 4 out of 5

    emma

    Not to be dramatic, but me not loving this book is the saddest worst thing that has ever happened to me or anyone, ever, in the history of the world. Also the most surprising. Yes, I may have an average rating of 2.95, and yes, I may be well used to being disappointed in life, and yes, maybe this is actually not a very sad or bad thing at all, let alone in the context of the history of human suffering. But if I admitted that, I’d have to rewrite the opening of this review, and that, my dear, is ne Not to be dramatic, but me not loving this book is the saddest worst thing that has ever happened to me or anyone, ever, in the history of the world. Also the most surprising. Yes, I may have an average rating of 2.95, and yes, I may be well used to being disappointed in life, and yes, maybe this is actually not a very sad or bad thing at all, let alone in the context of the history of human suffering. But if I admitted that, I’d have to rewrite the opening of this review, and that, my dear, is never going to happen. This really is a shock, though. Anne of Windy Poplars is the fourth book in the Anne series, and I five starred the first three. ALL THREE! I have five starred about 25 books out of the hundreds I’ve read in the last three years, and three of them were Anne books. And yet, I didn’t care for this much at all. First off, the majority of it was epistolary, and made up of these heinously long boring dry letters that Anne wrote to her fiancé...whose name I am failing to think of. Garrett? Gilbert? ...Oh, no. I thought it couldn’t possibly be Gilbert due to the sheer awfulness of that name (sorry to any Gilberts out there, but the very sound of it is...bulbous), but it is. Anyway, it’s mostly very boring letters. They don’t fit with Anne’s voice at ALL. And to add insult to injury, instead of getting off to her usual misadventures and amusements, Anne spends the whole book running around and sticking her nose in people’s business and fixing their lives for them and all around being the kind of preachy unfun nightmare a past Anne would have abhorred and eventually charmed. Horrible. Also, I am sick of her meeting people and just bidding them adieu forever without feeling all that sad! She spent her whole childhood being best friends with Diana Barry, and now she hardly even speaks to her. She spends years living at Windy Poplars with the widows, and when she leaves she’s more happy than sad. Her college friends have disappeared. Her adopted younger siblings barely get a mention. I am SICK OF IT!!! This had none of the whimsy, none of the love, none of the beautiful settings and none of the beautiful writing that I have come to expect. Bottom line: Everything about this was simply a bummer. ------------ life is full of disappointment. review to come / 2 stars ------------ thrilled to be reunited with my best friend (anne)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    Possibly 3.5/5 but idk yet. I still really enjoyed this book because Anne is my FAVE, but I think the back and forth between her letters to Gilbert and third person narrative was a little bit much. I didn't really love that switch and I missed Gilbert throughout this book, though I understand why he wasn't in it! I still love Anne as a character DEARLY and I will honestly love her forever. She is so kind and compassionate and lovely and just EVERYTHING. Possibly 3.5/5 but idk yet. I still really enjoyed this book because Anne is my FAVE, but I think the back and forth between her letters to Gilbert and third person narrative was a little bit much. I didn't really love that switch and I missed Gilbert throughout this book, though I understand why he wasn't in it! I still love Anne as a character DEARLY and I will honestly love her forever. She is so kind and compassionate and lovely and just EVERYTHING.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    "Nobody is ever too old to dream. And dreams never grow old." I see by the reviews that a lot of Anne-fans are disappointed in this one. On this, my third reading, I must admit that I was, too. I think it is the lack of the "old familiar." Anne is away, serving as principal of a school in Summerside. Gilbert is far, far away, studying medicine. Other than letters, there is no repartee between the two. Avonlea, and her beloved residents, is only visited during the holidays and summer breaks. The "Nobody is ever too old to dream. And dreams never grow old." I see by the reviews that a lot of Anne-fans are disappointed in this one. On this, my third reading, I must admit that I was, too. I think it is the lack of the "old familiar." Anne is away, serving as principal of a school in Summerside. Gilbert is far, far away, studying medicine. Other than letters, there is no repartee between the two. Avonlea, and her beloved residents, is only visited during the holidays and summer breaks. There are plenty of new characters, however . . . almost too many. For Anne, there are too many Pringles, the "Royal Family" of Summerside. Resenting the fact that a relative was passed over for the job that went to Anne, the Pringles seem to have organized a cabal against her. She is snubbed socially as rumors about her spread, and a virus of disobedience pervades her classroom. Luckily, Anne happens on a secret that causes the entire family to do an about face. Most of this book concerns the irrepressible Anne solving everyone's problems. And though she manages most of them pretty hilariously, it wears a bit thin by the end of the novel. Anne and Gilbert will be reunited in the next book, so hopefully, the old magic will be back again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I loved this one. I think at the beginning I was a little skeptical, especially since Montgomery kept omitting the parts where Anne "had the right pen" to write love letters to Gilbert. I wanted to READ Anne's love letters! But for all that, I loved the characters in this book. Rebecca Dew cracked me up, as did Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty, with their buttermilk secrets; Dusty Miller the cat; Katherine Brooke; Nora Nelson and Jim Wilcox; little Elizabeth; Cyrus Taylor (oh, but that was a hilarious e I loved this one. I think at the beginning I was a little skeptical, especially since Montgomery kept omitting the parts where Anne "had the right pen" to write love letters to Gilbert. I wanted to READ Anne's love letters! But for all that, I loved the characters in this book. Rebecca Dew cracked me up, as did Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty, with their buttermilk secrets; Dusty Miller the cat; Katherine Brooke; Nora Nelson and Jim Wilcox; little Elizabeth; Cyrus Taylor (oh, but that was a hilarious episode!)...and all those old ladies with bizarre quirks, like Aunt Ernestine, Miss Minerva Tomgallon (too much Dickens, quoth Anne), Mrs. Gibson...and of course all the Pringles! It reminded me of Rock Ridge, the town in Blazing Saddles where everyone is called Johnson. I loved the chapter with the drama club, where Sophy steps in for Jen Pringle and saves the day. Also, wasn't it great how Anne accidentally blackmailed the whole Pringle clan? Tee hee. And now it's on to Anne's House of Dreams--and more Gilbert Blythe! I missed him; actually, I missed all of the old crowd. Marilla, Rachel Lynde, Davy, Dora, Diana, Phil, even the Sloane-ish Charlie! I can't wait for Anne's wedding; I feel like everyone she's met in the last four books will make an appearance.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ~Bookishly~

