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A bold, heartfelt tale of life at Green Gables . . . before Anne: A marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable greatness

Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuth
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by William Morrow
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4.5 nostalgic stars for transporting me back to Green Gables and Avonlea! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.5

Marilla of Green Gables is a beauty Anne of Green Gables fans will not want to miss!

Marilla Cuthbert’s life prior to Anne begins when she is thirteen years old. Her mother has passed away, and she is now responsible for all the “wife’s” duties on the farm, growing up overnight. Also helping her is her beloved brother, Matthew, and her father, Hugh.

Set in charming Prince Edward Island during the 19th century, Mar
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Erin
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo, books-i-own
How glad I am that someone decided that Marilla Cuthbert had a story that we Anne fans needed to read.

Darling Marilla, it appears that another kindred spirit has been made in author Sarah McCoy and I am truly glad. It was nice to travel back to early 19th century Prince Edward Island and a newly built Green Gables that housed the Cuthbert clan. A 13 year old Marilla and 21 year old Mathew live with their parents, Hugh and Clara, hardworking Scottish Presbyterian people near the small village of
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Manybooks
With my sincere apologies to those readers who obviously have very much enjoyed Sarah McCoy's Marilla of Green Gables (and I do realise that I seem to be rather the minority at this point), but I have in many ways really and actively despised this novel. For even though Marilla of Green Gables appears to be well enough researched and I do appreciate that Sarah McCoy does not seem to use all too many anachronisms with regard to the physical manifestations of time and place (and the clothes that p ...more
Betty
Fans of the Anne of Green Gables series of books fondly remember Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, guardians of the spirited Anne Shirley. If you've ever wondered about life at Green Gables when the Cuthbert siblings were young, you'll want to check out Sarah McCoy's Marilla of Green Gables.

The story is told from Marilla's point of view, and stays true to the character we came to know and love in L.M. Montgomery's books. Through her eyes, we meet her parents and Aunt Izzy for the first time, as well
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Kat
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-2
I am such an Anne of Green Gables fan and was thrilled to hear there was going to be a book about Marilla! This takes us back to Marilla and Matthew as teenagers, as Marilla is growing up, the same age Anne was when she came to live with them. Heartwarming and sad at times, we see all the familiar characters, the Blythes, Rachel, as well as the fond Avonlea familiars like raspberry cordial and currant wine. This had realistic portrayals of the time period and political history (and thank you, Sa ...more
Jillian
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you love the Anne of Green Gables series you will probably love this although it’s not our lovable Anne Shirley it little young prickly Marilla Cuthbert and it’s the story of how she came to be who she is although this wasn’t written by L.M. Montgomery it definitely fits well into the world I really enjoyed this story , And if it’s your thing you might enjoy it to.
TL
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this via Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.
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Confession: I haven't read Anne of Green Gables yet (Hoping to this summer/fall). I entered the giveaway because: it sounded interesting.. and Sarah McCoy had written it. Her novel Mapmaker's Children was my first of hers and I fell in love with her writing.
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I can only speak to my enjoyment of this particular book.. while I can't say if Marilla is true to character, I can say I fell in lov
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I've seen tv-versions of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, but I have never actually read the books. However, that didn't stop me from wanting to read this book about Marilla Cuthbert, before Anne came into her and Matthew's lives .

Marilla Cuthbert is only thirteen-years-old when her whole life is turned upside down. Her beloved mother dies in childbirth and she's suddenly the one responsible for all of the tasks of a farm wife: cooking, sewing, and overseeing Green Gables. Of course, she has her brother M
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Britany
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anne Shirley is a book lover's household name. Marilla Cuthbert is Anne's adoptive maternal figure and one I can't imagine without. This is the story about Marilla as a thirteen year old growing up in Green Gables decades before we meet Anne. We learn more about Marilla's parents and her relationship with kind hearted Matthew. We also get a perspective into the early relationship between Marilla and John Blythe (my personal favorite) and her friendship with Rachel Lind.

Sarah McCoy had pretty big
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Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
I may bump this star rating up after I've let it simmer for awhile. What a DELIGHTFUL book - both an homage to Anne of Green Gables and also a story that can stand completely on its own. I am always apprehensive when there are spin-offs to books (or movies, or any media); it's just so unlikely that it will live up to the beloved original. And of course, this book cannot replace Anne of Green Gables in my mind and my heart. BUT, this book did perfect justice to the characters that I know and love ...more
Susan Peterson
In Marilla of Green Gables, readers are transported to Avonlea in this warm and wonderful book, filled with love and heartache and sacrifice. Marilla’s spirit shines through, a young woman shaped by regret and happenstance. I felt so close to Marilla, as if I’d been given a window to her soul. She is a heroine to remember and to behold...devoted and determined to do what’s right, not just for herself, but for all of those she loved. I was entranced at this peek into the world of Green Gables bef ...more
Pam Jenoff
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Anne of Green Gables should run, not walk, to seize this beautifully written story. I was lucky enough to have an early read and I adored it. The plucky heroine in 19th century Prince Edward Island caught between life in her small town and wanting to make a difference in the larger world is truly a woman for all ages.
Kate ☀️ Olson
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for this free review copy!

I was so nervous going into this book, but it 100% amazed me at how perfectly McCoy took us back to Avonlea and fit us back into that fictional world. I consider this an absolute must-read for fans of the Anne of Green Gables series. An unofficial prequel, if you will.
Peggy
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lm_montgomery
As a lifelong fan who inherited my love of Anne from my mother and her mother, I wanted to like this book, but the author took it in a direction that was just too far-fetched for me. I don’t believe that the Marilla who went through the experiences in this novel would be the same Marilla who needed Anne to change her life and open her heart. (And I don’t think “shy and silent” Matthew would ever have talked so much.)

