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Anne Shirley Is Grown Up, Has Married Her Beloved Gilbert And Now Is The Mother Of Six Mischievous ChildrenThese Boys And Girls Discover A Special Place All Their Own, But They Never Dream Of What Will Happen When The Strangest Family Moves Into An Old Nearby Mansion The Meredith Clan Is Two Boys And Two Girls, With Minister Father But No Mother And A Runaway Girl Named Mary Vance Soon The Meredith Kids Join Anne S Children In Their Private Hideout To Carry Out Their Plans To Save Mary From The Orphanage, To Help The Lonely Minister Find Happiness, And To Keep A Pet Rooster From The Soup Pot There S Always An Adventure Brewing In The Sun Dappled World Of Rainbow Valley

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    Rainbow Valley Anne of Green Gables 7 , L.M MontgomeryRainbow Valley 1919 is the seventh book in the chronology of the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery, although it was the fifth book published In this book Anne Shirley is married with six children, but the book focuses on her new neighbor, the new Presbyterian minister John Meredith, as well as the interactions between Anne s and John Meredith s children 2012 1385 1386 400 1388 9789645361943 1392

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    Over ten Mary Sues in one book Got to be a record I thought Book 6 was rock bottom turns out I was wrong To catch you up book 6 of ANNE of Green Gables demoted Anne to a secondary character and her six precocious obnoxious children shared the spotlight Gag.Well, if that wasn t bad enough, book 7 has Anne as a tertiary character L M Montgomery doubled the amount of precocious children and shoves Anne s kids off to the side Are You Kidding Me Anne s kids are secondary to the Mary Sue Meredith clan a wholesome, cherub faced group of sorely neglected children who adore their minister father and God with all their heart They are, in a word, loathsome And I don t say it lightly Every sin they commit or moment of disobedience can be traced back to an gosh darn honest mistake they could do no wrong and I hated them for it Their widowed minister father is the worst man I ve read about in a long time He neglects his children, his house and his life in order to be a better minister None of his children ever had much to eat, they ran around in literal rags and at one point, one child watched as her pet rooster was slaughtered and served for dinner The children even adopted an orphan girl for two weeks before he noticed The orphan girl lived under the same roof as the father TWO WEEKS And what do the children think That he s the best father in the world And what does the town think He s a fine minister, though he could use a wife to manage things OH HELL NAW He doesn t need a wife, he need a firm kick to the teeth He s their father their only parent alive and he is supposedly too thick to understand that his children need socks That they need guidance and affection And all of that is excused because he is so holy and devoted to God I couldn t stomach the lot of them.At one point, their weak minded father has to whip one of the boys for throwing a eel at an old lady and the father discovers he cannot bring himself to do such a cruel act The children meet in secret to punish themselves because if their father won t discipline them, then they will have to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and raise themselves.I honestly don t think L M Montgomery actually met any children And, then there is the shoe horned religion at every page I don t mind reading religious books and quite like how it was handled in the first couple of Anne of Green Gables But, Book 7 uses a funnel to force it down our throats so often that it actually soured me to this book Heaven forbid if anyone questions the minutest aspect of God s love or infinite kindness every single precocious child would discuss the finer points of theology Preferably in painstaking detail At one point, one of the clan marches up to a non church goer to demand he attend church so her father s salary could be paid When he refuses, she feels a fury wash over herself and calls him names including vampire and says she doesn t care if he goes to hell He of course finds this sweet and adorable and immediately swears to start attending.The best part of this series Finding out that I m not done there s another one Whoopee.Audiobook CommentsDecently read We have had the same person reading this series and I always enjoy a consistent reader Her voice for some of the children did grate on my ears, but that could just be because I hated them all so much The 2018 ABC title challenge RBlog Instagram Twitter

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    If the last book wasn t really about Anne, this go round isn t even about Anne s children Instead, we meet the new minister s kids Talk about a family that really NEEDS Nanny Mc Phee Reverend Dad has been floundering since his wife passed away, leaving him to raise four young uns alone He s a loving father, but constantly distracted, and preoccupied He can frequently be found with his nose buried in a book I can relate Though an elderly, bumbling relative is attempting to care for them, the kids are mostly bringing up themselves And, they re only doing a so so job of it.Lucky Faith, the oldest girl, gets to be The Anne of this novel Seeming an awful lot like a certain girl once called Carrots, Faith gets into scrapes, takes dares, and makes bold, persuasive speeches to her elders She even commits the unforgivable blunder of going bare legged to church Horrors As you can imagine, village tongues are a waggin While this is certainly not the best of the series, it s a decent enough outing with lots of love and laughs It provided just the escape I needed from the anxieties of the modern world Ahhhh .

