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Rilla of Ingleside

(Anne of Green Gables #8)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  35,618 ratings  ·  1,531 reviews
Anne's children were almost grown up, except for pretty, high-spirited Rilla. No one could resist her bright hazel eyes and dazzling smile. Rilla, almost fifteen, can't think any further ahead than going to her very first dance at the Four Winds lighthouse and getting her first kiss from handsome Kenneth Ford. But undreamed-of challenges await the irrepressible Rilla when ...more
Paperback, Special Collector's Edition, 277 pages
Published February 25th 1997 by Bantam Books (first published 1921)
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Audra Spiven Anne isn't going to die, if that's what you're worried about. But you'll cry for other reasons. It's a poignant book and a suitable ending to the Anne…moreAnne isn't going to die, if that's what you're worried about. But you'll cry for other reasons. It's a poignant book and a suitable ending to the Anne series. If you love all the other Anne books, I think you'll like this one too.(less)
Daniela I used to wonder this myself. I love Anne, but the last few books shifted their attention to the next generation. I think that this is because L.M.'s…moreI used to wonder this myself. I love Anne, but the last few books shifted their attention to the next generation. I think that this is because L.M.'s books are considered children's/young adult fiction. It is difficult to write about the complexities of adulthood for a youthful audience that is expecting a certain flavor. Plus, kids are not that interested in the water bill. The outbreak of WWI was devastating and shocking, and it was Anne's children who went to the front. She is still there, a little more in the background. I recommend reading "The Blythes are Quoted" a sort - of sequel to the Anne books. This has more of her (Anne's) thoughts and writings even into her later life.(less)

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Aug 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
"'Is it Rilla my Rilla?'
May 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
I have now read all eight books in the Anne of Green Gables series. Eight books that were an absolute pleasure to read. I like this one almost as much as the 1st one. It's the story of Anne's daughter Rilla, but it is set with the backdrop of World War I which has a huge influence on Anne's family. This story has a more serious tone than the other books but it is a fitting conclusion to a wonderful story.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #8), L.M. Montgomery
Rilla of Ingleside (1921) is the eighth of nine books in the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery, but was the sixth "Anne" novel in publication order. This book draws the focus back onto a single character, Anne and Gilbert's youngest daughter Bertha Marilla "Rilla" Blythe. It has a more serious tone, as it takes place during World War I and the three Blythe boys: Jem, Walter, and Shirley, along with Rilla's sweetheart
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit
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.
"Before this war is over," he said - or something said through his lips - "every man and woman and child in Canada will feel it - you, Mary, will feel it - feel it to your heart's core. You will weep tears of blood over it. The Piper has come - and he will pipe until every corner of the world has heard his awful and irresistible music. It will be years before the dance of death is over -years, Mary. And in those years millions of hearts will break."

At first, everyone is more concerned with loca
Victoria Lynn
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-fiction
Now, I loved Anne. Don't get me wrong, but this book was on another whole level. I ADORED It. The heartbreak of ww1, the grown up Blythe family. . . I just loved everything about it.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of WWI fiction
I started reading the Anne of Green Gables series for the first time in late 2016. Slowly, but surely, I made my way through. I liked some of the books and loved others, but none of them ever quite match the first book, which remained my favorite of them all. Then, along came Rilla. I knew from certain Goodreads friends that it was different from the rest of the books because it's focus is on Anne's daughter rather than Anne herself. What I didn't realize was how very emotional it would be (in a ...more
Now I do know and realise that I am probably going to be seriously offending and angering some if not even rather many readers (and likely also more than a number of Goodreads friends) when I state that I absolutely and utterly despise L.M. Montgomery's Rilla of Ingleside (and indeed quite with every fibre of my being). For while, yes indeed, I do well know and realise that the novel was written not only about WWI but also basically immediately post WWI and that it is and should therefore be con ...more
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
2017 update: The more I've read this, the more I appreciate the metaphors, every day life of each characters, descriptions, laughter, and tears throughout. This book will never grow old for me. It's a dear friend :)
This is the most amazing, sweetest, heart-wrenching books I've read in my life. I've read it at least ten times (maybe more ;)) and I love it every. single. time.

This is a book that can be enjoyable read on its on, but it is ever so much better if you've read the whole series. So r
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh Rilla-my-Rilla.

This series has had its ups and downs, but this one was worth all the pain. This book was perfection. Told from Rilla Blythe's point of view in diary format, we start in early 1914 and she is carefree, frivolous and worried about what hat she'll wear to the dance. Enter the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and suddenly Ingleside finds itself ensconced in WW1.

This book had everything I need and never knew I wanted from this series. Completely takes the cake for my absolute fav
Katelyn Buxton
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought for a good portion of this book that I would have to rate this one three stars, because for some reason it didn’t grab me. (Which was odd, since it has the highest stakes of any Green Gable book yet!) It was only after the midway point that I really became invested in it, and when I did it packed a tremendous emotional punch. I’m not sure what changed. Maybe I finally warmed to Rilla? A certain character’s death may have done it too. Or maybe I got into the rhythm of the story. Whateve ...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.
R.F. Gammon
Heartbreaking and beautiful. One of the few fiction books out there in World War I, and so worth it.
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
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it

This was so lovely, you guys. There are so many things... so many feels... *happy sigh*
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Full review now posted!

I DID IT! I actually managed to read all the way through the Anne of Green Gables series, all 8 books worth. They’re not long books, and 8 might not sound like very many, but these are still technically classics and that would a good bit of classic reading in a row. While the books weren’t all as wonderful as the first, none of them were bad and I feel like reading the series in its entirety was worthwhile.

Out of all of the books, this last one was probably my least favori
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rilla Blythe is very happily 15 (GOING ON 16) when the world goes to war in 1914 and she comes into her own between watching her brothers and neighbors march off to battle, adopting a war-baby, organizing the local Junior Red Cross, and doing her best to keep the faith.


2. For as period-specific that this book is, there is something timeless about its story all the same. That sensation of worry and tension and growi
Kat Leache
Jun 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-readfavorites
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.
Apr 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction

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
Jan 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rilla, the youngest of Gilbert and Anne Blythe' s children was flighty young thing when World War I started but the next four years made her into a responsible young woman. Most surprising of all is when she fosters a baby for the duration of the war. This is an heart-breaking and triumphant story of the Great War.
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rilla of Ingleside is number 619 upon the Virago Modern Classics list, and is another addition to the children’s literature which the publishing house is introducing to a whole new generation of readers. This particular L.M. Montgomery novel is recommended for those from the age of nine onwards.

Rilla of Ingleside, first published in 1921, is the last book in Montgomery’s famous Anne of Green Gables series, and can be read as a standalone book. It takes place when title character Anne Shirley is
Laurence R.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-favourites
I'll never be able to express just how much I love LMM's writing... She is, and will always be, my favourite author.

This is a new favourite of mine in this series. Nothing could ever replace Anne’s heart, but for the first time, this book meant so much to me.

I read all the audiobooks in a few weeks only, so I was as invested in the story as I could possibly be. Therefore, I cried many, many times while I was reading this one. The hard reality of WWI seemed to be so well described that I experie
Emma Jane
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I ADORED THIS BOOK. In fact, much more than I was expecting to. Sure, everyone seems to rave about it, and it was my best friend who (gently) pushed me into reading it...but I didn't expect to LOVE it. I've read several of L.M. Montgomery's books now, and while I enjoy her writing style sometimes, overall it's not my thing, and by the time I got to Rilla of Ingleside -- the fourth book I'd read of hers in a year -- I was rather tired of it.

BUT THAT DIDN'T MATTER. This is one of the most beauti
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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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