Marilla of Green Gables
A bold, heartfelt tale of life at Green Gables . . . before Anne: A marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable greatnessPlucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her beloved mother has dies in childbirth, and Marilla suddenly must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking, sewing, keeping house, and overseeing the day-to-day life of Green Gables with her brother, Matthew and father, Hugh.In Avonlea—a small, tight-knit farming town on a remote island—life holds few options for farm girls. Her one connection to the wider world is Aunt Elizabeth “Izzy” Johnson, her mother’s sister, who managed to escape from Avonlea to the bustling city of St. Catharines. An opinionated spinster, Aunt Izzy’s talent as a seamstress has allowed her to build a thriving business and make her own way in the world.Emboldened by her aunt, Marilla dares to venture beyond the safety of Green Gables and discovers new friends and new opportunities. Joining the Ladies Aid Society, she raises funds for an orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity in nearby Nova Scotia that secretly serves as a way station for runaway slaves from America. Her budding romance with John Blythe, the charming son of a neighbor, offers her a possibility of future happiness—Marilla is in no rush to trade one farm life for another. She soon finds herself caught up in the dangerous work of politics, and abolition—jeopardizing all she cherishes, including her bond with her dearest John Blythe. Now Marilla must face a reckoning between her dreams of making a difference in the wider world and the small-town reality of life at Green Gables.

Marilla of Green Gables Details

TitleMarilla of Green Gables
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062697738
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Retellings, Cultural, Canada

Marilla of Green Gables Review

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 nostalgic stars for transporting me back to Green Gables and Avonlea! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.5Marilla of Green Gables is a beauty Anne of Green Gables fans will not want to miss! Marilla Cuthbert’s life prior to Anne begins when she is thirteen years old. Her mother has passed away, and she is now responsible for all the “wife’s” duties on the farm, growing up overnight. Also helping her is her beloved brother, Matthew, and her father, Hugh. Set in charming Prince Edward Island during the 19th century, Mar 4.5 nostalgic stars for transporting me back to Green Gables and Avonlea! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5Marilla of Green Gables is a beauty Anne of Green Gables fans will not want to miss! Marilla Cuthbert’s life prior to Anne begins when she is thirteen years old. Her mother has passed away, and she is now responsible for all the “wife’s” duties on the farm, growing up overnight. Also helping her is her beloved brother, Matthew, and her father, Hugh. Set in charming Prince Edward Island during the 19th century, Marilla of Green Gables is an imagined version of what her life may have been like. The town we all know and love, Avonlea, sparkles just as much as it did with Anne. While there are limits for the life of a farm girl, Marilla has a connection outside of Avonlea to her Aunt Izzy who is a “spinster” and seamstress living in a city. It is through her aunt that Marilla learns about life outside of Green Gables, and she makes friends. Of course there is a little romance with another farmer, and Marilla is busy delving into a world of politics and even abolition. Just where will Marilla land in her adult life? The safe, expected life at Green Gables, or in a much more wordlier life outside?McCoy’s writing is lyrical, and it made me long for the nostalgia of reading Anne of Green Gables as a child. There is quality backstory here that adds to our understanding of Anne’s stories. It is like all the dots were connected in a beautiful way! If you are a fan of Anne, you will be charmed by Marilla’s imagined life! I wonder if McCoy will take on another Green Gables character!Thank you to William Morrow for the physical copy. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of the Anne of Green Gables series of books fondly remember Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, guardians of the spirited Anne Shirley. If you've ever wondered about life at Green Gables when the Cuthbert siblings were young, you'll want to check out Sarah McCoy's Marilla of Green Gables.The story is told from Marilla's point of view, and stays true to the character we came to know and love in L.M. Montgomery's books. Through her eyes, we meet her parents and Aunt Izzy for the first time, as well Fans of the Anne of Green Gables series of books fondly remember Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, guardians of the spirited Anne Shirley. If you've ever wondered about life at Green Gables when the Cuthbert siblings were young, you'll want to check out Sarah McCoy's Marilla of Green Gables.The story is told from Marilla's point of view, and stays true to the character we came to know and love in L.M. Montgomery's books. Through her eyes, we meet her parents and Aunt Izzy for the first time, as well as younger versions of Matthew, John Blythe, and her lifelong friend, Rachel.There's always a tiny part of me that worries when an author revisits a character/family from a beloved classic. Sometimes it works very well. Sometimes it's a complete disaster. And when you're really lucky, it feels like you just reconnected with an old friend—which is how I felt as I read Marilla of Green Gables.Wonderfully written, with characters that felt the same as Montgomery envisioned them so long ago, this is a fitting prequel to the series. McCoy swept me back to Avonlea, and it felt as if I'd never left. It was delightful to see how her friendship began with Rachel, and it tugged at my heartstrings to see painfully shy Matthew working up the courage to court a girl, knowing all the while that something would happen, and it wouldn't last. The same applies to Marilla's bittersweet romance with John Blythe; I knew it didn't work out between them, and yet... part of me wished it would.If you loved the Anne of Green Gables books, I highly recommend you read Marilla of Green Gables. It's a beautiful story that has earned its place within this series.I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of William Morrow via Edelweiss.
