Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Review: The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

Book: The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
Genre: Lit. Fiction
Rating: A
For: My F2F group

I didn't really know what to expect from this book. Of course I love Anne of Green Gables, but that was no guarantee I'd love this one, right? Well, maybe I had a pretty good idea.

I started reading it just because I needed to pick up something fast to read during all the waiting for kids I knew I had to do that day. By the end of that, I was hooked and couldn't put it down until it was done.

It's about Valency, an old old 29 year old maid. Everyone knows she is ugly, boring, and will never get married. Poor, poor Valency.

Then one day, she gets some news that changes her life. She decides she is sick of doing things the same old way, and how her mother and aunts think it should be done. She starts sticking up for herself and saying what she thinks. Everyone decides she's gone mad! It's wonderful!

And things just get better from there for old Valency. It made me want to say, "You go girl!"

It's all quite predictable (but even so, there were some things I never figured out) and sappy, but in a good old happy kind of way. Great book!
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  1. Okay, you inspired me to actually review the book too. Sometimes I stew on things a long while. :)

  2. This actually looks pretty good. I never read any Montgomery besides the first few Anne books and three Emily ones.

  3. My library had a ton of her more adult novels like this one when I was growing up and I may have read this at one point but I don't remember.

  4. Oooh, this one sounds fantabulous! I wasn't a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables (shocking, I know), but I would like to try more of her work.

  5. Yah for Valency! The musical of The Blue Castle is wonderful. You will have to come to PEI next time it gets produced. We'll go see it together!



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