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The Blue Castle [Paperback]

L.M. Montgomery
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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April 1 1988 0770423159 978-0770423155
At twenty-nine Valancy had never been in love, and it seemed romance had passed her by. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she found her only consolations in the "forbidden" books of John Foster and her daydreams of the Blue Castle. Then a letter arrived from Dr. Trent, and Valancy decided to throw caution to the winds. For the first time in her life Valancy did and said exactly what she wanted. Soon she discovered a surprising new world, full of love and adventures far beyond her most secret dreams.

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"Montgomery writes beautifully and brings tears of both sorrow and joy on the turning of every page."  —Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"At twenty-nine Valancy had never been in love, and it seemed romance had passed her by. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she found her only consolations in the "forbidden" books of John Foster and her daydreams of the Blue Castle. Then a letter arrived from Dr. Trent, and Valancy decided to throw caution to the winds. For the first time in her life Valancy did and said exactly what she wanted. Soon she discovered

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carpe diem Jan. 15 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Blue Castle is a perfect example of marketing gone very, VERY wrong. Those silly publishers who gave this wonderful book such a tawdry cover and shallow synopsis have done L. M. Montgomery and Valancy Stirling a huge disservice. This isn't a conventional romance, but an inspiring story of a woman who takes control of her life and discovers a beautiful world living her dream, her Blue Castle. The positive reviews may sound a little over-enthusiastic, but women and girls have reaffirmed this book as an all-time favorite time and time again. Everyone I know who has read this wishes they had gotten to it sooner and/or laments its undeserved obscurity. My sister and I fight over our copy, stupid cover and all, since we both feel compelled to read it a few times a year.
Here's why: Valancy Stirling is an Everywoman - all of us can relate to her helplessness and apathy, her joys and triumphs. In Valancy's case, her intimidating, suffocating family and poverty have instilled fear from a young age, when she was an insignificant little girl. After a lifetime of negative comments, she finds herself a hopeless, though respectable, old maid at the age of 29, unloved and unwanted even by her own mother. Then Dr. Trent tells her she has a terminal heart condition, and Valancy throws all caution to the winds, deciding to really *live* for her last few months.
Her repressed personality and spirit finally express themselves, often humorously and cheekily. She says what's on her mind, sees her relatives as the sillies they are, and very importantly, refuses to wear her hated red flannel petticoat. You will feel deliciously refreshed as Valancy lives on her own terms for once.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite L.M.M. book July 13 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What can I say? This is my favourite book. I've read it over and over and have never tired of it. The characters are very real, and very relatable. The hero, Barney Snaith, is one of Lucy's most believable heros. Valancy is by far her most believable heroine. Everything just seems to click with this book. The chemistry of Valancy and Barney, the hilarious descriptions of Valancy's clan, everything. It's different from many of her other works in that love is not this instantanious thing between Barney and Valancy, where at first sight they are smitten with each other. It takes awhile to grab Valancy, and much longer still for Barney to realise his feelings for her.
Of course, the romance isn't the only reason why this book is great. It's also great because of all of the things Valancy overcomes and triumphs, such as fear, predjudice, etc. I find myself cheering her on every time I read it.
I would also agree with another reviewer who stated that he/she wished "The Blue Castle" to become a movie. I've thought that for some time now. Provided it was done well, I really think it would be great and would allow more of the country to experience what I believe to be L.M. Montgomery's greatest work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!! Dec 14 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ok, now WHY didn't this woman write more adult novels? She is very good at them! I loved this book, and I couldn't understand why it wasn't as popular as the Anne, Emily, or Pat books.
As opposed to how Montgomery conforms to what society expects of women in the Anne and Emily and Pat books, she does the opposite in this one. Valancy PROPOSES TO THE GUY! I love how she goes from being this docile creature who takes crap from everyone, into this shameless woman who DOES WHAT SHE WANTS! And she goes and becomes a nurse for a girl with an illigitimate child, these are social outcasts! And the guy she marries! He is a HUGE social outcast. I love how proudly and shamelessly she goes about it. This novel may not have been popular in it's time but it sure has to be made into a movie today. And there should be sequals to the movie. The same way books were written about Laura Ingalls Wilders daughter, should there be books written by someone who is alive today about Valancy. Oh Maud, if you could come back and see how we love her now! I wish Emily had learned from her and pursued what she wanted more in life. Maybe then she would have been happier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Has A Blue Castle Nov. 19 2003
By A. Dyer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My mother gave me all of the Anne books for Christmas when I was ten. At twelve my family spent the summer in Canada and we visited Prince Edward Island. It was there that I was introduced to the many other wonderful books by Lucy Maud. The Blue Castle is my favorite! It's a book for anyone who has ever felt the pain and loneliness of life, and the soaring heights of happiness. This book conveys them both! Valancy is one of those wonderful heroines that shakes off her oppressive mother and becomes her own woman. When she is diagnosed with a terminal heart condition, she realizes that she's never really lived and decides to go look for her "Blue Castle" and make the most out of the life she has left. In the process she completely scandalizes her family and community, all without doing a single inappropriate thing! and finds out who she is in the meantime. Definitely a lesson in being true to yourself and loving who you are. The ending is true Lucy Maud Montogomery and something that will leave you cheering! This is one of those books that you come back to time and time again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect read
I have been reading and rereading this book over and over again since I was 12. At 31 it is just as enjoyable as it ever was! Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Gladys Kerr
1.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
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Published 4 months ago by Helga Koehler
4.0 out of 5 stars A Canadian Cinderella w Charm
I came across this little gem when Anne of Green Gables appeared on my Kindle...so many praises for this rather unknown book penned by the same author in 1925. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sheryl in Vancouver
5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem
I bought this copy of the book after my old copy fell apart due to how many times I read and re-read it!

I am genuinely shocked that this book is not as popular as L.M. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fire Monkey
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor formating
I was quite disappointed with the formating of this "kindle" book. There were no spaces between paragraphs and it just didn't scan well. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Deevah
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I read in a long time.
I was cisapride to find that there was a book that Lucy Mont Montgomery had written that I had not read. I loved it.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Book!
I am a huge Maud Montgomery fan and I own most of the books she has written. I bought The Blue Castle sometime back in the 90's and I have read, and re-read it many, many times,... Read more
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