Marilla of Green Gables

Marilla of Green Gables Review

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 Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her beloved mother has dies in childbirth, and Marilla suddenly must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking, sewing, keeping house, and overseeing the day-to-day life of Green Gables with her brother, Matthew and father, Hugh.

In Avonlea—a small, tight-knit farming town on a remote island—life holds few options for farm girls. Her one connection to the wider world is Aunt Elizabeth “Izzy” Johnson, her mother’s sister, who managed to escape from Avonlea to the bustling city of St. Catharines. An opinionated spinster, Aunt Izzy’s talent as a seamstress has allowed her to build a thriving business and make her own way in the world.

Emboldened by her aunt, Marilla dares to venture beyond the safety of Green Gables and discovers new friends and new opportunities. Joining the Ladies Aid Society, she raises funds for an orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity in nearby Nova Scotia that secretly serves as a way station for runaway slaves from America. Her budding romance with John Blythe, the charming son of a neighbor, offers her a possibility of future happiness—Marilla is in no rush to trade one farm life for another. She soon finds herself caught up in the dangerous work of politics, and abolition—jeopardizing all she cherishes, including her bond with her dearest John Blythe. Now Marilla must face a reckoning between her dreams of making a difference in the wider world and the small-town reality of life at Green Gables.

Title:Marilla of Green Gables
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4.5 nostalgic stars for transporting me back to Green Gables and Avonlea! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.5Marilla of Green Gables is a beauty Anne of Green Gables fans will not want to miss! Marilla Cuthbert’s lif...

  • 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 Cuthb...

  • TL

    I received this via Goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.----Confession: I haven't read Anne of Green Gables yet (Hoping to this summer/fall). I entered the...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sarah

    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 Isl...

  • 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 a...

  • 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 t...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    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 ...