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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books of Canada Ltd; First THUS edition (April 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770422683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770422684
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,623,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1874. She had her first poem published at the age of 15 and after completing college she worked for a short time as a journalist before becoming a teacher.

In 1908 Anne of Green Gables was published to huge acclaim with Anne of Avonlea coming soon after. Many successful novels follwed but by late 1930s, due to personal troubles, illness and depression, she stopped writing.

Lucy Maud Montgomery died in 1942 and was buried on her beloved Prince Edward Island.

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Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942), was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 11 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
I really think the only reason not to find "Rainbow Valley" one of L. M. Montgomery's better novels in the Anne series is because it has the least to do with Anne or her children. This one is really more about the four Meredith children who belong to Ingleside's new widowed minister, so I can see where some readers would be less than pleased with the direction of the story in which even Anne and Gilbert's children and secondary characeters. However, a scene near the end of the novel where young Una Meredith communes with the mother's wedding dress before going off to secure a new wife for her father is as touching as anything Montgomery ever wrote.
All in all, "Rainbow Valley" reminds me more of "The Story Girl" and "The Golden Road" than any of the other Anne books, with the Meredith children having a series of humorous misadventures. I am also impressed because as you can tell from the ending when Walter Blythe speaks of "The Piper," that Montgomery is already committed to writing about what happens to these children during World War I in her next Anne book, "Rilla of Ingleside." Even though it is atypical "Rainbow Valley" is my second favorite book in the Anne series and I am the proud owner of a first edition copy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Morena VINE VOICE on 23 April 2008
Format: Paperback
I didn't want to buy this book. For some reason, I had got the impression that it would just be a collection of vignettes strung together, populated by the 'stock characters' of L.M. Montgomery about getting into 'scrapes' and matchmaking; that it wouldn't have the heart or complexity of some of her greater books.

Well, there are scrapes, and there are matches made. There are busybodies, there are plucky kids, there are crotchety old men who are won around by said plucky kids. But somehow, it all seemed fresh. The first couple of chapters introduce the varied Blythe kids and the new Meredith children who live a slightly Pippi Longstocking-esque life with their absent minded widower father and useless old Aunt Martha. Then Mary Vance shows up. I like to think that Mary Vance is what Anne Shirley could have been, had she not had such a fine and fanciful soul. With Mary Vance, L.M. Montgomery gets to have irreverent fun with a salty-tongued orphan used to working from dusk til dawn. Mary is also taken in by a sober old woman and mends her ways somewhat, but unlike Anne, she never 'rounds out' - she'll always be a comic character and a thorn in everybody's side. She's a good balance to the relentless sweetness of characters like Walter and Una. Especially when she's chasing a terrified Rilla through Glen St. Mary with a dried codfish!

Faith Meredith, too, has a bit of Anne about her - her scene with Norman Douglas reminds me of Anne winning over Mr. Harrison in Anne of Avonlea. And I just wanted to shake Mr. Meredith as the little Merediths go about raising themselves by meting out punishments for their 'scrapes' - Una fainting from a self-imposed fast and Carl spending all night in a wet graveyard! Mr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug. 1998
Format: Paperback
I don't quite like Anne of Ingleside as I always want to know more about Anne but Montgomery just focused on Anne's children in the book.However,Rainbow Valley turned out to be completely different.It is as funny,delightful as other novels in the Anne series.Now, I love Anne's children and the manse children very much.But I don't like Mary Vance, she just seemed to be wicked though I know she was actually not, she was just brutally frank. The adventures of the children were as exciting as Anne's.They were all nice little souls.They were angels and to be loved by every one in the world.After reading Anne, I am now looking forward to having the chance to play in graveyards.They are no longer dreadful but beautiful places which bring you much joy and fun as soon as you finish Rainbow Valley. Lastly I think Anne Shirley is Anne Shirley. I can never accept Mrs. Doctor dear or Anne Blythe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this, but it doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the series properly. Although all of the other 'Anne' books have secondary characters who have their own sub-plots, Anne was basically a sub-plot in this book! The Meredith family were very fun to read about, as all of Anne's characters are, but I wish she'd written this book as a novel on its own, and not part of the 'Anne' series, as I thought this book would have been about Anne and Gilbert's children growing up. However, wonderful writing as usual and it was less flowery and descriptive, which shows how Montgomery's writing improved over the years. She was obviously affected by WWI, as a few of her comments are quite poignant. I want to get started on 'Rilla of Ingleside' immediately but I also want to make the series last so I'll keep it for my holiday. The whole Methodist/Presbytarian thing got a bit annoying after a while, but it was humorous in places. I never knew there was any sort of competition between those two denominations. As usual, Montgomery's characters came alive - Mary Vance annoyed me when she got too big for her boots, and Norman Douglas had a real voice to him and made me wonder who Montgomery had based him on. I hope that John and Rosemary make a cameo appearance in the next book as I'd like to know how they get along in their marriage! Overall, typical L. M. Montgomery stories which make me wish I was born a hundred years earlier so that I could play in my own Rainbow Valley and cook fish over a fire!
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