The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables is a worldwide phenomenon that has sold over fifty million copies and inspired numerous films, plays, musicals, and television series. It has turned Prince Edward Island into a multimillion-dollar tourist destination visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year. In The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables, Catherine Reid reveals how Lucy Maud Montgomery’s deep connection to the landscape inspired her to write Anne of Green Gables. From the Lake of Shining Waters and the Haunted Wood to Lover’s Lane, readers will be immersed in the real places immortalized in the novel. Using Montgomery’s journals, archives, and scrapbooks, Reid explores the many similarities between Montgomery and her unforgettable heroine, Anne Shirley. The lush package includes Montgomery’s hand-colorized photographs, the illustrations originally used in Anne of Green Gables, and contemporary and historical photography.   

The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables Details

TitleThe Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 17th, 2018
PublisherTimber Press
ISBN-139781604697896
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Travel, Cultural, Canada, Writing, Books About Books, Art, Photography

The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables Review

  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    ”As in the novels that preceded it, the strong draw of Anne’s story is due as much to the orphan’s charisma as to the setting where it takes place – in her case, the wooded paths, the orchards in bloom, the fields stretching out to the sea. But the lasting gift of Anne of Green Gables is how the landscape also fuels Anne’s prodigious imagination; it’s where she goes when she needs sustenance; it’s the example that she’ll hold onto for what is beautiful, what is possible.”Born in the town of Clif ”As in the novels that preceded it, the strong draw of Anne’s story is due as much to the orphan’s charisma as to the setting where it takes place – in her case, the wooded paths, the orchards in bloom, the fields stretching out to the sea. But the lasting gift of Anne of Green Gables is how the landscape also fuels Anne’s prodigious imagination; it’s where she goes when she needs sustenance; it’s the example that she’ll hold onto for what is beautiful, what is possible.”Born in the town of Clifton, which is now known as New London, in November of 1874, on Prince Edward Island, Maud Montgomery was not even two years old when her mother died of tuberculosis. Soon after, her father left Prince Edward Island, with a group of families migrating to western Canada. He left young Maud behind with her maternal grandparents. ”I was impulsive, warm-hearted, emotional; grandmother was cold and reserved, narrow in her affections and sensibilities.” -- The Select Journals of L.M. Montgomery, VOL 1After some time, she went to live with her father and his new wife - a woman who was extremely jealous of her loving relationship with her father, and had no interest in spending time with her stepdaughter. Soon her stepmother had a child, and Maud became the one responsible for cleaning the home, caring for the baby, and more. She was also attending school, and dreaming of Prince Edward Island.I’ve never been to Prince Edward Island, but after reading this and looking over the pictures and photographs in this book off and on, I want to go there. Some original old photographs, and some newer, beautiful ones of the land there, the flowers and turn the page and there’s an old photograph of a horse and buggy on a dirt lane, photographs of places she included in her books, ‘The Lake of Shining Waters’ and ‘Lover’s Lane.’The photographs are beautiful, my favourites were Montgomery’s photographs that she shot herself (c. 1917), and many more current ones, showing the beauty of the island, and then there are the ones with landscapes of the beautiful flowers or trees or lanes with quotes from her much beloved books. ”When I am asked if Anne herself is a ‘real person,’ I always answer ‘no’ with an odd reluctance and an uncomfortable feeling of not telling the truth. For she is and always has been, from the moment I first thought of her, so real to me that I feel I am doing violence to something when I deny her an existence anywhere save Dreamland … She is so real that, although I’ve never met her, I feel quite sure I shall do so some day – perhaps in a stroll through Lover’s Lane in the twilight – or in the moonlit Birch Path – I shall lift my eyes and find her, child or maiden, by my side. And I shall not be in the least surprised because I have always known that she was somewhere.”While this will undoubtedly delight fans of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, it isn’t necessary to have read her books to appreciate these lovely photographs, or her story. It might also serve as an inspiration to read her books, but for those who have felt they shared a bond with Anne.Pub Date: 18 Apr 2018Many thanks for the ARC provided by Timber Press
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  • Schizanthus
    January 1, 1970
    Calling all kindred spirits! Did you know that because of the success of Anne of Green Gables the second most successful industry on Prince Edward Island is tourism? Once you look at the gorgeous landscape photography in this book you'll want to book your trip as well.The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables has plenty of information about Anne's creator, Lucy Maud Montgomery, who preferred to be known as Maud (without an e). You'll gain insight into her childhood and love of Prince Edward Island Calling all kindred spirits! Did you know that because of the success of Anne of Green Gables the second most successful industry on Prince Edward Island is tourism? Once you look at the gorgeous landscape photography in this book you'll want to book your trip as well.The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables has plenty of information about Anne's creator, Lucy Maud Montgomery, who preferred to be known as Maud (without an e). You'll gain insight into her childhood and love of Prince Edward Island. The quotes from Maud's journal are accompanied by her family photos and pages of Maud's scrapbooks. With personal insights from Maud you'll learn the parallels and differences between her life and Anne's and you'll be granted access to images of the 1908 version of Anne of Green Gables.I felt like I'd stepped back in time while paging through this book. With photos of Prince Edward Island from the late 1800's to today you'll see what's changed and what remains as if time has stood still. I particularly loved seeing the photos of Prince Edward Island throughout the seasons. My favourite comparison photos are of Teapot Rock in the 1890's which, having eroded over time, is now known as Teacup Rock.There's a rustic charm to this book that would make it a lovely gift for lifelong Anne fans who will enjoy revisiting their favourite locations.I received a copy of this book from NetGalley (thank you so much to NetGalley and Timber Press for the opportunity) in exchange for honest feedback.