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  • TL
    January 1, 1970
    I received this via Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.----Confession: I haven't read Anne of Green Gables yet (Hoping to this summer/fall). I entered the giveaway because: it sounded interesting.. and Sarah McCoy had written it. Her novel Mapmaker's Children was my first of hers and I fell in love with her writing.---I can only speak to my enjoyment of this particular book.. while I can't say if Marilla is true to character, I can say I fell in lov I received this via Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.----Confession: I haven't read Anne of Green Gables yet (Hoping to this summer/fall). I entered the giveaway because: it sounded interesting.. and Sarah McCoy had written it. Her novel Mapmaker's Children was my first of hers and I fell in love with her writing.---I can only speak to my enjoyment of this particular book.. while I can't say if Marilla is true to character, I can say I fell in love with Avonlea and everyone in this story.Marilla was a strong and interesting woman. I admired her for being herself and how she dealt with the things that happened in her life (though a few of the customs back then had me scoffing and rolling my eyes). She's someone I could see myself being friends with.The story moves at its own pace, content on telling you things the way it wants to. It felt like I could step into the pages and walk among everything and everyone.Matthew and John were sweethearts as well.. Rachel abd Izzy were firecrackers:) Would recommend, as well as her other works. *waves*(My advanced copy is 300 pages.. book page here says 240.. fyi for anyone who wants to know)
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  • Susan Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    In Marilla of Green Gables, readers are transported to Avonlea in this warm and wonderful book, filled with love and heartache and sacrifice. Marilla’s spirit shines through, a young woman shaped by regret and happenstance. I felt so close to Marilla, as if I’d been given a window to her soul. She is a heroine to remember and to behold...devoted and determined to do what’s right, not just for herself, but for all of those she loved. I was entranced at this peek into the world of Green Gables bef In Marilla of Green Gables, readers are transported to Avonlea in this warm and wonderful book, filled with love and heartache and sacrifice. Marilla’s spirit shines through, a young woman shaped by regret and happenstance. I felt so close to Marilla, as if I’d been given a window to her soul. She is a heroine to remember and to behold...devoted and determined to do what’s right, not just for herself, but for all of those she loved. I was entranced at this peek into the world of Green Gables before the arrival of Anne. Sarah McCoy’s lyrical writing breathes new life into these wonderful characters and this spectacular setting.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, Green Gables, how I love thee! I first encountered Anne (with an "E" thank you very much!) when I was 10 or 11. It instantly became a favorite book series so much so that I chose Prince Edward Island as the topic of a seventh-grade geography research paper. Anne Shirley endeared herself to me. I longed to be a red head full of spunk as loyal and noble as she. I gave little thought to the character Marilla. In part, I believe this is because I was a kid so I found characters my age of much gr Oh, Green Gables, how I love thee! I first encountered Anne (with an "E" thank you very much!) when I was 10 or 11. It instantly became a favorite book series so much so that I chose Prince Edward Island as the topic of a seventh-grade geography research paper. Anne Shirley endeared herself to me. I longed to be a red head full of spunk as loyal and noble as she. I gave little thought to the character Marilla. In part, I believe this is because I was a kid so I found characters my age of much greater interest (save, of course, for dear sweet Matthew.) However, author Sarah McCoy's "prequel" opened my eyes to the extraordinary woman who was Marilla Cuthbert.Marilla of Green Gables tells Marilla's story before Anne enteered her life. Tracing her life from the tender age of 13, readers learn how Marilla became the strong seemingly stoic, but ultimately loving woman at the helm of Green Gables. We also see the bond between sister and brother, Marilla and Matthew, two siblings united by both tragedy and familial blood. I finished this novel with a peaceful contended sigh and a deep longing to revisit the Anne series (and travel to PEI!) Anne lovers rejoice, Sarah McCoy has done Lucy Maud Montgomery proud!
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  • Pam Jenoff
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of Anne of Green Gables should run, not walk, to seize this beautifully written story. I was lucky enough to have an early read and I adored it. The plucky heroine in 19th century Prince Edward Island caught between life in her small town and wanting to make a difference in the larger world is truly a woman for all ages.
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  • Kate Olson
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for this free review copy!I was so nervous going into this book, but it 100% amazed me at how perfectly McCoy took us back to Avonlea and fit us back into that fictional world. I consider this an absolute must-read for fans of the Anne of Green Gables series. An unofficial prequel, if you will.
