I didn't read the Anne of Green Gables books as a kid, and I'm working my way through the series now. The first few charmed me beyond belief.
However, the lot with Anne as an adult and mother are not nearly as entertaining for some reason. As Mrs. Dr. Gilbert Blythe, she is so much more staid ... and even her kids don't have her ebullience.
The most Anne-like characters in this book are the four Meredith children; their widowed father is the new minister in town, and everyone thinks the children are dreadful (well, everyone but Anne) because they act like actual children instead of tiny adults. They are curious and interested in the things and people around them.
I have one book left in the series, and I will finish the lot ... but this one just made me miss the Anne who thought she was blessed in spite of her red hair.