    I am pretty disappointed with this one. I mean, in comparison to the first three books in this series, this one was rather weak. Unfortunately, it just didn't keep me interested enough to thoroughly enjoy it, even if this series is reminiscent to my childhood. The writing itself was lacking any kind of interesting description, the plot was confusing and pretty much all over the place and for me, telling the story through half written letters to Gilbert, really didn't work. I do enjoy the Anne of g I am pretty disappointed with this one. I mean, in comparison to the first three books in this series, this one was rather weak. Unfortunately, it just didn't keep me interested enough to thoroughly enjoy it, even if this series is reminiscent to my childhood. The writing itself was lacking any kind of interesting description, the plot was confusing and pretty much all over the place and for me, telling the story through half written letters to Gilbert, really didn't work. I do enjoy the Anne of green gables series, and I love Anne as a character, but this little book of stories, I see to being rather unnecessary and somewhat pointless. I mean, did I really need a book crammed with unlikeable asses? I will finish this series despite my disappointment with this one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    In a word....disappointing. It was good enough to finish. but it took 2 or 3 weeks to get through. This is a good indication of my interest level, because really great books keep me up at night until I finish them. This one....not so much. I didn't care for the style--half letters from Anne to Gilbert, and half third-person, with no good reason to switch back and forth between the two. There are a ton of new characters, but the sheer volume precludes any satisfying character development. Anne see In a word....disappointing. It was good enough to finish. but it took 2 or 3 weeks to get through. This is a good indication of my interest level, because really great books keep me up at night until I finish them. This one....not so much. I didn't care for the style--half letters from Anne to Gilbert, and half third-person, with no good reason to switch back and forth between the two. There are a ton of new characters, but the sheer volume precludes any satisfying character development. Anne seems to be a miracle in the life of everyone she meets, which worked okay for a book or two, but now feels like a rehashing of the same old stories with different names attached. If it were a stand alone book, I would have liked it better, but as part of a series, it felt too redundant. That is the worst of my criticism, though. There are some interesting stories, some very funny dialogue, and some endearing (if shallowly developed) characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a classic middle grade, and this is the 4th book in the Anne of Green Gables series. Some of this book is written as letters. I love the letters parts. I did really like this book, but I have to say I loved Anne of Green Gables so much more then this book. Some of the characters in this book I do not think is very developed. (*)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Now while Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Windy Poplars is considered the fourth of the Anne of Green Gables stories according to the timeline of Anne Shirley's life (and describes with both meticulously descriptive detail and often very much delightful, sometimes even wickedly hilarious humour her three years teaching at a girl's academy in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, whilst her fiancé Gilbert Blythe is studying to be a doctor), Anne of Windy Poplars is actually the second to last novel of Now while Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Windy Poplars is considered the fourth of the Anne of Green Gables stories according to the timeline of Anne Shirley's life (and describes with both meticulously descriptive detail and often very much delightful, sometimes even wickedly hilarious humour her three years teaching at a girl's academy in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, whilst her fiancé Gilbert Blythe is studying to be a doctor), Anne of Windy Poplars is actually the second to last novel of the series if one looks at its publication date of 1936 (with only the sixth story of Anne's life, with only Anne of Ingleside coming later, being published in 1939). And whereas I as an older adult reader now do indeed very much consider Anne of Windy Poplars as one of my absolute and all-time personal favourite stories about Anne Shirley, I also have to admit that this appreciation and intensely passionate enjoyment has in fact come rather slowly and only after I learned to enjoy (to love) epistolary novels (for in fact, when I first read Anne of Windy Poplars as a teenager, I actually found the novel's letter-based style of textual presentation both annoying and distracting, something that I of course now no longer feel AT ALL, but something that definitely very much lessened my reading enjoyment and pleasure in 1983, when I first read or rather tried to read Anne of Windy Poplars). As such, while I do very much and highly recommend Anne of Windy Poplars, I do feel that I must leave the necessary caveat that Anne of Windy Poplars is definitely and basically for much of the novel an account of a multitude of diversely episodic letters narrated by Anne Shirley about her various experiences teaching and living in Summerside, written by her to her fiancé, to Gilbert Blythe (who really never does make all that much of a physical appearance in Anne of Windy Poplars except briefly during the Christmas in Avonlea episode, but who is always and nevertheless at least in my opinion omnipresent in Anne of Windy Poplars as the hypothetical reader, as the recipient of Anne's letters, something that I now do absolutely love and find very if not even extremely attractive, but also something that I know many readers have in particular faulted and found majorly annoying with regard to Anne of Windy Poplars). And indeed, even sixteen year old I (my age in 1983, during my first perusal of Anne of Windy Poplars) was at first rather a bit annoyed at Gilbert's physical absence from the the actual happenings, from most of the actual stories of Anne of Windy Poplars, although truth be told, when I reread Anne of Windy Poplars as a university student (and later) and after I had become majorly enamoured of letter-based and themed novels, Gilbert Blythe's very absence actually made Anne of Windy Poplars increasingly a personal favourite for me (since now I could in my own mind imagine Gilbert reading and enjoying Anne's letters to him without actually having to read all that much about him, for indeed and in fact, I have only really started enjoying how L.M. Montgomery narratively depicts and describes especially Gilbert Blythe as a literary character once Anne and he get married, during and after Anne's House of Dreams, and not actually having to read all that much if anything about him in Anne of Windy Poplars but being able to freely use my imagination to think and depict in my mind's eye Gilbert Blythe reading, laughing and perhaps at times even crying over Anne Shirley's descriptive and full of details and interesting tidbits letters to him, that really and truly has started to lastingly cement Anne of Windy Poplars as one of my treasured favourite Anne of Green Gables series offerings).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elaina