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah McCoy tells us in the author's note that she felt there was a mystery within chapter 37 of Anne of Green Gables, where Marilla mentions she used to be good friends with John Blythe, some people calling him her beau, and Anne asks what happened.  Marilla of Green Gables is McCoy's answer to that question.The story of Marilla Cuthbert captured my heart!  It follows her life from her teens until the time she and her brother decide to adopt a child to help on their farm.  We know the end of th Sarah McCoy tells us in the author's note that she felt there was a mystery within chapter 37 of Anne of Green Gables, where Marilla mentions she used to be good friends with John Blythe, some people calling him her beau, and Anne asks what happened.  Marilla of Green Gables is McCoy's answer to that question.The story of Marilla Cuthbert captured my heart!  It follows her life from her teens until the time she and her brother decide to adopt a child to help on their farm.  We know the end of their story so we get to go back in time to find out everything that happened before Anne's arrival at Green Gables.When Marilla is a teen, a sweet love story is unfolding with John Blythe and a friendship is being built with Rachel White.  During this time, her mother dies in childbirth and Marilla promises her she'll take care of the family.Grieving the loss of her mother and baby brother, she pushes John away and clings to her love for her father, brother, and Green Gables.Woven into Marilla's tale is also both Canadian and American history.  Canadians are divided by those loyal to the crown and those seeking independence and soon the residents of Avonlea are feeling the tension.  At a town meeting, the usually quiet and reserved Marilla stands up to advise her community that they should choose compromise for the sake of the town and follow the Gospel of loving thy neighbor.America is divided on the issue of slavery, pitting North and South against one another.  Runaway slaves can be found across Nova Scotia and we see the reactions to news of the Civil War.  In a surprising turn of events, Marilla helps two boys hide from South Carolina slave catchers.I loved learning about the history of Marilla's friendship with Rachel and her love for John Blythe that she never acted on out of grief and a sense of duty to her family after her mother's death.This coming of age story is full of love, heartache of many kinds, political unrest, and community.  What could be a sad ending to a bittersweet tale is actually just the beginning of another charming and whimsical story as Anne of Green Gables readers know well!Sarah McCoy does an exceptional job of creating Marilla's story for fans of the L.M. Montgomery series.  Readers will be thrilled to learn an untold piece of the story and find that it does justice to these beloved characters!Many thanks to William Morrow Books and Edelweiss for providing a DRC in exchange for my honest review.  Marilla of Green Gables is scheduled for release on October 23, 2018.For more full reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
    January 1, 1970
    I may bump this star rating up after I've let it simmer for awhile. What a DELIGHTFUL book - both an homage to Anne of Green Gables and also a story that can stand completely on its own. I am always apprehensive when there are spin-offs to books (or movies, or any media); it's just so unlikely that it will live up to the beloved original. And of course, this book cannot replace Anne of Green Gables in my mind and my heart. BUT, this book did perfect justice to the characters that I know and love I may bump this star rating up after I've let it simmer for awhile. What a DELIGHTFUL book - both an homage to Anne of Green Gables and also a story that can stand completely on its own. I am always apprehensive when there are spin-offs to books (or movies, or any media); it's just so unlikely that it will live up to the beloved original. And of course, this book cannot replace Anne of Green Gables in my mind and my heart. BUT, this book did perfect justice to the characters that I know and love. It gave us insight into Marilla and Matthew - their growing up and entering into their middle years. I absolutely loved the little glimpses and nods we get to all sorts of people that we meet in the Anne series. And the people populating Avonlea (and Avonlea itself) felt true to the original. It was just so lovely. Having said that, I do feel like Marilla was so much softer and less no-nonsense in this book than we see at the beginning of Anne - however, perhaps I should offer some more grace in that respect because the book ends about 15 or 16 years before we meet our favorite redhead, and thus Marilla has some time to grow more prickly (and we all know she's soft-hearted underneath those prickles, it just takes Anne to slough them off). The premise of the book was inspired by a little unsolved mystery we are introduced to in Anne of Green Gables, when Marilla reveals to Anne that she used to be good friends with Gilbert Blythe's father - John. Even more that people used to call him her 'beau.' So, going into Marilla of Green Gables, we already know how that story will end. And it's not happily ever after. But how that happens is what makes this story. And knowing that it doesn't end in marital bliss only makes it more poignant and bittersweet. And even though I knew how it would end I kept hoping that they would make choices that would turn the inevitable around. But of course, then we wouldn't meet Anne 16 years later, and that truly would be tragic. What a heart conundrum!Anyway, I loved it. For fans of Anne or fans of absorbing historical fiction - although I think you'll like it even better if you're acquainted with L M Montgomery's lovely Anne books.
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction!
