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Rainbow Valley

Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery
By: (1874-1942)

If you've read and loved Anne of Green Gables, you'd definitely like to add Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery to your collection.

Published in 1919, it is the seventh book in the series and follows the further life and adventures of Anne Shirley. At Ingleside, Anne is now happily married to her childhood friend the devoted Gilbert Blythe and have now been together blissfully for fifteen years. They have six children. The book opens with the return of Anne and Gilbert (who is now a brilliant doctor) from a sojourn in London, where they had gone to attend a big medical congress. They find a new minister ensconced in the old mansion. He is a widower with four wild, mischievous and unruly children who are always embroiled in one scrape or the other. However, they are at heart good and kind and they soon become friends with Anne's children.

The entire group plays in a quiet maple grove which they have named Rainbow Valley because of its beauty and atmosphere. They form a Good Conduct Club headed by Jem Blythe, the eldest. A cheeky, runaway orphan girl called Mary Vance joins them in Rainbow Valley. However, the rules of the club prove too severe for some of the younger children.

The Green Gables series consists of eight books published between 1908-21. They trace Anne Shirley/Blythe's life from the time we encounter Anne Shirley, a young 11 year old orphan who is sent to live with an elderly couple on a farm on Prince Edward Island. By the eighth book, Anne is a middle aged woman of fifty-two and the stories concern her children and their lives. The family is also mentioned in some other books written by Montgomery.

Rainbow Valley is exciting, interesting and a fun read. It has some very engaging side plots about the minister, John Meredith and how he finds romance with the lovely Rosemary West. It also provides a dark foreshadowing of the terrible war years that were to dawn in the near future. The note on the dedication page of Rainbow Valley is a tribute to three of Montgomery's friends who died in WWI. The last book in the Anne series Rilla of Ingleside is set against the backdrop of the war.

For enthusiasts of the series, Rainbow Valley is indeed a delightful glimpse into the continuing saga of this bestselling series of books that have provided so much entertainment to generations of children.

All books in this series:
1 Anne of Green Gables
2 Anne of Avonlea
3 Anne of the Island
5 Anne’s House of Dreams
7 Rainbow Valley
8 Rilla of Ingleside

If you've read and loved Anne of Green Gables, you'd definitely like to add Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery to your collection.

Published in 1919, it is the seventh book in the series and follows the further life and adventures of Anne Shirley. At Ingleside, Anne is now happily married to her childhood friend the devoted Gilbert Blythe and have now been together blissfully for fifteen years. They have six children. The book opens with the return of Anne and Gilbert (who is now a brilliant doctor) from a sojourn in London, where they had gone to attend a big medical congress. They find a new minister ensconced in the old mansion. He is a widower with four wild, mischievous and unruly children who are always embroiled in one scrape or the other. However, they are at heart good and kind and they soon become friends with Anne's children.

The entire group plays in a quiet maple grove which they have named Rainbow Valley because of its beauty and atmosphere. They form a Good Conduct Club headed by Jem Blythe, the eldest. A cheeky, runaway orphan girl called Mary Vance joins them in Rainbow Valley. However, the rules of the club prove too severe for some of the younger children.

The Green Gables series consists of eight books published between 1908-21. They trace Anne Shirley/Blythe's life from the time we encounter Anne Shirley, a young 11 year old orphan who is sent to live with an elderly couple on a farm on Prince Edward Island. By the eighth book, Anne is a middle aged woman of fifty-two and the stories concern her children and their lives. The family is also mentioned in some other books written by Montgomery.

Rainbow Valley is exciting, interesting and a fun read. It has some very engaging side plots about the minister, John Meredith and how he finds romance with the lovely Rosemary West. It also provides a dark foreshadowing of the terrible war years that were to dawn in the near future. The note on the dedication page of Rainbow Valley is a tribute to three of Montgomery's friends who died in WWI. The last book in the Anne series Rilla of Ingleside is set against the backdrop of the war.

For enthusiasts of the series, Rainbow Valley is indeed a delightful glimpse into the continuing saga of this bestselling series of books that have provided so much entertainment to generations of children.

All books in this series:
1 Anne of Green Gables
2 Anne of Avonlea
3 Anne of the Island
5 Anne’s House of Dreams
7 Rainbow Valley
8 Rilla of Ingleside


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 16 reviews)

Reviewer: - August 18, 2016
Subject: very good
the beginning felt a bit dry, but the reader improved much towards the end.
Reviewer: - May 4, 2016
Let me tell you, this reader is not horrible! You have not listened to many of these books to say that! She is not dramatic, but she is clear and doesn't have an abrasive voice. Good book, good reading.
Reviewer: - December 2, 2015
Subject: LOVE
this is one of my fav. books!!!
Reviewer: - March 2, 2015
Subject: very good
The beginning felt a bit dry, but the reader improved very much towards the end, good calm reading with enough emotion and an excellent book.
Reviewer: - February 7, 2015
Subject: WOUFUL READING
I hated that reading, I turned off the sound
Reviewer: - August 12, 2014
Subject: What??
What is the purpose of reading in the robotic tone and tempo?
Reviewer: - August 2, 2014
Subject: Rainbow Valley
Wonderful. I appreciate the slower reading...hearing the pace and timbre of Ms. Montgomery, allowing me to absorb her descriptions of this part of our country. The characters are gentle, but realistic. I grew up when many young people were much like this.
June 7, 2014
Fantastic effort :)
Reviewer: - February 24, 2014
Subject: poor reader
Very boring and distracting narration with poor pacing.
Reviewer: - November 23, 2013
Subject: Very good
In chapter 21 it repeated "and in his own occasional visitations of common sense" twice. Overall a good reading.
Reviewer: - September 25, 2013
Subject: Poor quality
Voice and overall narration is really bad. Please don't pause between every word in the credits.
Reviewer: - August 15, 2013
Subject: Speeds up
Even though it begins intolerably slow it does pick up after a couple of chapters. Unfortunately it's read more like a somber press release than a cheery novel; and the characters have little personality. But the voice is clear and the words are easy to understand. All in all it's an acceptable recording.
Reviewer: - July 14, 2013
Subject: Too slow
Could not listen to this. The reading was horrible!
Reviewer: - April 23, 2013
Subject: Too slow
I couldn't even listen to the whole thing! It was just read too slowly with a pause between each word! It's a shame because I really love this series! I've skipped ahead to the final book.
Reviewer: - March 12, 2013
Subject: Great Reader
One can definitely hear Ms. Montgomery's voice through this narrator. Thank you.
Reviewer: - March 5, 2013
Subject: Excellent Narration
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