Just finished reading this gem....
Many of you know how much I adore the Anne of Green Gables series. A well-known author just recently took on the task of writing a PRELUDE to the series. That's right folks! The story of Anne's life from the day she was born up until she arrives at Marilla & Matthew's home. It is SUCH a good read. I was crying (real tears and everything) throughout a few parts of it. Very, very well-written.
Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical at first about someone trying to "compete" with Lucy Maud Montgomery's original works, but this book is so FABULOUSLY well-done, it is a seamless transition. I highly recommend this as a gift to either yourself or a friend that you know is a fan of all things Anne! Just had to pass this little tidbit along!
ETA: Many of you have asked what I suggest reading first, the prequel or the original series. I would actually read the original series first THEN the prequel. I feel like you "get" the prequel more if you know what is going to happen in the future! The prequel does a lot of "explaining" that you might not otherwise grasp! I hope you enjoy!!!!