  • Asheley
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5I have so many feelings! With fictional couples and stories, Anne of Green Gables is IT for me. There is no story I love more, especially when we start talking about the romance of Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe. When I saw that Marilla Cuthbert was getting a chance to tell her story, I was equal parts excited and nervous, but I definitely wanted to read it. Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy explores the “what if” between Marilla Cuthbert (Anne’s eventual guardian) and John Blythe (Gi 4.5/5I have so many feelings! With fictional couples and stories, Anne of Green Gables is IT for me. There is no story I love more, especially when we start talking about the romance of Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe. When I saw that Marilla Cuthbert was getting a chance to tell her story, I was equal parts excited and nervous, but I definitely wanted to read it. Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy explores the “what if” between Marilla Cuthbert (Anne’s eventual guardian) and John Blythe (Gilbert’s father), and OH MY GOSH.Right away when I started reading, I fell into Avonlea and Green Gables. The book begins with a very young Marilla is just thirteen years old. Green Gables is being built. Getting a glimpse into her life as a teen – and sweet Matthew’s life! – is awesome. Marilla is cooking and keeping house, Matthew is working outside with their father. Marilla hasn’t experienced enough of life to become quite so clipped and tough-natured yet, but Matthew is just as quiet as ever. One of the most wonderful parts of witnessing their young years is experiencing the love these siblings have for their parents. The way Marilla loves her mother stands out to me because I can now see how it affects her throughout the entirety of this story and throughout her time in the original series.There are some heartwarming times throughout the story but MY GOSH there is also some big heartache in here. If you are familiar with the original series at all, you already know how this story ends. I knew that Matthew’s relationship would break my heart and that Marilla’s would too but I had no idea how much. We’re talking tears-I couldn’t help it! But even while my heart was breaking, it was so great to hear Marilla’s story.I loved this so much. I feel like tinkering with really solid, much-loved stories can be a gamble, but I think this is a good one! I can understand the trepidation for other fans like myself, but I do feel like reading this is time well-spent to be able to explore Marilla’s story, her relationship with her good friend Rachel, and of course more of dear, sweet, precious Matthew’s life. Reading this one reminded me of reading Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller. (I loved that one too, so much.) I never felt like Ms. McCoy was trying to write exactly like L.M. Montgomery or add on to the original series exactly or anything like that. Instead, I think she’s made Avonlea a little larger for us.I want to listen to this on audiobook! I see that Cassandra Campbell does the narration on this and I love her work. I can imagine that every emotion that I felt while reading with my eyes would be bigger and more if I listened.I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you, William Morrow Books!Find this review and more like it on my blog, Into the Hall of Books!
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  • Yusra ✨
    January 1, 1970
    omg i can't believe this is happening and my expectations are sky high pleaseeee don't disappoint october 23rd is too far away
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been on an Anne of Green Gables kick this year and I really enjoyed reading the new novel, Marilla of Green Gables. I have loved the Anne of Green Gable series since I started reading it when I was twelve. I’ve read and also own every book written by L.M. Montgomery including all of her short story collections. I am a fan and had great expectations for this book. Happily they were met. The book was written so that it seemed like it was another addition to the Anne series. Marilla is a spiri I’ve been on an Anne of Green Gables kick this year and I really enjoyed reading the new novel, Marilla of Green Gables. I have loved the Anne of Green Gable series since I started reading it when I was twelve. I’ve read and also own every book written by L.M. Montgomery including all of her short story collections. I am a fan and had great expectations for this book. Happily they were met. The book was written so that it seemed like it was another addition to the Anne series. Marilla is a spirited young woman with dreams, but her dreams come to a standstill at the tragic death of her mother. Will Marilla be able to find happiness and purpose in her life?Marilla meets a new friend Rachel White at the start of the story and the two have great adventures together. Rachel is from a wealthy family. SPOILER ALERT: I was shocked when Rachel ended up being Rachel Lynde. Although it was the same first name, I didn’t realize it would be her! SPOILER END.Neither Marilla nor Matthew had a happy love story in this novel. It is better to have loved and lost then to never to have loved at all, or so it seems for both. I loved the chemistry between Marilla and John Blythe and I was heartbroken when their love story did not work out – although I knew it would end up that way from the Anne stories.I like how the book ended with Marilla longing for a child to love. It was the perfect set up for the beginning of Anne of Green Gables. The only outlier to the story for me involved escaped slaves. While that part of the story had me on the edge of my seat, L.M. Montgomery would not have written about this story, especially as it involved the love between an escaped slave and a white woman. Otherwise the novel seemed just like a L.M. Montgomery novel to me. It was an interesting twist to the story and I love how Marilla was “woke”’ on a trip into town with Rachel where she was confronted with the realities of slavery. This seemed like a twist for the modern reader.The author’s note was interesting. The acknowledgements contained MANY of my favorite authors. This got me thinking – do all my favorite authors hang out together? Overall, I loved Marilla of Green Gables and I highly recommend it to all my fellow Anne of Green Gables and L.M. Montgomery fans out there.Book Source: Review Copy from William Morrow. Thank-you!This review was first posted on my blog at: https://lauragerold.blogspot.com/2018...
