Rilla of Ingleside by L M Montgomery
Book eight of the Anne saga, and pretty much the last one. There are a few ‘chronicles of…’ and books of short stories that are available, but I’m not too fussed to go out and get them right at this moment.
This book gives us the first world war and its impact upon the Inglesiders. The prophecies placed in previous books come true and I had quite a few teary moments.
The majority of the plot focuses on Rilla, the youngest of Anne’s children, who is now fifteen and is living rather happily aimless. Her elder siblings have all gone through higher education and have futures planned, but she doesn’t want that for herself. The war, and the added surprise of her fostering an orphaned child, makes her mature fast and I’m glad to see that her choice of not continuing her education is not derided, just as much as the others who chose to continue their education is lauded.
Still get the silly giggles over: How Rilla expresses her dislike of the name ‘Marilla’ and mentions how she wishes people called her by her real first name, ‘Bertha’. It’s a terrible stereotype, but I can not see Rilla as a Bertha at all.