- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company (8 October 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062697722
- ISBN-13: 978-0062697721
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 227 g
- Customer Reviews: 172 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Fans of the Anne of Green Gables series will rejoice at this warm and heartfelt addition to their world. McCoy's love for the characters is palpable, and with an insightful eye she illuminates the original Avonlea, while also offering glimpses into the turbulent history of the time."--Madeline Miller, Author of Circe
"Prepare to meet Marilla, a captivating heroine who will transport you back to the treasured world of Anne of Green Gables. Rich in historical detail, this charming novel vividly explores love, loss, friendship, and the coming-to-self of a girl on the cusp of womanhood."--Sue Monk Kidd
"Sarah McCoy has given readers a precious gift: the opportunity to step back into the world of Avonlea, and the chance to get to know Marilla Cuthbert as a leading lady in her own right. In McCoy's skillful and sensitive hands, Marilla emerges as a heroine of depth, complexity, and heart. I savored my time with this cast of old friends, enjoying the dilemma of whether to speed through these compelling pages or to pause and relish everything about the lovely world imagined within them."--Allison Pataki, New York Times Bestselling Author
"Another girl once came of age at Green Gables. Spunky, smart, buffeted by tides of duty and ambition, loss and love, young Marilla finds her voice in Sarah McCoy's beautiful rendering of a beloved place, a complex woman, and a long-ago time. Deftly and tenderly told, Marilla of Green Gables is a must read for anyone who adored Avonlea and Anne and ever wondered, what came before?"--Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
"Heartfelt and endearing, the tale of Green Gables will have you devouring this story in one sitting."--Women.com
About the Author
Sarah McCoy is the New York Times, USA 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.
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There are quite a few prequels to the Little House On The Prairie books, from looking at Caroline's early life, and a later book about Caroline, taking you up to the point of the early books in the series. This reminded me of that, as I've always been fascinated by Marilla in the books, when she was so stern, and unforgiving in a sense., towards Anne. And of course, there was that intriguing hint about her and John Blythe, who was Gilbert's father.
This book is quite good, because the first chapter is Marilla and Matthew agreeing that they need a boy to help out around the farm - the next book is then Marilla and Matthew as teenagers, and experiencing all the heartbreak that was hinted at in later books. I won't ruin any of it for anyone who doesn't know, or has not yet read this book, but there are some incredibly sad moments, and gives you an insight into why Marilla and Matthew grew up the way they were and why they stayed living together throughout the years.
There are quite a few parallels with the Anne books, little things were obviously lifted from the Anne books, potentially unintentionally, as the author does state in the notes, that she studied the books. It was little things, that made me think of Anne in the same positions as Marilla was in her early years, and little things that she said. It was also good seeing a young Rachel, and how she could talk the hind leg off a donkey, even at such a young age.
I really felt for Marilla throughout the book, and Matthew as well, and I felt that I understood them both, so much more, by reading this book. The author has breathed life into their younger selves, and they were really well written, while staying true to the characters that LM Montgomery gave life to.
If you have read Little House On The Prairie, or Anne of Green Gables, and are looking to find out more about the particular characters, then i would highly recommend the LHOTP prequels, and this, for lovers of Marilla. You will fall in love with her that little bit more and your heart will break in two when hers does.
Very enjoyable book.