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Marilla of Green Gables

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  606 Ratings  ·  250 Reviews
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 Cuth
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by William Morrow
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4.5 nostalgic stars for transporting me back to Green Gables and Avonlea! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.5

Marilla of Green Gables is a beauty Anne of Green Gables fans will not want to miss!

Marilla Cuthbert’s life prior to Anne begins when she is thirteen years old. Her mother has passed away, and she is now responsible for all the “wife’s” duties on the farm, growing up overnight. Also helping her is her beloved brother, Matthew, and her father, Hugh.

Set in charming Prince Edward Island during the 19th century, Mar
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fans of the Anne of Green Gables series of books fondly remember Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, guardians of the spirited Anne Shirley. If you've ever wondered about life at Green Gables when the Cuthbert siblings were young, you'll want to check out Sarah McCoy's Marilla of Green Gables.

The story is told from Marilla's point of view, and stays true to the character we came to know and love in L.M. Montgomery's books. Through her eyes, we meet her parents and Aunt Izzy for the first time, as well
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this via Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.

Confession: I haven't read Anne of Green Gables yet (Hoping to this summer/fall). I entered the giveaway because: it sounded interesting.. and Sarah McCoy had written it. Her novel Mapmaker's Children was my first of hers and I fell in love with her writing.

I can only speak to my enjoyment of this particular book.. while I can't say if Marilla is true to character, I can say I fell in lov
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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 M
With my sincere apologies to those readers who obviously have very much enjoyed Sarah McCoy's Marilla of Green Gables (and I do realise that I seem to be rather the minority at this point), but I have in many ways really and actively despised this novel. For even though Marilla of Green Gables appears to be well enough researched and I do appreciate that Sarah McCoy does not seem to use all too many anachronisms with regard to the physical manifestations of time and place (and the clothes that p ...more
Susan Peterson
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Marilla of Green Gables, readers are transported to Avonlea in this warm and wonderful book, filled with love and heartache and sacrifice. Marilla’s spirit shines through, a young woman shaped by regret and happenstance. I felt so close to Marilla, as if I’d been given a window to her soul. She is a heroine to remember and to behold...devoted and determined to do what’s right, not just for herself, but for all of those she loved. I was entranced at this peek into the world of Green Gables bef ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lynne
Shelves: general-fiction
Oh, Green Gables, how I love thee! I first encountered Anne (with an "E" thank you very much!) when I was 10 or 11. It instantly became a favorite book series so much so that I chose Prince Edward Island as the topic of a seventh-grade geography research paper. Anne Shirley endeared herself to me. I longed to be a red head full of spunk as loyal and noble as she. I gave little thought to the character Marilla. In part, I believe this is because I was a kid so I found characters my age of much gr ...more
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
I may bump this star rating up after I've let it simmer for awhile. What a DELIGHTFUL book - both an homage to Anne of Green Gables and also a story that can stand completely on its own. I am always apprehensive when there are spin-offs to books (or movies, or any media); it's just so unlikely that it will live up to the beloved original. And of course, this book cannot replace Anne of Green Gables in my mind and my heart. BUT, this book did perfect justice to the characters that I know and love ...more
Kate Olson
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for this free review copy!

I was so nervous going into this book, but it 100% amazed me at how perfectly McCoy took us back to Avonlea and fit us back into that fictional world. I consider this an absolute must-read for fans of the Anne of Green Gables series. An unofficial prequel, if you will.
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Sarah McCoy tells us in the author's note that she felt there was a mystery within chapter 37 of Anne of Green Gables, where Marilla mentions she used to be good friends with John Blythe, some people calling him her beau, and Anne asks what happened.  Marilla of Green Gables is McCoy's answer to that question.

The story of Marilla Cuthbert captured my heart!  It follows her life from her teens until the time she and her brother decide to adopt a child to help on their farm.  We know the end of th
Pam Jenoff
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Anne of Green Gables should run, not walk, to seize this beautifully written story. I was lucky enough to have an early read and I adored it. The plucky heroine in 19th century Prince Edward Island caught between life in her small town and wanting to make a difference in the larger world is truly a woman for all ages.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lm_montgomery
As a lifelong fan who inherited my love of Anne from my mother and her mother, I wanted to like this book, but the author took it in a direction that was just too far-fetched for me. I don’t believe that the Marilla who went through the experiences in this novel would be the same Marilla who needed Anne to change her life and open her heart. (And I don’t think “shy and silent” Matthew would ever have talked so much.)

But I did love that Matthew and Marilla’s father and mother shared the names of
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Could NOT put this down! A must read for fans of Anne of Green Gables!
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I have so many feelings!

