Marilla Of Green Gables: A Novel by Sarah MccoyMarilla Of Green Gables: A Novel by Sarah Mccoy

Marilla Of Green Gables: A Novel

bySarah Mccoy

Paperback | October 23, 2018

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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 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.

Sarah McCoy is the author of several novel's such as: The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico and The Mapmaker's Children. The daughter of an army officer, McCoy spent her childhood in Germany. Her title The Baker's Daghter made the best seller list in 2017.
Title:Marilla Of Green Gables: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.78 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.78 inPublished:October 23, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062870157

ISBN - 13:9780062870155


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enhance the love of Green Gables. When I saw this novel listed I was so excited. I so loved all of the Anne of Green Gables and related stories that the possibility of enhancing my experience with the story of the young Marilla really enthralled me. Well, Sarah Mccoy's writing did not disappoint. I practically read the entire novel in one sitting. I am looking forward to reading the other novels written by this author.
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I just finished and loved it. It sounds like Marilla’s voice with the positivity of youth and provides a picture of who she was as a girl. The spirit and tenacity and wisdom that she demonstrates throughout the Anne series was in this as well. #indigoemplyee
Date published: 2019-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good Nothing like the Marilla in anne of green gables. The writer has too much of a modern spin on her story. The "love" scene is nothing like how Montgomery would have written it I stopped reading this book half way through as I was too mad and disappointed
Date published: 2018-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for fans of Anne! This is a nice, old-fashioned story of Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert’s upbringing on P.E.I. This book will resonate with fans of Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie. It’s a perfect gift for moms and grandmas that like a clean read.
Date published: 2018-09-18

Editorial Reviews

“Another girl once came of age at Green Gables. Spunky, smart, buffeted by tides of duty and ambition, loss and love, young Marilla finds her voice in Sarah McCoy’s beautiful rendering of a beloved place, a complex woman, and a long-ago time. Deftly and tenderly told, Marilla of Green Gables is a must read for anyone who adored Avonlea and Anne and ever wondered, what came before?”