    ~4.5 stars~ I wasn’t too sure about how I would like this book once I realized that most of it was just Anne’s letters to Gilbert—But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I did enjoy it! It could definitely be a little slow in some areas, and I don’t think it is in any way my favorite out of the series as a whole, but I am still glad I decided to continue on with this beautiful series that L.M. Montgomery has created ^_^ I am looking forward to reading the fifth book really soon because of (vie ~4.5 stars~ I wasn’t too sure about how I would like this book once I realized that most of it was just Anne’s letters to Gilbert—But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I did enjoy it! It could definitely be a little slow in some areas, and I don’t think it is in any way my favorite out of the series as a whole, but I am still glad I decided to continue on with this beautiful series that L.M. Montgomery has created ^_^ I am looking forward to reading the fifth book really soon because of (view spoiler)[Anne and Gilbert’s wedding coming up! :D (hide spoiler)] (It is only kinda a spoiler since most people already know this anyways :P But just thought I would hide it just in case xD...) Sorry, I know this wasn't that detailed of a review, but it is the best I can do at the moment :P

  11. 4 out of 5

    Layla

    ~DNF @ 31%~ My fatal flaw as a reader is DNFing books that I picked up at a wrong time or are I couldn't push through, but want to get back to, rather than DNFing books I dislike. And this is one of the situations. I didn't get the relief of the warm feeling I went into this wanting. This book was written differently than the first 3, and quite frankly doesn't hold the same charm. So I suppose I just have to force my family to watch Anne with an E with me for the 3rd time in a year. That should b ~DNF @ 31%~ My fatal flaw as a reader is DNFing books that I picked up at a wrong time or are I couldn't push through, but want to get back to, rather than DNFing books I dislike. And this is one of the situations. I didn't get the relief of the warm feeling I went into this wanting. This book was written differently than the first 3, and quite frankly doesn't hold the same charm. So I suppose I just have to force my family to watch Anne with an E with me for the 3rd time in a year. That should be sufficient enough.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Britany

