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Marilla of Green Gables
Marilla of Green Gables: A Novel | Sarah McCoy
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oddandbookish
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Growing up, I was a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables. I read the book and used to watch the animated TV show on PBS. I wanted to live in Avonlea with Anne. So naturally I was excited to read this book.

I was not disappointed. The book felt in the spirit very much like Anne of Green Gables. I can tell that the author did her research.

Full review: https://oddandbookish.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/review-marilla-of-green-gables/

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#BookMail

"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.”

Caroline2 Oh sounds awesome! Stacked!! 😉 2mo
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Melissa_J
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Being a lover of all things Green Gables I had high hopes for this novel. While the story in and of itself was fine, as a homage to a beloved character and place it failed to live up to expectations. McCoy‘s Marilla is not consistent with Montgomery‘s, as this Marilla would never have thought of sending Anne back to the orphanage. PEI is one of the loveliest places on earth, but this book could have been set anywhere. 👇🏻

Melissa_J Furthermore, while a work of fiction, much of the historical context is wrong. This may not matter to some readers, but it does to me. 3mo
megnews How disappointing! This has been on & off my tbr because I always worry these types of books won‘t live up to expectations. Some do. Some don‘t. Too bad this doesn‘t. 3mo
Melissa_J @megnews you might enjoy it. My views are definitely in the minority. 3mo
LeahBergen I‘ll be passing on this one. 😐 3mo
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Melissa_J
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I‘m liking the tagged book well enough. That said, the history included in the novel isn‘t right 🙄 The pictured passage is but one example. PEI was never part of Lower Canada. The Durham Report united Upper (Ontario) and Lower (Quebec) Canada into the Province of Canada. PEI (nor the other maritime colonies) wasn‘t part of this.

I don‘t care that this is fiction, if you‘re going to write about an actual place get your basic history right!

ulrichyumiodd I‘m quite sure Wikipedia has the right info available with a click - not to talk about any history book. That‘s such a clear lack of research! 3mo
Melissa_J @ulrichyumiodd the whole historical context of the novel is wrong - the author has situated the story as if was taking place in Upper or Lower Canada. I know a lot of readers who don‘t care if the historical component of historical fiction is accurate or not, but I‘m not one of them. It‘s ruined an otherwise ok read for me. 3mo
ulrichyumiodd @Melissa_J I might forgive some inaccuracy, but that seems pretty big to me! I don‘t understand how you can know about Upper/Lower Canada, yet not what it actually meant. (edited) 3mo
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Melissa_J @ulrichyumiodd and the author kept going on about the Upper and Lower Canadian rebellions of 1837-38! They didn‘t happen in the maritimes!! Completely different places! While she may have just been trying to simplify things - let‘s face it, the large majority of this book‘s readers won‘t be at all familiar with 19th century Canadian history - I know enough that it bothered me. 3mo
rabbitprincess Ugh! Not cool. 3mo
ulrichyumiodd @Melissa_J It would bother me too! As it probably would most Canadians. 3mo
janeycanuck How did an editor not catch the errors?! 3mo
Melissa_J @janeycanuck American publisher, American author so I assume an American editor. Didn‘t know enough to even question it was wrong. 3mo
janeycanuck @Melissa_J 🤬🤬🤬 3mo
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Melissa_J
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Ellie tells me it‘s high time I read this one ☝🏻

#dogsoflitsy

twohectobooks Curious how you end up liking this one! I don‘t tend to like expanded universe stuff like this but I‘m always very intrigued by it! Haha 3mo
Tamra I really enjoyed the audio. 😁 3mo
mabell Hi Ellie! 👋❤️🐶 3mo
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Melissa_J @twohectobooks it didn‘t live up to my expectations 😢 3mo
Melissa_J @mabell hi Mabell 🐶🐾 3mo
Melissa_J @Tamra sadly, it turns out this one wasn‘t for me. 3mo
twohectobooks @Melissa_J just went and read your review, too bad it was disappointing. 🙁 after reading some of the other reviews I feel like I might be in the mood for an Anne reread sooner rather than later though. 3mo
Melissa_J @twohectobooks I know what you mean! I kept thinking it‘s high time I revisited the actual books as I was reading this one. 3mo
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Tamra
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McCoy did a good job of capturing the spirit of the time and place of Anne‘s Green Gables.

