The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

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...even though I’m not a huge fan of fairy-tale retellings, the year after Valancy’s marriage and the writing in those parts sucked me in and cast their spell, as did Valancy herself. I closed the book feeling contented and thinking that this is a book I’m certain to reread.
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When Dreams Come True


All her life, Valancy Stirling lived on a quiet little street in an ugly little house and never dared to contradict her domineering mother and her unforgiving aunt. Then she gets a letter—and decides that very day things need to change. For the first time in her life, she does exactly what she wants to and says exactly what she feels.


At first her family thinks she's gone around the bend. But soon Valancy discovers more surprises and adventure than she ever thought possible. She also finds her one true love and the real-life version of the Blue Castle that she was sure only existed in her dreams...


What Readers are Saying:


"This just became one of my all-time favorites! In fact, this may be my favorite L.M. Montgomery book, and I'm a huge 'Anne' fan!...I loved the drama and the romance, and the beautiful descriptions of the Canadian wilds. What a great book! It's a treat to read, just a joy with every page!"


"The sweetest romance I have ever read, full of laugh-out-loud moments and obnoxious 'villains'...on par with Jane Austen's best."


"Absolutely hilarious (Valancy would be a Twitter superstar), and it feels so fresh, which is a testament to how timeless L.M. Montgomery's writing is. This has quickly become one of my favorite books."


"I finished reading The Blue Castle with the same engrossed delight I had in meeting Anne Shirley years ago."

 

About L. M. Montgomery

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One of the best-loved children's/young adult authors, Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on November 30, 1874 in Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the daughter of Hugh John and Clara Woolner. After attending Prince of Wales College and Dalhouse College in Halifax, she became a certified teacher, eventually teaching in Bideford, Prince Edward Island. She also served as an assistant at the post office and as a writer for the local newspaper, The Halifax Daily Echo. Best known for her Anne of Avonlea and Anne of Green Gables books, Montgomery received many high honors. She was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1923 and a Canadian stamp commemorates Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables. In addition, various museums dedicated to the book series and Montgomery's life dot Prince Edward Island. The books in the Anne series follow the growth and adventures of a red-haired, spritely, high-spirited and imaginative orphan named Anne who lives on Prince Edward Island. The success of these books rested in Montgomery's ability to vividly recollect childhood and her easy storytelling ability. They are tremendously popular to this day and have been translated into more than 35 languages and adapted as movies and PBS television productions. On July 5, 1911, L.M. Montgomery married Ewan Macdonald, a Presbyterian minister, and the marriage produced three children. She died on April 24, 1942.
 
Published March 4, 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire. 170 pages
Genres: Romance, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Erotica, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sunita on Feb 18 2015

...even though I’m not a huge fan of fairy-tale retellings, the year after Valancy’s marriage and the writing in those parts sucked me in and cast their spell, as did Valancy herself. I closed the book feeling contented and thinking that this is a book I’m certain to reread.

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