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Timber Press, NetGalley, and the author Catherine Reid, for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Honestly, this is a 5-star book for me! My Mom and I shared a love of Anne of Green Gables. We read four or five of the books in the series out loud to each other as I was overcoming a health issue in my early twenties. We grew to love our kindred spirit, Anne. Our love of Anne and her descriptions of PEI prompted a vacation visit to the island. What a wonderful ex Thanks to Timber Press, NetGalley, and the author Catherine Reid, for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Honestly, this is a 5-star book for me! My Mom and I shared a love of Anne of Green Gables. We read four or five of the books in the series out loud to each other as I was overcoming a health issue in my early twenties. We grew to love our kindred spirit, Anne. Our love of Anne and her descriptions of PEI prompted a vacation visit to the island. What a wonderful experience we had driving the red soil back roads, visiting the Anne of Green Gables site, watching the cows graze next to the seashore and having tea in Charlottetown.This book is a wonderful mix of LM (Lucy MAUD) Montgomery biography, Prince Edward Island travelogue, and exquisite photos of those environs. It would be a great gift for an inveterate traveler, or a reader who cherishes Anne. It would also make a nice coffee table book.I especially enjoyed the photos, especially those that showed PEI during all four seasons. This area is very really rural, but it hosts lots of Anne of Green Gables fans throughout the year. I think I read somewhere that 'Anne' tourism is the second largest industry on the island. Maud Montgomery's biography was bittersweet, and paralleled quite a few of the experiences that were written for young Anne. She did not have an easy time with her husband, and after moving off the island, I think it continued to call to her. It still calls to me, and I was only there for a few days.
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  • Wendi Lee
    January 1, 1970
    This book was lovely. I loved Anne of Green Gables when I was a child. I felt a real kinship with the red-haired orphan and her wild imagination, and imagined Prince Edward Island as beautifully lush and just as wild as Anne. I've always wanted to travel there to see the island for myself, but haven't had a chance yet. Reading The Landscapes that Inspired Anne of Green Gables, however, gives you a satisfying glimpse of what it's like. There are gorgeous photographs of Prince Edward Island and Av This book was lovely. I loved Anne of Green Gables when I was a child. I felt a real kinship with the red-haired orphan and her wild imagination, and imagined Prince Edward Island as beautifully lush and just as wild as Anne. I've always wanted to travel there to see the island for myself, but haven't had a chance yet. Reading The Landscapes that Inspired Anne of Green Gables, however, gives you a satisfying glimpse of what it's like. There are gorgeous photographs of Prince Edward Island and Avonlea, but what I didn't expect was the biography of L.M. Montgomery, and the many similarities between her childhood and Anne's. Reid focuses specifically on the pair's love of nature, and even takes us through different seasons as experienced on Prince Edward Island. This is more than a glossy photography book. It's a homage to L.M. Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables, one that made me nostalgic and even shed a tear or two. *Thank you to Timber Press and Netgalley for an ARC*
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  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    I took a few weeks hiatus from reading and came back to finish this lovely book of picturesque settings and glimpses into the past.This would make a stunning coffee table book. Filled with nostalgia, gorgeous pictures, and a brief then and now about Prince Edwards Islands, The Landscape of Anne of Green Gables was idyllic and perfect for a peaceful afternoon read. I especially liked how Reid discusses the parallels between Montgomery's and Anne's disposition and surroundings. It makes me wish I' I took a few weeks hiatus from reading and came back to finish this lovely book of picturesque settings and glimpses into the past.This would make a stunning coffee table book. Filled with nostalgia, gorgeous pictures, and a brief then and now about Prince Edwards Islands, The Landscape of Anne of Green Gables was idyllic and perfect for a peaceful afternoon read. I especially liked how Reid discusses the parallels between Montgomery's and Anne's disposition and surroundings. It makes me wish I'd been alive when Montgomery was as I am sure with her similarities to Anne, we would be kindred spirits.
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  • Alisha
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a combination biography, textual commentary, and photographs about the love of nature that L.M. Montgomery and her creation Anne of Green Gables have in common.Any fan of L.M. Montgomery's work will enjoy this book. It manages to weave together the basic facts of L.M. Montgomery's life, from childhood through her sad death, and at the same time evoke happy memories from her novels, particularly the Anne ones.It's not hard to see that L.M. Montgomery found particular solace in the wo This book is a combination biography, textual commentary, and photographs about the love of nature that L.M. Montgomery and her creation Anne of Green Gables have in common.Any fan of L.M. Montgomery's work will enjoy this book. It manages to weave together the basic facts of L.M. Montgomery's life, from childhood through her sad death, and at the same time evoke happy memories from her novels, particularly the Anne ones.It's not hard to see that L.M. Montgomery found particular solace in the woods, gardens, and landscapes of her home on Prince Edward Island. Passages from her journal confirm that in the midst of any distress, she sought the outdoors. There are some stunning photographs from the island in this book, especially the seascapes. The conclusion of the book becomes ever more poignant as you realize that L.M. Montgomery became an exile from her beloved island after her marriage, a circumstance that likely contributed to eventual overwhelming depression. When combined with her husband's worsening bouts of insanity, the fact that she endured as well as she did is remarkable.While this book certainly delves into both the bitter and the sweet, it does a good job at keeping front and center the landscapes and restorative power of nature that are right at the heart of most of L.M. Montgomery's work. It inspires the reader to look for beauty in the world and treasure it, no matter what.***I received an advance copy of this via NetGalley. To be published March 2018.
