I have not reviewed many books as of late on this blog. :( I am going to change that in this new year, though. I have been reading MANY book over the holiday season, and I plan on getting around to reviewing them. Here is just a teaser of the books I plan on reviewing in the next few weeks:
Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables book #7)
Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables book #8)
I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
White Fang by Jack London
Let us begin with the first on the list: Rainbow Valley.
By L.M. Montgomery
After a summer storm, a rainbow was spotted by the Blythe children in the small valley behind the maple grove. This hollow is promptly named Rainbow Valley, and soon becomes their special place, where they talk, read, dream... and where they meet the Merediths.
Mr. Meredith is the new minister in Glen St. Mary--a minister who often seems to forget that he has four michievious children. Jerry, Faith, Una, and Carl Meredith are allowed almost free-reign by their absent-minded father, and soon become best friends with the Blythe children. But the freedom the children experience does not make up for their lack of parental guidance, and they long for their father's attention and love. Faith especially longs for a mother, for she can remember vividly her mother, who died years ago. It is not long, however, before Rainbow Valley is occupied by adults as well as children...
I will admit that this Anne book was not one of my favorites, because it focuses on the Merediths more than the Blythes. But it still is an extremely interesting read! The tales of the childrens' adventures are, of course, VERY entertaining. :)
In Rainbow Valley, we meet many new and... interesting characters. Besides the Meredith children, the reader is also introduced to Norman Douglas, a large man with a temper to match his size, and Mary Vance, the sharp-tongued runaway oprhan whom the Meredith's discover in the old barn. These characters all add a certain spice to the story, and gurantee that the book will never be dull. :)
The Merediths, as previously stated, have a very absent-minded father who doesn't seem to pay any attention to their doings. Because of this, they often get into scrapes, of which the town delights in gossping. The blame is always laid on Mr. Meredith, and the Merediths don't like this, for they love their father dearly. Desiring to be known as michievous and ill-mannered children no more, they decide to form their own "Good Conduct Club," in which they constantly keep tabs on each other, in an attempt to remain well-behaved and give no reason for the ladies of the town to gossip about their father's parenting skills. The results of this club are most humorous, especially when one of them does something wrong and has to be "punished" by the rest of the children.
There is just an inkling of romance in this book, and that, I think, is the sweetest part of all. Rosemary West, an old maid who still possesses pretty features, lives with her sister Ellen, also an old maid, in a comfortable home. It is not until she stumbles upon "the recluse of the Glen St. Mary manse" in Rainbow Valley that she even considers doing anything different in life than growing old with her sister. And that change of heart would change her life...
So, sit down with a cup of hot tea and a sugar cookie, and enjoy this hilariously funny book that follows the adventures of the Blythes and their new friends, the Merediths, who can't understand why going without stockings in church is thought "scandalous" by the ladies of the town.
A BIT O' READING FOR THE DAY
In daytime the Blythe children liked very well to play in the rich, soft greens and glooms of the big maple grove between Ingleside and the Glen St. Mary pond; but for evening revels there was no place like the little valley behind the maple grove. It was a fairy realm of romance to them. Once, looking from the attic windows of Ingleside, through the mist and aftermath of a summer thunderstorm, they had seen the beloved spot arched by a glorious rainbow, one end of which seemed to dip straight down to where a corner of the pond ran up into the lower end of the valley.
"Let us call it Rainbow Valley," said Walter delightedly, and Rainbow Valley thenceforth it was.
~Rainbow Valley, chapter 3