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The Blue Castle Paperback – Apr 1 1988

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Books (April 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770423159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770423155
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews
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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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