    So far, this is my favorite Anne book in the series. I fell head over heels listening to this book on audio. A cast of characters that exceeded any cast in the series so far (which is hard to believe-- I know). Anne goes to Summerside to be a principal while her betrothed Gilbert is in med school. The book is mostly comprised of letters to Gilbert about the goings-on in Summerside. Rebecca Dew might just be my absolute favorite character in the series so far. I just loved her and her snarky ways So far, this is my favorite Anne book in the series. I fell head over heels listening to this book on audio. A cast of characters that exceeded any cast in the series so far (which is hard to believe-- I know). Anne goes to Summerside to be a principal while her betrothed Gilbert is in med school. The book is mostly comprised of letters to Gilbert about the goings-on in Summerside. Rebecca Dew might just be my absolute favorite character in the series so far. I just loved her and her snarky ways. Aunts Kathy and Chatty rounded out the list of favorites. Oh- and little Dusty Miller found a place in all our hearts as the cat that warmed up even the coldest of hearts. My absolute favorite part of this book was the twins that Anne babysits-- their names had me cracking up for days! Gerald and Geraldine!!! I'm still chuckling at the thought. A perfect journey to PEI and one I was sad to see end- however grateful I was in Ms Dew's waving of the bathrobe to see me off to the next novel.

  13. 4 out of 5

    E.F.B.

    4.5 stars! I. LOVE. THESE. BOOKS. Are they perfect? No. Are they very much enjoyable nevertheless? YES! Things I liked: I really loved Anne’s newfound maturity in this book. She’s still the young, imaginative, energetic, loving, enthusiastic Anne we know and love, but the life lessons she learned in the previous book have settled in and I really liked how grounded she was, and how secure in her engagement to Gilbert. Unlike in the previous book, there was never a time when I wanted to take her by 4.5 stars! I. LOVE. THESE. BOOKS. Are they perfect? No. Are they very much enjoyable nevertheless? YES! Things I liked: I really loved Anne’s newfound maturity in this book. She’s still the young, imaginative, energetic, loving, enthusiastic Anne we know and love, but the life lessons she learned in the previous book have settled in and I really liked how grounded she was, and how secure in her engagement to Gilbert. Unlike in the previous book, there was never a time when I wanted to take her by the shoulders and shake some sense into her, which was very nice, indeed. I’ll also add that I once again found Anne’s kindness an inspiration. Some might call Anne a meddler, and yes, sometimes she does meddle and experiences the consequences. However, there are also times when she goes out of her way to be kind and care for individuals she barely even knows. She looks at even the grouchiest, bitterest, meanest people and tries to find something likable about them, and find a way to help them stop being so bitter and grouchy and see the beauty of the world. I can’t help but think, what if we all did that? Instead of returning cruelty with cruelty, what if we looked at even the worst people with love and showed that love to them despite their hatred toward us? The world would be a much better place. Little Elizabeth. I said in one of my updates that had things not worked out for little Elizabeth, I would have thrown the book at the wall, and I meant it! But things worked out with such sweet perfection, I just couldn’t help crying a bit out of happiness for that wonderful, dear, sweet, little girl. The widows and Rebecca Dew. So quirky, so lovable. And that letter Rebecca Dew gave Anne at the end. <3 The storylines of many other characters, too numerous to list here. It was wonderful seeing those characters who were willing to grow and change. The ending. Montgomery seems to have a special knack for endings. They’re always so satisfying, so wistful, so touching, so…so…superb. I always find my eyes welling up (in a good way) and wanting to hug the book (and actually hugging the book), and this one was no different. Just…GAH! I LOVED IT. <3333 Oh, and while I can’t necessarily say that I *like* this, I have to give Montgomery credit for being masterful at getting me emotionally attached to characters very easily. I don’t think I can give details lest I spoil a plot point for anyone who hasn’t read this book yet, but there was one character who was barely around for, like, two pages, but Montgomery still made me cry over the individual when something happened a little later. Things I didn’t like: Uh…Not much? I mean, just like in any Anne book, you’ve got some pretty ridiculous/silly characters, some of which are more annoying than others, but I don’t think I outright hated anyone or anything that happened. Probably the most annoying characters, for me, had to be the twins, Gerald and Geraldine. Having recently watched a certain movie about a certain magical nanny, I kept thinking through their whole little segment of story, “The person you need is Nanny McPhee.” :P There was also a young lady named Hazel who I found annoying because she was so melodramatic about EVERYTHING, and, after specifically asking Anne to do something, came back and chastised Anne for doing that exact thing, turning things around so it was like the whole thing was Anne’s idea, not hers, and that Anne had been trying to steal her man. I really, Really, REALLY wanted to throw the book at that girl’s head. :P There was also one little section of the book where I skipped a few pages simply because what was being talked about wasn’t relevant to anything. I want to be clear that what was being talked about didn’t bother me on a moral level or anything like that, it was just…Well, if you’ve read the Anne books, you know that sometimes Montgomery allowed the characters to go off on little tangents. Sometimes these tangents had relevance to the story, and sometimes it’s just silliness spewing from Montgomery’s imagination that added color to the story if nothing else. I usually don’t mind these little tangents, and read them relevant or not, but in this case it just went on too long. Anne and a local woman were walking through the town graveyard while the woman gave Anne the stories of many of the people buried in the graveyard. Out of 6 pages-worth of these mini-stories, I think only two or three of them were referenced later on in the book, so really, it was about 4 pages too much information. While it’s nice that Montgomery had such a fertile imagination that she could come up with mini-histories for so many people and communities and make them all unique, there are times I wish I could tell her that it’s okay to leave some of it out. One other thing is that I would have liked Gilbert to have had a bigger role in this story, or at least some dialog, but I guess that is what it is, and I’m sure we’ll get more from him in later books when he and Anne are together again Other than those minor gripes, though, there wasn’t anything I truly disliked about this book. It still isn’t quite as perfectly wonderful in my mind as the very first book, but I liked it better than book three, and even book two. As such, I’m giving it 4.5. Content advisory for those who want to know: No swearing. No sexual content. Violence: Anne reads a very old journal at one point that reveals that a certain individual (who has long been deceased by the time Anne reads the journal), apparently once committed an act of cannibalism. The journal simply states the context in which it happened, nothing is described graphically, and everyone who knows about it thinks it disgusting and shameful. There is also a family in the Summerside community who is supposedly cursed, and many of its members are said to have died tragically. Again, nothing is described graphically, we simply hear that Uncle so-and-so fell and hit his head. Aunt whats-her-name had a stroke and died in that very chair, etc. There is also a non-violent death of a character who, while not present for very long, is still likable, as it seems that Montgomery couldn’t write a book where someone doesn’t die and make you cry. *sigh* Worldviews: L. M. Montgomery was clearly a Bible-reading and believing Christian given how many biblical references and biblically-based morals she sprinkled into these stories. The stories are also set in a time when it was expected that most decent, upstanding, members of society went to church, and church is mentioned from time to time, as is prayer. However, just like in real life, not everyone in the book who goes to church or “goes through the motions” of trying to act Christian actually is a believer in Christ, or behaves like true followers and lovers of Jesus should. At the same time, there are many characters who, it is clear, truly are believers and, while no human being is portraited as perfect, do try to behave as they should. Heaven is also mentioned a few times.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    Full (mini) review now posted! I have a soft spot for epistolary novels. I love getting someone’s innermost thoughts in their own words. This book was a hybrid, half epistolary and half regular novel. But it’s all Anne Shirley in all of her glory, enjoying a new home and profession and conglomeration of interesting neighbors. If I had to choose one word to describe this novel, that would would be shenanigans. Seriously, Anne gets into so many uncomfortable, hilarious situations, and witnesses her Full (mini) review now posted! I have a soft spot for epistolary novels. I love getting someone’s innermost thoughts in their own words. This book was a hybrid, half epistolary and half regular novel. But it’s all Anne Shirley in all of her glory, enjoying a new home and profession and conglomeration of interesting neighbors. If I had to choose one word to describe this novel, that would would be shenanigans. Seriously, Anne gets into so many uncomfortable, hilarious situations, and witnesses her neighbors getting into even more. While there were a couple of sadder scenes, for the most part this novel is light and fluffy and undoubtedly funny. While not always viewed as a legitimate installment of the Green Gables series (some Kindle collections provide only six installments instead of eight), I think this installment is worthy of its place in the series, and shouldn’t be missed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angela Watts

