Throwback Thursday – Anne of Green Gables

It’s February!! Do you know what this means?!

 

LOVE MONTH!

 

I am dedicating all of our #ThrowbackThursday posts this month to classic love stories that make me feel all warm and mushy inside.

 

Feel free to comment below with your own favorite love stories!

 

Last, but certainly not least, is one of my most favorite literary couples, Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables!

 

Hip Hip HOORAY for red-headed heroines!

 

Y’all already know how much I love Anne Shirley. She is such a dreamy, a spunky lass filled with an unquenchably bright spirit that lights up the lives of those around her.

 

Sparks certainly flew between her and Gilbert, that’s for sure! Of course, those sparks were of the hostile variety… When he tormented and teased her, and called her “Carrots,” the infamous slate-bashing instance occurred. They became bitter enemies, competing with one another academically to be named the best.

 

Over time, though, Gilbert becomes sweeter and kinder. Anne resisted the thaw in their relationship at first, but eventually, the two foes become friends.

 

Friendship then developed into something more, and *sigh* Their love story is just the sweetest.

 

 

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Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

 

 

 

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Throwback Thursday – The Scarlet Pimpernel

It’s February!! Do you know what this means?!

 

LOVE MONTH!

 

I am dedicating all of our #ThrowbackThursday posts this month to classic love stories that make me feel all warm and mushy inside.

 

Feel free to comment below with your own favorite love stories!

 

One of my favorite love stories is the daring and dynamic romance that develops between Lady Marguerite Blakeney and her husband, Sir Percy Blakeney, in the dramatic tale, The Scarlet Pimpernel. Set during the French Revolution, this slightly over the top story was great in so many ways.

 

One thing to note is how the main lady fell in love, then out of love with her husband. She resented what he became after their marraige- an embarassing, foolish, foppish baboon of man. As her eyes slowly open to reveal the courageous and cunning hero her husband truly is, it was almost too late.

 

The main man was SO SWOONY! You guys, he tricked EVERYONE! He only PRETENDED to be an idiot so that he was free to secretly SAVE THE WORLD! Well, sort of.

 

Anywho!

 

You guys, just read this book, OK? It’s a classic love story that will have you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be filled with the warm and fuzzies, and order your copy below!

 

the scarlet pimpernel

 

Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel. But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.

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Throwback Thursday – Pride and Prejudice

It’s February!! Do you know what this means?!

 

LOVE MONTH!

 

I am dedicating all of our #ThrowbackThursday posts this month to classic love stories that make me feel all warm and mushy inside.

 

Feel free to comment below with your own favorite love stories!

 

Now, we can’t talk classic love stories without highlighting one of the most romantic tales of all time, the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitz William Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice!

 

So epically quotable, so hilarious, so angsty, and so swoony, this is a love story at its finest!

 

I want to be Elizabeth Bennett when I grow up.

 

I love her sense of humor; her deep love for her sister, Jane; her conviction on what constitutes proper behavior in her younger sisters; her feistiness when confronted by the Dowager; and her desire to marry for love.

 

She is beautiful, but known more for her cleverness than for her good looks.

 

She is a good friend to Charlotte. (Let’s be honest, would ANY of us have been willing to visit her after she married the appalling Mr. Collins? I, for one, would not have been able to endure his insufferable presence!)

 

Basically, Miss Elizabeth Bennett is the bestest.

 

Now, let’s not forget Mr. Darcy!

 

*sigh* Mr. Darcy…

 

At first glance, he appears proud, cold, and condescending. And maybe he is all of those things.

 

But then we learn that he is a fiercely protective brother, a loyal friend, and a kind master to his people.

 

When confronted with the truth of his character, one’s earlier impressions of the man are forced to change.

 

He is abrupt but decisive. Domineering yet sexy. Arrogant but smart.

 

You can’t help but love the guy!

 

When these two fabulous characters interact, magic happens. I love, love, LOVE their love story. You will, too. Check out the brief description below, and get your copy RIGHT NOW. You need to read it!

 

pride and prejudice

 

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

 

Purchase this classic love story HERE!

 

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Mansfield Park

Throwback Thursday – Mansfield Park

It’s February!! Do you know what this means?!

 

LOVE MONTH!

 

I am dedicating all of our #ThrowbackThursday posts this month to classic love stories that make me feel all warm and mushy inside.

 

Feel free to comment below with your own favorite love stories!

 

First up, Fanny and Edmund from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park!

 

Some haters claim that Fanny Price is an annoying character, because she is just too perfect. Some even go so far as to call her the most boring heroine Austen ever penned!

 

You know what I say to these critics and curmudgeons?

 

“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate… Shake it off!”

 

Yes. Yes I did just quote Taylor Swift as a valid argument on why Fanny Price nay-sayers are, as Sheldon Cooper describes, POOPY HEADS!

 

Fanny Price is a good girl. She is pious, polite, compassionate, and always willing to serve. Is she a bit of a doormat at times? Perhaps it seems that way. But growing up in the church, I have always been taught that those character qualities are something to aspire to and be proud of. I firmly believe that one can display all of those assets without becoming a push over.

 

In fact, Fanny displays that she does have a spine on a few occasions. She discusses Maria Crawford’s flaws with Edmund in a kind way, but the talk DOES occur. Maybe not as soon, or as colorful as I would have liked, but it happens nonetheless!

 

Fanny also vehemently opposes the drama the band of young people put together, despite all kinds of pressure to give in. She knew that it would only lead to trouble, and that her uncle would not approve. Even Edmund gives in, disappointing her greatly, but Fanny always disliked the whole acting scheme.

 

She rejects Mr. Crawford, even though he would be a fine catch by society’s standards, because she knew he was not a man of integrity. She had witnessed him dally with both of her cousins’ emotions, and knew his upbringing had made him a worldly, rogue of a man. No amount of presents or pretty compliments could convince her to look beyond his character flaws to accept a position of money and status. To Fanny, a man’s moral fiber was more important.

 

I’m sure there are many other occasions where Fanny stood her ground and was her own kind of fierce, but honestly, it has been so long since I have read the book that I cannot recall more details!

 

Do you remember any other instances where Fanny showed she was not a doormat after all? Please comment below! I need someone to refresh my memory!

 

So, no matter what the haters say, I still believe that Fanny and Edmund’s love story is one of my favorites. Be sure to check out the description below, and order your copy today!

 

Mansfield Park

 

‘We have all been more or less to blame …
every one of us, excepting Fanny’

Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s most profound works.

 

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Throwback Thursday – Charlotte’s Web

Did you know that when I was nine years old, I begged and pleaded and cried until my parents bought me a pet pig? True story!

His name is Toby, and he is no Wilbur, that’s for certain!

 

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Charlotte’s Web

 

“I don’t want to die!

Save me, somebody!

Save me!”

The tale of how a little girl named Fern, with the help of a friendly spider, saved her pig Wilbur from the usual fate of nice fat little pigs.

An affectionate pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen.

In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, White reminds readers to open their eyes to the wonder and miracle found in the simplest of things.

 

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