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Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #8)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  27,249 Ratings  ·  884 Reviews
Rilla of Ingleside is the final book in the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery, but was the sixth of the eight "Anne" novels she wrote. This book draws the focus back onto a single character, Anne and Gilbert's youngest daughter Bertha Marilla "Rilla" Blythe. It has a more serious tone, as it takes place during World War I and the three Blythe boys - Jem, ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published June 17th 2011 by Indoeuropeanpublishing.com (first published 1921)
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Maria
Aug 04, 2007 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"'Is it Rilla my Rilla?'
Yeth."
Kate
Jul 08, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the final book of the Anne series, and deals with the lives of her children. While it's wonderful to see characters evolve into adulthood and have a next generation come to life, the real strength of this book is it's window into the homeland society of rural Maritime Canada during the first World War. It's one of few documentations (even if the characters are fictional) of what women were doing at home during the war, and this setting breathes new life into the end of the series. The se ...more
Lindsay
Feb 21, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that finally severed my relationship with Kevin Sullivan. When Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story premiered in the early 2000s, I was shocked to discover that Anne and Gilbert were suddenly time warped to WWI.

That's wrong. On so many levels.

WWI wasn't Anne's war, it was Rilla's, and Ken's, and Walter's, and that damn dog who turns me into a gushy mess every freaking time I read the last chapter. Rilla -- the youngest child of Anne and Gilbert -- is fifteen (see what I m
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Kelly
Sep 14, 2007 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
This is probably my favorite of the Anne books. I love watching Rilla mature into a young woman, and I think the romance betwen Rilla and Ken Ford is one of the best in kidlit.
Elizabeth
It was recently drawn to my attention by a fellow Goodreads reader that the editions of Rilla of Ingleside, for which we had become accustomed, are abridged versions of the original edition that L.M. Montgomery published. Somehow along the way, an abridged edition appeared through an Amercian publishing house and that abridged version became the standard (accidentally). As a result, I was curious to discover what jewels of Rilla of Ingleside I was missing. While, I feel self-satisfied in the kno ...more
Naomi Bennet
This book. THIS BOOK. Seriously, I have no words. I can only sit here and cry and sob like a baby. It was that good. Every reread makes me quiet in stunned awe; ever reread makes me tremble in the emotion, the beauty, the amazingness. This book is out-of-this-world amazing. I've decided it's my favourite novel.

(Um, this review contains a spoiler of a certain death. But you may want to be prepared for the death, so carry on reading.)

Soooooo.
1. I cried more than ten times. I'm sure of it.
2. I
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Allison (The Allure of Books)
This is a stand-out in the series for me, I love Rilla.

If Dog Monday doesn't make you cry, I don't know what will. He breaks my heart every time.
Heather
The final book in the Anne of Green Gables series makes a solemn capstone to an amazing run. My Dad bought me these books when I was little on the condition that I read all of them, and I've just now fulfilled that promise.

Covering the duration of World War One, this book, along with Anne's House of Dreams, is definitely one of the saddest in the series. Yet these two books give the characters of Anne and her children, including the title character, her youngest daughter Rilla, a more rounded fe
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Cathy
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Darcy
Dec 11, 2012 Darcy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was with great relief and disappointment that I finally closed the last volume of the Anne series. I'm afraid I found this volume a colossal bore. Rilla, cute as she is, was not featured as prominently as the title would suggest; nor was her love story. Set during WWI, Rilla of Ingleside chronicles the entire duration of the war and how it effected those in Canada. By the time they made it to 1918 I was praying for the war to end so the dang book would end. The scenes hardly varied. It was a ...more
Allie
Jan 20, 2009 Allie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Rilla of Ingleside' is my favourite of the 'Anne' series, it's even better than the internationally-beloved 'Anne of Green Gables'. That's my opinion, anyway! It features Rilla [short for Marilla:], Anne and Gilbert's youngest daughter, and her trials throughout WWI, when two of her brothers and the young man she cares for go off to war. Poignantly written, never dismissing hardship, heartbreak, love, and the more common of adolescent strifes such as rivalries and embarassments, 'Rilla of Ingle ...more
Kathryn
Jun 26, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-readfavorites
My faaaaavorite Anne book--it focuses on her youngest child, Rilla, and it's set during WWI (the series is set in Canada, who entered the war with England, so it was a much longer and painful ordeal for them than for the US). Rilla is a silly young 15 year old when the war begins--by the end she's an amazing and strong woman. This book is wonderful! I'm regularly tearing up on my lunchbreak reading this one.
Michele
Dec 25, 2011 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew what to expect going into this book, from inadvertently reading summaries. Even if I hadn't, the Pied Piper foreshadowing in Rainbow Valley, gave this last book's big development away. Even so, it was very moving. I read it during a flight and cried like a lunatic the whole plane route.