    I finished it. -- The writing was... lacking description quite a few times. It also was all over the place. I didn't see much need for the formatting of telling stories through the letters. I didn't like that too much. -- It was rather pointless... I love the Anne books and will finish the series, of course, but this was like a little book of stories I really didn't care about. There were a ton of characters. 90% of them were totals jerks so I was speed-reading most of the time. Overall, I didn't I finished it. -- The writing was... lacking description quite a few times. It also was all over the place. I didn't see much need for the formatting of telling stories through the letters. I didn't like that too much. -- It was rather pointless... I love the Anne books and will finish the series, of course, but this was like a little book of stories I really didn't care about. There were a ton of characters. 90% of them were totals jerks so I was speed-reading most of the time. Overall, I didn't enjoy myself but at least it is over. I can't wait to see the next book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    MAP

    Please someone tell me if I'm crazy....Did Anne Shirley and a student named Lewis meet with a ghost, take a picture of him, and then when they found out he was a ghost, they took in total stride and gave the picture to his father? Did that seriously happen in this book? Or did some of my pages have LSD on them? Please someone tell me if I'm crazy....Did Anne Shirley and a student named Lewis meet with a ghost, take a picture of him, and then when they found out he was a ghost, they took in total stride and gave the picture to his father? Did that seriously happen in this book? Or did some of my pages have LSD on them?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Another outstanding installment in the Anne series. Loving these books so much!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    A lot of reviewers seem to dislike this volume, primarily due to the lack of Gilbert. As I couldn't give a shaved monkey's ping pong ball for Gilbert, this wasn't a problem for me in the slightest. Indeed, I found Anne's change of scenery (in this book she spends three years in a teaching position at the titular Windy Poplars and as such doesn't spend a lot of time at the famous Green Gables) quite refreshing, although I did miss Davey. I liked the new additions to her supporting cast and liked t A lot of reviewers seem to dislike this volume, primarily due to the lack of Gilbert. As I couldn't give a shaved monkey's ping pong ball for Gilbert, this wasn't a problem for me in the slightest. Indeed, I found Anne's change of scenery (in this book she spends three years in a teaching position at the titular Windy Poplars and as such doesn't spend a lot of time at the famous Green Gables) quite refreshing, although I did miss Davey. I liked the new additions to her supporting cast and liked the epistolary nature of a lot of the chapters. All in all, an enjoyable entry into the series, all the more so for being a bit different.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kavita

    Anne has now landed a job as the principal of a school in Summerside. How did young girls get these nice positions?! Were there so few educated people that they just handed out jobs on a platter? These were really the good ole days! Anne finds a lovely place called Windy Poplars to board in with two old women and their housekeeper. Of course, the Pringle clan is a thorn on her side, but nothing can keep Anne down for too long. This is a really delightful book and I enjoyed most of the new charact Anne has now landed a job as the principal of a school in Summerside. How did young girls get these nice positions?! Were there so few educated people that they just handed out jobs on a platter? These were really the good ole days! Anne finds a lovely place called Windy Poplars to board in with two old women and their housekeeper. Of course, the Pringle clan is a thorn on her side, but nothing can keep Anne down for too long. This is a really delightful book and I enjoyed most of the new characters. I rather wished more time had been given to Anne's work in the school. Considering how she loves teaching, it should have been an important part of the story. Instead, she messes around with her students' love affairs. That gave a creepy feel sometimes, even though there was nothing to it. I thoroughly enjoyed the minor episodes that come Anne's way in this book. However, I found myself quite confused at times when characters just sprang up without any introduction and dominate the pages. For instance, I was so confused about who Hugh Pringle was (I still am!) and I had to look up on the Anne of Green Gables Wiki page. I am also confused who exactly Hazel Marr was. I am assuming she was a student, but she just randomly appeared and just as suddenly disappeared. This happened too often, and I don't like being so confused when reading a book. A bit of editing could have improved the book immensely. One thing I asked myself while reading Anne of Windy Poplars: why does every child in the series appear to be so insufferable? Anne herself had vitality as a child and I liked her but every other child created by Montgomery just grated on my nerves. Of course, Elizabeth was nowhere close to the Davy, Dora, or Paul of the dreaded Anne of Avonlea but she was still whiny and her Tomorrow stories got on my nerves. Still, she had a genuine story. I think this might be perhaps because while Anne herself got the benefit of several story arcs to develop her character, all these other wimpy, irritating kids only appear for a short interlude before their problem is solved and they move on. However, I enjoyed the terrible twins in this book. I think my favourite character so far except for the originals in Book 1 is Katherine Brooke. Anne has so many childish, wimpy, irritating, annoying people for friends that it was so refreshing that she picked on the dour Katherine to hang out with. I enjoyed her nastiness and her gradual change. But she never becomes sugary sweet and go around being annoying. I loved her! Practical, independent, unpleasant Katherine Brooke was a lovely contrast to the annoying Elizabeth and probably saved the book for me. Overall, a delightful episode of Anne's life, even if poorly edited.