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Recover from Anne with an E’s Crushing Cancellation with These 4 Cozy Reads

by  | February 24

For fans of the Netflix/CBC adaptation of the classic Anne of Green Gables book series, Anne with an E’s cancellation after three seasons is a major disappointment. The show used the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery as a foundation to talk about serious subjects, such as child abuse, depression, racism, homophobia, and more. Heartbroken fans of the show have taken to social media to ask CBC and Netflix to produce more Anne with an E, but it appears that this is where the story ends for now. 

However, if you’re looking to keep some of those warm feelings alive, here are four fantastic novels that will help satisfy those cozy narrative cravings.

Eva Luna

Eva Luna

by Isabel Allende

For those who love Anne for her imagination, charisma, and natural storytelling abilities, Eva Luna is the book for you. Like Anne, Eva Luna is orphaned and must rely on her wits and ability to spin a good story to survive. Along the way, much like Anne does, Eva meets a colorful cast of characters who impart wisdom. From various nations, social backgrounds, and even gender identities, Eva Luna’s world, set in South America, expands into a complex and nuanced place where imagination and passion build a better tomorrow. Isabel Allende is a celebrated author, and with prose as deeply moving as that in Eva Luna, it’s not hard to see why. This expansive world, filled with twists and turns, and the exploration of the changing tides of progress will fit right in on the bookshelf of any Anne with an E fan.

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The Unhoneymooners

The Unhoneymooners

by Christina Lauren

One of the best parts of Anne with an E is the amazing chemistry between Anne and her crush Gilbert. At first, the two are highly competitive, with Anne furious at him for mocking her red hair. However, by Season 3, their feelings for each other have transformed, bringing that grudge arc to an end. If you are into this kind of enemies-to-lovers trope, then you’ll love The Unhoneymooners. Olive and Ethan do not get along, which makes the wedding of Olive’s twin sister and Ethan’s older brother extra difficult for both of them. But when the rest of the wedding party is lying low after eating bad shellfish, Olive and Ethan agree to put their differences aside to take the up for grabs pre-paid Hawaiian honeymoon, but in order to do so they will have to pretend to be the bride and groom. Wacky mishaps, lots of witty banter, and inescapable romantic tension—all of it eventually leading to a happily ever after—will give you those same satisfying feels as watching Anne and Gilbert fall in love.

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The Next Best Thing

The Next Best Thing

by Jennifer Weiner

Anne has to overcome a lot of obstacles, especially when she first moves to Avonlea and finds that her status as an orphan marks her as an outcast. But with hard work, a little luck, and a lot of perseverance, she manages to make herself a part of the community. If you’re looking for another plucky fish-out-of-water story, look no further than The Next Best Thing. Ruth Saunders makes her way to Hollywood with a dream, and grandma, in tow. After four years of hustling, her sitcom, The Next Big Thing, gets picked up with her as showrunner, and, as she’s thrust into a career of professional TV production, her world opens up in weird and wonderful ways. Figuring out how to work with actors, the other writers, and her new boss, all while balancing her personal life, challenges Ruth to produce her best work, and push through her worst. A witty and insightful peek behind the curtain of making a TV show, The Next Best Thing reminds us that, whether you’re an orphan in turn-of-the-century Canada or a young woman on the cusp of a career-changing opportunity, seizing your moment can take you further than you could have imagined.

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

by Katarina Bivald

So, I can’t be the only person who wants to live in Avonlea, right? The beautiful scenery, the adorable houses, and the tight-knit community that knows everyone’s business but also genuinely cares—it’s all hard to resist. If you too would love to live in Avonlea, let me introduce you to another idyllic little town: Broken Wheel, Iowa. When bookseller Sara Lindqvist goes to visit her longtime pen pal Amy Harris in this small Midwest town, she arrives to find that Amy has passed away. However, charmed by the town’s inhabitants and their kindness toward her, Sara decides to open up a local bookstore, as a way of thanking them, using the extensive library Amy left behind. She becomes such a beloved part of the community that her new friends conspire to get her to stay, though that brings more trouble than they anticipated. A sweet story about the bonds that connect us,The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend will have you ready to pack up and move on to your next great adventure just like our “Anne girl.”

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A reporter by trade, Sara Roncero-Menendez is a lover of horror, sci-fi, and all things pop culture. From indies to classics to even the strangest genre pieces, all movies, TV shows, and books are fair game for a binge-fest. Follow her on Twitter @sararomenen or at her website, www.sara-roncero-menendez.com