Anne of Windy Poplars

Anne of Windy Poplars

Paperback - 1996
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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 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Seal Books, [1996], c1936.
Edition: Special Collector's edition
ISBN: 9780770421670
Characteristics: 264 pages :,map ;,18 cm.


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Aug 14, 2018

Less romance than I thought there would be but otherwise a great book. I was quite disappointed because Anne and Gilbert don't get married in this book. After all, it did take quite some time for Anne to realize she loves Gilbert. Again, great book but my favorite is the first book. I always find that the first book is always the best because you don't know what to expect in the next books to come. I recommend it.

May 24, 2018

Anne of Windy Poplars, also known as Anne of Windy Willows, is the fourth book in the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery. After her engagement to Gilbert Blythe, Anne is now a boarder at the seemingly pleasant Windy Poplars, Spook’s Lane, Summerside… yet all the difficulties Anne faces through the story is astonishing and heavy. However, through all the noise and bustle and hysterics of the people, there are few little messengers like angels on earth: “Little” Elizabeth Grayson with her severely repressed dreams and fancies… Teddy Armstrong with his dog in the sunlit woods… And the way Anne keeps her own ideals, personality, dreams, and spirit through the crushing influence of a sudden change in surroundings—the way she uses her bright spirit to illuminate others’ lives—is also clearly something for the reader to learn about. Anne of Windy Poplars whirls through a dizzying variety of characters, touching upon many aspects of humans, emphasizing the purity and beauty of a child’s nature, and displays a whole new set of dreams and outlooks on life. Through its luminous warmth and skillful twists, this novel is sure to depict delightfully a prettily spread period of three years of Anne’s life at Windy Poplars. “Nobody is never too old to dream. And dreams never grow old.”
- @StarRead of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 24, 2018

This is my least favorite book out of the Anne Series. I read this in a day due do the fact that there was nothing to sink in or something I wished I could read again, like a special moment. I think the author wrote this book to let the three years go bye so she can write about Annes romance with Gilbert. I was disappointed when the letters were omitted because I would have loved the read about there romance. Needless to say, this book was not needed in the series but appreciated:)

Jun 23, 2017

Anne of Windey Poplars was not as Romantic as I expected it to be. I hoped there would be more scenes with Gilbert and more discription about events in Avonlea (the twins, Mrs. Lynde and Marilla, Diana and Fred). Other wise the book was great and I definatly reccomend it!

A welcome (personal) change from the soap-opera-trainwreck of Anne of the Island, Anne Shirley is then comfortably set up in a house on Spook's Lane, Windy Poplars. There she navigates many a turmoil and fracas, and comforts many the distraught personage: which would have the tendency to turn it saccharine if there wasn't a good deal of ditzy airheads, grouchy curmudgeons, and cantankerous, chattery elders.

It is recorded in epistolary format, crossed with third-person. Anne's letters to Gilbert provide a loving testament to her effusive character, and her adorable prose--and that of Maud (there's something about her that makes one want to refer to her by a comfy name)--lights up the book. It is truly magical.

If one would wish to become nitpicky, it is saccharine and formulaic in the middle, and strange in reference to Lewis and Anne's peregrination--prior characters are almost totally omitted (tragically) but in all, it is a lovely, beautifully written, classic.

Oct 12, 2011

This is the fourth installment in the classic "Anne" series. It pictures a young-woman Anne during her three-year engagement to Gilbert Blythe (and we all knew that was coming). A good deal is taken up by Annes letters to loved ones (mostly for Gilbert, though the good parts are censored *sigh*). It is not quite as romantic as I expected, though it is still quite good, and if you want to understand the following installments fully, it is a good idea to read this one. Four starry grey eyes out of five.

Jul 26, 2010

This is book was far less romantic than i expected it to be.And it's mostly told in letter format,not normal book format.The previous book,(Anne of the Island) had a better plot.

May 16, 2010

This book answers the question about what Anne was doing during her (at least) three-year engagement to Gilbert Blythe. As I am reading the Anne books in order of Anne’s age, and not in order of publication, this wasn’t a question that had occurred to me.

The answer is that Anne moved away to become the principal of a school in another town. As in Anne Of Avonlea, the reader gets very few looks into the classroom – Anne’s three years are related mostly by her adventures in the evenings and on weekends. These adventures include an almost ghost story, censored love letters to Gilbert, and an adult spanking scene!

This installment is the fourth by order of Anne’s age, but seventh by order of publication, and it feels exactly like a late-in-the-day offering tacked onto a popular series, almost like a reunion episode of your favourite TV show.

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