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Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables #7). Cover Image. This book is a member of the special PDF (tablet), HTML Zip, Anne Shirley is grown up, has married her beloved Gilbert and now is the mother of six mischievous children. These boys and girls discover a special place all. Free download of Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle. Read, write reviews and more.

Lucy Maud Montgomery. The seventh book in the Anne of Green Gables series portrays Anne Shirley's family and their new neighbor, a Presbyterian minister. Anne and Gilbert marry and live in a quaint house near the seashore where their lives become intertwined with the many unique members of the community. In this collection of short stories, Anne searches for her father, and she is surprised with an amazing marriage proposal. The eighth book in the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne's daughter, Rilla, endures obstacles of adolescence during the horrifying days of World War I. The book is narrated by Beverley, looking back on his experiences one summer in Prince Edward Island. Sarah, known throughout this novel as The Story Girl, is All four parts of the popular tale including:

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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? 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 more 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 , 'Mr. Meredith touched deeps in her nature that Martin had never touched--that had not, perhaps, been in the girl of seventeen to touch.

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 more 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. View all 24 comments. Jan 08, Manybooks rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

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. Montgomery's for the most part oh so positive and delightful Anne of Green Gables universe , indeed Rainbow Valley has also 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.

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.

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 more 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 more than a bit ignored whilst the lion's share of L.

Montgomery's attention seems to focus on her more 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.

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.

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. View all 5 comments. Feb 19, Britany rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.

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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 badl The Blythes are living in Four Winds and life is going great. 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. View 2 comments. May 21, Celeste rated it really liked it Shelves: Full mini review now posted! 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, e Full mini review now posted! As with all of the Anne books so far, everything ends up working out just fine. This installment actually felt more like a children's book than the three or so books before it.

I'm not saying it was terrible, because it wasn't May 18, Shantelle rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm so happy I finally read Rainbow Valley! Montgomery a few years ago now Now I have! 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! Gilbert and Anne's children were lovely! 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. Meredith and Rosemary's romance 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 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! Hopefully they'll get better in the next book. And when I'm in the mood for a classic, I quite enjoy peeking into Anne's life! And Gilbert! My biggest complaint? I just felt there was more 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. View all 6 comments. Nov 12, Lady rated it it was ok Shelves: Like I always say, children are the best form of birth control. Even imaginative, sweet-natured children. Oh, lisping Rilla, being chased into the mud by a codfish-wielding Mary Vance Seven books in, and I can't stop wondering what Anne was like in bed.

When one of her litter of six was born, L. Montgomery wrote of a stork depositing a bundle of baby at the Blythe re Like I always say, children are the best form of birth control. Montgomery wrote of a stork depositing a bundle of baby at the Blythe residence. I was so flummoxed by the reference to this cliched bullshit that I couldn't even summon a proper giggle.

It made me think of the horrible Victorian values that are with us still, in their myriad stifling forms. I suppose Vicki really did just close her eyes and think of England. I wonder what Liz thinks of the whole reproductive process.

Jan 24, E. 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 4 stars. This story was so character driven I think the best way to get in my likes and dislikes more likes than dislikes this time, yay!

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 more when the events of the next book come.

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 which The 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. 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 were 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: I 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 Merediths 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: Carry on. Content Advisory: 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.

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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.

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.

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 more "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 nr" to make things easy for Mrs.

To Mrs. Elliot's credit, I kind of think she'd have been embarrassed if she'd heard Mary say this. This was mainly by minor side characters, but Susan, and unsurprisingly Mrs. Elliot participated in much of it. 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. A man who used to go to church but doesn't any longer refers to himself as a pagan.

Sexual content: View 1 comment. Mar 01, Obsidian rated it liked it. I remember reading Rainbow Valley when I was a kid and enjoying it, but not loving it.

I still have that same issue today. This is technically the 7th book in the Anne of Green Gables series. However, it was the fifth book published. I think that is why I often felt as if Anne of Ingleside was more dark than the earlier books in the series.

This novel though it proclaims it is an Anne of Green Gable book really I remember reading Rainbow Valley when I was a kid and enjoying it, but not loving it. This novel though it proclaims it is an Anne of Green Gable book really has very little Anne or Gilbert.

