Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Good heavens, how could I have never known Anne of Green Gables? I have never read this book and I can't imagine how or why! The only comfort I have in waiting so long is that I have now had such a fun treasure in my twenties that I never knew about!
When Mary saw I was reading this she asked me, "Have you come to kindred spirits yet?" :) What a delightful term for those people we all hold near!
I just love this book - it went right along with happy people living in mountains and now on islands! Anne is so wonderfully endearing I understand exactly why she has become so well known over the years. Perhaps I love her most because she always has such great intentions. She is such a fun protagonist.
To start the series, Anne leaves an orphanage to live with a brother and sister (Matthew and Marilla) in Green Gables. They had planned on a boy, but feel so badly for Anne that the keep her. Over time, they come to love Anne, in spite of (or maybe because of) her many incidents and accidents. It is a beautiful, rich story. I will undoubtedly read this again and again (books 2-7 are on my library counter to read right away!)