Oct 252019

About Marilla of Green Gables

• Paperback: 320 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 8, 2019)

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 greatness.

Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her beloved mother 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.

I’ve always wondered what Marilla and Matthew’s lives were like before Anne. This book does a great job of letting us know. The book starts out with Marilla and Matthew as children, living with Clara, their mom, and Hugh, their dad.  I enjoyed getting to know them and the other characters introduced in this book.

The book is full of both happy and sad times, and is the perfect lead up to Anne. It answers a lot of question many fans of this series have.

The author did a great job of writing in a similar style of LM Montgomery. So much so that you may forget that she isn’t the original author.

Anyone who loves the book or tv series Anne Of Green Gables would probably love this book.

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About Sarah McCoy

Sarah McCoy is the New York TimesUSA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the novels The Mapmaker’s Children; The Baker’s Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award nominee; and The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico. She has taught English and writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. She lives with her husband, an orthopedic sports surgeon, and their dog, Gilbert, in North Carolina.

Sarah enjoys connecting with her readers on Twitter at @SarahMMcCoy, on her Facebook Fan Page, on Instagram at @sarahmmccoy, or via her website, www.sarahmccoy.com.

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  16 Responses to “Book Review: Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy”

  1. I thought this book was charming so I’m not surprised you liked it as well.

  2. Interesting take!

  3. I’ve never read the Green Gables book (books?), but for fans, this book probably makes them happy 🙂

  4. Another great read for the fans of this series.
    Glad you are enjoying my other blog. Thanks for the comments.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Vicki.

  5. I think it’s interesting that this author was able to mirror LM Montgomery’s voice for this story, that would make it certainly feel more authentic. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  6. It sounds like a book I’d enjoy, and I’ve now got it on reserve at our library. Thanks for the review.

  7. What a cute idea!

  8. Great review, I believe I’ll put this on my reading list for next year. I have so many books on the to_read list that I need a.clean list of books to read for 2020. Doesn’t that sound odd to say 2020!

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