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  • Dianna
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a joy for a lifelong fan of L.M. Montgomery like me. It's packed with gorgeous photographs of Prince Edward Island and the historical sites from Montgomery's life and books. Also included are photographs taken by Montgomery and tidbits from her personal scrapbooks alongside plenteous quotes from her works and autobiography.In the last decade or so, producers, authors, and scholars have constantly been taking classic literature (such as Anne of Green Gables) and throwing out their sp This book is a joy for a lifelong fan of L.M. Montgomery like me. It's packed with gorgeous photographs of Prince Edward Island and the historical sites from Montgomery's life and books. Also included are photographs taken by Montgomery and tidbits from her personal scrapbooks alongside plenteous quotes from her works and autobiography.In the last decade or so, producers, authors, and scholars have constantly been taking classic literature (such as Anne of Green Gables) and throwing out their spin on it. A new take on a classic is a likely moneymaker, and I understand the appeal. But so many of these works and productions lean toward exploitation of the work rather than love for it. Rather than trying to "update" a beloved classic for a modern audience or "expose" the historical realities behind a piece, I appreciate that author Catherine Reid has simply endeavored to show us the beauty and simplicity that Montgomery conveyed in her books, and I thank her from the bottom of my heart for staying true to the magic and innocence that Anne embodies.
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  • Ashley Owens
    January 1, 1970
    I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.I will most certainly be purchasing my own hard copy of this book! Just for the photographs alone! The pictures of Montgomery and her life, and especially of Prince Edward Island both in her time and in modern days were just stunning!This book made me not only want to go to P.E.I. IMMEDIATELY, but I also plan to find and buy some of Montgomery's journals as well. They are referenced quite a bit in this book, because it t I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.I will most certainly be purchasing my own hard copy of this book! Just for the photographs alone! The pictures of Montgomery and her life, and especially of Prince Edward Island both in her time and in modern days were just stunning!This book made me not only want to go to P.E.I. IMMEDIATELY, but I also plan to find and buy some of Montgomery's journals as well. They are referenced quite a bit in this book, because it talks a lot about her descriptions of the Island as she wrote them in her journals, her life growing up, and the ways in which she was so much like Anne Shirley. I definitely would like to read all of these things for myself.It was very interesting to see the way PEI has changed since Anne and Montgomery's time, and to know that the "modernization" of the Island didn't actually happen until fairly late.I would highly recommend this to fans of Anne of Green Gables - it made me very sentimental and fall in love with the story all over again! And like I said, it really made me want to visit the Island very soon! The whole book just expanded on the magic of the setting, the story, and Montgomery's imagination. I definitely learned a lot!
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  • Marzie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.As many of my friends and followers know, I retain an almost irrational love for Anne of Green Gables, decades after first reading the books one summer, returning to school, and finding that my bestie SleepingKoala45 (Wishful Thinking) had been on the exact same kick. (This was in the days before email and cell phones and stuff, people) SK45 and I spent hours... no days... no weeks... talking about th I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.As many of my friends and followers know, I retain an almost irrational love for Anne of Green Gables, decades after first reading the books one summer, returning to school, and finding that my bestie SleepingKoala45 (Wishful Thinking) had been on the exact same kick. (This was in the days before email and cell phones and stuff, people) SK45 and I spent hours... no days... no weeks... talking about these books and analyzing characters in them. Okay, honestly, we still sometimes talk about these books. Lucy Maud Montgomery was the reason why, at the tender age of 13, I wrote my first letter to a publisher, seeking a copy of LMM's The Road to Yesterday, which had been published in a vanishingly small print run, after an editor at McGraw-Hill Ryerson wrecked the volume by chopping it to pieces, eliminating half the source material. (FYI #1, they sent it to me with a bill for $4, which I paid and still have folded in the book. I can't believe back in those days how people trusted you to pay after you received the merchandise. Or that a hardback book was only $4! FYI#2, that book was re-released in 2009 in full form as The Blythes Are Quoted.) When I say irrational love, that has to do with some of the same flaws in LMM's books that one sees of other books of the period (racism, sexism, tropes about relationships, etc.). Yeah, it's kind of odd given what an ardent feminist and civil rights supporter I am but I loved this series and felt like I watched Anne go from my age to adulthood and it was thrilling. (Plus, come on, they're more than a hundred years old and even much older Shakespeare has these same flaws. And no, don't say I'm comparing them like equals. Sigh) But I digress.The Landscapes of Green Gables is far and away one of the best AoGG-related books I've had the pleasure of reading. It puts Maud Montgomery and Anne Shirley in sync, and lets us see how Montgomery looked at nature, and how that vision was built into Anne as a character reflective of Montgomery herself. It also gives historical context to the development of PEI, where we can still find some of what Montgomery loved. In some cases, the island has become more forested than it was when LMM lived there! Pointedly, it shows us why we still read Anne stories. It all comes down to her perception of beauty and love of nature. The characters are sweet but what makes Anne stand out is her imagination and her ability to recognize the beauty in the environment around Green Gables and Avonlea (Cavendish). In this respect, Montgomery's Anne books are similar to the Limberlost works of Gene Stratton Porter: the timeless love of nature. (Those books are also troubled by classist conventional thinking of the day and yet I still love them, too.)From the gardens of Silver Bush to the vistas around Cavendish, and other areas of PEI, Reid gives us insights into LMM's world, her loves, and why Anne closely reflected her wish fulfillment. This is a lovely book for Anne fans and I now have at it on the Christmas list for someone I know.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Much more than I imagined, this book takes you far beyond the 'Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables'. Almost immediately the author draws your attention to the connection between Anne & Maud herself. I would suppose that Diana Barry & Anne Shirley were not the original 'kindred spirits', but rather Anne & Maud are. There is much to learn about the similarities of the circumstances and upbringing that Maud endured. Despite not being totally orphaned and being raised by extended family, Much more than I imagined, this book takes you far beyond the 'Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables'. Almost immediately the author draws your attention to the connection between Anne & Maud herself. I would suppose that Diana Barry & Anne Shirley were not the original 'kindred spirits', but rather Anne & Maud are. There is much to learn about the similarities of the circumstances and upbringing that Maud endured. Despite not being totally orphaned and being raised by extended family, it's clear to see that she has written about her own experiences. Creating alternate characters to the harsh ones she's left to live with, are, what made the more idyllic life in her mind and evidently found amongst the pages of her novels. Of course there are numerous photographs of Prince Edward Island today. Tourism being its number 2 industry, fueled by the popularity of L.M. Montgomery's famous series, beginning with 'Anne of Green Gables'. While it explains that commercialism has replaced much of the natural and original beauty of the Island, it seems that PEI still maintains enough charm to draw the crowds. Maud documented her life through her journals and scrapbooks and many of her own photographs are included in this book. Most visitors flock to the Island during the warm summer months, and they rarely experience the broad variety of the seasons on PEI. There is a whole chapter devoted to the array of beauty each season brings, and I think it may be my favourite. It is no surprise that Anne herself declares "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers"!! Just stunning and beautiful. The natural world around her, the woodlands, gardens, broad fields, quiet dirt road lanes and the beauty of the coastline leaves no doubts that this influence on her life was her core source of inspiration and peace. It shines through in her writing, and again, another indication that Anne's character is based so heavily on her own life. A real joy to read, this would make a beautiful gift to any 'Anne with a e' fan you know.Thank you to Netgalley for the eARC. This is my honest review.
