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Dolina Tęczy (Anne of Green Gables #7)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  20,995 ratings  ·  448 reviews
The Meredith kids join Anne's children in their private hideout to carry out their plans to save Mary from the orphange, to help the lonely minister find happiness, and to keep a pet rooster. There's a storm brewing in sunny world of Rainbow Valley.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1991 by Nasza Księgarnia (first published 1919)
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Elinor  Loredan
The front cover is simply maddening! There are four girls, and Anne only has three, so one must be a Meredith. So which one??
The boy in the water is, I'm thinking, Shirley, and the tall one is Walter. The girl sitting is Diana.
If the girl in the blue dress holding the flowers is Rilla and the one holding the basket is Nan, or vice versa, then who is the second redhead? Rilla's hair is a softer red, and neither of the Meredith sisters has red hair.
Till my dying day I will be puzzling over this...
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Amy
The stories of Anne of Green Gables manage to cast such a cheerful, lighthearted glow on the world. At first glance it almost seems too much, as if the characters are unbelievable because the world isn't so bright and good all the time. But L.M. Montgomery doesn't avoid writing about characters that suffer, she just refuses to dwell on the misery in life. Even characters such as Mary Vance, or Lida Marsh have a hopeful feel to them. It makes me feel like some of our authors today try too hard, s ...more
Lady
Like I always say, children are the best form of birth control. Even imaginative, sweet-natured children. Oh, lisping Rilla, being chased into the mud by a codfish-wielding Mary Vance... how I laughed uproariously over your plight, though I gathered from the soulful prose that I was meant to feel sorry for you.

Seven books in, and I can't stop wondering what Anne was like in bed. When one of her litter of six was born, L. M. Montgomery wrote of a stork depositing a bundle of baby at the Blythe re
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Rosalba
It wasn't L.M. Montgomery's best, though still good. However, this book hardly mentioned Anne at all! And this is her series! The spotlight here was all on the Meredith children. They're fun, too, but I really wanted to know more about Anne's adventures. Or doesn't she have any anymore? And I wanted to know more about Leslie and Owen Ford and Davy and Dora and Diana and her children, but there was a bit too much Meredith children and not enough of that.
Allie
For me, "Rainbow Valley" has always been the weak link in Montgomery's "Anne" books. It is more like a sequence of short stories rather than a cohesive whole, and I like her books better when there is a overall picture. Besides, I'm not fond of a few of the stories in this book. It's still L.M. Montgomery, and there's still Anne, but overall I'm not so crazy about it.
Kimberly
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Carrie
It had been years since I had read "Rainbow Valley" as I have a tendency to stop reading at "Anne of Ingleside", therefore, my memories of "Rainbow Valley" were iffy at best. However, I really enjoyed reading it this time through and was caught up by the storylines of the manse children, the two sisters who had given up on love, and the hints of what the future was to hold for Walter and the other boys.

Of course, being the Anne and Gilbert fan that I am, I would have been happy with a little le
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Castiron
Anne’s kids find new playmates. Overall, a bit better than Anne of Ingleside — the Blythe kids are more interesting in this book, and the Meredith children are a lot of fun. My one major gripe is Rev. John Meredith, the severely absent-minded minister father who supposedly loves his kids but who doesn’t notice their poor food and household conditions, and on the rare occasions where he wakes up enough to notice, he doesn’t do anything about it, until he finally gets married to a woman who’ll tak ...more
Mary Rose
Saben que adoro a Anne y la saga de libros que ha escrito Miss. Montgomery; pero llegó el momento en que Anne se retire y le den protagonismo a otros personajes que desde el libro anterior empezaron a cobrarlo.
Los niños Blythe, los niños Meredith y Mary Vance son los que llevarán las riendas de esté libro junto a un grupo de personajes extrañables y no queridos. Nuevas aventuras, la importancia de la familia, la amistad, los amores y desamores están unidos en un solo libro y sin ningún enlace
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Maryanne
People complain that this book doesn't have enough about Anne or her family in it, but I've always kind of liked it anyway (maybe because I'm a fan of L.M. Montgomery's other books too, and not just the Anne series). Mostly, the book is about the Merediths, the children of an absent-minded widower minister. The Merediths are far more exciting characters than Anne's children (at least in this book - Rilla of Ingleside is my favorite and focuses more on Anne's brood) and I love the side story of R ...more
Fernanda
Ahora los Blythe fueron actores secundarios en las aventuras de los Meredith. Llegué a pensar que el libro decaería por la falta de apariciones de los Blythe, sin embargo, ha sido un libro divertido con situaciones muy entretenidas y graciosas. Los niños pueden ser un verdadero manojo de sorpresas y Montgomery parece conocer bien su manera de pensar.

