I’ve always been a fan of the magical world of Avonlea created in the mind of author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Growing up, I remember watching Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea on VHS. Still to this day, I love to do a good Anne marathon and watch them all! I don’t own the third movie – The Continuing Story, mainly because I don’t feel it flows well with the older movies. But that is just my opinion…
Last summer I bought the entire Anne of Green Gables book series. It was so delightful to see the story played out on the page with so much depth that comes from a book rather than a movie. It was also great to see the continuation of the story through Anne’s children. I wish that the movies would have continued through the whole book series. Oh well. I also purchased The Chronicles of Avonlea and The Further Chronicles of Avonlea. These are delightful short stories that center around the town.
One of my favorite childhood shows on the Disney Channel was the Road to Avonlea. The show takes us back to Avonlea and focuses on Sara Stanley and her relatives, the King family. I have vivid memories of watching this show and being excited for each new episode. I also remember how sad I was when it ended.
Recently, I decided to rent the series through the public library (which is going to be a slow process since apparently I’m not the only one who wants to watch it). Originally I thought about buying it, but the whole series costs $200 and that seems a bit frivolous right now. I’ve now completed the third season (they go pretty quickly because each season only has 13 episodes). I never realized it but the show is a mixture of stories from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s The Story Girl, The Golden Road, and The Chronicles of Avonlea. If I hadn’t read the chronicles last summer, I would have never seen this new layering to the story line. It make me very excited!
As you can tell, I’m a big fan. That might be an understatement… I’m in love with Avonlea! It captures my imagination and takes me back to a simpler time. It has good values and is truly heart warming. There’s little bit of something for everyone – humor, romance, life, death, action, family, friendship… You get the picture! I love reliving the memories from this childhood television show! Kind of makes me want to go visit Prince Edward Island… Too bad Avonlea is fictional. My husband is probably lucky in that regard, since there is no chance that I can move there!