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  • Lara Maynard
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so much more than I thought it would be. I expected a sort of attractive touristy selection of photos of Prince Edward Island, supported with some text. It turns out that this book is quite an in-depth look at the connection of Lucy Maud Montgomery and her beloved character Anne Shirley with Prince Edward Island. Yes, there are lots of lovely photos of PEI and sites associated with the author's family and the Anne stories, including the Green Gables museum, but there are also images This book is so much more than I thought it would be. I expected a sort of attractive touristy selection of photos of Prince Edward Island, supported with some text. It turns out that this book is quite an in-depth look at the connection of Lucy Maud Montgomery and her beloved character Anne Shirley with Prince Edward Island. Yes, there are lots of lovely photos of PEI and sites associated with the author's family and the Anne stories, including the Green Gables museum, but there are also images and text that take on us a tour through the seasons of the island, particular sites, and their associations with Maud and Anne. These include Maud's personal scrapbooks, journal entries, biographical information, family photos, information about gardens and plants, black and white images colourized by Maude and more.I have been to PEI several times. I've see Anne of Green Gables in several television adaptations and on stage in Charlottetown. I read and loved the Anne series of books in my youth. I thought I knew a fair bit about the place, the author, the character and the books, yet Catherine Reid's book has given me new appreciation for them all. I got goosebumpy a few times while reading it!I read an advance digital copy of this book from Timber Press via NetGalley. #NetGalley #TheLandscapesofAnneofGreenGables
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  • Storyheart
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely book for every reader (like me) who felt she and Anne are kindred spirits. I enjoyed so much re-visiting the Anne of Green Gables stories through this book as well as seeing the pretty landscape of Prince Edward Island for the first time. The addition of biographical details on the parallels between Montgomery and her character was also quite interesting. All fans of L.M. Montgomery's work will enjoy this book and everyone who wants to visit PEI will be inspired by the gorgeous photos. A lovely book for every reader (like me) who felt she and Anne are kindred spirits. I enjoyed so much re-visiting the Anne of Green Gables stories through this book as well as seeing the pretty landscape of Prince Edward Island for the first time. The addition of biographical details on the parallels between Montgomery and her character was also quite interesting. All fans of L.M. Montgomery's work will enjoy this book and everyone who wants to visit PEI will be inspired by the gorgeous photos. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Camille
    January 1, 1970
    The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables explores the real-life landscapes of Prince Edward Island that have influenced Lucy Maud Montgomery, as well as her connection to nature and the way she saw it. Catherine Reid also examines the similarities between Montgomery and Anne Shirley, as well as her other heroines briefly. She gives an account of L.M. Montgomery's life that is short yet it gives enough details to have a comprehensive idea of it.This book is an absolute delight and a must-have. The The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables explores the real-life landscapes of Prince Edward Island that have influenced Lucy Maud Montgomery, as well as her connection to nature and the way she saw it. Catherine Reid also examines the similarities between Montgomery and Anne Shirley, as well as her other heroines briefly. She gives an account of L.M. Montgomery's life that is short yet it gives enough details to have a comprehensive idea of it.This book is an absolute delight and a must-have. The writing is enhanced by modern colour photographs, but also by older black and white as well as coloured photographs, most of them taken by L.M. Montgomery. We're also treated to a few pages of her scrapbooks. It was such a pleasure to explore the landscapes of Prince Edward Island and feel the world of Green Gables come to life. I was given a digital copy for review, but I will buy a hard copy so I can look at it often. It's now part of my favourite books and one that will stay with me.I think even someone who isn't necessarily a fan of Anne of Green Gables would enjoy looking at the magical images of wood walks, cliffs under the snow and colourful flowers. It's a feast for the eyes and really is a great homage to L.M. Montgomery's work. You can almost hear Anne admire the world around her as you read The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables.Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and Timber Press.-----http://camillesbookishadventures.word...
