An unforgettable story of courage and romance. Will Valancy Stirling ever escape her strict family and find true love?
Valancy Stirling is 29, unmarried, and has never been in love. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she finds her only consolation in the “forbidden” books of John Foster and her daydreams of the Blue Castle–a place where all her dreams come true and she can be who she truly wants to be. After getting shocking news from the doctor, she rebels against her family and discovers a surprising new world, full of love and adventures far beyond her most secret dreams.
Title : The Blue Castle
Author : Lucy Maud Montgomery
Format : ebook
Page Count : 218
Genre : Classic
Publisher : e-artnow
Release Date : May 28, 2016
Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Micky’s 4 star review
I picked THE BLUE CASTLE up on a whim, a whim built on an age of meaning to read this book and I have to say it’s the best £0.49 I’ve ever spent. It was quite an unusual start to the story with the sad existence that Valancy occupied in her family household. Valancy was surrounded by bullies and she had no worth or value, it was infuriating to read.
From there, life changed for Valancy in the strangest ways; I loved the reins that she took over her own life. The impetus for that change was a little cruel but the result was such a freeing read. I relished Valancy finding her voice, her snark and her don’t-care attitude. She was a kind and generous soul; it was also rather revealing seeing someone in this era with such low self esteem, maybe this isn’t such a contemporary problem, more one across the decades.
The idea of the blue castle as a place, the dust pile and the books of John Foster were elements that engaged me throughout this read. I knew there was something in this writer that would develop and even though I suspected the truth, it didn’t quell the enjoyment any. Valancy’s life on the little island filled me with such joy, I adored seeing her reach her potential as a person and as a woman.
This was a quirky story but one to thoroughly warm your heart. It’s been a while since I’ve read Lucy Maud Montgomery but this experience reminds me why I have loved her books all my life and I’m going to check which other treasures I’ve never read.