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    The front cover is simply maddening There are four girls, and Anne only has three, so one must be a Meredith So which one The boy in the water is, I m thinking, Shirley, and the tall one is Walter The girl sitting is Diana.If the girl in the blue dress holding the flowers is Rilla and the one holding the basket is Nan, or vice versa, then who is the second redhead Rilla s hair is a softer red, and neither of the Meredith sisters has red hair.Till my dying day I will be puzzling over thisI like things to make sense, for heaven s sake.Ah well, it s the wonderful book that counts as always, LMM s powers of description shine out I relish each word I read like a juicy piece of fruit whose sweet taste never quite leaves my mouth Every character means something to me and moves me in some way.There are characters I would like of, especially Una I d love of her troubles and adventures, particularly since I feel like her sensitive and shy But Faith gets attention, , in fact, than any of the other children It s understandable given her spunky, active personality, and there s no doubt that she s a fun, lovable heroine But just because Una is perhaps less active and outwardly reactive than Faith doesn t mean her episodes would be less engaging and meaningful This partiality for Faith in Rainbow Valley is similar to what happens in Anne of Avonlea Dora, the quiet, perfect child, is ignored in favor of Davy, the vivacious, troublesome one.I would also like of the Blythes and their specific activities with the Merediths in Rainbow Valley In addition, a chapter or two from Anne s persepective, in which Faith or another Meredith comes to her for a talk, would be nice I want a sampling of her adult self, who is sympathetic and helps them with their problems and feelings Adults seek Anne too, but there are no examples of either Vagueness in Rainbow Valley also lies in the romance of Mr Meredith who is really too absent to be believable forgetting to eat and sleep But he is lovable and Rosemary West It s rather rushed He meets her, wakes up a little, visits her and Ellen frequently, then suddenly proposes I feel like Did I miss something, skip a chapter I don t get to see any of the dialogues Mr Meredith has with Rosemary, or Ellen I have to give LMM a break because it s hard to actually show relationships develop, but they would have so much meaning if I got an idea of what exactly Mr Meredith and Rosemary are like together and what they talk about I always love LMM s romances, especially how they begin and culminate, but she does tend to gloss over their progression, summarizing with They talked of books, politics, etc, and felt such kinship, which is easier than actually showing the conversations The summaries and circumstances of her romances are so beautifully described I love them anyway, but still feel a little cheated For example, on page 148, Mr Meredith touched deeps in her nature that Martin had never touched that had not, perhaps, been in the girl of seventeen to touch Wonderful But where does such a sentiment come from In simply being with him, in the things he says Another point on Mr Meredith I am opposed to the idea that, in order to be an attentive, caring father, Mr Meredith needs a wife It may be true that he cannot do it all alone and children s lives are not quite complete with only one parent, but I can t accept his lack of a wife as an excuse to be neglectful Throughout the book he rues his neglect when his children get into scrapes, but he really does nothing about it No wife is necessary for him to be involved in their lives I greatly enjoy the intervals with Miss Cornelia and Susan giving their opinions on various matters, as well as the theological discussions of both the adult and children All of them are enjoyable and thought provoking.Despite some vagueness, Rainbow Valley is utterly lovely and golden How I wish for a Rainbow Valley of my own, and a group of such children as the Blythes and Merediths to tryst in it with LMM is an author who instantly instills in me a desire to live in the worlds of her books How I wish, too, that there was another book between Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside that shows all of the Blythes and Merediths growing up I come to care so deeply for them.