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  • Lana Shupe
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my! I have wanted to read this book since I first heard about it's upcoming publishing date. I was lucky enough to receive an Advance Readers Copy - thank you Kaiti at Harper Collins Canada. Just to looking at the cover was a thrill! I actually went in to work on my day off to pick it up from the staff room because I couldn't wait another second to start it.I am an Anne of Green Gables fan. I have a glass fronted china cupboard full of all the books L. M. Montgomery has written. I have books Oh my! I have wanted to read this book since I first heard about it's upcoming publishing date. I was lucky enough to receive an Advance Readers Copy - thank you Kaiti at Harper Collins Canada. Just to looking at the cover was a thrill! I actually went in to work on my day off to pick it up from the staff room because I couldn't wait another second to start it.I am an Anne of Green Gables fan. I have a glass fronted china cupboard full of all the books L. M. Montgomery has written. I have books about L.M. Montgomery. I have books about Green Gables. I have books about friends of L.M. Montgomery. I have all of the books containing her personal journals that have been edited and published. I've seen the Charlottetown production of Anne of Green Gables many, many, many times. I've read and re-read my cherished copies of each and every book.To say that Sarah McCoy needed to make sure this book was perfectly written in order for me to write ANY kind of review - was an understatement. I love Marilla as if she were a real life person. Oh Sarah McCoy you have done such an incredible job. You have written Marilla's history in such a tender, heartwarming way I think you are definitely a kindred spirit and worthy of admiration. I didn't think it possible but you have made me love Marilla even more!I highlighted a whole paragraph that spoke to me, through Marilla. It is a beautiful summary of the power of words - "I don't need anyone to speak for me. I have a voice just as much as you do. It's a choice we make every minute. What truths are important enough to say aloud and what ones are important just to know. That's the power. You've got to be discerning. You can change your mind anytime you want, but you can't take words back. Not ever." Oh Marilla how you must have wished your words to John Blythe had been different. Sarah McCoy gives Marilla's feelings on that subject heartbreaking words - "Marilla could not deny the lingering weight of regret."Thank you Sarah McCoy for doing justice to a beloved fictional character. Thank you for living up to every expectation I had for this book. Thank you for bringing a new story into an iconic legacy.
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  • Leah DeCesare
    January 1, 1970
    Am I the only one who's never read Anne of Green Gables? Now I have to read it! Sarah McCoy delivers a beautiful story in Marilla of Green Gables. It felt like falling into a soft cushion - being in a simpler time devoid of technology and even electricity - but McCoy draws parallels to current life. It's a true reminder that societies have always had divisions and strong differences of opinions and we have overcome. Romance, history, and a peacefulness of another era all wind together in this fi Am I the only one who's never read Anne of Green Gables? Now I have to read it! Sarah McCoy delivers a beautiful story in Marilla of Green Gables. It felt like falling into a soft cushion - being in a simpler time devoid of technology and even electricity - but McCoy draws parallels to current life. It's a true reminder that societies have always had divisions and strong differences of opinions and we have overcome. Romance, history, and a peacefulness of another era all wind together in this five-star read!
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I was a good reads giveaway winner of this book. It is very clear that Sarah McCoy is a big fan of the Anne of Green Gables series. She has written a book that focuses on Marilla Cuthbert from age 13 up the her fifties. when she and Matthew decide to adopt a boy to help on the farm{ we all know how that turned out} The book starts out with Marilla at age 13. Her mother is pregnant and an aunt comes to help out. Tragedy strikes the Cuthbert House hold. This book also brings in other familiar char I was a good reads giveaway winner of this book. It is very clear that Sarah McCoy is a big fan of the Anne of Green Gables series. She has written a book that focuses on Marilla Cuthbert from age 13 up the her fifties. when she and Matthew decide to adopt a boy to help on the farm{ we all know how that turned out} The book starts out with Marilla at age 13. Her mother is pregnant and an aunt comes to help out. Tragedy strikes the Cuthbert House hold. This book also brings in other familiar characters, Matthew the shy older brother. Rachel White who meets Marilla at 13 and they become life long friends. and John Blythe who is smitten with Marilla and vice versa. I don't want to give too many spoilers. I liked the way this book was written. I think the author was careful to try and stay with the personalities of the already formed characters from the series. A fun book to read. I liked to get an idea of Marilla as a young teenager. By the way I actually read a paperback advanced readers edition of this book. NOT AN E_BOOK . I did try and change it and I could not do it.
