And luckily, I can end this on a high note. Possibilities is the last in the series, and is again quite well done. The characters translated well, the story line fit, and it was overall a very entertaining read.
Allie had been dating, for quite some time, the gardener of her family’s
peach plantation, Frederick Wently. However, upon learning he would soon propose,
she tells her Aunt Landon, who is horrified. When Georgia proposes that night, she is so
distraught she winds up fleeing and trips, breaking her leg. While incapacitated
Aunt Landon tells Frederick
to leave. He does so, quite bitterly. Frederick
Ten years later,
sister and brother-in-law, the Crosbies, come to rent the plantation, as they
own a cannery. Frederick
comes too, a decorated war hero and pilot. Frederick
Even though at first the actual setting seemed a bit odd, it soon felt very natural. The only problem with this book is that it’s hard to see
actually promising to marry the Louisa expy, who he clearly thinks of as a wild
younger sister rather than a love interest. (In the original, Wentworth
obviously saw Louisa as a potential love interest, though it was pretty clear
Anne was the one he really wanted.) It felt rather contrived. However, the rest
of it-Allie’s transformation, Macy’s obvious need for attention, the delightful
Crosbies-was done extremely well. Frederick
Even the Mrs. Smith character was a fun one, this time instead of being an ailing widow, is a successful doctor who just happens to be from “the wrong side of the tracks” (a phrase which, given it is applied by the snobby characters toward a black woman, carries the subtle implication of racism as well, without the author needing to be anvilicious about it). She performs the same task as Mrs. Smith in the books, in an interesting twist.
I especially enjoyed Allie’s role. Like Anne, as she becomes more confident she also becomes more active. I won’t spoil it, but the way she finds out the Mr. Elliott expy’s terrible secret is quite…amusing.
This is third on the list, and definitely one to re-read.