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Marilla of Green Gables

Marilla of Green Gables, November 2018
by Sarah McCoy

William Morrow
240 pages
ISBN: 0062697714
EAN: 9780062697714
Kindle: B077S3694H
Hardcover / e-Book
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"The untold story of Marilla before Anne came into her life..."

Fresh Fiction Review

Marilla of Green Gables
Sarah McCoy

Reviewed by Magdalena Johansson
Posted October 25, 2018


I've seen tv-versions of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, but I have never actually read the books. However, that didn't stop me from wanting to read this book about Marilla Cuthbert, before Anne came into her and Matthew's lives.

Marilla Cuthbert is only thirteen-years-old when her whole life is turned upside down. Her beloved mother dies in childbirth and she's suddenly the one responsible for all of the tasks of a farm wife: cooking, sewing, and overseeing Green Gables. Of course, she has her brother Matthew and her father Hugh, but the loss of her mother will stay with her for the rest of her life. As she grows up, Green Gables is her main focus, but friends and family will draw her out into the world. And, she will even find that there may be someone out there who could be more than and a friend...

Reading MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES was such a wonderful experience. You know that feeling when a book is just right for you? The right moment for the right book? It was so for me. I had just finished a very heavy book, and reading this was like breathing fresh air. Not that this book is fluffy as cotton candy, it has its dark and sad moments. It was so rewarding to read a story set in Avonlea and get to know Marilla as a young woman growing up. Even though I know some facts about her life before Anne came into her life, it was wonderful to see Marilla's own story told. MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES turned out to be such a wonderful gem and I can't wait to read more books by Sarah McCoy.

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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 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.

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