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  • Stephanie P
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher to review. For some behind the scenes insight, check out the interview I did with the author here: http://becausemymotherread.com/2018/1... When I heard this book was coming out I was simultaneously excited and nervous. The characters of Anne of Green Gables are some of my most beloved characters and I was worried that I wouldn't like what the author did with the characters.I'm thrilled to say that I loved this book! The author spent tim I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher to review. For some behind the scenes insight, check out the interview I did with the author here: http://becausemymotherread.com/2018/1... When I heard this book was coming out I was simultaneously excited and nervous. The characters of Anne of Green Gables are some of my most beloved characters and I was worried that I wouldn't like what the author did with the characters.I'm thrilled to say that I loved this book! The author spent time walking where L.M. Montgomery walked, scouring books, fully experiencing Prince Edward Island, and talking to Montgomery's family members. I felt like that care and devotion really shone through while the author still allowed herself to make her own creations and interpretations. I loved seeing the imagined origins of so many iconic aspects to the book, like the amethyst brooch and red currant wine, as well as the early stages of Marilla's relationships-- including her friendship with Rachel, her tender sibling relationship with Matthew, and her sweet and heart breaking romance with John Blythe.The story was emotionally poignant, the characterizations were rich and fit so well into what I could believe of them.As I read there were times I wished things could turn out differently from what I already knew would happen, especially with John, but I could see clearly that the events that followed in the Anne books could not have happened otherwise. How true to life! We might feel like we wish we could change things in the past, but we would not have ended up at the same place if we did. And, perhaps best of all, reading this book made me want to reread Anne of Green Gables once again with these new possibilities and insights on my mind.With such widely beloved characters and such a range of reader views, there are bound to be people who don't like this 'origin story', but for me, it completely worked. I am very curious to hear what other Anne fans will think of it!
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  • Deborah Blanchard
    January 1, 1970
    With her lyrical prose Sarah McCoy transports us to another place and time. She takes us to the 1800's in Canada. She introduces us to Marilla, who came before Anne of Green Gables. She weaves a beautiful tapestry of love, loss and regret. Marilla is a wonderful character. Full of love for her family. She is a strong and resilient human being. She is the main character in this book and I grew to love her. Family is of utmost importance in this book. The characters are all richly detailed and I f With her lyrical prose Sarah McCoy transports us to another place and time. She takes us to the 1800's in Canada. She introduces us to Marilla, who came before Anne of Green Gables. She weaves a beautiful tapestry of love, loss and regret. Marilla is a wonderful character. Full of love for her family. She is a strong and resilient human being. She is the main character in this book and I grew to love her. Family is of utmost importance in this book. The characters are all richly detailed and I felt like I knew each and every one. I fell into the pages of this book and never wanted it to end. I could feel the whisper of the leaves, the snow on my tongue and the rain pelting my skin. Sarah McCoy is a storyteller of the highest caliber. I will remember this book forever. I am missing Marilla already as I close the page. I highly recommend this book as well as I do all of Sarah McCoy's books. She is the Queen of historical fiction. I simply can't wait for her next book.
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  • CleverBaggins
    January 1, 1970
    This was a wonderful easy read that made experience a gamutof emotion. Marilla and all the Cuthberts are amazingly in character. It was wonderful to see Marilla especially grow and learn and make mistakes and become the woman we know in Anne of Green Gables. I knew it would be a sad story, and it was, but the slow budding love story had a sweetness to cut it. I definitely cried off and on the last 60 or so pages of the book but in that good satisfying way. I wholeheartedly recommend this one.
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  • Linda Martin
    January 1, 1970
    A very enjoyable book
  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully written and the author captures the characters so well. It’s a lovely piece of fiction based on the much loved Anne of Green Gables!
  • Janieh Hermann
    January 1, 1970
    I did not know how much I needed this book until I started reading it. Sarah McCoy has imagined and captured wonderfully the back story to the early life of Marilla Cuthbert and told it in a tone that is truly perfect in all ways. Woven throughout this coming of age story is love, heartache of many kinds, political unrest, and the sense of community that we all long for in life. I am so grateful to the author for writing this book as it has inspired me to go back and read (once more) the entire I did not know how much I needed this book until I started reading it. Sarah McCoy has imagined and captured wonderfully the back story to the early life of Marilla Cuthbert and told it in a tone that is truly perfect in all ways. Woven throughout this coming of age story is love, heartache of many kinds, political unrest, and the sense of community that we all long for in life. I am so grateful to the author for writing this book as it has inspired me to go back and read (once more) the entire original Anne of Green Gables series that I loved in my younger days. It is the book I never knew I needed and now I am so glad it exists.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I'm all for this book becoming canon. It was beautifully written and while the author acknowledges that she is not L.M. Montgomery and did not intend to replicate her writing, it felt seamless to me. Even the chapter titles were very reminiscent of L.M.M.'s. There are sweet little nods and references to Anne's story. I saw glimpses of Anne in Kitty Blythe, which gives Gilbert's later attraction to Anne more depth. It was obviously very well researched as evidenced by the author's note at the end I'm all for this book becoming canon. It was beautifully written and while the author acknowledges that she is not L.M. Montgomery and did not intend to replicate her writing, it felt seamless to me. Even the chapter titles were very reminiscent of L.M.M.'s. There are sweet little nods and references to Anne's story. I saw glimpses of Anne in Kitty Blythe, which gives Gilbert's later attraction to Anne more depth. It was obviously very well researched as evidenced by the author's note at the end. I will be selling the heck out of this book to my customers come October!!
