Book Review for MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES by Sarah McCoy
MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES by Sarah McCoy
William Morrow Paperbacks
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A charming and heartfelt tale of love, loss, and consequences of decisions made which transports you back in time.
MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES is a heartwarming and enjoyable glimpse back into Avonlea. McCoy honors L.M. Montgomery’s original vision but still manages to let her own uniquely eloquent writing style shine through in the prose. I loved revisiting a place I first came to know in my childhood.
Here is the thing. Many of us grew up reading Anne of Green Gables. It is a classic, and for an author to take on the task of expanding upon that world is not easy. However, McCoy did it expertly. The elegance in her words was only matched by the story she wove together.
This novel has it all. It is filled with young love, friendship, and loss. Also, by having it set in a time with political unrest as well as allowing Marilla to become involved with helping children escape the cruelty of slavery, the narrative has a little weight to it. It becomes more than just a story about a woman on a farm. It becomes about women in history and how some stepped out of their comfort zone to help those in need.
In honesty, the true gift the author gives us is a peek into the history of a character we know at a much later stage in her life. With every decision Marilla makes, you can see her being set down a path made entirely of her own choices. I absolutely loved it.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 8, 2019)
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