Anne Garland Walton
Congressman Don Young married Anne Garland Walton on his 82nd birthday in 2015. She was his second wife.
Young had been married to his first wife for 46 years until her death in 2009. He never expected to find love again. Until then, he had been a single man.
Anne of Green Gables
When an orphan named Anne Shirely is adopted by the elderly Cuthbert siblings, she turns their lives upside down. She is feisty, talkative, and free-spirited, and her imagination brightens up the town of Green Gables.
Though she lacks proper social graces and education, she is a dreamer of great imagination and is extremely loving and loyal. She tries her best to learn the rules of conduct, religion and morality that other children have grown up learning.
The story begins in Avonlea, a small farm community on Prince Edward Island. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are adopting a child from the orphanage.
When Matthew arrives at the train station, he is surprised to see an eleven-year-old redheaded girl waiting for him. She is dressed in a shabby dress and hat, and she starts talking to him. She decides to stay with them and help them with the farm. Marilla is reluctant at first, but she soon realizes that Anne takes quickly to the life of a farmer’s daughter and adapts well to their close-knit community.
Anne of Avonlea
Lucy Maud Montgomery’s children’s classic, Anne of Green Gables (1908), introduced the world to a precocious and imaginative orphan named Anne. The novel gained fame and spawned multiple sequels.
Following Anne’s arrival in Avonlea, her home on Prince Edward Island, and her relationship with her family, she begins to learn lessons about life and growing up. She also makes many new friends, including Miss Lavendar, the town gossip; Mr. Harrison, a parrot owner; and Gilbert Blythe, who has a crush on Anne.
In her early teen years, Anne continues to learn the values that matter most: putting family and community before self. She becomes a school teacher in Avonlea, where she meets new students and makes many friends.
The sequel, Anne of Avonlea (published 1909), continues the story of Anne and follows her journey as she moves into adulthood. Her responsibilities as a school teacher and her friendship with the children in Avonlea take her on new adventures, while she tries to figure out what her future holds.
Anne of the Island
Anne leaves Green Gables to attend college, a move that will be common in her generation. She excels in her studies and makes new friends wherever she goes.
One of her friends from Green Gables, Priscilla Grant, becomes very close to Anne. Eventually, she even dates her.
She also meets a very attractive girl at Redmond College named Philippa Gordon. Though she clings to her materialistic ways, Philippa is actually quite devoted to Anne.
When Anne’s consumptive friend Ruby dies, Anne stays by her side, and Ruby’s advice convinces Anne to write. She later meets a man named Billy Andrews, who is too shy to court her, but who uses his sister as an intermediary.
In the end, Anne and Gilbert commit to each other. This book was published seven years after Anne of Green Gables and reflects Anne’s growing maturity as she grows to understand Prince Edward Island as her true home. She denies being a “Bluenose”, as people born in Nova Scotia were called, and recognizes that she is an Islander to the core.
Anne of the Heart
Anne McWilliams is devastated when her marriage falls apart and a hurricane destroys her home. She sets out on an adventure to see friends, family and find her way back to herself. She asks people a simple question: “What’s your best story?” Can the funny, tragic, inspirational tales she hears help her realize that life is worth living?
She also finds her faith strengthened by her friendship with Ruby Gillis, a consumptive girl who speaks of heaven as soon as she faces death. Throughout the book, Anne prays about her circumstances, even those that seem insignificant.
Her friends, including Davy Keith (a mischievous but sweet young boy who idolizes Anne), are supportive of her. Davy runs away from Sunday school once but later apologizes to Anne, who guides him to prayer.
Anne also feuds with Gilbert Blythe, a handsome and smart student, who taunts her about her red hair by calling her “Carrots.” She smashes a slate over his head in anger, but they reconcile later. Anne’s college friend Philippa Gordon (also known as Phil) also proves to be a true friend, helping her find her way out of the materialistic mindset that has controlled her.
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