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    While I have most definitely always enjoyed reading about both the Meredith children and Anne and Gilbert Blythe s offspring encountering both fun and sometimes even adventure in L.M Montgomery s Rainbow Valley and also do find Mary Vance not only entertaining but also very much a breath of reality, of the sorry fact that neglected and abused children existed even in L.M Montgomery s for the most part oh so positive and delightful Anne of Green Gables universe , indeed Rainbow Valley has also never been amongst my personal favourites of the series For one, and I guess first and foremost, while reading about Anne s children and the Meredith kids has been entertaining and engaging to a point, there also is simply and utterly too little Anne Shirley Blythe at least in an active enough role present in Rainbow Valley and once again too much of that for and to me just simplyanqd utterly frustratingly annoying and full of herself Susan Baker And yes indeed, even Cornelia Bryan seems as a married woman as Mrs Marshall Elliot to in Rainbow Valley rather fade into the shadows and become less and less of an active and community oriented individual for in my opinion, if the issues with the new pastor, if the problems of the Manse children, of Jerry, Faith, Carl and Una not being properly parented and often not even getting enough to eat had happened in say Anne s House of Dreams both Anne and Cornelia would have absolutely been much much involved and actively so, and they also and certainly would not have cared all that much about possibly offending either the absent minded Mr Meredith even if he is a minister or the rather annoying and full of herself aunt And for two, while in Rainbow Valley both Anne and Gilbert s six children and the four Meredith siblings generally play the active parts and of course also Mary Vance , I cannot help but notice that just like with Dora Keith in especially Anne of Avonlea, similarly quiet and introverted Una Meredith is often at least to and for me than a bit ignored whilst the lion s share of L.M Montgomery s attention seems to focus on her outgoing and tomboyish sister Faith and really, with ALL of the children, both Blythe and Meredith, Una does often simply just appear as rather pale and lifeless and not nearly as nuanced and intricately depicted and described, not as much as Dora Keith in Anne of Avonlea but still enough for me to have noticed this and been a bit annoyed at this, although I do appreciate that L.M Montgomery has Una being the one to go to Rosemary West and ask for her to marry her father, as that took a lot of courage, considering that she had been told by Mary Vance that stepmothers generally are neglectful if not abusive to their stepchildren A high three actually three and a half stars for Rainbow Valley and yes, while an enjoyable Anne of Green Gables series tale, too little Anne Blythe Shirley and Cornelia Bryan Elliot , much too much Susan Baker and especially that little Una Meredith often does to and for my eyes and feelings seem to have been portrayed and ignored by L.M Montgomery in a similarly lacking and one sided fashion as Davy Keith s sister Dora, this all does rather make me not enjoy Rainbow Valley quite as much as I have always enjoyed and reread my favourite Anne of Green Gables novels.

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    The Blythes are living in Four Winds and life is going great They ve befriended the local pastor and his family The Merediths The Meredith family is very endearing They have lost their mother and their father always seems so distracted which really got on my nerves They do the best they can with a useless Aunt Martha who makes disgusting food the children call ditto and many hijinks ensue These poor little kids just warmed my heart right up with their preconcievened notions and how badly they wanted to protect their dad from the town gossip that went on behind his back My favorite part was when Faith went into Norman Douglas house and made her demands, and also the rooster Adam.I missed the Blythes in this book, particularly Anne It seemed like the focus has shifted and while it was endearing, it was also slow moving and lacked the spark that Anne Shirley always managed to bring.

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    Full mini review now posted If the previous book was about Anne s children than the woman herself, this installment was about the children s new neighbors than the children themselves A new minister has come to town, and he s an absentminded widower with four children These are good kids, but they re basically raising themselves and they than a little wild They get into all kinds of messes and scrapes, and were a pleasure to read about As with all of the Anne books so far, everything ends up working out just fine This installment actually felt like a children s book than the three or so books before it While I would ve loved Anne in this story, they new little cast of characters Montgomery created were delightful, especially paired with appearances from characters I ve grown to love as the series progresses I can see why some Anne purists wouldn t love this one, but it still worked for me

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    4.5 stars Ok I m going to be honest, this wasn t my favorite Anne of Green Gables bookit was cute with all of the kids and it was interesting to learn about the Blythe children, but the majority of the time this was about their neighbors, the Merediths I m not saying it was terrible, because it wasn tit just wasn t as good as some of the others in my opinionplease don t get mad at me for those who LOVED this one hehe xD