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    First published in 1936, L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Windy Poplars was originally styled Anne of Windy Willows, a name that Montgomery herself changed, at the request of her American publishers, who felt that it bore too close a resemblance to Kenneth Grahame's classic animal fantasy, The Wind in the Willows . Montgomery's English publishers, oddly enough, had no such worry, and thinking that their readers would be unfamiliar with poplars, retained the original title. So it is that American and First published in 1936, L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Windy Poplars was originally styled Anne of Windy Willows, a name that Montgomery herself changed, at the request of her American publishers, who felt that it bore too close a resemblance to Kenneth Grahame's classic animal fantasy, The Wind in the Willows . Montgomery's English publishers, oddly enough, had no such worry, and thinking that their readers would be unfamiliar with poplars, retained the original title. So it is that American and Canadian readers know the book as Anne of Windy Poplars, and British, Australian and New Zealand readers as Anne of Windy Willows. I understand that there were also some scenes that were cut by Montgomery, once again at the behest of her American publishers, that were retained in Anne of Windy Willows, and hope to track down a copy of that other version of the story, at some point, and acquaint myself with the differences. However that may be, it is Anne of Windy Poplars that I have just reread (for the umpteenth time), a book that is currently considered the fourth entry in the "Anne" series, although it was written and published seventh. Chronicling the three years between the events of Anne of the Island (1915), which sees Anne attending Redmond College, and Anne's House of Dreams (1917), in which Anne Shirley becomes Anne Blythe, and embarks upon the first years of married life, it is the tale of Anne's days as the Principal of Summerside High School, and her time as a boarder at Windy Poplars, the home of those two endearingly quirky widows, Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty. Alternating between the epistolary form, in which events unfold in Anne's letters to Gilbert (away at medical school), and third person narration, it feels rather episodic, when compared to some of Anne's other books, but is still immensely appealing - full of entertaining characters and incident, as well as a most engaging heroine. I loved Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty's method of dealing with their sometimes recalcitrant (but always goodhearted) maid, Rebecca Dew (reverse psychology with a vengeance!); I loved Anne's battles with, and eventual conquest of the proud Pringle clan (cannibalism - the horror!); and, having a fondness for difficult people, I loved Anne's evolving relationship with the prickly Katherine Brooke. In short, I loved Anne of Windy Poplars (as I always do), and although there were certain elements I found less than thrilling (I could have lived without the entire Hazel Marr episode), my overall pleasure more than compensated. Highly recommended to any reader who has read the first three Anne books, and wants to continue the journey!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    After reading Anne of the Island, my favorite book in the Anne series, Anne of Windy Poplars always seems to fall a little flat for me. Anne and Gilbert are engaged and while Gilbert is off at medical school, Anne has taken a job as principal at Summerside High School. Much of this book is made up of letters from Anne to Gilbert. I just wish there was more of Gilbert in this story like maybe some of his letters to Anne. L.M. Montgomery rarely wrote much from the hero's side in her books, something After reading Anne of the Island, my favorite book in the Anne series, Anne of Windy Poplars always seems to fall a little flat for me. Anne and Gilbert are engaged and while Gilbert is off at medical school, Anne has taken a job as principal at Summerside High School. Much of this book is made up of letters from Anne to Gilbert. I just wish there was more of Gilbert in this story like maybe some of his letters to Anne. L.M. Montgomery rarely wrote much from the hero's side in her books, something I have always felt was lacking in her stories. This book is populated with the typical cast of eccentric and unusual characters but with the exceptions of Aunt Chatty, Aunt Kate and Rebecca Dew, I did not find them as delightful or as memorable as some of Montgomery's other creations. Anne of Windy Poplars is the book that features the Pringles but that conflict is neatly wrapped up within the first half of the book. Honestly, after reading this book, I was left thinking Anne was some kind of angel sent to fix everyones life in Summerside. There was no one she met who did not have some kind of problem that Anne was able to sort and set right. A happy ending for everyone.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I just adore Anne in this installment of the series. She has grown up substantially but still retains her "Anne-ness." She still gets into a bit of trouble every now and then, and she has a lovely way with words, but she's a bit less dramatic and a bit more aware of her own faults. I also enjoyed that parts of the story are told through letters from Anne to Gilbert. I love epistolary style stories, so that aspect really appeals to me. It would have been neat to see a letter from Gilbert to her, s I just adore Anne in this installment of the series. She has grown up substantially but still retains her "Anne-ness." She still gets into a bit of trouble every now and then, and she has a lovely way with words, but she's a bit less dramatic and a bit more aware of her own faults. I also enjoyed that parts of the story are told through letters from Anne to Gilbert. I love epistolary style stories, so that aspect really appeals to me. It would have been neat to see a letter from Gilbert to her, since otherwise he is so little in the story. Windy Poplars is such a cozy feeling place, and I enjoyed every moment spent there. I think my favorite character outside of Anne is Rebecca Dew, although little Elizabeth is a dear as well. I missed this series growing up, but discovering it now is a lot of fun. I look forward to the next book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ferdy

