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Rilla of Ingleside

(Anne of Green Gables #8)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  39,331 ratings  ·  1,854 reviews
Anne's children are almost grown up, except for pretty, high-spirited Rilla. No one can 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 the ...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)
Lisa The issues of young adults are a little more universal. Anne grew up, she settled in to a wonderful, full, healthy and privileged life. The author dec…moreThe issues of young adults are a little more universal. Anne grew up, she settled in to a wonderful, full, healthy and privileged life. The author decided that her stories at that point were more interesting told from the point of view of her children. (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
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
I will confess, this one took me a little while to get into, likely because the last book was so enjoyable reading about the exhorts of the older children. Rilla wasn't especially close to my heart when starting this book. I'm happy to report that this book soared above all expectations once I pushed through a little bit in the beginning, and it became one of my favorites of the series. The sadness, fear and dread of World War 1 in the background against the day to day life in Prince Edward Isla ...more
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.
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
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.
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 quite with every fibre of my being). For while, yes indeed, I do well know that the novel was written not only about WWI but also basically immediately post WWI and that it is and should therefore be considered an object ( ...more
"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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it

This was so lovely, you guys. There are so many things... so many feels... *happy sigh*
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a heartwarming book and though it took me a while to get through it was definitely a worth while read.
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
What made the Anne series so enjoyable was that Anne was a very three-dimensional character. She had spunk, she was stubborn, she was whimsical, she knew how to love and she knew what loss was. Rilla is not a three-dimensional character, or at least not to the same extent that her mother was. It's been ages since I read these books, and maybe I'd enjoy this one more if I were to read it again as an adult, but by the time I get through Anne of Ingleside, I'm so entirely fed up with the series tha ...more
Rilla of Ingleside is so boring that it took me more than a month to read a measly 250 pages. And not only that, it gave me a distaste to read anything else, so I actually didn't read much over the last month while I struggled with this. I can't think of a worse book that I have read recently and I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy.

Rilla, the youngest of the Blythe children, is now a teenager and World War I is looming. Suddenly all the young men in the area are cracking jokes about killin
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.
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
4.5 damn if this didn’t hit different given the current circumstances of the world TT
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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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  • Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3)
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