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    When I first went to London, I expected to see the London of Peter Pan, and Mary Poppins. But even 40 years ago, that London had long gone, destroyed by time, and WWII bombs. There were bits, bits, where you could see the old London, but they were far and few between. Sometimes great stories, set in areas will have to be visited only in your head. Just as the Los Angeles of Raymond Chandler has long since vanished.For the lucky ones, for the ones that wanted to preserve the land that inspired th When I first went to London, I expected to see the London of Peter Pan, and Mary Poppins. But even 40 years ago, that London had long gone, destroyed by time, and WWII bombs. There were bits, bits, where you could see the old London, but they were far and few between. Sometimes great stories, set in areas will have to be visited only in your head. Just as the Los Angeles of Raymond Chandler has long since vanished.For the lucky ones, for the ones that wanted to preserve the land that inspired their writing, so that future readers can find that special place, there are some authors, and some lovers of writers that preserved the land, the way the Beatrix Potter bought up much of the Lake District, so that visitors can see where she lived, and where her characters wandered.So too, by luck or by will, the land that the author of Anne of Green Gables and many other books set on Prince Edward Island, has been preserved, in spots. Visitors may not see exactly the things that Maud saw, when she was coming up with her stories, but buildings, shorelines, and fields are still there, and you can visit the house that inspired Green Gables, and see the beach and the forests.And this book shows all of those things, all the beauty now, and then, with photos from Maud's collection of the houses she lived in, and the fields she loved.But it is not just a book of lovely pictures, although I suppose you could skip the writing to just look at the landscapes. But this is also explains why the garden, or the field or the building was significant. And what Maud had to say about it, either in her journal, or in her story.Nicely researched, easy to read, beautiful colors. If you love Anne of Green Gables I would suggest picking up this book.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    "The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables" is a wonderful reading experience. One part nature photography, one part biography, and one part literary examination-this book is beautifully written and accompanied by often breathtaking images of PEI. I thought it was a perfect accompaniment for anyone that has spent time imagining the hills, flowers, and lanes Anne Shirley (L. Maud Montgomery) describes as she flabergasts Marilla and Mathew with her exuberance and imagination. Catherine Reid expertly "The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables" is a wonderful reading experience. One part nature photography, one part biography, and one part literary examination-this book is beautifully written and accompanied by often breathtaking images of PEI. I thought it was a perfect accompaniment for anyone that has spent time imagining the hills, flowers, and lanes Anne Shirley (L. Maud Montgomery) describes as she flabergasts Marilla and Mathew with her exuberance and imagination. Catherine Reid expertly integrates current photographs, archival photographs taken by Montgomery, quotes from Montgomery's novels, and quotes from Montgomery's own journals to create a book that brings to life the world of L. Maud Montgomery. It was wonderful to read how, even though she claimed to not use herself (or any real person) as inspiration for her novels, Lucy Maud Montgomery actually brought her own love and desire to be with and in nature into her stories. I was also surprised to see that even though time has allowed for progress to alter parts of Prince Edward Island, there are so many places that have been preserved and reserved because of the influence of L. M. Montgomery. I would recommend this to those that enjoy nature photography and L. M. Montgomery fans.In exchange for my honest review, I received an Egalley -ARC from NetGalley and Timber Press for which I am thankful.
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  • Pamela Priest
    January 1, 1970
    What a great title for an amazing place on earth. This book shows and describes the wonderful landscape that Lucy Maud Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables lived in. I read all of the Anne of Green Gables books when I was younger, and this book not only showed up the beautiful landscape, but made me realize that Anne was patterned after Lucy Maud Montgomery's life. Thank you for such a beautiful book! I will be ordered it in hardcopy when it comes out. It is a keeper.
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  • Nathan Albright
    January 1, 1970
    [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Net Gallery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]I consider myself at least a mild fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery and of her writings [1], for like her and like many of her characters I am a high-strung and sensitive person who feels compelled to write, has a deep appreciation of creation, and comes off to others as far more optimistic than I feel inside.  In short, I found this book deeply relatable and wanted to read it on those grounds.  Having [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Net Gallery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]I consider myself at least a mild fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery and of her writings [1], for like her and like many of her characters I am a high-strung and sensitive person who feels compelled to write, has a deep appreciation of creation, and comes off to others as far more optimistic than I feel inside.  In short, I found this book deeply relatable and wanted to read it on those grounds.  Having read it, I must say that the book ends up being far better than I expected it to be, and I had high hopes and expectations going into it.  A big part of the reason for that is that the landscapes that the author talks about are multi-layered.  I knew, going into this book, that it would have beautiful landscapes of Prince Edward Island, just from the context I brought with me being familiar with Montgomery's life and writings, but I was not aware that the author would talk about other landscapes as well, including the landscapes of time and the interior landscapes of creativity and inspiration.  All of this made a great book even better.In terms of its contents, this book is about 300 pages but it can be read profitably and well more easily than others of its size because of a great many gorgeous pictures that will make this book a treasured volume on coffee tables and in bookshelves for a great many people for a long time to come.  The book is organized in a way that puts its gorgeous photos and the author's text in the best light, being divided into thematically organized chapters that discuss such matters as an introduction to Prince Edward Island and its history, the interconnected lives of Anne of Green Gables and Lucy Maud Montgomery as kindred orphans, the loveliness of Prince Edward Island during Montgomery's time and our own, the poetic imagination of both Montgomery and her protagonists, the beautiful gardens of Montgomery's imagination and life, the seasons of life on Prince Edward Island, and the life of a writer.  There is a great deal in these materials that is personally relevant and that will likely be relevant to many of this book's readers, whether or not they have visited PEI.  If this book wasn't supported by the tourism board of that lovely island province, it needs to be soon.There are many ways that you could like this book.  You could be a fan of Anne of Green Gables or the other writings of Lucy Maud Montgomery, and be interested in knowing more about her writings and the land that inspired them.  You could be a fan of Prince Edward Island and its natural beauty as well as its unusual history that has led to much of that beauty being preserved even in the face of tourism and the proliferation of golf courses.  You could be a fan of the relationship between the beauty of creation and its influence on the artistic creation of writers.  You could be a fan of nature photography or beautiful book art, or any number of related subjects, and there would be much to enjoy in this book.  This book combines the immense beauty of Prince Edward Island as well as the writing of Lucy Maud Montgomery with the immense tragedy of a life marked by powerful depression and immense difficulty, and the lasting nature of the beauty of the land as well as the writing that was related to a life that in many ways deeply resembles my own.  After all, Montgomery was a sensitive and high-strung person with a marked tendency towards melancholy who channeled her intense passions and the difficulties of her life into writing which has served the world far more than it served her personally.  This book is a worthy and gorgeous testament to that reality.[1] See, for example:https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016...