    Didn't care about all the new characters, there were way too many of them and none of them stood out. They also felt pointless as it was obvious Anne would probably never hear or see from most of them again. The Summerside setting wasn't all that great either, it didn't match up to the homeyness of Green Gables/Avonlea. And when is Anne going to fully pursue her writing career? The teaching has been done to death. Didn't care about all the new characters, there were way too many of them and none of them stood out. They also felt pointless as it was obvious Anne would probably never hear or see from most of them again. The Summerside setting wasn't all that great either, it didn't match up to the homeyness of Green Gables/Avonlea. And when is Anne going to fully pursue her writing career? The teaching has been done to death.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Ok, I have loved all of the books in this series so far, however, this one was a little...how shall I say this - eh. That's what it was. Eh. Anne writes lots of letters to Gilbert, but we never get to see any letters that Gil writes to her. Also, lots of new characters are introduced in this book and I wonder how on earth Anne is going to keep up with all these people. Also, Anne has officially turned into the perfect person who changes the life of everyone she meets. Honestly, does this woman hav Ok, I have loved all of the books in this series so far, however, this one was a little...how shall I say this - eh. That's what it was. Eh. Anne writes lots of letters to Gilbert, but we never get to see any letters that Gil writes to her. Also, lots of new characters are introduced in this book and I wonder how on earth Anne is going to keep up with all these people. Also, Anne has officially turned into the perfect person who changes the life of everyone she meets. Honestly, does this woman have a flaw? I hope the following books show more of her human side and less of her angelic perfection.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Anne is finished at College and is now the Principal of Summerside High School. She writes to her beloved Gilbert who is continuing his education to become a medical doctor. Anne shares her experiences with the colorful and eccentric folks at Summerside. This is another charming story that will delight all readers.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    Anne Shirley is without a doubt my dearest fictional friend.

