Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I’ve finished my first book of the year! So far I don’t have a great pace out of the gates of 2010, especially considering that my goal is to read 52 books a year. I read forty in 2009 but the pleasant Sunday drive that was Middlemarch drastically slowed me down.
Unlike the last Anne novel I read, at least this one had an overarching narrative to carry me along on the warm waters of the adventures of good children. Anne again has no voice in this novel and it seems that her character simply does not exist as an adult. Her children and others show us a new generation of growing up, one that is similarly gay to Anne’s except for the tinges of anti-war sentiment.
Anne Shirley is grown up, has married her beloved Gilbert, and is the mother of six mischievous children. These boys and girls discover a special place all their own, but they never dream of what will happen when a strange family moves into an old mansion nearby. The Meredith clan is two boys and two girls – and a runaway named Mary Vance. Soon the Merediths join Anne’s children in their private hideout, intent on carrying out their plans to save Mary from the orphanage, to help the lonely minister find happiness, and to keep a pet rooster from the soup pot. There’s always an adventure brewing in the sun-dappled world of Rainbow Valley.