Friday, January 25, 2019

Marilla of Green Gables

Marilla Cuthbert had led an idyllic childhood with her loving family on the shores of Avonlea, a fictional community on Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is the early 1800’s and after her mother unexpectedly passes away it quickly becomes Marilla’s life to care for her older brother and widowed father. The Gable’s are her paradise and having never ventured very far, she doesn’t dream of much else. But as she grows Marilla experiences pangs of what could have been, what might lie ahead of the borders of her very small island. Since having grown up with the infamous Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the reader may already know the ending. In this adult version, it is the earlier years of Marilla’s life and depth of her kindness, faith and heart that this author lovingly brings to us. With the dialect fitting right in with the times and history of the characters our imaginations can run wild with new beginnings. Whether it is the nostalgia of childhood reading marathons on my big yellow bean bag chair with my dog at my feet or the idea that wonderful books live on and can even evolve with generations, this book is pure joy. A big thank you to author Sarah McCoy for sharing her incredible imagination!

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