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Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery

Rainbow Valley (original 1919; edition 1985)

by L.M. Montgomery

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Title:Rainbow Valley
Authors:L.M. Montgomery
Info:Starfire (1985), Edition: First Thus, Paperback, 225 pages
Collections:Your library, Kids
Tags:girl book, books, 20th century fiction, fiction, juvenile fiction, canadian lit, iconic character, brothers and sisters, novel, coming of age novel

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Rainbow Valley by L. M. Montgomery (1919)



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L.M. Montgomery long ago convinced me that Canada = paradise, but you need more than an idealistic setting to make an interesting story. This book is just . . . pointless. If you think you're getting another charming book about the Blythe children, think again; it's all about another random ragtag group of children who continually scandalize the gossiping, judgmental biddies who are so bored with their lives that they resort to being scandalized over a child's lack of stockings for entertainment. I'm sure these characters are supposed to come across as flawed but lovable, but most of them are just irritating. Don't waste your time with this one. ( )
  AngelClaw | Feb 2, 2016 |
One would think that in the 7th installment about the same characters, that things would get old, but this book diverges from Anne and the Blythes and focuses more on the new minister's family, the Merediths. Happiness still is the final, predictable ending, but the new characters continue to show Montgomery's ability to tell a great story and create interesting characters. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
One would think that in the 7th installment about the same characters, that things would get old, but this book diverges from Anne and the Blythes and focuses more on the new minister's family, the Merediths. Happiness still is the final, predictable ending, but the new characters continue to show Montgomery's ability to tell a great story and create interesting characters. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
A new minister has come to the Glen and taken up residence in the manse. With him he brings his four young and motherless children, their mother having previously departed this world. Mr. Meredith is an absentminded sort, rarely taking notice of the world or the scrapes his children get into, and occassionally dragging their steadfast friends, the Blythe children, along for the ride. It's not uncommon for the four young Merediths to set the whole village to gossip with their carrying on and scandalizing the church ladies. Most outrageous of all they bring a young orphan girl into their home where she lives for a fortnight, without their father even noticing. Just when everything starts to simmer down from that event, they got themselves into another scrape. And so the whole story goes.

I feel that a good portion of this four star rating is sentimental in nature. From the first pages of the book I was entranced, just as I was as a young girl the first time I read an Anne book. However, without that emotional response, it probably would have garnered a mere three stars. Anne and her brood were only secondary characters in a novel in which, the Merediths, new players on the stage, took the starring role. Charming as they were, it just wasn't quite the same to read an Anne novel in which she played only a minor role. Despite that, I would still love to see more of them, and wish that Montgomery had given them their own series. ( )
  Mootastic1 | Jan 15, 2016 |
Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery is about children. The main characters are the six children of Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe and their good friends and neighbours the four Meredith children. Mr. Meredith is the local vicar and a widower, and while he is busy tending to his parish and working on sermons, his children have only a very elderly aunt to watch over them and so tend to get into scrapes and difficulties that manage to shock the community. But these are good-hearted children who eventually help keep a girl from being sent to the orphanage and find her a good home. They also put their heads together and help their father find a new wife and helpmate who will also be a friendly guide and companion to the children.

Although this story is very light and the author tends to rely on clichéd phrases, I did enjoy reading of the values and mores of the early 20th Century. So much importance was placed on appearances and what the community would think, that I was quite happy when Faith and Walter shocked everyone by riding a couple of pigs through town. When the children gathered in Rainbow Valley, it reminded me of my own special places that I went to play when I was young.

Rainbow Valley never reaches the perfection of the first three Anne books, but it is a cheerful, sunny story with a few clouds lurking on the horizon. I have very little doubt that these clouds will someday become World War I and that there could be heartbreak and suffering ahead for this family. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 1, 2015 |
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To the memory of Goldwin Lapp, Robert Brookes, and Morley Shier, who made the supreme sacrifice that the happy valleys of their home land might be kept sacred from the ravage of the invader.
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Anne Shirley is grown up, has married her beloved  Gilbert and now is the mother of six mischievous  children.

These boys and girls discover a  special place all their own, but they never dream  of what will happen when the strangest family  moves into an old nearby mansion. The Meredith clan is  two boys and two girls, with minister father but  no mother -- and a runaway girl named Mary Vance.  Soon the Meredith kids join Anne's children in  their private hideout to carry out their plans to save  Mary from the orphanage, to help the lonely  minister find happiness, and to keep a pet rooster from  the soup pot. There's always an adventure brewing  in the sun-dappled world of Rainbow Valley.

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The grown-up Anne of Green Gables, her husband, and their six children live in a special hideaway known as Rainbow Valley.

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