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Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of Ingleside (1939)

by L. M. Montgomery

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Series: Anne of Green Gables (6)

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Last in the Anne series with Anne as the heroine. Anne has been married to Gilbert for 15 years, and is the mother of 5 rambunctious children. The story continues to follow her family, Susan who has lived with the family for years, and the townspeople's adventures, while introducing the children who are featured in the next books. ( )
  nancynova | May 20, 2017 |
Anne and Gilbert are happily settled in their home of Ingleside with their growing family. With six children there's never a dull moment and Anne hasn't entirely outgrown her own ability to get into mischief every once in a while either.

A loosely connected series of vignettes, these books remain as charming as ever. While the majority of the adventures focus on Anne and Gilbert's children, there are still glimpses into the more adult problems that Anne and Gilbert face as a married couple which added nice depth to the narrative. ( )
  MickyFine | Mar 14, 2016 |
Sixth in the series about Anne of Green Gables. Anne now has six children, and this book charts their childhood years. Some chapters are a bit dull, with minor characters and anecdotes that failed to raise my interest. But there are also two or three extremely moving chapters, which had me in tears. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Anne of Ingleside captured the charm that had been missing in the last couple of Anne books for me. From the opening pages that described a picnic that Anne shared with her friend Diana while on a trip home to Green Gables, to her joy at returning home to her husband and children, this was a fitting goodbye to the young Anne as she slips into a gracious middle age.

The focus of this book is on her family. Anne’s children are an assorted group from the two older boys, down-to-earth Jem and dreamer Walter, the twins Nan and Di, youngest son Shirley and the baby, Marilla, named after Anne’s beloved foster mother. The wonderful housekeeper, Susan rounds out the family and is an important member to both the adults and the children. As the seasons turn and time passes we get a bird’s eye view of their home called Ingleside and the happiness, laughter and love contained in that home. Of course, there are sad times as well, the death of a loved pet, the difficulties of an extended visit of an older, crabby great-aunt, a child’s fear when a parent becomes ill.

I personally believe that L.M. Montgomery excels in her writing of children. Yes, the story is old-fashioned and sentimental and these children are perhaps a little too good for total believability but she captures the essence of young hopes and dreams effortlessly. I very much enjoyed her descriptive writing of nature, seasonal changes and the society of rural Prince Edward Island. Anne of Ingleside both soothed and captivated me and certainly deserves it’s place on my shelf of best loved books. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Nov 17, 2014 |
Although currently considered the sixth entry in Canadian author L.M. Montgomery's classic series of children's novels about red-headed heroine Anne Shirley - the first (and most famous) volume, Anne of Green Gables, was released in 1908, while the eighth and final one, Rilla of Ingleside, appeared in 1921 - Anne of Ingleside was actually published in 1939, long after its companions. It was, in fact, the last of Montgomery's works to appear in her lifetime, making it into print just three years before her death in 1942. I was very conscious of that fact, and of the recent revelations about Montgomery's likely suicide, during my rereading of the book, undertaken for a group discussion over in The L.M. Montgomery Book Club to which I belong, and was especially struck by some of the more melancholy passages that appear in its pages.

Meant to fill in gaps between Anne's House of Dreams (1917), which chronicles the first year of Anne's married life with Gilbert Blythe, and Rainbow Valley (1919), which focuses almost entirely upon the six Blythe children, the narrative of Anne of Ingleside is divided between Anne and her children, sometimes chronicling the former's trials and tribulations, as when she comes to doubt Gilbert's regard for her, toward the end of the book; and sometimes featuring the children's adventures and misadventures, from Jem's dog-related sorrows to Di's string of false friends. The result is a book that feels, much like the epistolary Anne of Windy Poplars, rather episodic. I found it quite charming, for all that, and while I'm not entirely sure it succeeds as a novel, enjoyed many of the individual episodes enough that it didn't make much difference to me. Anne's reunion with her childhood friend, Diana, and their day of remembrances of times past; the visit of the deliciously obnoxious Aunt Mary Maria Blythe to Ingleside, and the unexpected cause of her departure; the birth of little Rilla, and Walter's anguish, when exiled from home that day; the poignant discovery, on Jem's part, that you can buy a dog, but not his love - these episodes all appealed to me immensely, even if others - Nan's castle-in-the-air, regarding the GLOOMY HOUSE, for instance - strained my suspension of disbelief.

Anne of Ingleside is, in my estimation, the weakest of the Anne books, and despite my enjoyment, I am always cognizant of its flaws. There are some classist undercurrents here - the almost gleefully detailed descriptions of the poorer houses visited by the children, from Jenny Penny's run-down home, with its noisy, crowded dinner table, to the filthy seaside shanty of six-toed Jimmy Thomas - that I find rather unpleasant, and Anne herself sometimes appears as a distant figure, implausibly perfect as a mother, and curiously inactive, compared to her younger days. That said, I do think that the positives outweigh the negatives, and the realization that this was the last of Montgomery's books - something I had not been aware of, when reading it previously - gave the reading experience added interest and poignancy. When Anne describes herself as "a creature in an nightmare, trying to overtake someone with fettered feet," or laments that "Nothing had any meaning any longer. Everything seemed remote and unreal," one wonders whether Montgomery was writing from her own experience, at the moment of composition. ( )
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"How white the moonlight is tonight!" said Anne Blythe to herself, as she went up the walk of the Wright garden to Diana Wright's front door, where little cherry-blossom petals were coming down on the salty, breeze-stirred air.
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Anne is the mother of five, with never a dull  moment in her lively home. And now with a new baby on  the way and insufferable Aunt Mary Maria visiting  -- and wearing out her welcome -- Anne's life is  full to bursting.

Still Mrs. Doctor can't  think of any place she'd rather be than her own  beloved Ingleside. Until the day she begins to worry  that her adored Gilbert doesn't love her anymore.  How could that be? She may be a little older, but  she's still the same irrepressible, irreplaceable  redhead -- the wonderful Anne of Green Gables, all  grown up. . . She's ready to make her cherished  husband fall in love with her all over again!

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Anne is the mother of five, with never a dull moment in her lively home. She now has a new baby on the way and ready to make her cherished husband fall in love with her all over again.

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