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  • Helen Costello
    January 1, 1970
    So wonderful to be back on Prince Edward Island. This book is about the life of Marilla before Anne with an E came to stay. Sarah McCoy manages to completely capture the essence and feel of the Anne of Green Gables stories. She cleverly weaves in characters and their predecessors that we know from the LM Montgomery books. Just wonderful and perfect for any fans of Anne and Gilbert.Many thanks to Edelweiss for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    I’m an Anne snob and found her story when I was about 4 or 5 in a box of books my mother had won as school prizes. Those hardcovers were constant companions, and to this day there are days when I resign from life and reconnect with my old friends from Avonlea. I’ve known people like Matthew and Marilla – I’ve got family on the island and have seen Green Gables go from rather unknown place to a tourist highlight, cried when the original burned and am happy to see the rebirth of the house for many I’m an Anne snob and found her story when I was about 4 or 5 in a box of books my mother had won as school prizes. Those hardcovers were constant companions, and to this day there are days when I resign from life and reconnect with my old friends from Avonlea. I’ve known people like Matthew and Marilla – I’ve got family on the island and have seen Green Gables go from rather unknown place to a tourist highlight, cried when the original burned and am happy to see the rebirth of the house for many to share. Prince Edward Island is no longer the ‘slightly removed’ cousin of the mainland, that rural sleepy place of farms and red clay -but there’s an atmosphere on the island, in most places, that is different from the one encountered day to day. To recreate the early 19th century PEI, and imagine how the Marilla we know from the story as a child was a massive undertaking, and in my opinion Sarah McCoy did a lovely job. Some have said there is a mystery around Marilla, and in showing us the more carefree (although that is a descriptive that doesn’t fit so well) child that was Marilla, and the challenges that brought her to be the sister of Matthew, living a quiet life of constrained propriety and undemonstrative duty. Through McCoy’s story, we meet the young Marilla and see the heartaches and discoveries she makes along the way: meeting her aunt, a heretofore unknown twin of her mother, her introduction to Rachel – only a younger version of the outspoken woman we know now. The slow transformation of Matthew into the shy and near silent man who speaks only when his heart and beliefs coincide. And the introduction of John Blythe, progressive and forward thinking in his politics, smart, determined and intrigued with the Marilla he sees: intelligent, thoughtful and curious. The comfort that ALL the Cuthberts share in silence and quiet, the steadying influence of maintaining an even keel. The building of Marilla’s story was beautifully wrought and every moment allowed a clear connection to the Marilla of Anne’s first encounter, and the heart that lay deep within – perhaps a bit awed by the freedom of Anne’s expression of emotions. But life for Marilla took a different turn, and a promise made in the moment to take care of Green Gables, her father and brother was translated in that young brain to become the obligation of her life. Yes, things worked well for she and Matthew, and the choices made by each was influenced by their own hearts and all they had come to believe, from their parents, the church and the society around them. With a lovely inset about the Underground Railroad and the beginnings of the Civil War in the US – after an eye-opening visit to the orphanage where Marilla and Rachel were delivering donations, Marilla learned about the greater world and issues that never had a face for her soon had one. There is a constancy in the character of Marilla that one has to remember and honor (as McCoy has done) that spirit that kept the ‘mistake’ back from the orphanage, and nurtured that young woman in the safety and security of Avonlea. In the closing, McCoy says she hopes readers of Anne will understand and appreciate what she tried to do here. She didn’t simply try – she succeeded in creating a solid backstory that completely fit the Marilla we have all come to know from L.M. Montgomery’s pen, and given a new understanding and appreciation for both she and Matthew. As the stories of Marilla and John seem to follow a pattern in Anne and Gilbert’s relationship, the gentle pushes from Marilla to Anne are reminiscent of Matthew’s to Marilla some years earlier. McCoy’s character building is lovely, she recaptured the voices of Rachel, Marilla and Matthew, and gave fans of the series some historic context for their childhoods while allowing for their growth and development in a way that fits nicely into the world that is Anne. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Blodeuedd Finland
    January 1, 1970
    In a way this one was kind of sad. There is a budding romance, but you know it will not have a happy ending and that she will have regrets.It starts with Marilla at 13. She is mostly at home, she has no friends, but she is content. Life is busy on a farm. I liked young Marilla. She was kind and sweet. She does make a friend later on, a friend who will be her best friend for life.I do get that her mother's death had a huge impact on her. She felt that she had to care for her father and brother. S In a way this one was kind of sad. There is a budding romance, but you know it will not have a happy ending and that she will have regrets.It starts with Marilla at 13. She is mostly at home, she has no friends, but she is content. Life is busy on a farm. I liked young Marilla. She was kind and sweet. She does make a friend later on, a friend who will be her best friend for life.I do get that her mother's death had a huge impact on her. She felt that she had to care for her father and brother. She had no time for herself, and that is so sad. I also felt sorry for Matthew, poor man, he wanted love too. See, this is a sad book, think how long they had to wait to find that sunshine in their lives!There is a beau too, John Blythe, and how I wanted to smack her over the head! Yes yes, there can not be happy ending, but but! There could have been. That is the sad part.It is a book that deals with farmlife and the slow country life. How things shape us.And then it jumps ahead and she is suddenly 36 or something. Life has gone on without her.Ok since the blurb tells it all. There is also talk about what is happening in the world. And she feels she wants to help protect slaves that escape. She does not do much,, but even the small things can be a different if everyone made an effort.This is not the Marilla that I remember from the movies, tv series (oh I have to watch that new one!!). I also realised that Marilla is actually not that old, ok 50, but still. And she does say the windy island age you. It makes me understand her more, because the books do not give us a lot about her. The author of this book imagines that for us.And interesting what if. Still poor Matthew! You will see.NarratorShe did well with the feel of the book. It is not a book that hurries toward something. It is life, the small things, the big questions. A slow sort of reflection that she handled well.
