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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Book Beginnings: Anne of Avonlea

 Today I am linking up to Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader where readers share the first sentence of the current book they are reading.

"A tall, slim girl, "half-past sixteen," with serious gray eyes and hair which her friends called auburn, had sat down on the broad red sandstone doorstep of a Prince Edward Island farmhouse one ripe afternoon in August, firmly resolved to construe so many lines of Virgil."

Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (1909, Bantom Books) is the second book in the Anne of Green Gables series. From the introduction of Avonlea, the reader is informed that Anne is now sixteen, setting the stage for a coming-of-age story. Anne is an endearing character that has captured the attention of readers for over a century. My book group is currently reading the entire series together and I am excited that this novel begins in August, helping to instantly connect me to the storyline.

L.M. Montgomery
About the book (from The book's title is fitting, as Anne is no longer simply "of Green Gables" as she was in the previous book, but now takes her place among the "important" people (and the "grown up" people) of Avonlea society, as its only schoolteacher. She is also a founding member of the A.V.I.S. (the Avonlea Village Improvement Society), which tries to improve (with questionable results) the Avonlea landscape.

About the Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942), called "Maud" by family and friends and publicly known as L. M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908. Anne of Green Gables was an immediate success. The central character, Anne, an orphaned girl, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. The first novel was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery went on to publish 20 novels as well as 500 short stories and poems. Many of the novels were set on Prince Edward Island, Canada and places in the Canadian province became literary landmarks. She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935. Montgomery's work, diaries and letters have been read and studied by scholars and readers worldwide.

Happy Reading!


  1. I love this series! I re-read it recently, and I can't wait for my own little redheads to meet Anne someday.

  2. Woah...that's one long sentence. It's beautifully done though.

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  3. I've never read an Anne of Green Gables book, but I feel like I should totally read them though! ALso 'half-past sixteen' is such a nice phrase! Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a great weekend!
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  4. I loved this series as a child....and recently downloaded a set of the first books, as I haven't read them all.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's

  5. Lovely! Thanks for posting the opening on Book Beginnings on Fridays!

    I am now a new follower.

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  6. I honestly can't remember if I read past the first book in this series! I need to remedy that :)

  7. Ohhhhhhh...I remember reading this book.

    THANKS for sharing.

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  8. I read this way back when and I wanted to be Anne. :P Thanks so much for visiting .. seems we read a lot of the same things :)



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