But I did love that Matthew and Marilla’s father and mother shared the names of
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Sarah
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lynne
Shelves: general-fiction
Oh, Green Gables, how I love thee! I first encountered Anne (with an "E" thank you very much!) when I was 10 or 11. It instantly became a favorite book series so much so that I chose Prince Edward Island as the topic of a seventh-grade geography research paper. Anne Shirley endeared herself to me. I longed to be a red head full of spunk as loyal and noble as she. I gave little thought to the character Marilla. In part, I believe this is because I was a kid so I found characters my age of much gr ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Sarah McCoy tells us in the author's note that she felt there was a mystery within chapter 37 of Anne of Green Gables, where Marilla mentions she used to be good friends with John Blythe, some people calling him her beau, and Anne asks what happened.  Marilla of Green Gables is McCoy's answer to that question.

The story of Marilla Cuthbert captured my heart!  It follows her life from her teens until the time she and her brother decide to adopt a child to help on their farm.  We know the end of th
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MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'll admit, I was extremely hesitant to read Marilla of Green Gables. I loved the Anne of Green Gables series so much as a kid and sequels, prequels, retellings of beloved classics always seem to fall short for me. This was not the case with Sarah McCoy's book. It was beautifully written with a charming, engaging story. It was so nice to "revisit" old friends Marilla, Matthew, Rachel Lynde, John Blythe and all the other familiar names and faces. I would highly recommend this for lovers of Anne o ...more
Cathy Daniel
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an enjoyable, lovely book! The author did an exquisite job sticking to the spirit of the original.
Eliza Noel
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love love loved this! Obviously a rather sad story since we already know how Marilla's romance ends, but it was intriguing to read in detail. One thing I especially loved is how when John Blythe married I felt bad for Marilla, but still didn't hate Mrs. Blythe. The bits about the Underground Railroad were exciting! Sarah McCoy is a talented writer and she did a wonderful job with this book! Negative one star because of a very descriptive kiss.
Aura
I was thrilled to have won this Goodreads giveaway. I read Anne of Green Gables as an adult and it became one of my favorite children's classic along with Little House on the Prairie and A Secret Garden. First of all, Sarah McCoy has really paid homage to the original story in plot and style. I felt like Marilla of Green Gables could have been written by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I loved this novel about young Marilla and Matthew, unmarried brother and sisters who live in an idyllic farm called Gree ...more
Stephanie Fitzgerald
This book and Budge Wilson’s Before Green Gables have made me wonder why I’ve never read Montgomery’s original series. Yes, confession time: I’ve never read any of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books!😱 After enjoying these two prequels, and Heather V. Frederick’s Much Ado About Anne (Mother-Daughter Book Club series), Anne of Green Gables is next on my reading list. I think I’ll probably kick myself for not reading it earlier in life!🤣
Katie
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could NOT put this down! A must read for fans of Anne of Green Gables!
Asheley
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5

I have so many feelings!

With fictional couples and stories, Anne of Green Gables is IT for me. There is no story I love more, especially when we start talking about the romance of Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe. When I saw that Marilla Cuthbert was getting a chance to tell her story, I was equal parts excited and nervous, but I definitely wanted to read it. Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy explores the “what if” between Marilla Cuthbert (Anne’s eventual guardian) and John Blythe (Gi
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angelareadsbooks
I approached reading this book with quite a bit of trepidation. Anne of Green Gables is a beloved classic. So writing a piece that is extra-narrative is quite a brave undertaking. Fortunately, Sarah McCoy did a wonderful job! She brought Marilla to life in a new way and helped me to see Marilla in a whole new light. From page one I was hooked. I was with Marilla through the ups and downs of her early years. This book is a perfect prelude to the Anne stories. And her research and commitment to th ...more
Kaytee Cobb
If this book doesn't make you immediately want to dive into Anne to "continue the story", I don't know what's wrong with your reader heart. I loved this fan fiction story of Marilla's childhood and the "older" generation of Avonlea and Prince Edward Island. I feel like McCoy stayed true to the tone of Anne while giving us something totally new to sink our teeth into. Loved every minute.
Megan
L.M. Montgomery is one of my favorite authors and “Anne of Green Gables” one of my all-time favorite books! So I had high hopes for “Marilla of Green Gables” after seeing so many people gush about it. Those hopes were met and exceeded!!! Wow!

“Marilla of Green Gables” by Sarah McCoy is a love letter to all “Anne” fans who want more of Avonlea. Ms. McCoy’s writing is seamless and I truly felt like I was reading another book in the series by Montgomery herself. Ms. McCoy stays true to all things Av
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Kathryn
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this book Marilla comes to life in a very believable way. Sarah McCoy has written a novel that honours the Anne books and gives Marilla life. I liked the historical aspects and links and the details that brought the farm at Green Gables alive.
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Marilla's story, poignantly written by Sarah McCoy.
A full section of Christmas captured as Marilla's House of Dreams -
in reference to the novel, Anne's House of Dreams. Tears and tissues !
Gail
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re a fan of Anne of Green Gables, this is a must read. The author has done a wonderful job creating the world of Avonlea before Anne while honoring the original books. I loved this book!
Tarissa
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Shirley was not the first bright, bubbly, garrulous person to shake up Marilla Cuthbert. An aunt arrives to stay awhile at the Cuthbert place, Green Gables, exhibiting louder and more voracious habits of living life than young Marilla (and Matthew) are used to, which they can "barely tolerate"... and thus is Marilla Cuthbert's fictionally-imagined life at 13 years of age. The novel continues uncovering more years of Marilla's hidden past for us... A literary character we already know and lo ...more
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