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    I m so happy I finally read Rainbow Valley I read the previous books in the ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series by L.M Montgomery a few years ago now but just never got around to book seven Now I have grins And it was fun I m so excited to get my hands on a copy of Rilla of Ingleside It was wonderful to be back in this classic world, filled with wonderful characters The bits we saw of Anne, I, of course, loved I had missed her She is as passionate, whimsical, sweet, and delightful as ever And, I do admit, it thrilled my heart when someone said, Anne Blythe Oh, brings back the memories of when she once despised the boy, Gilbert Blythe, while he did all he could to get her attention 3333 I love their darling romance Gilbert and Anne s children were lovely _ Jem, Dianna, Nan, Walter, Rilla who am I forgetting Don t they have six children It was a little hard to keep track, as we were seeing a whole lot of the Pastor Meredith s children as well Jerry, Faith, Carl, Una And of course, the boisterous orphan girl, Mary I felt all the children were pretty unique with their personalities, and their adventures were fun and humorous Endearing and even heart wrenching.Mr Meredith and Rosemary s romance enchanting One of my favorite parts of Rainbow Valley I was very much angry with Ellen, but it all turned out so sweet And when Ellen cried a little at the end I hope we will all be happy That was lovely.Now Susan, I could hardly stand And even Miss Cornelia There was something so arrogant and pompous about them Always talking about other people and acting as if they re so much better _ I didn t appreciate their judgmental attitude, or wishy washy ness Hopefully they ll get better in the next book Rainbow Valley was a pretty slow paced read, but that s generally how the ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series is And when I m in the mood for a classic, I quite enjoy peeking into Anne s life _ Wish we could have seen of her And Gilbert My biggest complaint While I feel there are some poignant though subtle faith themes running through Rainbow Valley, the characters do have a rather careless attitude when it comes to loving your enemies turning the other cheek forgiving wrongs treating others as better than yourself I just felt there was than one time where the adults could have spoke of patience, forgiveness, and kindness to the upset children, instead of applauding their anger and even slight disrespect.Anyway, overall Rainbow Valley was an enjoyable read, and I look forward to returning to these characters.