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  • ~Krystal
    January 1, 1970
    I rate this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐/ 5 stars for the following reasons:My Thoughts On This Book:The book starts off comparing Lucy Maude Montgomery (LMM) to Anne Shirley, from her Anne of Green Gables novels. It also depicts her thought process in how she wrote Anne's character. I enjoyed getting to know LMM through her written journal excerpts about her childhood and can see how people would think she as an author is similar to her character. It made me really sad to read how her step-mother treated her and I rate this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐/ 5 stars for the following reasons:My Thoughts On This Book:The book starts off comparing Lucy Maude Montgomery (LMM) to Anne Shirley, from her Anne of Green Gables novels. It also depicts her thought process in how she wrote Anne's character. I enjoyed getting to know LMM through her written journal excerpts about her childhood and can see how people would think she as an author is similar to her character. It made me really sad to read how her step-mother treated her and was so overcome by jealousy of her that LMM was unable to continue living with her father. I do feel admiration for her grandparents for taking her in. I like that LMM incorporated a lot of the same exact places that I have come to know and love about PEI, and the book explains exactly why this is. When the author tells how LMM felt about picking potatoes I could really relate to as it's something I also used to hate doing as a kid. The way the author describes how people flock to the island is exactly true, however, it's not just Cavendish that people flock to. You can pretty much reach everywhere in PEI within 1 day. The Island has many spectacular places to see and other than the modern conveniences of cars and power, PEI still feels like time is stuck in the era of old. The description of the Island being like another place is completely true, it does indeed feel like an old world Ireland. However, the author is wrong about the water freezing. The water in the Atlantic very rarely freezes although it does have icebergs, Because of the Atlantic Ocean being over 75% salt water, it's near impossible for it to freeze over completely. Ice caps happen but they aren't actually frozen solid, they are just a thin layer of ice. The imagery of this book is so vibrant that while I was reading I could see myself in all the places the author was describing. It literally feels as if you are there. Revisiting the story of Anne is so nice as it's one of my favourite literary works. Something I've revisited often. The problems I had with this book are, while it was well researched there were some facts that were incorrect and need to be rectified. Overall though it was a decent book.Would I recommend this book:Yes, bearing the misinformation is corrected before publication and release. * I received this book in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley. The opinions in this review are mine alone and have been expressed as such. NetGalley and the publisher have in no way tried to sway my views or opinions of this book and I thank them for the opportunity to review*
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  • Susan Wachtel
    January 1, 1970
    A Treasure That Will Make You Fall in Love All Over AgainWords fail me to describe how much I loved reading Catherine Reid’s newest book, The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables. I felt like I was opening a treasure each time I read from this book and gazed at the beautiful pictures of the breathtakingly beautiful Prince Edward Island. I first read Anne of Green Gables as a young adult and loved Lucy Maud Montgomery’s writing so much so that I read all her books. What a gifted writer! Her poetic A Treasure That Will Make You Fall in Love All Over AgainWords fail me to describe how much I loved reading Catherine Reid’s newest book, The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables. I felt like I was opening a treasure each time I read from this book and gazed at the beautiful pictures of the breathtakingly beautiful Prince Edward Island. I first read Anne of Green Gables as a young adult and loved Lucy Maud Montgomery’s writing so much so that I read all her books. What a gifted writer! Her poetic lyrical writing captured character’s thoughts and emotions and enabled readers to imagine the beautiful landscapes of God’s creation. Who could not fall in love with Price Edward Island when reading Anne of Green Gables or seeing the wonderful TV mini-series by Sullivan Entertainment? With each page you turn in this book you will be entranced by the beauty of this island.Catherine Reed does a wonderful job in telling about Maud Montgomery’s wonderful, yet hard life. She achieved success, but was not immune to tragedy. Catherine intertwines thoughts and experiences from Maud’s life and shows how they were reflected in the lives of characters she wrote about. The landscapes that inspired and moved Maud, where an integral part of her books and her life. Included in the book are numerous quotes from Maud’s writing, not only her personal journals, but also her beloved fiction books.I forewarn you, after reading The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables, you may want to reread all of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books. This book is a treasure; I wanted to savor each page. It will help you to see the beauty in nature in a new and fresh way. You may even be inspired to visit Prince Edward Island and behold it for yourself.If you know someone, young or old, who loves Anne of Green Gables, or is enchanted by gardens and nature, you may want to get them a copy of The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables by Catherine Reid. I would like to thank NetGalley and Timber Press for the opportunity to read this book. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review. Even though I got to read this book for free, I liked it so much that I may go ahead and purchase it. It’s a keeper that I would like to go back to again and again.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    From the pubisher - Anne of Green Gables is a worldwide phenomenon that has sold over fifty million copies and inspired numerous films, plays, musicals, and television series. It has turned Prince Edward Island into a multimillion-dollar tourist destination visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year. In No Spot on Earth More Lovely, Catherine Reid reveals how Lucy Maud Montgomery’s deep connection to the landscape inspired her to write Anne of Green Gables. From the Lake of Shining Wat From the pubisher - Anne of Green Gables is a worldwide phenomenon that has sold over fifty million copies and inspired numerous films, plays, musicals, and television series. It has turned Prince Edward Island into a multimillion-dollar tourist destination visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year. In No Spot on Earth More Lovely, Catherine Reid reveals how Lucy Maud Montgomery’s deep connection to the landscape inspired her to write Anne of Green Gables. From the Lake of Shining Waters and the Haunted Wood to Lover’s Lane, readers will be immersed in the real places immortalized in the novel. Using Montgomery’s journals, archives, and scrapbooks, Reid explores the many similarities between Montgomery and her unforgettable heroine, Anne Shirley. The lush package includes Montgomery’s hand-colorized photographs, the illustrations originally used in Anne of Green Gables, and contemporary and historical photographyThank you SO MUCH Netgalley (and of course, the publisher and author) for letting me read this lovely book. After a stressful summer, it was nice to take a vacation via this book. I am a major "Anne with an E" fan but have never been to P.E.I. so seeing these wonderful landscapes was a wonderful "task".If you LOVE Anne you will love this book!!!!!