Nuevamente los personajes se sintieron cercanos, aprendes a conocerlos y disfrutar de sus aventuras. Es realmente fascinante como Montgomery se da a
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Jessica
I was breezing through the whole Anne series until I got to this one and it's been dragging for me. Anne's all grown up and has popped out 5 kids. Most of the story revolves around the preacher who lives next door, a widower, and his kids and their shenanigans. Yawn. Oh, and at one point, one of the little girls says, "She works me like a(n-word)" and that was apparently a totally acceptable turn of phrase when the book was written, but it made it hard for me to continue reading, especially sinc ...more
Wajiha
Well things have improved since Anne of Ingleside. The book has regained some of the early charm, but it isn't about Anne anymore. She is just a vague background character. In fact it is almost like a retelling of Anne of Green Gables, but for the next generation i.e. Anne's children and the Merediths. Avonlea has firmly disappeared (to be replaced by Rainbow Valley as the centre of the universe) with only vague references to Aunt Marilla, who passes away sometime during the course of the book; ...more
Kristi
2.5 stars. This book follows the adventures of Anne and Gilbert Blythe's 6 children as they grow older and meet the mischievous Meredith clan. It generally focuses on the adventures of the children, with Anne appearing only in passing. The children's adventures are amusing, but the core of the book for me was really the would-be romance between Mr. Meredith and Rosemary West. If not for that, the book would have lacked a strong emotional foundation. Many of the Meredith children's woes and misad ...more
Rachel
I thoroughly loved this! It was funny and the characters were charming, particularly Norman and Ellen. I just LOVED their romance. I was horrified by the maltreatment of Mr Meredith's children, though. What started out funny quickly became full-blown neglect, and no one did a damn thing about it. Still, she's back on the side of poking fun at religion. Yay!

"Mr Wiley used to mention hell when he was alive. He was always telling folks to go there. I thought it was some place over in New Brunswick
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Timothy Stone
To say that I was disappointed with Anne of Ingleside - the sixth book in the Anne Shirley series, by L. M. Montgomery - would be an understatement. My review of that book details why it is my least favorite book in the series that I've read to date. It was with this in mind that I read the seventh book, Rainbow Valley, with some apprehension. I was willing to give it a try, because I was told by some friends how it was MUCH better than the abysmal (to my view) Anne of Ingleside. I can honestly ...more
stephanieisabookworm
I actually ended up really really loving this installment. I think partly I love it because the children are the focus now--none of the indecision of the previous book, although there are of course digressions that focus a bit on Anne, and a few that focus on Mr. Meredith and the West sisters and a few other choice adults. I just LOVE the addition of the Meredith family to the Ingleside cast, and even though we really don't get to see their visits, it makes me deeply happy to know that the Blyth ...more
Shelby Stafford
What always sticks me when I read this book is the rather pantheistic view of Montgomery. She is too taken up with the fairies and supernatural, you might say.

