Valancy lives a drab life with her overbearing mother and prying aunt. Then a shocking diagnosis from Dr. Trent prompts her to make a fresh start. For the first time, she does and says exactly what she feels. As she expands her limited horizons, Valancy undergoes a transformation, discovering a new world of love and happiness. One of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s only novels intended for an adult audience, The Blue Castle is filled with humour and romance.
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
Published 1926 by McClelland and Stewart
Format: e-book rental from Hoopla*; 218 pages
Also By This Author: Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Kilmeny of the Orchard
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My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I am blogging about a new favorite love story of mine by one of my favorite authors.
The Blue Castle was the first book I read in 2018, and as soon as I finished, I knew I had found my favorite read of the year. I know I will probably read 40+ more books this year, but I don’t think any of them will resonate with me more than The Blue Castle. It’s a hidden gem of a novel and I only wish I had read it sooner!
The characters in this novel are so bold and entertaining. The heroine, Valancy Sterling, is as lovable and admirable as Anne Elliot, Jane Eyre, and Jo March, and the supporting characters will honestly make you laugh until you cry. There was a smile plastered on my face for most of the novel (with the exception of a few moving scenes–I mean, this is L.M. Montgomery we’re discussing!).
The Blue Castle is one of those books you bring with you everywhere, just in case you’re able to sneak in a page or chapter while you’re out, and once you finish the book, you’re ready to start it all over again. I felt so happy and thrilled when I finished it, and I couldn’t stop recommending it to friends.
You May Also Enjoy…
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Dr. Thorne by Anthony Trollope
(I haven’t read this one yet, but I loved the miniseries!)
I tried listening to The Blue Castle on audiobook, but it just wasn’t good. This is one of those books you need to read in print.
One of my favorite things about reading The Blue Castle is that I didn’t know anything about it beforehand, and even the blurb on the cover gives nothing away, so I was in full suspense and surprised by so many of the plot points. That’s why I’ll keep this review short and sweet, but if you have read it and would like to gush about it with me, leave a comment below :)
8 thoughts on “The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery”
I love this review! L. M. Montgomery is such a wonderful writer. It’s too bad that few people seem to have read more than Anne of Green Gables.
I’m on a mission this year to read as many of Montgomery’s novels as I can! Last year I read the Emily of New Moon series and last month I read The Blue Castle and Kilmeny of the Orchard. Right now I’m listening to The Chronicles of Avonlea and then I think I’ll read Mistress Pat or The Story Girl.
I read Blue Castle two years ago and I felt the exact same way you do! It’s SO SWEET!!!! I love it to bits. I need to re-read it. I think next time it’s my turn to pick a book club book I’ll chose it so I can trick everyone else into reading it too!
I wish I could be in your book club so I could read it with other people! I’ve been trying to get my friends to read it and I’m dying to talk to them about it haha
Isn’t it a delight?
I discovered it thanks to my love for this Australian story – http://bronasbooks.blogspot.com.au/2017/11/the-ladies-of-missalonghi-by-colleen.html
that was accused of plagarising The Blue Castle. You’ll have to read both to make up your mind :-)
Thanks for sharing this! I will have to check out this book sometime :)
Silly me – I didn’t realize she had books that were stand-alones not related to the Anne books! This is a wonderful review. I need to get a copy!
Yes! She has so many books, and whole series, unrelated to Anne :) It’s my mission this year to read as many of her novels as I can.