Anne of Manhattan
By: Brina Starler
Publisher: William Morrow and Custom House
William Morrow Paperbacks
General Fiction (Adult)/Romance
Publish Date 1 June 2021
I would like to first thank both NetGalley and William Morrows Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.
After an idyllic girlhood in Avonlea, Long Island, Anne has packed up her trunk, said goodbye to her foster parents, Marilla and Matthew, and moved to the isle of Manhattan for grad school. Together with her best friend, Diana Barry, she’s ready to take on the world and find her voice as a writer.When her long-time archrival Gilbert Blythe shows up at Redmond College for their final year, Anne gets the shock of her life. Gil has been in California for the last five years—since he kissed her during a beach bonfire, and she ghosted him. Now the handsome brunette is flashing his dimples at her like he hasn’t a care in the world and she isn’t buying it.
Paired with the same professor for their thesis, the two former competitors come to a grudging peace that turns into something so much deeper…and sexier than either intended. But when Gil seemingly betrays her to get ahead, Anne realizes she was right all along—she should never have trusted Gilbert Blythe.
While Gil must prove to Anne that they’re meant to be together, she must come to terms with her old fears if she wants a happily-ever-after with the boy she’s always (secretly) loved.
I am so late in getting this book read. I wasn’t sure about it because I thought it would be too much like the book Anne of Green Gables. It wasn’t and I enjoyed reading it. I gave it 4 stars. I won’t go into too much detail since I have included the synopsis from goodreads. I will just tell you what I liked about it.
I like that Gil never gave up on Anne even though it took his dad having cancer to make up his mind that he should try again. It was nice to know that everyone from their hometown knew how Gil felt but Anne was clueless. I know Anne had a lot of things to figure out and the most important was trust. They both grew in the book and learn how to work things out with a little help from friends.
I love the friendship in this book and the family dynamics. I also like how she included some back story in the book to help use learn what either Gil or Anne went through while growing up. This did help with understanding the choices that they made.
The back story will help you understand more if you never read the Anne of Green Gable series. This is an adult book because there are some scenes in here that you will not want your young reader to read.