Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables, #7)
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Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables #7)

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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.
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published 1923 by McClelland & Stewart, Limited (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......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...more
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
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.
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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...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
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...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
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...more
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
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
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...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
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.
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...more
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
This one is slower moving than the others in the series, but still very cute!
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...more
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
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
I didn't think I could love the rest of the Anne of Green Gables series more than I loved the first three books, but I did. These books are classics, beautifully written with outstanding imagery and description. I was looking for some nice clean reads after feeling like I'd had too much smut as of late, and the Anne of Green Gables series was just what the doctor ordered.

Anne's House of Dreams finds Anne and Gilbert newly married and moved away from Green Gables. I read a couple of reviews with...more
This book is still technically part of the Anne of Green Gables series (packaged all together, this is labelled as the seventh) but it focuses much more on children, who are very like her in sensibility, and their adventures rather than Anne. Thus I feel that this is slightly misrepresented as Anne barely appears and in fact it is the new Presbyterian minister's children who have most of the page time with Anne's kids occasionally showing up as well. They are neighbors and spend a lot of time to...more
Disclaimer / Disclosure : I have never read the Anne books. Never even heard of them til I was in college. Loved the Anne movies. Somehow I seem to be "doing the Anne books" backwards and from an adult perspective. That being said, I confess I am thoroughly enjoying them and wondering why they are relegated to the children's or teen sections of the library.

This particular volume only marginally qualifies as an "Anne" book as she and her children make only cameo appearances throughout. The story...more
Rainbow Valley presented an interesting departure from the other Anne books in the series because it wasn’t really about Anne at all. The central focus of the story was split unevenly between Anne’s children and the Meredith children. Montgomery zoned in on the Meredith children, whose mother died long ago and whose father is an absent-minded minister, resulting in them pretty much raising themselves and getting into all sorts of mischief that regularly scandalizes the community. The children fi...more
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 scan...more
Not as "wow" as Rilla of Ingleside (I know my vocabulary is terrible, and I read the books in the wrong order) but it's still a lovely story about children and life itself, which is wonderfully endearing in my opinion.

But it's really not fair to compare this with Book 8, because Book 8 introduces more serious themes where Rainbow Valley is significantly more light-hearted. Now that it's established, let's move on:

Well, if you're expecting to read another story about Anne, you'll be disappointed....more
When i finished this book i was just staring at the cover for 20 minutes and thinking very hard to figure out who's who! i was pretty sure the tall one is Walter and knew none of them is Jem(he has red hair). I thought maybe the standing girl with the basket is Nan Blythe(she has brown hair) and the girl standing next to hair with a dress which looks the same as Nan's is Diana( she has red hair. ) the one with the blue dress holding flowers could be Mary and the girl sitting might be Rilla.i jus...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...more
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“Walter's eyes were very wonderful. All the joy and sorrow and laughter and loyalty and aspirations of many generations lying under the sod looked out of their dark-gray depths.” 18 likes
“It is never quite safe to think we have done with life. When we imagine we have finished our story fate has a trick of turning the page and showing us yet another chapter.” 14 likes
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