Saturday, April 7, 2018

Pre Pub Book Buzz: Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

When I was a kid, I begged and pleaded my mom to order me the collector's/fund raiser edition of Anne of Green Gables from PBS when they aired the mini series adaptation of the book. I loved that mini series. I loved the story. And since then I've read and watched quite a few new takes on the classic tale as well.

So when I heard that Sarah McCoy, author of The Baker's Daughter, was penning a book about Marilla, I had to have it!

Here's a bit about the book from Goodreads:

Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her beloved mother has 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.

Marilla of Green Gables is due out in October from William Morrow.


Dianna said...

My heart just skipped a beat. WOW!!
I am going to preorder this for myself and another copy for my college roommate. We used to watch Anne of GG all the time!

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

I am completely torn by this book, which I saw last week for the first time when meeting with one of my sales reps. Do I love all things Anne of Green Gables? yes, generally. Do I want more of Marilla's backstory? Yes, absolutely. Do I have confidence that this writer can pull it off? Well, that's a big, fat, no.