Raise your hand if you’ve never heard of a little place called Green Gables? If you haven’t, I suggest marching yourself to the library and becoming acquainted with L.M. Montgomery. Too lazy to get out of your computer chair? Well, friend, quite a few of L.M. Montgomery’s works are in the public domain, which include Anne of Green Gables, one of the most charming books I’ve ever read.
I read Montgomery for the first time last year, and I do appreciate coming to her books a bit later in life. You only ever get to read a book for the first time once, and I’m glad that I was able to appreciate that fact more and savor Montgomery’s writing.
Many of Montgomery’s books take place on Prince Edward Island which is in Canada. Her books are reminiscent of gentler time, when people knew their neighbors and still gossiped over tea. Perhaps her most intrepid, most famous character is Anne Shirley, the vivacious red-head with a heart of gold and a large imagination. I was blown away by Anne’s charms. She’s one character I wish I could be more like, as she works hard in school, always sees the positive, and tried to make her dull life more interesting by infusing imagination into everything, such as calling a plain old lake the ‘Lake of Shining Waters.’ According to wikipedia, “Mark Twain said Montgomery’s Anne was “the dearest and most moving and delightful child since the immortal Alice.” Now, that’s what I call a compliment.
Aside from creating Anne and Gilbert Blythe (swoooooon), Montgomery wrote many other books, each, I have no doubt, to be charming and delightful, with the exception of Among the Shadows.
Rock on LM Montgomery for creating perfect spring reads, actually, perfect anytime reads with characters I wish I could be kindred spirits with!
This post is a part of Author Appreciation Week spearheaded by Heidi R. Kling