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    4 stars.Rainbow Valley was a sweet little installment in the Anne series that was mainly focuses on the kids It honestly felt like a bit of a spin off because of how much it focused on the Meridith kids, while Anne and family were practictally side characters Still, I did enjoy it very much even if the shadow of the impending Great War did creep in here and there and make me sad Darn that Pied Piper metaphor that kept making me want to cry This story was so character driven I think the best way to get in my likes and dislikes likes than dislikes this time, yay will be to simply talk about each character in turn.Gilbert and Anne Though not the centers of attention in this story, they remained their wonderful lovable selves Anne has matured beautifully while still maintaining her sense of wonder, imagination, and excitement for life, and while not perfect, she and Gilbert are still good parents I thought it was nice to see that Anne has also become a trusted confidant for other children and adults in the community, largely just by being a patient and caring listener It was also nice to see Gilbert doing his doctor thing from time to time I honestly kind of wish Montgomery would have written a spin off book or two about him, because he s such a nice guy, but my one disappointment with this series is that we ve never gotten to know him quite as well as Anne.The Ingleside kids are still likable as well Even though they didn t all get equal representation in this one, we did get glimpses at all of them enough to see how they re growing and the kind of people they re becoming I was especially proud of Walter for the way he grew in this book He learned lessons about bravery, enduring pain, and that standing up in defense of someone else is worth it even if you get a few bruises Which reminds me, he and Faith were so cute together I d ship them if it wouldn t make it hurt that much when the events of the next book come weeps Also, when I reviewed the 6th book in this series I complained that, while I liked the Ingleside kids, I was annoyed by the fact that the only other kids with whom we saw them interact were the mean ones So, I was happy that this book featured them making those good friendships with the Meredith children that I d wanted to see them making before.Speaking of whichThe Meredith children and storyline reminded me a little bit of The Nanny Mcphee movies with how they misbehave because they didn t have a mother and their father loved them to bits but didn t know how to discipline properly The difference being the Meredith s misbehavior was only immature and impulsive kids unintentionally doing things that set the gossips to talking as opposed to the Nanny Mcphee kids who very intentionally did bad things to chase off nannys and get their father s attention In all reality, the majority of what the Meredith kids did wasn t all that bad, it was simply that the community especially the old cats as Faith so aptly called them dramatized and sensationalized it and were embarrassed by it because they thought it made them look bad to the Methodists eye roll Even with this bad behavior I found the Meredith kids likable because of their sweet natures and good hearts, which is good, seeing how the story was mainly about them.Rev Meredith I had a love hate relationship with Mr Meredith He seemed to be such a nice guy who, like I said above, loved his kids to bits and also seemed to be a genuinely good minister, but he was so distracted as to be ridiculous Seriously, is anybody really that oblivious I was glad that he got less oblivious as the story went on and he realized what he was missing, but the times when he fell back into it were still annoying I also wishhe would have specifically put an end to the Good Conduct Club because some of the kids but of course he didn t think to.Rosemary West Generally a nice lady whom I liked The only time she annoyed me was a chapter near the end when she and Ellen were both being ridiculously stubborn About something and I wanted to slap them both.Susan and Cornelia Elliot I m putting these two in the same paragraph because they only ever showed up in the same sections of story They werethemselves they re both still the same nosy and opinionated ladies we know Whether you love them or hate them seems to depend on the reader, but I personally just find them funny and ridiculous I also was proud of them both for finally listening to Anne about the Meredith children and making the choice to see the positives about them instead of the negatives.Mary Vance ErI honestly didn t like her most of the time She was a bit of a know it all and also very self absorbed I can almost forgive the self absorption given what her life was like before she met the Meredithsshe pretty much had no choice but to look out for herself back then.but the know it all aspect was annoying no matter what I did appreciate, however, that she took correction fairly easily and once she found out something she was doing was wrong, actually did make an effort to stop doing it.About the only likable thing about Norman Douglas and Ellen West was that they both understood the threat Hitler posed to the world before anyone else did Otherwise, Norman was loud, brash, rude, and a bully I ll give him points for ignoring the gossips, but that s it Ellen was stubborn, strong willed, and selfish I see how they were a perfect match for each other, but they weren t perfect matches for me.In conclusion, all these characters came together to make a generally charming story that I enjoyed But, due to the nature of the ending of thus book, I feel I must end my review by saying say WHY YOU FORESHADOW SAD THINGS SO MUCH MONTGOMERY THIS WAS OTHERWISE A SWEET AND HAPPY BOOK BUT YOU STILL HURT MY HEART THAT ENDING DIDN T MAKE ME WANT TO HUG THE BOOK AT ALL IT MADE ME WAMT TO CRY AAARRRRG calms down That is all Carry on.Content Advisory Violence A child s arms are said to be black with bruises given to her by the woman she was living with and working for.Two boys get in a fist fight because one boy was calling a girl mean names and when the other boy told him to stop, the mean boy challenged him to a fight If the mean boy lost he would stop calling names We are only told of the first punch to the face which is said to be painful After that the fight is skimmed over until one boy wins and the other boy s nose is said to be bleeding Some of the girls who were watching the fight are crying by the end because the winners fighting style was so vicious they thought he might kill the other boy We the reader are aware that he had no intention of killing him The nice boy is commended by adults for defending the girl s honor, even if it was via a fist fight.Swearing No swears written out, but it s said that Mary Vance knows how to swear and occasionally threatens to do so, but then doesn t She is eventially taught that this isn t a proper way for a young lady to talk.While swear words are not used, some mean kids call other kids names like pig girl and the other school boys have a habit of calling Walter Miss Walter because of his genteel personality, affinity for poetry, and dislike of violence and pain.Other An individual with a rather brusque personality refers to the Chinese his deceased wife used to send money to the missionaries in China as yellow This individual also has no problem with yelling at and intimidating people, including small kids and women and the only way to earn his respect is to yell right back at him He also seems to find it hilarious that everyone thinks he ll go to hell when he dies and states that that would actually be his preference, basically because he thinks hell would be interesting than heaven.Mary Vance, while boasting to the other children about how good she and Mrs Elliot are to each other, at one point says I work like a n r to make things easy for Mrs Elliot To Mrs Elliot s credit, I kind of think she d have been embarrassed if she d heard Mary say this SO MUCH GOSSIPING This was mainly by minor side characters, but Susan, and unsurprisingly Mrs Elliot participated in much of it.Worldviews Sometimes the kids get ideas in their heads about God that are not biblical Sometimes they are later corrected in a loving way Sometimes no adults find out about it to correct them at all.As in all of the Anne books, there are some side characters who claim to be Christian but who do not behave as such.A man who used to go to church but doesn t any longer refers to himself as a pagan.Sexual content None.