Being mostly familiar with U. S. History, it was interesting to see the war from a Canadian perspective. Susan's view on Woodrow Wilson and his love of "notes" was hilarious. It makes me wish that Montgomer
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Emma Jane
Jan 07, 2016 Emma Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ADORED THIS BOOK. In fact, much more than I was expecting to. Sure, everyone seems to rave about it, and it was my best friend who (gently) pushed me into reading it...but I didn't expect to LOVE it. I've read several of L.M. Montgomery's books now, and while I enjoy her writing style sometimes, overall it's not my thing, and by the time I got to Rilla of Ingleside -- the fourth book I'd read of hers in a year -- I was rather tired of it.

BUT THAT DIDN'T MATTER. This is one of the most beauti
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Susann
May 02, 2010 Susann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was so nice to have Rilla waiting for me, as I went through my 'Anne' series re-read. I would love to take a class on WWI and have 'Rilla' as one of my texts. Because Montgomery wrote this shortly after the War ended, all the details seem so fresh and ripe for discussion: the battles, the politics, the Canadian perspective, the role of women, the emerging technologies, and - my favorite - the jingoism. It's fascinating to read Montgomery's casual mentions of bricks being thrown through window ...more
Kirjaneito
Yksi kaikkien aikojen lempikirjoistani. Annan nuoruusvuosien ja Annan unelmavuosien ohella suosikkini Montgomeryn rakkaasta sarjasta. Itken tämän parissa joka kerta saavillisen kyyneliä. (Meinasin oikeasti ruveta itkemään keskellä työpäivää kun kirja oli kesken ja tuli yhtäkkiä mieleen lisävuoteita pedatessa :D) Kotikunaan Rilla on uskomattoman kauniisti kirjoitettu, hauska, viehättävä ja koskettava teos.

Suosittelen muuten lämpimästi lukemaan alkukielellä! Suomennosta on tosiaan lyhennetty ja v
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writer...
An amazing story re-published with the many [4500] former publication cuts now replaced and included... edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, this special edition includes Montgomery’s complete, restored, and unabridged original text as well as a thoughtful introduction, detailed glossary, maps of Europe during the war, and war poems by L.M. Montgomery and her contemporary Virna Sheard.

In my latest story, “Rilla of Ingleside,” I have tried, as far as in me lies, to depict the fine and splendid way in whi
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Leah
Jun 03, 2008 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
YAWN....

Honestly, I have lost patience with this series. I think the straw that broke the camel's back was when Marilla's death is merely glanced over in one...count it, ONE...sentence. I want to hear about Avonlea. I miss the romance and the scenery and the people of Avonlea. This is no longer the Anne of Green Gables series, it is the "Anne's Kids and their Friends" series.

Perhaps it's because I neglected to read these stories when I was younger, sort of in the same way I really can't appreci
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Elizabeth
What made the Anne series so enjoyable was that Anne was a very three-dimensional character. She had spunk, she was stubborn, she was whimsical, she knew how to love and she knew what loss was. Rilla is not a three-dimensional character, or at least not to the same extent that her mother was. It's been ages since I read these books, and maybe I'd enjoy this one more if I were to read it again as an adult, but by the time I get through Anne of Ingleside, I'm so entirely fed up with the series tha ...more
steph
Review January 2015:

Oh this book. After #1 and #3 and #5, it's my favorite of this series. Rilla herself is my favorite of the Blythe children and watching her during the war years, as she grows and matures into a confident and steady lady just tugs at my heartstrings. This whole book tugs at my heartstrings. No matter how many times I read it I still want to cry at certain chapters. My loves.

