STORY | Being sheltered and smothered is the only life Valancy Stirling knows. Her mother dictates what she should do, be called (she detests being called ‘Doss’ by her mother and unusual relatives alike!), say and wear, and it’s made Valancy a pale, unattractive sickly girl. Now, she’s all grown up, and at 29, she’s past marriageable age.
After she receives devastating news, Valancy is through being her mother’s pet, and living with relatives who belittle her. She decides she’s ready to live. She moves in with one of the villager’s everyone likes to gossip about as a companion and nurse for is ailing adult daughter. In the process, Valancy finds freedom, a kind of healing, and perhaps even her own love story.
THE BLUE CASTLE by L.M. Montgomery | Book Review
REVIEW | Penned by L.M Montgomery, her more popular works may be the Anne of Green Gables novels, but one of her beloved novels includes The Blue Castle. A quirky little story about unique characters and interesting prose, this novel is one of the cherished favorite by many of the bookworm friends in my small circle. So much so that their love of the book inspired me to pick up a copy a long time ago. Like normal, the book sat around for quite some time, until finally, one random Saturday, I picked it up and read about two chapters.
“She had always envied the wind. So free. Blowing where it listed. Through the hills. Over the lakes. What a tang, what a zip it had! What a magic of adventure!” – L.M. Montgomery, The Blue Castle
The story inside the whimsical creative cover design (though there are multiple versions, I read the Sourcefire version) is one of whimsy and charm. The heroine is unique, and slowly, as she asserts her own sense of independence, we experience this change along with her, and what this freeing emotion and new way of life looks like. This is where the novel most shines. It’s in Valancy’s journey; in the realizations she comes to, and makes of her life. It’s in how she goes about finding her “muchness,” as Alice of Wonderland would say.
Though I never read the novel, this one reminds me of the film I Capture the Castle. It has that kind of vibe going for it. Visually, I get the sense this is the same kind of imaginative experience; if you like films like This Beautiful Fantastic, Cold Comfort Farm or yes, I Capture the Castle, this is the ideal novel. It’s got some sweet moments, a brilliant journey for its heroine, some twists, and of course, elements of romance, too.
The story feels relevant in some ways, and in others, it’s naturally more “outdated,” but one thing is for sure, those who enjoy Montgomery’s books or anything that has a sense of playful zaniness will find a visit to The Blue Castle a timeless, ideal way to enjoy a weekend read.‘The Blue Castle’: An Inspired #Romance of Imagination. A review of the L.M. Montgomery novel. #BookReview Click To Tweet
ABOUT THE BOOK
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Publisher: Sourcefire Books
Publication Date: 1926
Genre: Fiction; Romance
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Content: There’s nothing in this novel to note apart from some minor suggestive remarks, and thematic elements in how characters are perceived and/or treated.