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Tamra
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Audio Ipot cooking - I had apples and cranberries that needed to be consumed. Solution was to throw them in the pot together with brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and a pat of butter.

I‘m also tidying the kitchen, which really all is form of procrastinating on my editing my paper. 😬

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umbrellagirl
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I‘m not crying, you‘re crying!

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sammisho
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Anne of Green Gables holds a very special place in my heart. I read the series over and over again. Anne taught me about strong female friendships, and Gilbert Blythe was my first crush. I was so worried about his retelling, but it was so lovely, and charming and true to the original. Also gave me an historical context I never considered. Marilla's story is heartbreaking, but hopeful. Marilla is truly a kindred spirit.

sammisho #pop19 A book that makes you nostalgic 7mo
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xxjenadanxx
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I liked this book but it didn‘t grip me the that way ‘Anne‘ does. It is hard reading about characters whose fate you already know. As such I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop,which in a way kept me from being fully engrossed. The romantic in me hoped for an outcome different from the inevitable, while knowing it could never be. I found myself in tears relating too closely to a love lost to the foolishness of pride and stubbornness.

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tigerkat81
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Pickpick

A delightful look into Marilla's past and her journey before meeting her beloved Anne. I didn't know I needed this story until I read it, but what a beautiful imagining of such a beloved character.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Mehso-so

I loved the backstory with Mr. Blythe and that this book piqued my curiosity about how the history of Canada, especially how that country was affected by the antebellum years and the Civil War. However, that storyline felt contrived. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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GypsyKat
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A friend and fellow AoGG fan sent me this as a recommendation on Goodreads. I‘m definitely adding this one to my TBR list! 💖💖💖

#TBR

annahenke Oh, me too! 7mo
kyraleseberg I adored this book!! 7mo
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bg_reads
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I feel like my current read - LILAC GIRLS - is a book I don't want to read at night. I don't want those images in my head before going to sleep. I think I'll start this one a little early. 😳💙

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I've been waiting for this book since October 2018. My library didn't have a copy, but once I found out it existed I needed to set a hold for it. Since the book is in their system (because it exists in the world) I was able to put a hold on it if (and when) they ever got a copy. Well, folks, they finally did! And I was first in line for it! Woo! Has anyone else read this? Beautiful cover!

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MKbookworm
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Enjoying this look into the young Marilla‘s life so far.

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CherylG
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Pickpick

Loved, loved this book! This is the wonderful story of Mariella Cuthbert, before Anne came along. Beautifully written, the book deals with tragedy, political uprising, love and friendships. I cried, I laughed. This book proves that Mariella truly was a "kindred spirit." Five stars from me for this one!

Lynnsoprano I saw a review of this and thought it sounded interesting. To the TBR it goes 😄 9mo
CherylG @Lynnsoprano You won't be disappointed! 😁 9mo
CherylG By the way, autocorrect sucks! Her name is Marilla. 9mo
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CherylG
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Currently reading. I love how this is written so much like the "Anne" books. It's almost as if the words were from Lucy Maud Montgomery, herself. A wonderful read so far. I'm about halfway through and hope to finish it this evening.

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Bourriquet76
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Book ten of 2019

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JenlovesJT47
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As a huge Anne of Green Gables fan, I‘ve been eager to read this since I first heard about it. It opens with Marilla at age 13, & spans through to the point where she and Matthew decide to adopt an orphan. It also fills in the gaps of her relationship with John Blythe. I absolutely loved this, with the minor exception of Marilla being an abolitionist. It just doesn‘t fit in with her character in AOGG. Still, highly recommended for Anne fans. 4.5⭐️

LauraJ 😻 10mo
BookBabe 😻 Gorgeous kitty! I should read this book then—I‘m an Anne fan as well. 9mo
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JenlovesJT47
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Well said Mr. Matthew Cuthbert!

#quotes
#AnneofGreenGables

Itchyfeetreader I am waiting for this at my library 10mo
JenlovesJT47 @Itchyfeetreader I hope you enjoy it! I felt transported back in time...☺️ 10mo
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allioop04
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This book is worth a read! Received it among many as Christmas gifts (thanks husband) and I loved it! I read a few of the Anne of Green Gables as a young girl, but this book makes me want to revisit and read them from the perspective of Marilla-and as a mother myself. Please give this a try-a fast read, but very good.