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  • Gayle Noble
    January 1, 1970
    From the time I first read Anne of Green Gables (and the sequels), many a happy hour of my childhood was spent imagining myself as Anne, 'discovering' and 'naming' new places, and acquiring a love of poetry, and Gilbert Blythe was one of my first book crushes. In 1985, I fell in love with Anne and Gilbert all over again when I watched the TV mini-series with Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie (RIP), and Prince Edward Island gained top spot on my bucket list.Reading this book has renewed my wish From the time I first read Anne of Green Gables (and the sequels), many a happy hour of my childhood was spent imagining myself as Anne, 'discovering' and 'naming' new places, and acquiring a love of poetry, and Gilbert Blythe was one of my first book crushes. In 1985, I fell in love with Anne and Gilbert all over again when I watched the TV mini-series with Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie (RIP), and Prince Edward Island gained top spot on my bucket list.Reading this book has renewed my wish to visit PEI. Full of gorgeous photographs, and extracts from L M Montgomery's works, it weaves a spell just as magical as any Anne could have dreamed of. This book is an ideal gift for anyone who loves the world created by Montgomery among the pages of her books. Absolutely stunning.My thanks to Netgalley and publisher Timber Press for the opportunity to review an ARC. I am voluntarily giving an honest review.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a complete treasure! Anyone who has read and loved the Anne of Green Gables series (or is even just interested in the life and process of great writers) will absolutely love this book. You can literally watch Anne's character and story come to life throughout these pages. Filled with quotations from her novels & various writings, as well as a ton of interesting & pertinent biographical information, Lucy Maud Montgomery's world comes to life within the pages that are filled This book was a complete treasure! Anyone who has read and loved the Anne of Green Gables series (or is even just interested in the life and process of great writers) will absolutely love this book. You can literally watch Anne's character and story come to life throughout these pages. Filled with quotations from her novels & various writings, as well as a ton of interesting & pertinent biographical information, Lucy Maud Montgomery's world comes to life within the pages that are filled with lush and gorgeous photographs of Prince Edward Island, then and now. But it is not merely a biography...this book is a tribute to an author, a beloved character, and most prominently, a place. I have wanted to visit Prince Edward Island since I was a child, but now it has moved high on my bucket list of places. I cannot wait to purchase the hardcover book...and rediscover Maud's books all over again.Thank you to NetGalley & Timber Press for this ARC!
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  • C.R. Elliott
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*The reason I have given this book five stars is that even in the ebook format this was a beautiful book! The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables delves into the physical landscape of Prince Edward Island including modern and historic pictures. The pictures are stunning, the landscape is beautiful. I would not have expected to enjoy the ebook version as much as I did but it still conveyed what I expect to be a lovely print book as *I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*The reason I have given this book five stars is that even in the ebook format this was a beautiful book! The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables delves into the physical landscape of Prince Edward Island including modern and historic pictures. The pictures are stunning, the landscape is beautiful. I would not have expected to enjoy the ebook version as much as I did but it still conveyed what I expect to be a lovely print book as well. Taking the reader deeper into Anne’s world it produces a stunning effect of being in a real world place that has the feel of a fantasy land. Silly as it may sound, as I read it I found myself wanting to buy it for myself as a child. Great for those days when you want to travel in time and space and let your mind wander.
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  • Carrie Sprys
    January 1, 1970
    Anne of Green Gables and the fictional village of Avonlea were such a part of my childhood that I was delighted to revisit the area in this book, No Spot on Earth More Lovely: The Landscapes that Inspired Anne of Green Gables. This is more than a book of photography; it brings to life the areas on Prince Edward Island which inspired author Lucy Maud Montgomery to create such an imaginative and safe place for her characters to blossom and her readers to grow as well. The similarities between the Anne of Green Gables and the fictional village of Avonlea were such a part of my childhood that I was delighted to revisit the area in this book, No Spot on Earth More Lovely: The Landscapes that Inspired Anne of Green Gables. This is more than a book of photography; it brings to life the areas on Prince Edward Island which inspired author Lucy Maud Montgomery to create such an imaginative and safe place for her characters to blossom and her readers to grow as well. The similarities between the author and her character Anne are striking and the writers of this book do a beautiful job of drawing comparisons between the two. Prince Edward Island is known largely for its tourism and upon reading this book, it is no wonder. The place is stunning and each landscape brings to mind scenes from the wonderful series about a girl with carrot-red hair, called Ann with an E.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the Anne of Green Gables books! Reading this brought be back to those days. I forgot what a lyrical writer Maud Montgomery was! Catherine Reid has taken Maud's prose and juxtaposed it with photographs of nature and the grounds that Anne and Maud both haunted. I loved the insight that Maud's life had on her writings and how Catherine illustrated that with both photographs from Maud's time, her scrapbooks, and the facts of her life. The edition I read was from Net Galley, thank you for an I loved the Anne of Green Gables books! Reading this brought be back to those days. I forgot what a lyrical writer Maud Montgomery was! Catherine Reid has taken Maud's prose and juxtaposed it with photographs of nature and the grounds that Anne and Maud both haunted. I loved the insight that Maud's life had on her writings and how Catherine illustrated that with both photographs from Maud's time, her scrapbooks, and the facts of her life. The edition I read was from Net Galley, thank you for an early peek of this great book, and read on my computer. What was so cool about that was the clarity and the size of the photographs. I have always wanted to visit PEI and Nova Scotia and this book cemented the reasons why! I highly recommend this book to old and new fans alike of Anne of Green Gables!
