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Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables #7)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  23,324 ratings  ·  517 reviews
Shirley is in bed and Jem and Walter and the twins are down in their beloved Rainbow Valley, said Anne. "They just came home this afternoon, you know, and they could hardly wait until supper was over before rushing down to the valley. They love it above every spot on earth. Even the maple grove doesn't rival it in their affections."
Mass Market Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 1985 by Bantam (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...
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
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
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
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
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
Full review @ Smoke & Mirrors: As with the other Green Gables books, this one is also a pleasure!! Thank goodness Una steps in for her father and speaks with Rosemary on Mr. Meredith's behalf! If not...well...the world would have been much less happier overall, I feel certain! Bless those four siblings and their Good Conduct Club!! How sweet! Although they're rather tough on themselves! These children are adorable! And who couldn't just take Faith in ...more
Ei suosikkini Anna-sarjasta, mutta ihastuttava teos, niin kuin kaikki Montgomeryltä.
Nancy Ellis
This is actually more of the story of a widowed pastor's children and a runaway, but Anne's children also play a part in it. More beautiful writing with characters to fall in love with and a setting which you wish you could jump into! There is an undercurrent of change running through the book. Even though it was finished shortly after World War I, it takes place before the war, but more than once a hint of what's to come is given which makes it all the more poignant. With only one more book lef ...more
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
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
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.
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.
This is a book about the Blyth children and their new friends the Merdith's who are the rector's children. They get themselves in to scrapes but gradually learn about life and the adults also get a look in.

I found this hard to get in to at first as there were so many characters to remember and I missed reading about Anne. However after a good 50 pages I got in to it and loved it. I particularly like Faith, Mary Vance and Walter. The adults were well drawn as well and most of us can recognise cer
I am really finding this an odd series. For the first few Anne books (basically before she marries) you can view this as a series that is suitable for children/young teens - they can grow with Anne. The you have the more adult section which... I wouldn't want a child to read, then you come back to this - which is a strange mix of adult themes and childish adventures...

I enjoyed this book more than some of the other books in the series which I have read in 2015 but I still didn't find this as en
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
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
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
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
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
Michele Barnes
Such sweet simple stories, no bad language or horror endings! I've reading about Anne, her family and friends.
Sabrina Flores
Where is Anne? I thought this was supposed to be about Anne's life but it isn't. It's still a good read all in all.
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
Reading a good book for the second, third, or even fiftieth time is always a pleasure. When it is so long since the last time that you read it that you have forgotten much of what happens I think the delight is doubled. You have the comfort and reassurance of knowing that it is a good book and that you will enjoy it thoroughly, but you can also feel the suspense, surprise and wonder of your first read all over again! This was certainly my experience with Rainbow Valley. I had forgotten all the f ...more
I have to say, I was hesitant to pick up this book. The previous books in the Anne of Green Gables series haven't reached Anne of Green Gable's level, and to be honest, this one hasn't either. However, it was extremely close.

This book revolves around Anne's kids, and the kids at the manse, and dedicates some of its time to Mr. Meredith, the new minister. It was fun to read about the various adventures that the kids had, ranging from discovering a new kid in a barn to forming their own Good-Condu
I remember now why I didn't rush to read this. Anne is hardly in it at all! As a book in the Anne of Green Gables series, it's a terrible let down. I got quite excited when the Reverend said he was going to see Mrs Blythe. Finally, a bit of Anne. But no. The doctor's wife is not at home. It was the same when Faith wants to see her. Anne being away does serve to forward the plot with other characters, but oh dear. Not much Anne, even less Gilbert, and no Avonlea at all.
That said, this book is lo
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.
In this one, the angelic Blythe children take a backseat to their only-slightly more mischievous friends, the children of the local minister (Presbyterian, of course). And you know what? The kids in this book are even more ridiculous than the last. They even form a "Good Conduct Club" in order to raise themselves in the absence of a mother and mete out punishments to each other for their sins. You can guess how well that goes. Or maybe you can't - one of the kids gets pneumonia after sleeping in ...more
Piepie Beuttel
Many years ago I was given the entire Anne of Green Gables series by a church friend... well, almost the entire set. It was missing #7. Imagine my surprise when I went into a Goodwill recently and the seventh book was sitting there! I bought it to complete the set. I'd read books 1-6, but was holding out on #7 before adding it to my collection, reading it, and going on to Rilla of Ingleside.

That was the only reason I made it through this book... to finish reading the series. I found that this bo
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.
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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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