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  • Written by: Sarah McCoy
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Marilla of Green Gables

Written by: Sarah McCoy
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
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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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My daughter and I love this story. She loves Anne of Green Gables, this is the perfect prequel. This is a great story, great performance. It is definitely worth buying if you like Anne of Green Gables. My daughter said "I learnt that anything you will go through you will be ok"

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Excellent

Really keeps the spirit of L.M.M.'s Anne of Green Gables series. You become immersed in life in Avonlea. My only note for the performance, which was overall very good, was a couple of mispronunciations (primer is pronounced pry-mer and not prim-er, and plait is pronounced plat not played). Overall an excellent book!!

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