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Megabooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚👋🏻 10mo
RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 10mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!📚📖💜💛💙 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 10mo
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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Oh Marilla!!! This was such a treat to revisit PEI and Avonlea. I especially appreciated meeting Rachel Lind and the relationship between Marilla & John Blythe.

Reviewsbylola I‘ve been curious about this one. 10mo
BritanyA @Reviewsbylola it‘s good! ❤️👏🏻 10mo
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melissajayne
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I really enjoyed it. Nicely written and enjoyable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BookishMarginalia Hi! Please check your email from last week with your #CupidGoesPostal match and reply to it so I know you‘re all set! (It might be in the junk mail.) 10mo
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MallenNC
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It‘s not Christmas Eve but I have to say thanks to @Book_Lust for my #Jolabokaflod gifts! I am loving the book and the chocolates will last me a few more days.

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LilMrmd79
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I‘m enjoying this more than I thought I would. And it‘s really making me want to bust out the Anne of Green Gables movies.

Ravenclawsbookshelf This looks like do much fun 11mo
sheilasau I HAVE to read this. I love Anne of Green Gables. 11mo
LilMrmd79 I always worry when they try to add on to classics but I like the book so far. 😉 11mo
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RaimeyGallant I can recite those movies. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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LilMrmd79 Thank you @RaimeyGallant...I‘ll check those how to videos! And yes, I can easily recite the movies too! 😊 10mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 10mo
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TheBogwitch
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Fans of Anne will love this book. It‘s written in the same style right down to the chapter headings. It‘s not quite as rosy as Anne; we all know how it must end. Worth a read.

RaimeyGallant This sounds so good. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 11mo
TheBogwitch @RaimeyGallant thank you! 11mo
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ARusticReader I just got this from the library!! So excited to read it! 11mo
TheBogwitch @Pherren enjoy! Looking forward to learning what you think. 11mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚🎄📚 11mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 😊⛄️👋🏻 11mo
TheBogwitch @Eggs thank you! 11mo
TheBogwitch @Pherren Read the author‘s note. Very touching. It made me a little teary. 11mo
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"Tomorrow would come unpredictably, as was predictable. No use worrying until it was staring you in the face."
Looking forward to starting this one! Love LM Montgomery's Anne, Green Gables, and Matthew and Marilla. ❤

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Sallovesbooks77
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This is a delightful story! If you‘re an Anne of Green Gables fan you‘ll enjoy this story. I don‘t usually like it when another author tries to write a prequel or sequel to a classic piece of literature, but Sarah McCoy knows this character and did a great job! Her Marilla is THE Marilla!

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Purpleness
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Well, she does have a point about the cake....Is it a real wedding if you don‘t have cake?

AlaMich OMG, cake is the main reason I go to weddings!! 🎂😂 11mo
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Purpleness
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There‘s greatness in the ordinary. Maybe even more than elsewhere.

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ReadingMeagan
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I was unsure of this book when I started it. Anne of Green Gables is such a classic series I didn‘t know how a prequel would be. It was enjoyable! We already know how things end up for Marilla but that doesn‘t make it any less heart-breaking to read about the events that make her the woman who agrees to let Anne come to the farm.

Pruzy Intriguing! What year was it written? 12mo
ReadingMeagan @Pruzy 2018, Sarah McCoy wrote it. 12mo
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Purpleness
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Excited to start this one! Never sure how I feel about another author taking on characters from a book I love, but if nothing else they usually give me something to think about and remind me of an old favourite. Liking this one so far🙂

Jaimelire Ohhh...that should be interesting. I always wondered about her past. 12mo
ReadingMeagan I just finished this one today! 12mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy I read this earlier this fall and loved it, I feel like Sarah did an excellent job! 12mo
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Jillianne
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Lovely book! Full review at OldTimeyBooks.com

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abbylibrarian
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I really enjoyed this prequel to Anne of Green Gables that imagines Marilla Cuthbert‘s teen and young adult years. Not sure it‘s how I would have imagined it, but it hit the spot for a historical #audiobook novel for November.

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MelissaSue81
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I‘m giving this a pick, but I was disappointed after waiting for it to be released and hearing great reviews. Young Marilla seems to bear little resemblance in character to the Marilla we met in Anne of Green Gables, without much explanation for the change. What bothered me more is how America-centric the story was. I‘d like to hear any Canadian readers thoughts on this. Still a quick enjoyable read.

