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Marilla of Green Gables: A Novel Hardcover – October 23, 2018
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―Lindsay Crist Lawson, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, OH
"Great for lovers of Anne who need more Avonlea in their lives. This book was very well done in the style of L.M. Montgomery that I had to remind myself that it wasn't actually written by her..."
―Alison Frenzel, Fabled Bookshop and Café, TX
"Fans of the original series and those entering this landscape for the first time will be captivated..."
―Beth Seufer Buss, Bookmarks, NC
"L.M. Montgomery's Marilla Cuthbert flares to life in Sarah McCoy's enchanting novel of Avonlea. But this Marilla feels very much earned by McCoy, and her story, one of wrenching family sacrifice and the enduring pleasures of home, as much a love letter to the world of Green Gables as it is a breath of fresh air. Hats off to McCoy for enlivening this classic with such heart and grace."
―Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin
"Fans of the Anne of Green Gables series will rejoice at this warm and heartfelt addition to their world. McCoy's love for the characters is palpable, and with an insightful eye she illuminates the original Avonlea, while also offering glimpses into the turbulent history of the time."
―Madeline Miller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Circe
"Sarah McCoy has given readers a precious gift: the opportunity to step back into the world of Avonlea, and the chance to get to know Marilla Cuthbert as a leading lady in her own right. In McCoy's skillful and sensitive hands, Marilla emerges as a heroine of depth, complexity, and heart. I savored my time with this cast of old friends, enjoying the dilemma of whether to speed through these compelling pages or to pause and relish everything about the lovely world imagined within them."
―Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of Beauty in the Broken Places and Sisi
About the Author
SARAH McCOY is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables (10/23/18); The Mapmaker's Children; The Baker's Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee; the novella "The Branch of Hazel," featured in the anthology Grand Central; and The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico.
The daughter of an Army officer, her family was stationed in Germany during her childhood. She now lives with her husband, an orthopedic sports surgeon, and their dog, Gilbert, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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There are places where the characterization and plot feel forced, but I think this is partly due to the constraints placed on the author by the prequel format. We already know how Marilla's life turns out, and we know she has regrets about lost opportunities. This guarantees a certain unavoidable sadness to the story, but the author balanced that with warm and heartfelt depictions of the Cuthbert family, Avonlea, and the beauty of Prince Edward Island.
Marilla of Green Gables is McCoy's attempt at explaining why the character Marilla was the way Marilla was. Marilla, a person mysteriously hardened by life comes alive with the arrival of a young girl with a vast imagination managed to pull her out of her shell. Readers of the Montgomery's Anne series know that Marilla alludes to a love lost and regrets in conversations with Anne about Gilbert Blythe. Keeping in mind that this version of the story is not Lucy Maud Montgomery's telling, Sarah McCoy does Marilla's story justice. Early in the book I remembered that at some point in life Marilla loved, was loved, and lost love. Watching the relationship between John Blythe and Marilla develop it was hard not to feel a tightening in my chest with the knowledge that their love would end tragically. It was an interesting perspective, the loss of Marilla's mother, promises made on a death bed, and a loyalty to family, all of which made Marilla the woman she was when we first meet her in Anne of Green Gables.
McCoy claims to have done extensive research on Montgomery, the Anne series, and Prince Edward Island in an effort to bring new life to old characters. I believe that Montgomery would feel honored by the story that was told.
I am not ready yet to leave PEI and look forward to continuing my journey with Anne's arrival to Green Gables and a re-read of an old friend.
Cover Design - 5.0
The cover does a really great job of capturing Montgomery's Green Gables.
Grammer - 5.0
Beautifully edited. I am not familiar with Sarah McCoy as an author but this first introduction into her work brought me great pleasure.
Plot - 4.0
I did a Heather "no-no" and read some early reviews; prior to the book being released. People don't like change or things that are different. There were a lot of critics out there who feared that McCoy was treading on Montgomery's "turf". Now, I am all about originality and I feel that Hollywood continues to recycle old stories. I also believe that some mystery in a book's storyline allows the reader to use their own imagination. When reading the Anne of Green Gables series my heart always broke for Marilla and her love lost but I never really considered what could have caused her such heartache. Do I buy McCoy's versions of events? It's as much as a possibility as any and in this day in age when politics are causing so much division in our country it makes it a completely reasonable rationale that Marilla and John Blythe allowed heated beliefs to divide them. Marilla always was hard headed, Anne tames that, but she always spoke first and came to her senses later. It makes sense that speaking without thinking first plus her pride was Marilla's demise in love.
Believability - NA
I am not sure that this category applies to this book so I am going to leave it as NA.
Ending - 5.0
This book opens at the beginning of the Anne stories, before Anne arrives, and then with Marilla reminiscing about the past. Closure comes with the continuation of the series and Montgomery's telling of Anne's story.
Price Value - 4.0
I think the story was well written and well worth the price. I am all about the deal so doubt if you put this book on your wish list, in a couple of years the book with go on sale.
Overall - 4.5
I enjoyed this story. I don't usually get emotional over a book but for most of this story I had to try hard not to cry. Knowing the outcomes of the characters made it hard to root for the love story developing between Marilla and John. I think the additional story of the American Civil War and the Underground Railroad brings a depth to Marilla's character. Marilla could have easily sent Anne back to the orphanage. Anne certainly wasn't what they needed or what they wanted but if you believe that Marilla held a soft place in her heart for the rights of all people you can understand why she would not send a child back to such suffering.