  27. 4 out of 5

    steph

    Review February 2021: Is it too late to start a letter writing campaign to get the [several pages omitted] actually written and published? Asking for a friend...... Review June 2017: For the longest time in my teenage years (before I got my first job and started buying books), this was the only Anne book I owned. Due to that, I have a slight partiality to this book that I probably wouldn't have if I read it only as a adult. I will admit this novel is a bit slower to get into than the first three Review February 2021: Is it too late to start a letter writing campaign to get the [several pages omitted] actually written and published? Asking for a friend...... Review June 2017: For the longest time in my teenage years (before I got my first job and started buying books), this was the only Anne book I owned. Due to that, I have a slight partiality to this book that I probably wouldn't have if I read it only as a adult. I will admit this novel is a bit slower to get into than the first three and it doesn't have all the people of Avonlea and Green Gables that we know and love but it has charm on its own. I adore the letters to Gilbert (the right kind of pen!) and I like the feud with the Pringles, Little Elizabeth, Katherine with a K and not a C, Rebecca Drew, the Aunts, etc. Some of the short stories I do skip and my, there are a LOT of romances in here that Anne assists with, but all in all I really like this book. Especially when Anne writes things to Gil such as she is afraid that she is scandalously in love with him. MY HEART.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aria

    This one definitely isn't my favorite out of the series. It IS quite amusing, but most interesting when it's read the first time. This one definitely isn't my favorite out of the series. It IS quite amusing, but most interesting when it's read the first time.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sara Saif

    Coming back to this series after two whole years was a sweet, nostalgic and much-needed punch in the feels. I was sighing with contentment the minute I started it if that’s possible. This series has been an absolute delight so far. I smiled. “I’m glad I don’t live in Yesterday … the Tomorrow is still a friend.” I giggled. “There go more italics! But a few italics really do relieve your feelings.” I LOL-ed. “There used to be a stone here for his uncle Samuel, who was reported drowned at s Coming back to this series after two whole years was a sweet, nostalgic and much-needed punch in the feels. I was sighing with contentment the minute I started it if that’s possible. This series has been an absolute delight so far. I smiled. “I’m glad I don’t live in Yesterday … the Tomorrow is still a friend.” I giggled. “There go more italics! But a few italics really do relieve your feelings.” I LOL-ed. “There used to be a stone here for his uncle Samuel, who was reported drowned at sea fifty years ago. When he turned up alive the family took the stone down. The man they bought it from wouldn’t take it back, so Mrs Samuel used it for a baking board. Talk about a marble slab for mixing on! The old tombstone was just fine, she said. The MacTabb children were always bringing cookies to school with raised letters and figures on them – scraps of the epitaph.” It’s so easy to be swept up in it. It’s Anne’s account of her time teaching at a school for three years and the her day-to-day life involves mostly tea parties or dinner parties and the like. And yet, the silliest of things that happen (mostly involving distant, demented and decrepit aunts) manage to sound wonderful and hysterical and entertaining because Anne is a sweet heart and her perception of life and people is endearing. *hugs a pillow*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    While Gilbert finishes medical school, Anne teaches at a high school on P.E.I. The snobby Pringle clan makes her life difficult, and her Pringle students all misbehave in class, until Anne finds the secret to winning them over. I never get tired of reading these wholesome books. Even without the love interest hanging in the balance for Anne and Gilbert, this book is so full of fun and heartache both, and it never gets boring! Each character is lively and unique! I love Rebecca Dew, Aunt Chatty, an While Gilbert finishes medical school, Anne teaches at a high school on P.E.I. The snobby Pringle clan makes her life difficult, and her Pringle students all misbehave in class, until Anne finds the secret to winning them over. I never get tired of reading these wholesome books. Even without the love interest hanging in the balance for Anne and Gilbert, this book is so full of fun and heartache both, and it never gets boring! Each character is lively and unique! I love Rebecca Dew, Aunt Chatty, and Aunt Kate! They are such funny and sweet characters. And I absolutely adore little Elizabeth. Her story arc is so lovely and interesting. I only wish we saw more of Gilbert. He only has one scene in the entire book. I love how Anne tries meddling in other people's lives, sometimes with good results where she really does help people, and sometimes ending in disaster. She is still full of that spunk and mischief that she had as a little girl, but tempered with some maturity and a little more wisdom.

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