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Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #8)

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Rilla of Ingleside (1921) is the final book in the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery, but was the sixth of the eight "A
Published by Kiddy Monster Publication (first published 1921)
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"'Is it Rilla my Rilla?'
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
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
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.
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
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.
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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
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
'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
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.
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
Jenna Leigh
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Celia Powell
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
I take back most of what I said about the other books in the series - this book made trawling through them worth it.

At first I wasn't impressed, the little we had seen of Rilla prior to this book had not endeared her to me and she was very irritating at the beginning of this book, but I really enjoyed seeing her slow but sure development.

This is a much more sombre tale than any of the other Anne books, I knew that one of the boys never made it home from reviews of earlier books (the one issue I
Leila Bowers
This is one of the few series I have finished and not mourned its ending. That could be because Montgomery effectively used the two novels before this one to ease us away from Anne and Gilbert. Perhaps it's because this book is so well balanced in its beginnings and endings, death and life, hope and despair.

As someone who has read and taught texts on World War I, this is one of the most beautiful and moving books about that era (or any, for that matter). What I particularly enjoyed was seeing th
Lada Moskalets
Цікава для мене, як і решта книжок з серії про Аню, радше з антропологічної точки зору. Ця книжка - про доньку Ані, Ріллу і те, як вона змінюється під час І Світової Війни. Цікаво було спостерігати, як змінюється моє ставлення до книжки. Я почала її читати ще перед Майданом і тоді мені захвати з привод війни видавалися мілітаризмом та ура-патріотизмом. Потім мені було важко і неприємно читати про загиблих хлопців, про насильство і страх. Але водночас відкрилося якесь інше розміння книжки, через ...more
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Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.

The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911
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Anne of Green Gables (9 books)
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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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