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  • Writer's pictureLinda Borromeo

"Anne of Green Gables" and an Evening in Autumn

Autumn on Prince Edward Island

My husband and I started out married life in an apartment near the University of California, Berkeley. When I began working in the library there, I would just happen to walk along Telegraph Avenue on my way home. Lining that street is a bibliophile's dream: a different bookstore with practically every step.

Anne of Green Gables Treasury of Days

I wandered into one of the bookshops and discovered a volume called the The Anne of Green Gables Treasury of Days, edited by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson.

When I opened it, I knew the book would accompany me home. Inside I found 365 quotes from Anne's author, L. M. Montgomery—one for each day, according to the season:

"The year is a book, isn't it, Marilla? Spring's pages are written in Mayflowers and violets, summer's in roses, autumn's in red maple leaves, and winter in holly and evergreens."

In honor of the coming of autumn, here is another L. M. Montgomery quote to usher in the season of crimson falling leaves, brisk walks and evenings curled up with an Anne book:

It was a September evening and all the gaps and clearings in the woods were brimmed up with ruby sunset light.

Here and there the lane was splashed with it, but for the most part it was already quite shadowy beneath the maples, and the spaces under the firs were filled with a clear violet dusk like airy wine.

Sunset on Prince Edward Island

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I first read the Anne books in my 20s. I went on to read just about everything L. M. Montgomery ever wrote (I'm still working on the short stories). The mystery series I'm writing also takes place on Islands: Mystery Shores, a tale of secrets along the Pacific Northwest coast is available to read now.

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