Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2)
Publishing date: 2014
"That is one good thing about this world...
there are always sure to be more springs."
Five years have passed since Anne came to the Green Gables to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. She is no longer a skinny little girl, constantly getting into troubles. Well, the later might not be completely true, but otherwise Anne has become a beautiful young lady determind to be a teacher in her beloved Avonlea. Devoted to all the children, she hopes to become an inspiration for them and have an impact on their lives. She also wants to take part in making Avonlea even better a place to live in. And all that is she doing while looking after two rather exuberant twins. Will she be successful at reaching of the set goals?
"Fancies are like shadows... you can't cage them,
they're such wayward, dancing things."
It's actually taken me more than a year to finally pick up and read this sequel to Anne of Green Gables. I seriously don't know why I am so uncosistant at reading series. But I guess that I naturaly think of the Anne series as of books that are meant to be read in our garden. And so when I had moved to London right after finishing the first book, I just had to wait untill being back at home again. Trust me, reading about Anne's adventures in London's undergroug really isn't fitting. L. M. Montgomery's words are so sweet and delightful that you just have to find a silent place to be while reading them. Only rustling of the wind in the branches above your head or perhaps singing of the birds might be accepted as a soundtrack to the story...
"I'm sure I shall always feel like a child in the woods.
These walks home from school are almost the only time I have for dreaming..."
I feel like Anne of Green Gables is an iconic read. I fell in love with the whole town of Avonlea with the first book and I grew fond of Anne right from the very beginning. But I've actually started to love the story even more with this second book. I liked the person Anne was becoming to. She was still a day dreamer and a very romantic soul, which is what I liked about her the best in the first book, but she also became more reasonable and genler in her conduct, which I really appreciated. I think my putting the book off might have been caused by my suspecting that the following books in the series won't be as amazing as the first one, but I was totaly wrong. Anne of Avonlea was a beautifully written continuing story full of pleasure and comfort. I adored the new characters of Anne's pupils and the kids she chaperoned. But most importantly, I was glad to find Anne to be still a kindred spirit, absolutely charming and inspiring...