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Monday, August 16, 2021

Books Like Anne of Green Gables


Have you ever wondered what Anne Shirley would be like in modern times?  Or are you like me and find yourself in the character of Anne?

Let’s face it:  It’s hard to be a girl like Anne in this day and age.  You know how we are.  We imagine ourselves on a boat just like in that famous scene, slowly weaving downstream as we recite “The Lady of Shalott” in all its glorious, romantic splendor.  Other girls head to the mall to find the latest $70 designer jeans while we dream of the PUFFIEST of puffed sleeves.  

And, obviously, TWIRLING in those dresses with puffed sleeves is a must.  Especially at 2 AM when no one is watching.

Ok, fine, that’s my personal addendum.  But I think Anne would approve, don’t you?

We don’t really belong in this time, girls like you and me.  Yet, even though it CAN be hard, we navigate the modern age best because of our imaginations.  That grumpy cashier could be a kindred spirit.  That autumn leaf drifting down to fall on an abandoned park bench definitely looks like a lost remnant of Fairyland. 

Forget the woods.  Or particularly the sea.  We could revel in those for days on end. 

That’s exactly why you, like me, may not get the current trending thought that Anne was simply ahead of her time.  It feels more like the convenient, designer jean version of our Anne, doesn’t it?  Really, she was outside of time.  Anne didn’t just look toward the future; she rejoiced in the stories, the world, of the past . . . just like we rejoice today in hers.

Sometimes we keep these thoughts tucked away in our hearts, like that one Anne quote.  They seem too precious to share.  But we yearn all the same to share them, to find kindred spirits in the here and now.

At least, that’s how I felt.  So, I wrote a book.  That book led to two more.

Full disclosure:  I didn’t exactly write these stories with the intent of connecting to other Anne fans.  That would be far too deliberate a choice for an Anne fan in all her whimsical fancy.  No, I wrote them to express who I was, and the world that I saw, a world of splendor similar to that of Anne’s.  In all honesty, I didn’t even intend to get the first book published.  It felt too personal.  But, much like our favorite heroine, I always dreamed of becoming a published author.  In the end, when all was said and done, my words were published with the hope that they would resonate with others. 

So, I suppose that, in my subconscious . . . it WAS for you.  Girls like Anne.  Kindred spirits.

Does that sound way too self-promo-y?  Maybe. 

But I figured that, if someone else wrote a book along those lines, I’d want them to put out a long-winded, rambly post to tell me about it.

So, there you go.

Rebecca Veritas is the modern-day Anne.  She revels in a world of Poetry, her imagination never leaves her, and she loves fiercely with all her heart.  Her “bosom friends” mean the world to her. 

She meets a mysterious young man from Canada, and their journey begins.  I’ll leave it at that for now, although you may learn more at the link at the end of this post. 

Lucy Maud Montgomery references are sprinkled throughout the series, a tribute much like the homeland of Peter, that aforementioned young man.  You’ll see that especially in the final volume of the trilogy, which takes place in HIS world and quite possibly contains a significant “Lady of Shalott” mention or two.  Or three.   Here are a few thoughts from readers on that topic:

"[Marinello-Sweeney’s] talent for poetic descriptions of nature is reminiscent of the Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, as well as her characters who are "kindred spirits.""

"Very reminiscent of L.M. Montgomery's writing in the best way, as any reader of Marinello-Sweeney's is bound to know."

But I don’t want this blog to just be about my books.  Let’s allow it to also be a network for kindred spirits.  “Girls Like Anne” is a blog for all of us.  So, with that in mind, please leave a comment with the answer to the following question:

What Girls Like Anne topic would you like me to cover in my next blog post? 

Your kindred spirit,
Gina, or, should I say, “Cordelia”

P.S.  You may access Rebecca’s world by clicking on the book landscape photos below . . . which is kind of like entering Narnia through that painting in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Only not.