With fictional couples and stories, Anne of Green Gables is IT for me. There is no story I love more, especially when we start talking about the romance of Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe. When I saw that Marilla Cuthbert was getting a chance to tell her story, I was equal parts excited and nervous, but I definitely wanted to read it. Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy explores the “what if” between Marilla Cuthbert (Anne’s eventual guardian) and John Blythe (Gi
Yusra  ✨
Sep 08, 2018 marked it as to-read
omg i can't believe this is happening and my expectations are sky high pleaseeee don't disappoint
october 23rd is too far away
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: charlotte
3.5 STARS - In Marilla of Green Gables, author Sarah McCoy pays homage to the original and beloved Canadian Anne of Green Gables series by L.M Montgomery with a prequel that gives readers the author's rendition of what Marilla's life was before she met Anne. As a young teen, I loved reading Anne of Green Gables and watching the TV mini series starring Megan Follows (who will always be the ultimate 'Anne with an E' for this reader). I appreciate and respect McCoy's bold choice to add to the iconi ...more
I’ve been on an Anne of Green Gables kick this year and I really enjoyed reading the new novel, Marilla of Green Gables. I have loved the Anne of Green Gable series since I started reading it when I was twelve. I’ve read and also own every book written by L.M. Montgomery including all of her short story collections. I am a fan and had great expectations for this book. Happily they were met. The book was written so that it seemed like it was another addition to the Anne series. Marilla is a spiri ...more
Lana Shupe
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! I have wanted to read this book since I first heard about it's upcoming publishing date. I was lucky enough to receive an Advance Readers Copy - thank you Kaiti at Harper Collins Canada. Just to looking at the cover was a thrill! I actually went in to work on my day off to pick it up from the staff room because I couldn't wait another second to start it.

I am an Anne of Green Gables fan. I have a glass fronted china cupboard full of all the books L. M. Montgomery has written. I have books
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Thank you, William Morrow, for the free review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

"Greatness can be found anywhere. It doesn't need grandeur. There's greatness in the ordinary. maybe even more than elsewhere." - Page 34

"...a homely thing can become quite extraordinary if given the chance to prove itself." - Page 38

"Look for good things and good things is what you'll find right?" - Page 43

Oh, how I adored this novel. I loved how Sarah McCoy created a story for Marilla Cuthbert who is som
Leah DeCesare
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am I the only one who's never read Anne of Green Gables? Now I have to read it! Sarah McCoy delivers a beautiful story in Marilla of Green Gables. It felt like falling into a soft cushion - being in a simpler time devoid of technology and even electricity - but McCoy draws parallels to current life. It's a true reminder that societies have always had divisions and strong differences of opinions and we have overcome. Romance, history, and a peacefulness of another era all wind together in this fi ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was a good reads giveaway winner of this book. It is very clear that Sarah McCoy is a big fan of the Anne of Green Gables series. She has written a book that focuses on Marilla Cuthbert from age 13 up the her fifties. when she and Matthew decide to adopt a boy to help on the farm{ we all know how that turned out} The book starts out with Marilla at age 13. Her mother is pregnant and an aunt comes to help out. Tragedy strikes the Cuthbert House hold. This book also brings in other familiar char ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
In a way this one was kind of sad. There is a budding romance, but you know it will not have a happy ending and that she will have regrets.

It starts with Marilla at 13. She is mostly at home, she has no friends, but she is content. Life is busy on a farm. I liked young Marilla. She was kind and sweet. She does make a friend later on, a friend who will be her best friend for life.

I do get that her mother's death had a huge impact on her. She felt that she had to care for her father and brother. S
Stephanie P
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher to review.

For some behind the scenes insight, check out the interview I did with the author here:

When I heard this book was coming out I was simultaneously excited and nervous. The characters of Anne of Green Gables are some of my most beloved characters and I was worried that I wouldn't like what the author did with the characters.

I'm thrilled to say that I loved this book! The author spent tim
Deborah Blanchard
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With her lyrical prose Sarah McCoy transports us to another place and time. She takes us to the 1800's in Canada. She introduces us to Marilla, who came before Anne of Green Gables. She weaves a beautiful tapestry of love, loss and regret. Marilla is a wonderful character. Full of love for her family. She is a strong and resilient human being. She is the main character in this book and I grew to love her. Family is of utmost importance in this book. The characters are all richly detailed and I f ...more
This was a wonderful easy read that made experience a gamutof emotion. Marilla and all the Cuthberts are amazingly in character. It was wonderful to see Marilla especially grow and learn and make mistakes and become the woman we know in Anne of Green Gables. I knew it would be a sad story, and it was, but the slow budding love story had a sweetness to cut it. I definitely cried off and on the last 60 or so pages of the book but in that good satisfying way. I wholeheartedly recommend this one.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Did you ever wonder about Marilla Cuthbert's life before she and Matthew took in Anne Shirley? Perhaps you were curious about her youthful flirtation with Gilbert Blythe's father? In an interesting new book, Sarah McCoy has created a story about Marilla's youth and what could have shaped her life in Avonlea. . .

Here is a link to my review:
Linda Martin
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable book
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and the author captures the characters so well. It’s a lovely piece of fiction based on the much loved Anne of Green Gables!
Janieh Hermann
I did not know how much I needed this book until I started reading it. Sarah McCoy has imagined and captured wonderfully the back story to the early life of Marilla Cuthbert and told it in a tone that is truly perfect in all ways. Woven throughout this coming of age story is love, heartache of many kinds, political unrest, and the sense of community that we all long for in life.

I am so grateful to the author for writing this book as it has inspired me to go back and read (once more) the entire
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm all for this book becoming canon. It was beautifully written and while the author acknowledges that she is not L.M. Montgomery and did not intend to replicate her writing, it felt seamless to me. Even the chapter titles were very reminiscent of L.M.M.'s. There are sweet little nods and references to Anne's story. I saw glimpses of Anne in Kitty Blythe, which gives Gilbert's later attraction to Anne more depth. It was obviously very well researched as evidenced by the author's note at the end ...more
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