We now have Anne a mother of six children 3 boys and 3 girls and still quite in love with Gilbert. However, most of the text follows the Ingleside's new neighbors, the Meredith family. The father is a minister who is still reeling from the loss of his wife and is doing his very best to raise his children in less than ideal conditions.

We quickly see that each of the Meredith children Jerry, Faith, Una, and Carl have found themselves to be awe struck by the Ingleside children and one can imagine them as teenagers. The main reason why I marked this down two stars was the following: One, I really don't recall dislike Susan Ingleside housekeeper this much as a child, but I really found that she rubbed me the wrong way in this book. Perhaps if I had not read "Rilla of Ingleside" and "The Blythes Are Quoted" after this novel I maybe would not have had the urge to shake the character.

We do find out that she has maternal feelings to the youngest Blythe son Shirley due to her nursing him since Anne was ill for several months after his birth. That is all well and good. However, you definitely see that he is her favorite and she dislikes anything that Anne or Gilbert do to discipline him though she doesn't care about what they do with the other children.

That and her constant warbling about Walter second oldest Blythe son writing poems and her implying that he was not really a "man" was just awful. I am sure that was the prevailing attitude back then, but it did not make it any easier to read.

Second, I have read I believe the majority of the short stories that L. Montgomery published. In many of them she has a number of themes she often returns to in these stories. The main storyline between John Meredith and Rosemary West was just that same storyline repeated in a longer novel.

She often wrote short stories about one sister promising never to marry and the other sister holding her to it. I had forgotten that particular storyline until I re-read this the other day and I was dissatisfied by it since as I said I felt like I read the same story by L. Montgomery numerous times.

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All in all a good read for those that want to catch up as much as they can with Gilbert, Anne, and their children. Also it is the last "cheerful" book in the series since Rilla of Ingleside was much darker in tone and subject manner. Jul 21, Laurence R. LMM's stories are the absolute loveliest. I just adore her characters!

This book is cute and funny and mostly light-hearted, which is exactly what I needed. Jul 09, A. The stories of Anne of Green Gables manage to cast such a cheerful, lighthearted glow on the world. At first glance it almost seems too much, as if the characters are unbelievable because the world isn't so bright and good all the time.

But L. Montgomery doesn't avoid writing about characters that suffer, she just refuses to dwell on the misery in life. Even characters such as Mary Vance, or Lida Marsh have a hopeful feel to them. It makes me feel like some of our authors today try too hard, s The stories of Anne of Green Gables manage to cast such a cheerful, lighthearted glow on the world. It makes me feel like some of our authors today try too hard, spend too much detail on the horribleness of life. I wish more modern authors would take after L.

Montgomery's style, that a character's life doesn't have to be perfect, but the character can still be strong and get through it Jun 07, Audrey rated it really liked it. I didn't expect to love the Meredith children and unforgettable Mary Vance so much, but I found them charming. This whole book was really delightful--filled with so much childhood innocence and gentle humor.

This book had a central plot and was better constructed than the previous volume in the series. I think that's why I enjoyed it more. There is some serious foreshadowing in this. Montgomery was definitely preparing her readers for the looming cloud of war that shakes the world in the next I didn't expect to love the Meredith children and unforgettable Mary Vance so much, but I found them charming.

Montgomery was definitely preparing her readers for the looming cloud of war that shakes the world in the next book. That hint of gritty reality is so different than anything she has included in the series thus far. It's scary; this peaceful, idyllic life is about to become irrevocably altered. But in this book we get to savor one last romp with childhood wonder.

Jul 26, Beth rated it liked it Shelves: This has always been one of my least-favorites of the series, but I reread all the Anne books this past week and couldn't leave this out.

I might be a completionist, but still: Then I finished off with The Blue Castle for good measure. It's a sign of that I haven't found any compelling Newbery reading, by the way. Normally I'll read more than three Newbery possibilities over these four months Anyway - this is supposed to be about Rainbow Valley. This book is really the Merediths' book, and Anne is just the charming Mrs.

Blythe, who hovers on the periphery, beloved by all.

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