The Blue Castle

The Blue Castle

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by L.M. Montgomery
     
 

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Valancy Stirling is unmarried at 29. Frustrated by her loveless state and stifled by her moralistic family, for years she has been escaping into an imaginary life in her Blue Castle in Spain. Then unexpected news shocks her into asserting her independence and striking out against society’s conventions. Her old fantasies seem irrelevant now - but dreams of the…  See more details below

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Valancy Stirling is unmarried at 29. Frustrated by her loveless state and stifled by her moralistic family, for years she has been escaping into an imaginary life in her Blue Castle in Spain. Then unexpected news shocks her into asserting her independence and striking out against society’s conventions. Her old fantasies seem irrelevant now - but dreams of the Blue Castle are not forgotten as she refocuses her energies on living her life on her own terms. Lucy Maud Montgomery has created a wonderfully sympathetic heroine in Valancy, engaging the reader fully in her trials and triumphs. A great love of the Canadian wilderness comes pouring out in beautifully evocative prose accompanied with sharp observation of the personalities and attitudes of her characters and the society they inhabit.

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ISBN-13:
2940013681767
Publisher:
L.M. Montgomery Books
Publication date:
01/19/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
803,215
File size:
171 KB

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The Blue Castle 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I have read many times and have given away numerous copies of. For the romantic it comes through with sentimental colors and for the champion of the underdog it brings a sense of justice. It has drawn my daughter and I together in ways I cannot begin to imagine. Each of us identifying in some way with Valancy. If you want a book that you cannot put down then read this book. Encourage your daughters,moms, aunts, cousins and friends to do the same. You will not regret it and they will thank you for sharing such a great piece of literature. Then share your common interest and likes and dislikes and what you can apply from it to your own lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this book when I was eight and fell in love with Valancy and her life. Twelve years later (with numerous rereadings over those years!) this book is still my favorite of all time, and as an avid book reader, that's a feat. The book is full of romance, and shows how one girl blossoms into an independent woman.
JRSR More than 1 year ago
Be sure to read the book before you read the introduction! Ms. Tracey outlines the entire plot and has some very odd takes on the "meaning" of the book. Don't let her spoiling the plot and prejudices ruin The Blue Castle for you. This book is a treasure. It's a little slow at the beginning, but stay with it because it is well worth the time. You will love Valancey. The descriptions of her family, the people she meets, and Canada are all outstanding. A great read with plenty of ideas about dealing with life's challenges for a book club to discuss.
EsmeraldaMM More than 1 year ago
This little known book by LM Montgomery has been my favorite from her collection since I first read it years ago. It is a wonderful friend that I return to often. I am very excited that it is available for my nook...sold!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ADORE this book! A true old fashioned underdog romance or the "cinderella type". Valancy will be a character I will share with many people. Run, don't walk to find it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I simply love this book. It is a childhood favorite, as are most of L.M. Montgomery's books. A++.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read my paperback copy of this book to shreds. I adore it. I don't know what makes it stand out for me so much, but i absolutely love it. My all time favorite book out of hundreds of favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I saw the nook version of this book for only $.99 I had to get it. Lucy Maud Montgomery is my favorite Canadian author! The Blue Castle is a love story and is quiet enjoyable for a work of fiction that was written well over 80 years ago. Well worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story with a twist at the end. Makes you smile and believe in love again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of it is a bit over the top in a fairy-tale-ish way and I found it hard to believe that Valancy could be so different in her different stages, but it was a lovely tale overall. The description of spinsterhood was spot-on and some bits made me tingle to my fingertips :) Recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this with the references to nature with the joy it could bring into your life. The story had a lot happening that kept your interest, was easy to follow and very believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a timeless treasure for any girl who has ever felt stifled, put down, or repressed. You will find yourself cheering for the heroine, Valency Stirling, who finally decides to take her life into her own hands (judgement, foul sneers, and shame be damned!) I will be passing this one down to my daughter.
MariaSavva_Author More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this book as I heard it was similar to 'The Ladies of Missalonghi' by Colleen McCullough, which I really enjoyed. I found 'The Blue Castle' to be a captivating read. I couldn't wait to find out what happened. I was amazed that 'The Blue Castle' was written over 80 years ago, as I could relate to the character Valancy as if she were a modern woman. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a romantic at heart. I'm sure everyone has their own 'Blue Castle' (i.e. a dream). What L. M. Montgomery seems to be saying to us through this great novel, is that personal dreams and aspirations are very important and can get you through the hardest of times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I read it in one day. I always like to see the underdog come out on top as did the character in this book. Sometimes I laughted out loud and sometime wanted to cry. I will probably read this again soon and highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
everything is lovely, from the description to the humour to the romance. i loved how Valancey just picks up and follows her true desires!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always loved LMM's books, and this one is no exception. It held me captivated till the end. Barney is so sweet, and I really enjoy the way it ends. It is so realistic, unlike most romance novels. I loved this story!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was definately a great book, although it was very depressing in a lot of parts. I'd have to say that Montogomery has written better books, but I still enjoyed this one and the ending was very special.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though some L.M. Montgomery books can be rather sentimental, I think this story is brilliant. The characters are lovely. I find that I enjoy books where the main characters marry and then fall-in-love, and Blue Castle is one of the best. I must have read it over ten times and I can still skim through, and read my favorite chapters again. I recommend this book to people who are sick of the rubbish that is being put out today. This novel is a clean, charming, and a funny love story. I think is was Montgomerys best book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has really touched and inspired me. The main character, Valancy, goes from miserable to happy, simply by the strength of her own decisions. Its an incredible story of finding, without luck, power, or money, your own little place of idealized happiness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing, and definitely one of my favorites. I fell in love with Lucy M. Montgomery's books at a young age and my appreciation for her literature has only grown with age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read all of the Anne of Green Gables books and loved them. I decided to read more by Montgomery and found "Blue Castle". At first it was a little depressing, but I found so much beauty and strength in Valancy, that I learned to love and appreciate every sentence. This book is being added to my list of books that will always be a part of me. We all have a little Valancy in our souls and minds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The characters are great(often a bit humorous) and the message is powerful. I recommend this book to everybody, especially if you are a L.M. Montgomery fan and have read all of the Anne of Green Gables books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books Montgomery has ever written. It's comical and romantic and the characters really live. I recommend this book to everyone. Its a really touching story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book. It's funny, romantic, and just a little bit sad. I have read it over and over and over!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Blue Castle is a great story. Filled with total irony, laughter, and tears it is the perfect story. I have read it over and over. I have read almost all of L.M. Montgomery's books but this is one of the better ones.