Happy TGIF! It’s been one of those hellish weeks, and yes, I also started another great WIP *kicks myself in the ass – lol*, but I had to as soon as I read the summary, and I am going to rec it for you today because I have completely fallen in love with it, being the literary romantic that I am. It’s a called Bella of Victoria by DiamondHeart78.
Summary for Bella of Victoria: “Kindred spirits, family, and love… she finally had it all. Her stubbornness may have caused her to lose the one who knows her best. A story about growing up and growing love. An Anne of Green Gables-inspired love story.
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Friendship – Chapters: 3 – Words: 3,510 – Reviews: 117 – Updated: 4-16-12 – Published: 1-22-12 – Bella & Edward”
The story is a modern-day adaptation, starring our beloved Edward and Bella, of my all-time favourite story, the Canadian legendary tale of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, published in 1908 – see Tourism PEI for lots of Anne of Green Gables info. For anyone who has never read this epic piece of work, you have no idea what you are missing, and I am thrilled to have found a fic that is encompassing my love for Twilight and my complete adoration of Anne Shirley’s world in Anne of Green Gables and combining them together. The author of Bella of Victoria says, “This is a modern take on AoGG. If you’ve read the books, you know where this is going… kind of. I’ve tried to change things around a bit to fit the times. If you haven’t read AoGG, this will be new to you.”
So far, we have a Prologue and 2 chapters. The Prologue starts out in the year 2006, 10 years after the beginning of the story, where we see a devastated and heartbroken Bella, who has just learned that the man she has loved to hate for 10 years, has become unavailable…
“He’s Engaged?” The words wooshed out of me, leaving me breathless and dizzy.
“That’s what I hear. Tanya, I think her name is, isn’t it, Alice? Pretty girl. Mr. Masen mentioned something about her being in medical school with Edward. They’d make a fine couple, two doctors and all…” Mrs. Cope was busy making marks on her inventory sheet.
She always did talk too much.
“Shit,” I heard Alice hiss next to me.
“You know, I always thought you an Edward would make a match of it, Bella. I guess it wasn’t meant to be.” The old hag’s icy blue eyes peeked at me above the rim of her reading glasses.
Shut up, Mrs. Cope. Just shut the hell up.
“Let’s get out of here. Bella, you need to breathe. I’ll explain everything to you when we get home,” Alice whispered as her arm wrapped around my shoulder trying to move me out of Mrs. Cope’s general store. With much effort, she finally ushered me out into the fresh, crisp autumn air.
“Old cow, doesn’t know how to keep her mouth shut,” Alice muttered as we made our way to her car.
“When?” I croaked, not recognizing my own voice as I numbly slid into the passenger seat and weakly closed the door.
“When what?” she asked, sounding nervous while backing out of the parking space.
“When did it happen? How long have you known?” I could barely manage to string two sentences together.
“Um, well uh… oh, Bella, what does it really matter? You’ve moved on, right? You’re successful, you’re independent…”
“Answer the question, Alice.”
“Shit. Okay. He brought her home last summer. They announced their engagement about a month ago.”
The last time I saw him.
The moment I made the biggest mistake of my life.
Ten years. I spent ten years of my life falling for a boy I thought I hated.
And now I was too late. He’d moved on.
Then we move onto chapter 1, which falls back to 1996 and tells how 15 yr old orphan and foster child, Bella, came to be Bella of Victoria, on Vancouver Island. She is getting her lifetime wish of being adopted by a loving family. She boards the ferry with her social worker, Lina, and lets her imagination swim with fantasies of what her life will be like, her hopes and her dreams. And, when she exits onto the island, which will be her new home…
The nerves only started when we pulled up to a nice, two-story home some fifteen minutes out of the Inner Harbor. The only thing I knew about my new family was their name. Cullen.
We walked up a pretty brick-paved walkway that was framed by little flowers, but since it was fall, red, gold and brown leaves blanketed the entire front yard. The house… the whole neighborhood, really… looked like something out of one of my books- stories of faraway lands I dared to dream about, but never once imagined I would ever experience firsthand
At the sound of the doorbell, I heard soft footsteps approaching from inside.
“Yes? Can I help you?” I took in the woman’s beautiful clothes, her slim figure, and finally her grey, confused eyes.
“Yes, Mrs. Cullen, I presume?”
“Yes,” Mrs. Cullen looked at the both of us with a strange expression.
“Ah. My name is Lina Owens, I’m the social worker assigned to your case form the adoption agency?” Lina held her hand out and Mrs. Cullen shook it willingly.
“Oh, yes! Sorry. I was just a little confused. I guess I was expecting you to bring the child here. Do we have to go somewhere for the meeting? Oh, where are my manners. Please come in.”
We entered the foyer of the comfortable home and were led into the living room where we took our seats on an oversized sofa. I looked around and noticed homey browns and creams, photos on the wall that I couldn’t make out right away. I made a mental note to peruse them once I was settled in.
“No, you do not have to meet anywhere, I’ve brought her with me. Mrs. Cullen, I’d like you to meet, Isabella Swan. Isabella, this is Mrs. Cullen.” Lina smiled excitedly but my shyness got the better of me as I pushed up my glasses and tucked my chin to my chest, peeking at my new mother through my lashes. Her expression contorted into a frown, and I was consumed by the sinking feeling that this trip would not have a fairtytale ending, after all.
“Nice to meet you, Mrs. Cullen,” I said softly, my hand reaching to shake hers. She stared at it, then glanced up to look at me, then Lina.
“There must be some mistake. My husband and I applied for the adoption of a little girl, a baby.”
Ah, this is very similar to Anne’s story, but I’m not going to make detailed comparisons, as not everyone will have read the Anne of Green Gables novels, and DiamondHeart78 isn’t going to follow the original storyline completely; she is going to take some liberation and creatively make it her own. I will say, in chapter 2 we do learn what happened here regarding the adoption mix-up, and what the Cullen’s decide to do about it, but I’ll let you read that yourselves.
I am so excited to follow Bella of Victoria and I can’t wait to read more, hoping for chapter 3 soon. I really think this is going to be a enthralling read – so far, the descriptions depict lovely imagery, it’s well-written and the premise for the storyline being based on an incredible literary legend like Anne of Green Gables and the Sequels, is just win win, all around. Please enjoy!
Also, this week I would like to mention, for all our RA readers who only read Complete fics, that our lovely RA Blog Boss RobsFan~tasy (aka DeltaDawn’sDreams) has recently completed her wonderful Irishward fic The Songs of Angels.
Summary for The Songs Of Angels: “Edward is known as “The Heartless Lion” He is ruthless to anyone fool enough to try and befriend him. But can a woman’s near fatal accident in a parking lot Warm his frozen heart? Can Bella Trust another Hard man after having suffered James’ cruelty?
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Drama – Chapters: 20 – Words: 117,241 – Reviews: 257 – Updated: 4-10-12 – Published: 4-11-11 – Edward & Bella – Complete”The Songs of Angels Blog - contains the Story, related Pictures, Videos and Music.
Also, for more story information, please see The Songs of Angels featured here in Cared’s Irishward FFF post!
Thanks for joining me and please share what has been owning you in the FanFiction world this week. xx MC