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Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, No. 8)

4.6 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0553269222
ISBN-10: 0553269224
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Anne's children were almost grown up, except for pretty, high-spirited Rilla. No one could resist her bright hazel eyes and dazzling smile. Rilla, almost fifteen, can't think any further ahead than going to her very first dance at the Four Winds lighthouse and getting her first kiss from handsome

Kenneth Ford. But undreamed-of challenges await the irrepressible Rilla when the world of Ingleside becomes endangered by a far-off war. Her brothers go off to fight, and Rilla brings home an orphaned newborn in a soup tureen. She is swept into a drama that tests her courage and leaves her changed forever.

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Anne's children were almost grown up, except for pretty, high-spirited Rilla. No one could resist her bright hazel eyes and dazzling smile. Rilla, almost fifteen, can't think any further ahead than going to her very first dance at the Four Winds lighthouse and getting her first kiss from handsome
Kenneth Ford. But undreamed-of challenges await the irrepressible Rilla when the world of Ingleside becomes endangered by a far-off war. Her brothers go off to fight, and Rilla brings home an orphaned newborn in a soup tureen. She is swept into a drama that tests her courage and leaves her changed forever.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1030L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553269224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553269222
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We give more than them. They only give themselves. We give them." So said Rilla Blythe once, and pretty much sums up all the suffering that the womenfolk left behind at home to 'work and wait' for their men at the front undergo.

RoI is featured around pretty young Rilla Blythe, as flippant and fun-loving as fourteen-year-olds can be. The novel starts out innocently enough; Rilla and her siblings attend a lighthouse dance, and handsome Ken Ford is infatuated with Rilla. Nobody cares about what's happening outside Prince Edward Island..or indeed, even in the next town. But in the midst of the enjoyment, World War I is looming up, and very soon boys are in khaki and on their way to the bloody battlefields in France. Inner strength is tried and hearts are wrung during the four long years that follow as the women watch friends, husbands, lovers and brothers put their lives on stake for the 'ashes of their fathers and the temples of their gods'.

Sadly, Rilla of I. has been overlooked by many when considering all the wonderful war books written. Maybe because of the title, which sounds very chick-flickish. If it had been called 'All Quiet on the Canadian front', perhaps more notice would've been taken of it. RoI is a clear, realistically insightful, thought-provoking work on what the people on the homefront go through during a war. All the anxieties over a telegram, taking up jobs that only men handled before, saying goodbye to the men leaving...

LMM has beautifully portrayed how the initial excitement and complacency over the war simmed down to stoic endurance through the four years. Yet, in the midst of all this emotion, there is still the trademark LMM humour. Rilla reflecting that Fred Arnold's nose would be unbearable 'across the breakfast table'. Mr.
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Rilla of Ingleside is without contest the best book I've ever read. LM Montgomery's talents include being able to describe emotions so vividly that the reader *feels* it. In this case, she shows us how Rilla, a frivolous, vain girl, transforms, through many hardships, into a patient, kind, humourous young woman. Also woven in are little details about the war that you will never find in a history textbook - mostly how the people back home felt about it.
Although she isn't one of the main characters, Faith Meredith is one of my favourites. She is brave enough to go off as a nurse, and stays strong even when her finacee is captured by the Germans. I'd love to actually BE Faith.
Another of the best characters are Susan and her cousin Sophia. Susan is so optimistic and Sophia is so pessimistic that their clashes are just plain funny.
Gertrude Oliver is the most intriguing. Her dreams tell the future and she has lots of superstitions.
The most lovable of the characters is Jims. He is a really sweet little baby and his role in Kenneth Ford's farewell call is cute.
From all points of view, Rilla of Ingleside is an engaging novel, a must-read for LM Montgomery fans, historical romance freaks, and WWI nuts alike. Also for those who enjoy a good story.
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By far, I feel that this is my favorite of the Anne of Green Gables series. I truly loved this book. Rilla Blythe is, at the beginning of the story, a vain and naive young girl, but by the end of the book she seemed to blossom into a sensitive, unselfish young woman. She is strong despite the cruelty of the war and the loss of her beloved brother, Walter. When Walter died, L.M. Montgomery painted the feelings of the characters so vividly that I shed a few tears along with his family and friends and with the one young woman who loved him, but was too shy to let him know...and lost him "somewhere in France." I had learned to grow fond of Walter, and I was very sad to see him go. All in all, this book is a very heartwarming, loving, classic book that I found very enjoyable. In the preceeding 7 "Anne" books, the scenery and way of life on P.E.I seemed calm and perfect.....but in Rilla of Ingleside, L.M. Montgomery lets us know that perfection can be spoiled and our lives could be waken up with a jolt, although at times not a very pleasant one. For anyone who is a fan of L.M. Montgomery and of Anne Shirley, her family and friends, I would recommend reading this book. It is a treasure.
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I love L.M. Montgomery's books, and I think my favorite is Rilla of Ingleside. I read it when I was in fourth grade, and even after three years, it's still great. Rilla Blythe, the protagonist, is someone I can really relate to, since she's a teenager. This book is a story basically about this family, the Blythe family, that's torn apart because of the World War One. It's really a great story, both cheerful and heartbreaking at the same time. I'm sure I've cried a lot when I read it for the first time. Also, it's not only a story about Rilla. Montgomery crafts a superb tale around all the characters in this book: she writes about all their feelings, doings, etc. This book rocks.
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This is definitely my favorite in the series, BUT it is also VERY DIFFERENT from the other books, which I also recommend. This book is a fascinating account of one young lady's experience in Canada during World War I. I learned more about the war from this book than I have from all the history books I've read, combined. It really brings a human touch to history. It's sad and funny and very true to life.
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