This is the 4th installment in the ever-popular Anne of Green Gables series, but it's actually the 7th book published by Lucy Montgomery, the brilliant author. This chapter was first released in '36 and it follows Anne's life as a high-school teacher in a small town. At the same time, Gilbert, the man who's been in love with her for as long as he can remember, is studying at medical school, and the book comes with numerous letters from Anne to Gil.
The girl is lucky enough to be living in a big house - Windy Poplars - along with a couple of old ladies, Chatty and Kate. They are both widows. Oh, and then there's Rebecca, the housemaid, and Dusty, the big old cat. Anne is going through a rough patch at the school and has to deal with all kinds of eccentric and troublesome folks, including Kath, her sassy colleague.
Somewhere between all the hustle and fuss, Anne finds time to befriend Lizzy, a young lady who had to grow up without a mom. She's living right next to Anne and becomes her one and only supportive neighbor. Soon, Gilbert proposes to her and Anne leaves for her own wedding. She goes back to Green Gables, her hometown, and, to her surprise, a lot of folks from Summerside tell her that they love her and appreciate everything that she's done for them and that they'll miss her very much.
Anne of Green Gables series
1. Anne of Green Gables
2. Anne of Avonlea
3. Anne of the Island
4. Anne of Windy Poplars
5. Anne's House of Dreams
6. Anne of Ingleside
7. Rainbow Valley
8. Rilla of Ingleside
9. Chronicles of Avonlea
10. Further Chronicles of Avonlea
What started as a struggle, a confrontation with the haughty and imperious folks turned into mutual love and respect. By the way, this is the book's title in Canada and the US. But, in Japan, Australia, and England, it's called Anne of Windy Willows. So, make sure not to get confused - it's the same book!