Marilla of Green Gables

Marilla of Green Gables

A Novel

Large Print - 2019
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A tale of life at Green Gables... before Anne. A 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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2019.
Edition: Thorndike Press large print historical fiction.
Copyright Date: ©2018.
ISBN: 9781432856878
Characteristics: 461 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.


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AnnabelleLee27 May 13, 2020

An interesting take on what Marilla's back story may have been, skillfully written so that it evokes the feel of the Green Gables novels which makes it an enjoyable read. Some episodes feel as though they were added for specifically for the sensibilities of today's audience and as a result some of the situations and characters are not convincing. Still, it is a charming and moody read.

Jul 10, 2019

This was that kind of book that I never knew I needed but am so glad I read it. The Anne of Green Gables series is one that is so close to my heart, it was the first full series I got as a little girl and I swear that my first copy of Anne Of Green Gables I have read more times that I could count with my fingers (and probably my toes). That being said I never knew I needed the backstory of Marilla. Yet what I read changed my view completely and provided this beautiful backstory that really shows us why Marilla is the way she is and just makes me love her even more. Sarah McCoy did such an amazing job with the language of the book that it did not feel she was trying to take over the masterpiece that L.M Montgomery provided for us, all she did was expand the world in the best way possible. It could not have been better done. A must read for the true fans of the world of Anne of Green Gables and a beautiful nod to this world that really makes me glad it did not just end there. Keep inspiring with your words Sarah, because you have done such a good job thus far.

Jun 01, 2019

I looked forward to this book for months. I love the Netflix series Anne with an E and wanted so much to read a book about Marilla. I didn’t finish this book; it was so boring I couldn’t bear it. I kept hoping it would get better, but half way through I gave up. I ALWAYs read th whole book, but this one was just too bad. I’m glad I borrowed it from the library and didn’t spend $18 buying it.

LoganLib_Phoebe Feb 05, 2019

Author Sarah McCoy has a gift for historical fiction and although I was wary of a prequel to the beloved Anne of Green Gables, I was not disappointed. McCoy's Marilla Cuthbert is recognisable and it was very interesting to learn of the Canadian Rebellion and Canadian involvement in the Underground Railroad. The best historical novels send you scurrying to find out more...

Feb 03, 2019

This is a book that gets better and better as you go along. I found even the acknowledgement pages very worthwhile reading.
The depth of research done to keep this book in line with the writing of Lucy Maud Montgomery, alone, is admirable. I would encourage new readers to start with this book before going on to the beloved Anne series. I highly recommend this book.

Jan 22, 2019

Sarah McCoy has written a prequel to the Anne of Green Gable series that focuses on Marilla and her immediate family. Written in the style and vernacular of the Anne books, the author focuses on two time periods -- 1837 to 1839 (the Canadian Rebellion) and 1860 (when the United States embarks on Civil War). Marilla's ties to place and family leave her in a quandry when John Blythe comes courting. This book explores her dilemma, her final decision, and the consequences that follow for twenty years. The book flows quickly as I read most of it on a cold, snowy Sunday afternoon.

Jan 14, 2019

Since I adore the PBS 1980's series and have enjoyed reading the books, I only have great things to say about this novel. A real page turner!

Dec 17, 2018

(My star rating means "I didn't finish it.")

As much as I hoped I'd love this book, I just couldn't get into it, didn't find the delivery engaging.

I'd also say Marilla Cuthbert here is somewhat idealized for a contemporary audience more than she reflects what would be an early version of the character L.M. Montgomery created.

When it comes to matters concerning race in particular: as heartwarming and idyllic as the Green Gables books are on the whole, the racist references/descriptions of people of color in some of Montgomery's other, more mature works make it hard for me to find Marilla completely convincing here.

I think she, in this novel, is more what we would now long for a heroine to be, not what Marilla Cuthbert herself really would have been. So I decided not to finish this one.

Dec 07, 2018

I finished it but I didn't like it. Marilla was not a very like-able person. The addition of politics (both Canadian and American) ruined it.

DCLadults Nov 02, 2018

New & Noteworthy pick. If you loved Anne of Green Gables, Marilla’s story won’t let you down. This is what happened before Anne arrived.

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