If you've got little kids or a couple of grandmas and grandpas, then you might know about Anne of Green Gables, one of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed series of children's novels to ever be published. Rilla of Ingleside is the 8th book in the series, but it was the 6th novel in terms of publication order.
Now, even though Montgomery describes the book as a story for the little ones, the tone is much more serious and dramatic than ever before. Rilla, Anne's youngest child, a beautiful girl, is the main character of the story, and she fights in Europe against the German invaders during WW1. Her 3 brothers, the man she loves and the Meredith brothers are all out there as a part of the CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force).
Rilla is just a 15-year-old teenager who's trying to get the most out of life. She has no idea of the horrors of war and the chaos that is about to turn Europe into a war zone. She's a hussy and has no intention of studying at college and is only interested in having fun. But, when the war rages on, she turns into a completely different person and starts collecting help for the men fighting in Europe.
Anne of Green Gables series
1. Anne of Green Gables
2. Anne of Avonlea
3. Anne of the Island
4. Anne of Windy Poplars
5. Anne's House of Dreams
6. Anne of Ingleside
7. Rainbow Valley
8. Rilla of Ingleside
9. Chronicles of Avonlea
10. Further Chronicles of Avonlea
Fact: after Lucy Montgomery passed away in '42, the publishers took away as much as a couple of thousands of words out of the novel. Their goal was to remove all that historically accurate yet scandalous and offensive to Germany facts about their wrongdoings during WW1. For decades, this trimmed edition was the "official one", but then Mr. Lefebvre restored all those missing pages and published the original book in 2010. So, if want to read the full text, make sure to grab a copy and dive into the atrocities of the German soldiers.