Read for Librivox by Karen Savage. 7 hours and 25 minutes.
I really enjoyed listening to L.M. Montgomery's Rainbow Valley. Karen Savage is an excellent reader. It is easy to take Rainbow Valley for granted in the Anne series, to not fully appreciate the gift it offers readers. But I really do enjoy it. It isn't Anne's story--and I'm perfectly okay with that. I love all of the many child-narrators in Rainbow Valley.
My review from 2016
First sentence: It was a clear, apple-green evening in May, and
Four Winds Harbour was mirroring back the clouds of the golden west
between its softly dark shores.
Premise/plot: Rainbow Valley is about the Blythe
children and their best friends, the Meredith children. The Merediths
are in interesting bunch! The father is a Presbyterian minister. The
mother is dead and very much missed. The children are wild and
wonderful. Over half the book centers on the adventures of Jerry, Faith,
Una, and Carl. The other half focuses on the Blythe children: Jem,
Walter, Nan and Di, Shirley, and Rilla.
Why you should still read it even though it
isn't about Anne: Montgomery is a great storyteller who excels at
characterization. The Meredith children, particularly Faith, are great
characters to spend time with. Mary Vance is another LIVELY character.
Love her or hate her, you can't forget her! This one also has some
lovely scenes with Walter about the 'Pied Piper' he hears calling in
Rainbow Valley. Reading Rainbow Valley deepens the bond you feel for
certain characters. The memories the two families create and share in
Rainbow Valley--the place--are important in Rilla of Ingleside. Rilla of
Ingleside is not to be missed. It is one of the BEST in the series.
My thoughts: I really loved the courtship in
this one of the children's father!!! It was super-sweet and fun. I love
this book not so much for its connection to Anne, as it is I just LOVE
L.M. Montgomery in general. She's a wonderful writer whose birthday is
very close to my own!
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