Previous GR reads: pre-2009, March 2009, May 2011, January 2015
Hope
I've been telling myself that I'm going to write more reviews and better reviews, and I remembered this book on my shelf and thought it deserved one, so here we go:

This is my favorite of the Anne books. It's not much about Anne, yes, and a lot of folks have a problem with that, but it's about Anne's youngest child; her daughter, Rilla. Rilla starts out as a brat, Rilla grows up into a mature, sweet woman. This book goes through all that. She has her mother's spirit and love of beauty, but she do
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Sarah
Jul 31, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried. I never read this book when I was younger. I never realized that the last two books of the Anne series took a darker turn. I thought this book was lovely and was a better read, as an adult, that some of the earlier books.

This book is about war, life, and death. I thought there were some wonderful perspectives on the agony of being on the home front not knowing when much of what you can do is wait and try to help life go on.

Something I would note for people considering reading/rereading
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Jenna Leigh
May 01, 2013 Jenna Leigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't like hiding reviews, but I'm warning you that this has a pretty major spoiler about the very end of the book, so don't read on if you don't want to know!

Anybody that knows me well and the type of things that I like to read knows that I rather dislike ridiculousness, especially when it comes to overdone romances. However, when I was reading the Anne of Green Gables series, I messaged a friend of mine, and I said "I'm reading the Anne of Green Gables series. It's all about babies, improbab
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Anne
Well, this is interesting. Hmmm.

I absolutely LOVED all previous 7 books of this serie. Anne of Green Gables was delightful. When I read it, I was immediately swept away in L.M. Montgomery's beautiful world, a world of pretty sceneries and adventures. Anne was and is still, one of my favourite heroines of all times. Then, Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island proved to be just as enthralling. Anne of Windy Poplars deceived me a little because of its lack of exploration of a potentially amazing
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Lesli
May 19, 2008 Lesli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite up with the first and second books in the series. I couldn't really say it was better than those, but it is pretty much a completely different story, so it can't really be compared. I really enjoyed reading it. I thought it gave a really good reading experience of what it would have been like to be a woman during WWI. I thought it would be an excellent book to read for a kid, because it doesn't give gruesome nightmare details of war, but it does a good job to showing what li ...more
Nancy Ellis
Jun 10, 2015 Nancy Ellis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredibly beautiful book. In fact, the whole series is so beautifully written, you feel as if you had been transported back to the time of the story. Unfortunately, this final book of the series is very sad, taking place in the extremely dark days of World War I. The author was very much affected by the events of those days and was one of the first to realize the world would never be the same. She wanted to write a story of how those at home were affected by the war, and she accompli ...more
Lindsey
Nov 04, 2009 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am just finishing reading this great book. It is a sequel to Anne of Green Gables, and I love it. It is very insightful and it is one of my all-time favorites.

I have been reading the Anne of Green Gables series since my mom reccomended the first book to me. The other books are as well-written, but there seems to be something more in this book. Something that there cannot be peace always.

This book was written by L.M. Montgomery, who lived from 1874-1942. Her book takes place in 1914-1918, durin
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Kate
Mar 19, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, j, history, classics
This review is specifically for the new 2010 Penguin Canada edition 978-0-670-06519-6 with an intro and glossary and the inclusion of the text that has been missing in editions published since the mid-seventies. Benjamin LeFebvre and Andrea McKenzie have added some great background about WWI in Canada, the place of this particular book in WWI literature, and notes about many of the literary references. And that's great. But even better is reading the missing text. I was expecting that what was e ...more
Debbie Barr
Jan 17, 2016 Debbie Barr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I think this may be my favorite of the Anne sequels, certainly my favorite of the ones about Anne's children's. It's definitely more sombre than some of the others in the series, but since it takes place in WWI that is to be expected. I really loved the characters and definitely cried in a few places. A fitting end to the Anne books, I think.
Celia Powell
Jul 31, 2009 Celia Powell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult, classics
This was such a devastating book. I read somewhere that it's the only contemporaneous Canadian novel written by a woman about the First World War.

It's the final book in the Anne of Green Gables Series, and it's told through the voice and the diary entries of her youngest, spoilt daughter Rilla. When the war begins, and her brothers go off to fight, Rilla begins to grow up - is forced to, really, as she finds her responsibilities increasing and first encounters great sorrow.

It is the story of the
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Anne of Green Gables (10 books)
  • Before Green Gables
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  • Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2)
  • Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3)
  • Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables, #4)
  • Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables, #5)
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