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  • Readingbringsjoy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, William Morrow, for the free review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own."Greatness can be found anywhere. It doesn't need grandeur. There's greatness in the ordinary. maybe even more than elsewhere." - Page 34"...a homely thing can become quite extraordinary if given the chance to prove itself." - Page 38"Look for good things and good things is what you'll find right?" - Page 43 Oh, how I adored this novel. I loved how Sarah McCoy created a story for Marilla Cuthbert who is som Thank you, William Morrow, for the free review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own."Greatness can be found anywhere. It doesn't need grandeur. There's greatness in the ordinary. maybe even more than elsewhere." - Page 34"...a homely thing can become quite extraordinary if given the chance to prove itself." - Page 38"Look for good things and good things is what you'll find right?" - Page 43 Oh, how I adored this novel. I loved how Sarah McCoy created a story for Marilla Cuthbert who is someone I love for her practicalness and her great love of an orphan girl who comes into her life bringing her much-needed sunshine and joy. I had never wondered what Marilla was like before she met Anne Shirly because she is quite fixed in my mind as the well seasoned and practical woman we meet in Anne of Green Gables. I was delighted how McCoy created a backstory for Marilla that is worthy of her character. McCoy's writing fits so well with Montgomery's original story, but McCoy brings her own original voice to create a backstory for our beloved Marilla. I loved reading about the rest of the characters such as Mathew Cuthbert, Rachel Lynde, and many other faces you read about in the Anne Books. This book is fan fiction at its best.
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  • Janilyn Kocher
    January 1, 1970
    McCoy is very creative when introducing young Marilla Cuthbert, before she became crusty Marilla of Green Gables. The author does an admirable job of introducing Marilla's parents and young Matthew. My favorite character was blustery Rachel, since McCoy kept her personality as LMM designed her. Parts of the story are hard to read: the passing of her mother, Matthew's heartbreak, and the John Blythe angle. The last part was rather clunky. It just didn't seem to fit with the flow from the rest of McCoy is very creative when introducing young Marilla Cuthbert, before she became crusty Marilla of Green Gables. The author does an admirable job of introducing Marilla's parents and young Matthew. My favorite character was blustery Rachel, since McCoy kept her personality as LMM designed her. Parts of the story are hard to read: the passing of her mother, Matthew's heartbreak, and the John Blythe angle. The last part was rather clunky. It just didn't seem to fit with the flow from the rest of the narrative. The cover art is very inviting. Overall, fans of Anne will embrace young Marilla's story. Thanks to the publisher for sending a hard copy and digital format of the book.
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  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    Haven't we all been wondering just how friendly Marilla and John Blythe were back in their teenage years? In this new novel we get to see Marilla as a teenager living through the same years that Anne lives in the legendary series. All the research and interviews Sarah McCoy conducted to prepare for writing this book shine through. She tells the story beautifully and seamlessly while adding historical depth and a connection to the Civil War and Underground Railroad. Highly recommended.Thank you, Haven't we all been wondering just how friendly Marilla and John Blythe were back in their teenage years? In this new novel we get to see Marilla as a teenager living through the same years that Anne lives in the legendary series. All the research and interviews Sarah McCoy conducted to prepare for writing this book shine through. She tells the story beautifully and seamlessly while adding historical depth and a connection to the Civil War and Underground Railroad. Highly recommended.Thank you, thank you to William Morrow and Edelweiss for making this digital ARC available in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Maggie Holmes
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah McCoy perfectly captured the essence of Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, two of the most beloved characters in Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gable series. The writing style feels a natural prequel of the Montgomery books. But McCoy also breathes history into the story: the rebellion in Canada in the 1850s and the underground railroad from the United States to Canada. It is gratifying to "learn" the backstoyr of the relationship between Marilla and John Blythe . Highly recommended. It w Sarah McCoy perfectly captured the essence of Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, two of the most beloved characters in Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gable series. The writing style feels a natural prequel of the Montgomery books. But McCoy also breathes history into the story: the rebellion in Canada in the 1850s and the underground railroad from the United States to Canada. It is gratifying to "learn" the backstoyr of the relationship between Marilla and John Blythe . Highly recommended. It would be a good book discussion book on its own, but especially for Anne lovers.Thanks to Edeleweis Plus for access to the prepub edition.
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