Dedicated "to all the girls over the world who have "wanted more" about ANNE"
Always a love, L.M. Montgomery's rich story of a grown Anne of Green Gables at eighteen as she leaves her beloved home and Prince Edward Island to fulfill her dream.
Dialogue driven, Anne of the Island has it's own way of evoking the era. Maud Montgomery is adept at creating witty conversation and humour that adds to the listening [and reading] enjoyment.
Anne of the Island, originally published in July 1915, continues to inspire and influence heartfelt love for Anne and Ms Montgomery's writing on this 100th year anniversary of its publication.
Written at the manse in Leaskdale, Ontario, following her marriage to minister, Ewen MacDonald, it followed the successful 1908 publication of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea,
This third novel in the Anne series includes 4 years of an adult Anne's life. Moving from her rural home at Green Gables on Prince Edward Island to city life in Kingsport, Nova Scotia, Redmond College [based on Dalhousie University where Maud herself attended] dorm living, to shared rent of Paddy's Place, a cozy private cottage Anne had dreamed of since discovering it in her first year at college. We are treated to her life together with friends Priscilla Grant and Philippa Gordon for the remaining 3 years of school and socializing as Anne pursues completion of her education BA.
During this time, Anne discovers life on her own initiative, the sale of her first story, the home of her birth in the fictional town of Bolingbroke [based on New London], along with a welcome gift from the current owner. Anne receives several very unusual proposals, visits Green Gables home for holidays and weddings, including that of her childhood friend Diana, romantic attachments, and studiously avoids Gilbert Blythe's attentions.
An excellent addition to the Anne series,
I personally recommend either novel reading or audio copy, especially in honour of this 100th year Celebration!
Post Hypnotic Press audio, published May 30th 2013, 8.5 hrs.
This version features Colleen Winton as narrator, as the first 2 Anne audios in the series. I find her characterizations are not as distinct as could be though the age of the voice corresponds closer to the older Anne in this story. Sample: LISTEN HERE
Production is well executed technically for listening enjoyment. Speech is evenly modulated without breaks or background interruptions.
*Appreciation to Post Hypnotic Press for an audio download for listening and review purposes without cost or compensation.
Author L.M. [Maud] Montgomery :
Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for one of several series of novels beginning with ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, published in 1908.
Born at CLifton, Prince Edward Island, November 30, 1874, she came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge, Ontario, in 1911 after wedding Rev Ewen Macdonald on July 11th, 1911 in Prince Edward Island. Her three children were born at Leaskdale. Maud wrote close to a dozen books while living in the Leaskdale Manse before the Macdonald family moved to Norval, Ontario in 1926. Maud died in Toronto April 24, 1942 and was buried at Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.
Pretty pleased with the count so far. Reached 12/20 for June and 104/120 year.
Here' s how this month stacked up ~
1st read - Stacie Henry's HOPE's PROMISE
A lovely enovella bringing closure to a WWI couples' romance first discovered in A HOPE REMEMBERED. Conclusion to the fantastic Of Love and War trilogy.
2nd - Susan Anne Mason's IRISH MEADOWS
A historical romance publishing in 1 week, I loved the romances - yes, more than 1! - and the character development life situations brought to our sisters and their suitors. Such a good book. One of my Tuesday Top 10s posted yesterday.
3rd - MC Beaton's DEATH OF A LIAR
June being audiobook month, I focused my reads to that end. I definitely favour Scottish accents and love revisiting locations I'm familiar with, so MC Beaton's mysteries are a go to . Office Hamish Macbeth is the police officer of a Highlands village who gets more than his fair share of trouble!
4th - EVANLY BODIES by Rhys Bowen
A similar type mystery, this time with a Welsh policeman, and characteristics of Wales. ~
5th - THE WINTER GARDEN MYSTERY by Carola Dunn
Another audio by prolific Brit author [now living stateside]. Interesting historical of the 1930s.
Honourable Daisy Dalrymple who takes employment as a journalist, much to the displeasure of her aristocrat mother. A developing romance between Daisy and detective inspector of a lower class.
Class issues in plain view in this series along with mysterious deaths.
