Title: Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables #3)
Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Publisher: Tantor, 2008 (originally published in 1915)
Format: 7 compact discs, 9 hours
Summary: Anne Shirley is off to Redmond College in Kingsport, Nova Scotia. This third book of the series tells of Anne's life from ages 18 to 22.
Thoughts: Though most of this story takes place away from Green Gables and Avonlea, I was very happy that Anne continues to return home so that the reader finds out what is happening while Anne is away. After reading this book, I realized that one of the reasons I love this series is because of Avonlea and all the folks there. I did not enjoy the book as much when Anne was at Redmond, even though new, interesting characters are introduced and become a part of Anne's world. I kept looking forward to Anne's return to Avonlea.
Since Anne is a young woman off on her own, this book focuses on becoming an adult, romance, and time with friends which is somewhat different than the first two books in the series. L. C. Montgomery does such a wonderful job keeping Anne's traits consistent, while showing how she changes as she matures. She did this with each character. I also was impressed how she shows Avonlea slowly changing as any town does, making everything seem real.
L. C. Montgomery's writing is as beautiful as ever and the reader can picture everything in great detail. Her characters are entertaining and very well developed. She definitely brings her characters and settings to life. I love the way she takes everyday occurrences and makes them entertaining, exciting, or gripping. I love the humor that is weaved in throughout this series.
The narrator read clearly and at a good pace. It was easy to tell when each character was speaking since the narrator gave each a distinct voice. Again, it was hard for me to get used to this narrator because I listened to two different narrators for the first two books. Each narrator has a slightly different way of portraying the characters.
I thought by the third book I would have had enough of Anne and her world, but no, I could keep going. I love returning to Avonlea and following not only Anne's life, but all the other characters in this series.
French Creek Tea Company
P.O. Box 5021, Custer, SD 57730
Tea: Afternoon Delight
Obtained: from owners
Afternoon Delight is "a smooth blend of Ceylon black teas flavored with wild cherry, amaretto, and rose petals". The leaves were long and black with a few light brown rose petals mixed in. The scent of the leaves was sweet cherry. I poured 12 ounces of water that had been boiled over 2 teaspoons of leaves and let this brew for 4 minutes. The scent of the dark orange brown liquid reminded me of cherry pie. The taste was a delicious blend of black tea and cherries. This tea was mildly sweet with with no sourness or bitterness. Though it reminded me of fall, I believe this tea would be wonderful in any season, maybe even iced.
I am very disappointed to learn that the French Creek Tea Company has closed. The owners have moved and are selling their business. If interested in buying the business, contact information is on Facebook.