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Rainbow Valley, by L. M. Montgomery.
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!