An example is when one of Ann's children wants to pray outside and she tell them that, that is alright because God is in everything, not everywhere but in everything.
Kristen
Rainbow Valley is unique amongst the Anne books as it is most centered on the children and other characters, with Anne a definite secondary character. I really enjoyed the children and their antics, but I missed Anne's strong voice guiding the story.
Rymd Potatis
Inkompetent änkling klarar inte av att ta hand om sina barn, vilket leder till att de är "förskräckligt ouppfostrade". Barnen hittar på konstiga saker som sedan resten av byn skvallrar om. Barnen tycker synd om sin pappa, som får dåligt rykte på grund av dem. Om han bara kunde gifta om sig, då skulle barnen få en mor som kunde ta hand om dem!
Anne på Grönkulla har verkligen spårat. Anne är nu vuxen och inte längre huvudperson. Det är i stället grannbarnen. Handlingen är inte PK för fem öre och k
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Karen
So sorry L.M.M, this book just hasn't translated well through time. It is full of religious overtones, and the "good conduct club" initiated by the children was just saccharine and had me actually groaning as I read.
I absolutely loved this series as a child and although I've been enjoying it again as an adult, by book 7 the lustre has gone. Unfortunately this book has very little to do with Anne and the characters we love and ultimately I couldn't wait to finish. What a shame that L.M.M didn't
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Nancy
I'm a big fan of L. M. Montgomery. I got a kick out of the things the children did in this book, not knowing that other people thought they were being bad. There was an old cemetery near their home, and they used to play there. They would sit on the old tombstones, which can be a dangerous thing to do. My brother and I played on a big monument when we were children, and it fell over, after we had gotten out of the way. It took five men to lift it back into place. These children had picnics, and ...more
Alise
Read my full thoughts over at Read.Write.Repeat.

The book is exactly what any faithful reader would expect. Some romance, some laughter, lots of love. Montgomery stays true to her style, albeit with less beautiful nature descriptions than some previous novels. As I near the end of the series, I cannot say that these later books have captured me with the same ferocity that the early ones do. Still, it's fun to continue to peak into the lives of those on Montgomery's P.E.I., even if the dearest cha
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Stephanie
This one is slower moving than the others in the series, but still very cute!
Theresa
I read a lot of reviews that people were disappointed in this books because of the Merediths basically taking up all of the book. So I guess I was prepared.

I really liked this book. Maybe because I really like L.M. Montgomery's writing. I think if the book had been called The Merediths of Four Winds no one would complain. It was a very sweet story.


L.M. Montgomery has such a graceful way of seeing ends and tying them all together in lovely bows. I couldn't wait to see how she got John Meredith to
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Allan67
I've read this book to my invalid wife - we have been reading the Anne book series. This book was entertaining, but the central characters were the children of the pastor rather than being about Anne and Gilbert. Anne was a secondary character in this book when a loving adult's wisdom was needed to smooth over a situation. As expected there were some marriages arranged in the book, however those were arranged by the children - Anne was not given the opportunity to play matchmaker in this book, a ...more
Renae (Respiring Thoughts)
In my past reading adventures concerning L.M. Montgomery, I would always approach Rainbow Valley with dread. It was my least favorite of the eight Anne novels, and my second-to-least favorite of all of Montgomery’s work that I’ve read (which isn’t a large portion). However, for whatever reason, this time around I enjoyed Rainbow Valley a lot. I’d been in the habit of skimming most of it before, but this re-read was so completely enjoyable that it took me by surprise.

First off, in spite of what t
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Emily Schirmer
Miss Cornelia to Anne: Well, I feel encouraged. Somehow, a talk with you always does have that effect on me.

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“Rainbow Valley,” one may argue, is really a book about nothing. But not precisely NOTHING – it just isn’t the typical structure to which we, as readers, have grown accustomed. There isn’t necessarily one particular high point; instead, the story is a compilation of minor events that anyone other than L.M. Montgomery would call mundane.

“Rainbow Valley” takes on a tone that mirrors every
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Maureen
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Myssi
It seems odd that this is considered part of the Anne of Green Gables series as even her children are only peripheral characters. I'm kinda glad she didn't spend too much time in Ingleside as I suspect if she had written too much there I would hate the book, since I hate what she appeared to have done with Anne and Susan's relationship. I find it hard to believe Anne would let any one essentially take over and raise her kids or let anyone who openly looked down on her as "silly" stay around. I m ...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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