6th - AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS by Maxine Bailey
Set in the 18th century, I found this well written and an intriguing depiction of life of that era. New to me author, I'll be watching for next reads. ~
7th- SUMMER'S LIST by Anita Higman
Currently on book tour, I will be posting later with thoughts. A warm and compassionate story of a young woman's relationship with her grandma as she nears life's end. And the providential re-discovery of a childhood friend... ~
8th - AFTER THE WAR IS OVER by Jennifer Robson
Audio listen of this English tale. Relationships and life realities in England after WWI
with advances for women at this crucial conjucture in time. Historical details seamlessly included
in the telling. ~
9th - THE ROSE GIRLS by Victoria Connelly
Familial tale of 3 sisters reconnected after the mother's passing. Dramatic and realistic of the
effects on each. Lovely reconciliation and romances developed as the girls work through life together. A new to me English accented narrator for this audio. ~
10th- THE PRICE OF PRIVILEGE by Jessica Dotta
Concluding gothic novel of the trilogy by the same name. Hugely anticipated
as this was a fav series that gripped with intrigue, suspense, gorgeous wordsmithing,
and evocative storytelling. My fav Brit accents by Amanda McKnight narrating. ~
11th- BOUNDARIES by Drs Townsend and Cloud
Sound and helpful material provided in the understanding of the development of boundaries
and the need for same. Well read by the chosen narrator, who made the material enjoyable in his ability to characterize samples of people with boundary issues. ~
12th- DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP by MC Beaton
Another audio of Hamish Macbeth's Scottish Highland adventures, this one
may just be my fav to date... Narrating excellence with every cast member individually
characterized with distinction.
On to my 13th and 14th reads before the month ended, I'm now focused on reading for the
Canadian Book Challenge #9 that begins today - Canada's 148th Birthday!
You're very welcome to join the annual fun reading Canadian books/authors
As well as ~
Paris in July ! A month of reading everything Paris and French inspired.
July 14: Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies) July 21: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters [example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC, neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.] July 28: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds [love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc] (inspired by my Top Ten Characters Who Love Words) August 4: Ten Fairytale Retellings I've Read/Want To Read [or you could do fairytales I want to be retold or fairytales I love]
Reflecting on 'Father', I recognize my valuing of God, in the role of Father, has increased to fill my need
since the loss of my earthly father .
"God in his holy dwelling, is a father to orphans..."
How intricately God is involved in our lives as Father.
Today's #SONGSonSUNDAYS is a favourite
- FATHER'S LOVE LETTER -
to inspirit us all in the encompassing embrace of our Father.
~ My Child ~
You may not know me, but I know everything about you.(Psalm 139:1) I know when you sit down and when you rise up.(Psalm 139:2) I am familiar with all your ways.(Psalm 139:3) Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.(Matthew 10:29-31) For you were made in my image (Genesis1:27) In me you live and move and have your being. (Acts 17:28) For you are my offspring.[Acts 17.28] I knew you even before you were concived.(Jeremiah 1:4-5) I chose you when I planned creation.(Ephesians 1:11-12) You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book.(Psalm 139:15-16) I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live.(Acts17:26) You are fearfully and wonderfully made.(Psalm 139:14) I knit you together in your mother's womb.(Psalm 139:13) And brought you forth on the day you were born.(Psalm 71:6) I have been misrepresented by those who do not know me (John 8.41-44) I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love.(1 John 4:16) And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.(1 John 3:1) Simply because you are my child and I am your Father.(1 John 3:1) I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.(Matthew 7:11) For I am the perfect father.(Matthew5:48) Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.(James 1:17) For I am your provider and I meet all your needs (Matthew 6.31-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.(Jeremiah29:11) Because I love you with an everlasting love.(Jeremiah 31:3) My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore.(Psalms 139:17-18) And I rejoice over you with singing.(Zephaniah 3:17) I will never stop doing good to you.(Jeremiah 32:40) For you are my treasured possession (Exodus 19:5) I desire to you establish you with all my heart and all my soul.(Jeremiah 33:3) And I want to show you great and marvelous things.(Jeremiah 33:3) If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me.(Deuteronomy4:29) Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart.(Psalm 37:4) For it is I who gave you those desires.(Philippians2:13) I am able to do more for you than you possibly imagine.(Ephesians3:20) For I am your greatest encourager (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) I am also the father who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you (Psalm34:18) As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart.(Isaiah40:11) One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes.(Revelation 21:3-4) And I will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth.(Revelation 21:3-4) I am your father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. (John 17:23) For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.(John17:26) He is the exact representation of my being. (Hebrews 1:3) He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you.(Romans 8:31) And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.(2 Corinthians 5. 18-19) Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5.18-19) His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you.(1 John 4:10) I gave up everthing I loved that I might gain your love.(Romans 8:31-32) If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me.(1 John2:23) And nothing will ever separate you from my love again.(Romans 8.38-39) Come home and I will throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen.(Luke 15:7) I have always been father, and will always be father.(Ephesians 3.14-15) My question is will you be my child? (John 1.12-13) I am waiting for you.(Luke 15.11-32)
Love, Your Dad ,
May you be blessed in the reality of that LOVE...
You're invited to add your responses in comments
and to link your own selections for #SONGSonSUNDAYS this week.