On My Bookshelf: A Finish


What a nice-looking fellow he is,” said Marilla absently. ”I saw him in church last Sunday and he seemed so tall and manly. He looks a lot like his father did at the same age. John Blythe was a nice boy. We used to be real good friends, he and I. People called him my beau.”

Anne looked up with swift interest. ” Oh Marilla— and what happened”

– Anne of Green Gables


I just finished reading Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy. The quote above was what sparked the author to write this book, as she, like a few of us, often wondered what really happened between Marilla and John Blythe. This book did give a decent glimpse into the early life of Marilla and her brother Matthew, but they were not the strong characters, other than Rachel, that was portrayed in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books.

Written from Marilla’s point of view, the author broke the book down into three parts. Part One “Marilla of Green Gables” is set in 1837, Part Two “Marilla of Avonlea” is set in 1838-1839 and Part Three “Marilla’s House of Dreams” is set in 1860. For me personally I enjoyed the the first two parts of the book but found the last part, and the last few chapters doubtful and unappealing, only because of the way Lucy Maud Montgomery portrayed Marilla. I’m not saying that this could not have been the case, but I personally do not see it as being plausible.

All in all I am giving this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

8 thoughts on “On My Bookshelf: A Finish

  1. interesting book, I don’t know how I would feel reading a book on a character written by another author. It’s like Gone With The Wind and the sequel that was not written by Mitchell. However, I would give the book a try!!

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    1. Karen and totally get what you’re saying, and it can be a disappointment at times when the character(s) you are drawn too are not portrayed the same. With that said this wasn’t a bad book just not one I will keep on my bookshelf.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your review! I was surprised to see the dates on those sections … am I mis-remembering that Anne was set in the early 1900’s? I didn’t think of Marilla as being a child of the early(ish) 1800’s! I love the “not so much love” for spinoffs. I’ve read a few retellings (mostly Jane Austen, a few Shakespeare, and even one Fitzgerald) but I haven’t read a “continuation”. (and now I don’t need to read this one!)

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    1. You’re so very welcome Mary. The book was published in 1908, but was set around 1890 and spanned to about 1919. I’m not a fan of spin-offs either but was curious about this one.

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