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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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Freshly returned from their European tour, Anne and Gilbert are reunited with their children and back in Ingleside. In their absence, a new minister, John Meredith has been appointed and has settled into the manse with his four rambunctious children who quickly bond with the Blythe children. As the children get into various adventures and mischief that frequently scandalizes their small community, the Meredith family must also face the realities of being without a mother and just what it means if their father should ever remarry.

I always forget how beautiful Montgomery's prose is until I settle down with her novels and then I immediately remember how lovely it is to just let the words wash over you. In this penultimate entry in the Anne series we get far more focus on the Meredith children then on Anne and Gilbert and their brood. However, the book is no less charming for this mild shift in focus. The adventures and scrapes the children get into are just as entertaining as those of the Blythe children and the quiet romance of John Meredith's courting of a local old maid is just as delightful. There is also the sharp contrast with the charms of life in this small community with the dark foreshadowing of the onset of WWI. ( )
  MickyFine | Oct 17, 2016 |
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 |
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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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