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Marilla of Green Gables

A Novel
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 19th 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 13 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.

©2018 Sarah McCoy (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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I want more!

Oh I loved, loved, loved this beautiful story. I’m a long time devoted reader of LM Montgomery books and this addition to the beloved characters I’ve loved for so long doesn’t disappoint.

Highly recommend to any readers who love Anne stories. Get to know the woman behind the tough exterior of Marilla Cuthbert. So much love and heartache and grit.

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Marilla

I absolutely loved it l enjoyed meeting Marilla as a young girl Was Good Read

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Such a special story!

This book will forever be dear to my heart. It's a beautiful tale of Marillas's earlier years that expands on many more characters as well from the original beloved series.

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Sweet Return to Avonlea

I loved reading Marilla's back story. Sometimes things Marilla did seemed a little out of character, but overall it was a great story. I loved how the author interwove US Civil War history with the story, and all about how Marilla came to feel she might want the love of a child one day. I liked seeing Rachel as a kid too!

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Enjoyable lustenwhile driving.

Life doesn't always turnout as you expect and you need to be able to make good choices. This book is hood for discussions about life's choices. Enjoyed listening while driving.

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Excellent Narrator

I love Cassandra’s work and will listen to almost any genre she performs. This story was a satisfying preface to Anne of Green Gables, although I wish Sarah had created a deeper, more romantically entangled past between Marilla and John.

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Thank You, Sarah McCoy!

Thank you for giving us the gift of the story of Anne Shirley's beloved Marilla and Matthew!! Such a treasure of a puzzle piece to complete a beautifully written puzzle!

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Good story

A look back in Marilla’s life. Well written and in the style of Anne of Green Gables.