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    So I read a digital copy of this, which is fine. On a nice screen where you can get a full two-page spread happening? Great. But this book was made to be held, to see the beautiful photography printed and not altered by screen variations.Beyond the photographs, the text does a nice job weaving between the real and fictional worlds, which can be challenging with LM Montgomery's work. Much of the material covers the beauty of Prince Edward Island and the joy found in LMM's work, but it's not all s So I read a digital copy of this, which is fine. On a nice screen where you can get a full two-page spread happening? Great. But this book was made to be held, to see the beautiful photography printed and not altered by screen variations.Beyond the photographs, the text does a nice job weaving between the real and fictional worlds, which can be challenging with LM Montgomery's work. Much of the material covers the beauty of Prince Edward Island and the joy found in LMM's work, but it's not all sunshine and roses, either. It's nicely balanced.But really, I think the real draw here are the visuals. For those of us without a travel budget (or just with an aversion to the actualities of, like, nature), it might be the closest we'll get to experiencing the beauty of Prince Edward Island.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    The Anne of Green Gables series was my daughter's favorite growing up. She read them several times, and I read them because she so loved them. The Landscape of Anne of Green Gables brought back so many details from the series to me that I thought I had forgotten.Not only are the pictures breathtakingly beautiful, but the book provides an incredibly interesting insight into the life of L. M. Montgomery. I did not realize the parallels between her own life and her character, Anne Shirley. The Land The Anne of Green Gables series was my daughter's favorite growing up. She read them several times, and I read them because she so loved them. The Landscape of Anne of Green Gables brought back so many details from the series to me that I thought I had forgotten.Not only are the pictures breathtakingly beautiful, but the book provides an incredibly interesting insight into the life of L. M. Montgomery. I did not realize the parallels between her own life and her character, Anne Shirley. The Landscape of Anne of Green Gables would make a lovely coffee table book. It also would be totally cool if it could be marketed as part of a boxed set of Anne of Green Gable books.I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Misti
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*Growing up, I was a huge AoGG fan. Introduced to the stories in 4th grade (1989) I soon became engrossed in the world that L.M. Montgomery had created. When the Sullivan Ent. movies were available on Disney and later the Road to Avonlea series, I became even more engrossed. Over the years I finally read the majority of LMM's catalog and she ranks up there as my favorite author. When I saw this book was being published I was so exc *I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*Growing up, I was a huge AoGG fan. Introduced to the stories in 4th grade (1989) I soon became engrossed in the world that L.M. Montgomery had created. When the Sullivan Ent. movies were available on Disney and later the Road to Avonlea series, I became even more engrossed. Over the years I finally read the majority of LMM's catalog and she ranks up there as my favorite author. When I saw this book was being published I was so excited! It is a beautiful book, with gorgeous photos and an excellent weaving of the narratives between the garden and overall landscapes of PEI in both Anne and Maud's lives. I will definitely be adding this to my LMM collection! And I think it's time for a re-read of all of her novels!
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    This was a must read for me. I love Anne of Green Gables and spent time watching the television series as we followed Anne Shirley's spunky character on her escapades while she took sleigh rides over snow covered hills and wandered through red clay paths skirted with lush trees and scenic farmland. Yes, many years ago, I along with millions of other readers, fell in love with the landscape of Green Gables, located in Cavendish in the Prince Edward Island National Park. What I took from this amaz This was a must read for me. I love Anne of Green Gables and spent time watching the television series as we followed Anne Shirley's spunky character on her escapades while she took sleigh rides over snow covered hills and wandered through red clay paths skirted with lush trees and scenic farmland. Yes, many years ago, I along with millions of other readers, fell in love with the landscape of Green Gables, located in Cavendish in the Prince Edward Island National Park. What I took from this amazing collection of images and photographs was that in her writing, Lucy Maud Montgomery often focused on things that comforted her, like the beauty of the land and sky that surrounded her.Reviewed ARC for Net Galley.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Catherine Reid and Kerry Michaels produced a book which Anne of Green Gables enthusiasts everywhere will welcome. The book's focus is on the landscapes (gardens, woods, lakes, etc.) inspiring Montgomery's settings for the Anne series. Readers see the birch wood in varying seasons. They encounter gardens which inspired the Barry's garden of the books. They see the "Lake of Shining Waters." Gorgeous flower photographs appeal to the eye. The author includes excerpts from the books as she adds detai Catherine Reid and Kerry Michaels produced a book which Anne of Green Gables enthusiasts everywhere will welcome. The book's focus is on the landscapes (gardens, woods, lakes, etc.) inspiring Montgomery's settings for the Anne series. Readers see the birch wood in varying seasons. They encounter gardens which inspired the Barry's garden of the books. They see the "Lake of Shining Waters." Gorgeous flower photographs appeal to the eye. The author includes excerpts from the books as she adds details. For academics the author's analysis needs improvement, but fans of the book will treasure the book anyway. Recommended for fans of the series.
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