Book Review: Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables  Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery


Review copy provided by publisher

Simon & Schuster, 2014

 Synopsis- Anne Shirley is unforgettable, and this beautifully packaged edition of L.M. Montgomery’s classic novel is as memorable as its heroine.

When Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables, she surprises everyone: first of all, she’s a girl, even though Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew specifically asked for an orphan boy to help around the farm. And second of all, she’s not just any girl: she has bright red hair, a wild imagination, and can talk a mile a minute.

But she also has a sweet disposition and quick wit, and Anne (spelt with an e; of courses!) soon finds her place in Avonlea, making a friend in her neighbor Diana Barry and attending the local school, where she spurns the advances of the popular and handsome Gilbert Blythe when he commits the ultimate sin of making fun of her hair.

Anne has a temper as fiery as her hair and a knack for finding trouble, and she also has a big heart and a positive attitude that affects everyone she meets. This classic and beloved story makes a wonderful gift and keepsake’s

Review- I can’t believe it’s taken almost 30 years for me to finally read this children’s classic! Anne of Green Gables has been on my reading wishlist for a very long time and when the opportunity to review the new boxed set edition published by Simon & Schuster I  knew I’d finally have my chance!

It’s such a beautiful boxed set and it looks lovely on my bookshelves! Though I haven’t read the entire series yet, I have just finished reading the first novel, Anne of Green Gables. I zipped through this novel quite quickly, which is unusual for me when it comes to classics (I usually read them over several weeks or months) but it was such a lovely, quick read that I couldn’t put it down. Anne is a fiery, intelligent and very likeable protagonist. She’s orphaned at a young age and is adopted by Marilla and Matthew of Green Gables. Though they’d expected a boy, the boisterous new arrival quickly warms their hearts and Anne becomes a treasured addition not only to their family as well but the community of Avonlea too. I must admit I found her talkative (now that’s an understatement!) nature a little exhausting at first- much like her adoptive parents- but I soon warmed to her and found her rambling nature quite endearing-also much like her parents. A coming of age story that advocates success and happiness for the most disadvantaged. A great story, in a beautiful collection which I fully intend to read more of!


Overall Rating


“I loved this book!”


Anne of Green Gables library edition can be purchased from Fishpond and other leading book retailers

At Bookish Gifts you can find beautiful hand typed (on a vintage typewriter) Anne of Green Gables quotes.

Anne of Green Gables "Because when you are imagining" Quote Hand Typed on Vintage Typewriter



  • I loved Anne of Green Gables when I was growing up, and slowly collected all of the books (including some spin offs i.e. Chronicles of Avonlea.) I think it took me about five years to get them all, as some of the lesser known titles were out of print here and I had to wait for copies to come in to my uncle’s secondhand bookstore. Anyway, I’m glad that you enjoyed reading it.

      • As far as I know there are three spin-offs–Chronicles of Avonlea, Further Chronicles of Avonlea and The Road to Yesterday. The editions I own were published by Angus & Robertson in 1958, 1959 and 1975.

  • I also haven’t read the Anne series!

    I am trying to decide which edition to go for and that’s how I came across your blog.

    The fact you read the book so quickly makes it even more appealing!

    Is the font size in the Simon & Schuster edition medium or large? Is the book floppy (can it open up comfortably and lay flat)?

    Have you read any of L. M. Montgomery’s other works? I am also interested in picking up Jane of Lantern Hill and The Blue Castle.

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