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Cupcake and tea for breakfast 😀

Zelma Looks tasty! What flavor? 12mo
Hoopiefoot @Zelma Salted caramel! It was ridiculously decadent. 12mo
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DebinHawaii
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On the blog for book tour review this week, I really enjoyed this look at Marilla Cuthbert's life in Avonlea before Anne Shirley arrives. From age 13 into her 40s, there's much to learn about Marilla & other characters from the beloved Anne of Green Gables books-but even those unfamiliar with the story will find McCoy's usual well-written historical fiction. I paired it with Cranberry Cordial for my book tour review. Link to full review/recipe👇🏻

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AshleyC816
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I enjoyed going back into the world of Green Gables, she captured the feel of the original books. There was political aspect that didn‘t make quite as much sense to me, but overall it was a fun read.

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BookNAround
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This was pretty much written for me. If you too are an Anne fan, don‘t miss it. Full review at http://booknaround.blogspot.com/2018/10/review-marilla-of-green-gables-by-sarah....

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TheBookwormAdventures
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4/5⭐️
This was a sweet, nostalgic book. Anne of Green Gables was one of my favorite series as a little girl and this paid homage to it without detracting from LM Montgomery‘s story.
#marillaofgreengables #anneofgreengables #sarahmccoy #lmmontgomery #PEI #historicalfiction

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Jules7
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Perfect backstory for the Marilla we all know and love.

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bermudaonion
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This book is true to the spirit of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES and I thought it was charming.

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victoria.tuttle
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Such a fun and nostalgic read that takes you right back to avonlea, the lake of shining waters, and green gables.

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Jules7

Library hold in today!!! In love with it after the first chapter. The entire “Anne” series is an oft read favorite.

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DebinHawaii
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Happy Aloha Friday 🌺🍍I snuck a brief few minutes at SBUX this morning before work for a few pages of my current book for book tour review next week & Christmas Blend & a Chocolate Swirl Brioche. (I'm making it my mission to try all of the seasonal pastries) 😋😆I can't tell you how happy I am that Friday is finally here. #alohafriday

Herschelian That is an excellent mission, after all somebody‘s got to taste them! 12mo
MelissaSue81 My library is taking foreeeeeever to get this book out of processing! Can‘t wait to hear how it is! 12mo
Tamra I‘m going to treat myself to this one for the winter break. 😁 12mo
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DebinHawaii @Herschelian I feel it is my duty! 🤣 12mo
DebinHawaii @MelissaSue81 I am really enjoying it so far! 📚👍 12mo
DebinHawaii @Tamra It will be an excellent treat to relax with. 📚💙 12mo
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Bakingbookworm
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3.5 STARS - In MoGG, McCoy has written a prequel detailing Marilla‘s early life in Avonlea, before she has ever met the feisty red head. This is a charming read that blends historical events of the time with small town Avonlea and its inhabitants and gives readers a look into how Marilla became the staunch matriarch of Green Gables.

My full review: http://thebakingbookworm.blogspot.com/2018/11/marilla-of-green-gables.html?m=1

Herschelian It‘s a brave writer who dares to write a prequel or sequel to any much liked book series! 12mo
Bakingbookworm @Herschelian Agreed! There are always comparisons to the original. 12mo
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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I loved going back to visit PEI and it's familiar and much loved cast of characters. I enjoyed getting to know Marila better 😊 Her story is both inspiring and sad that her character is funky and strong! And, after getting to know her and is he a bit, I think I'd like to know more about her as well!
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TheHeartlandBookFairy I particularly enjoyed the unexpected storyline of the orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity in Nova Scotia that secretly serves as a way station for runaway slaves from America. The series of stories starting with Anne (with an E 😉 ) of Green Gables and continuing through the books to this one is timeless and continues to be discovered and loved by new generations! 12mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy gravity Sara McCoy for doing such an admirable job of telling Marilla's story and maintaining the "character" of the story and setting started by LNM, well done! 12mo
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bookishkris
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I didn‘t know there was a #13in3 readathon this weekend! Jumping in with Marilla for a few hours before dinner, with Livy and Rizzo having a snuggle nap. #pugsoflitsy

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