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on 6 September 2015
This is generally a happy, humorous book, mostly about the children who play in "Rainbow Valley", a name they have given to a hollow near their homes. The children are from two different families. There are the Blythes, the children of the Anne who was once Anne of Green Gables and her husband Gilbert. At this time, some years before the First World War, Gilbert and Anne have six children - Jem, Walter, Nan, Di, Shirley (a boy), and Rilla. The other family are the Merediths. There are four children - Jerry, Faith, Una, and Thomas Carlyle (Carl). Their mother has died, and their father John is the new Presbyterian minister. Unfortunately he is easily absorbed by the duties of his ministry and his studying, which means that his children are generally left to their own devices. As a result they get a reputation in the area for being very wild! We read about the antics of the children, especially the young Merediths. Often their well-meaning plans turn out wrong. But they are kind-hearted. We read about how the Meredith children meet Mary Vance, a little girl who is ill-treated at home and who has run away and is starving. They take her to live at the manse. Their absent-minded father does not notice! Mary is an interesting character, to say the least! Eventually a nice local family adopt her.
Other things happen, and John Meredith decides that, for the sake of the children, he should get married; and falls in love with a woman, Rosemary West. However, the path of true love does not run smoothly. . . ! This is a most enjoyable book, and takes L. M. Montgomery's history of the Blythe family that much further as well as introducing us to some very interesting characters, both children and adults!
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VINE VOICEon 29 February 2016
An odd little novella by the author of Anne of Greengables (although you may already know that if you are mooching around book sites!) Rather a sad little tale about a mute who is not deaf..... and who a visiting schoolmaster falls in love with. Set, as usual, on Prince Edward Island, this is certainly worth having in your collection if you love Montgomery. I certainly thought it worth finding and reading.
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on 18 February 2013
This is an excellent book and absolutely riveting. The previous book of the series became somewhat repetitive but this is full of energy and excitement. It is not really about Ann this time, her family are secondary to the story - the real focus of attention is the new Minister who is a widower with four children who get into all sorts of scrapes. There is a strong romantic element as well, will he, won't he get married and if so who will catch him.
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on 22 April 2012
I re read Anne of Greengables after many years and went on to read some more of the Anne stories this was the last one I read and it is a lovely book concerning Anne's children and the children of the Manse, I am now reading Rilla of Ingleside and it is the last one and I can honestly say I have enjoyed every one of the books
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on 1 September 2016
The covers of these editions are just so pretty! My only complaint would be that two books in the series have not been published in this edition.
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on 8 November 2015
If you like easy to read, escapist stuff with a happy ending this is for you. Typical of L M Montgomery.
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on 10 April 2015
For Those following all of Anne Gable series, this is one of them.
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on 5 October 2014
happy story tellling well told in the style of the Greengables seies
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on 18 August 2016
Love this book
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on 13 February 2013
I really enjoyed this book. Previously I had only read the first book but now I am we'll on the way to reading them all. It was lovely.
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