The Blue Castle

The Blue Castle

eBook - 2015
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This early work by Lucy Maud Montgomery was originally published in 1926 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Blue Castle' is a novel full of humour and romance about a woman named Valency and her discovery of a new world of love and happiness. Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on 30th November 1874, New London, in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island. Her mother, Clara Woolner (Macneil), died before Lucy reached the age of two and so she was raised by her maternal grandparents in a family of wealthy Scottish immigrants. In 1908 Montgomery produced her first full-length novel, titled 'Anne of Green Gables'. It was an instant success, and following it up with several sequels, Montgomery became a regular on the best-seller list and an international household name. Montgomery died in Toronto on 24th April 1942.
Publisher: [United States] : White Press : Made available through hoopla, 2015.
ISBN: 9781473373938
147337393X
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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julia_sedai
Feb 11, 2020

2nd review:

I adore this book. It makes me want to escape to a cabin in the woods on a lake and never look back.

Montgomery writes a beautiful and descriptive setting with great characters. Valancy leaves her oppressive family behind, first to work for a drunkard with a pitiable daughter, and then with a mysterious man with the horrible name of Barney Snaith. I love that she's 29, the same age as me (for now), and I love how much she changes throughout the book.

Recommended so, so much. When we camped around Ontario a few years ago, I had this book in my mind for all the places I chose. What a beautiful area.

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kanuck5
Sep 07, 2019

I have always loved this book. A gentle feel-good read without being too sappy. And written by a Canadian in a Canadian setting to boot. A little bit Farley Mowat, a little bit Anne of Green Gables :)

VaughanPLDonnalee Mar 30, 2018

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is so delightful and so satisfying. I have read it many times and I fall in love with it every time. Valancy is such an underdog at the beginning of the book. Her life has been completely empty and bleak. Then, she finds out she is dying. She suddenly decides that it is time to start living and off she goes to seek some happiness. Montgomery wrote this book for adults, not children. It is a romance, but it is also about taking control of your own life and making choices. It is also very funny and charming yet it is also very poignant. This book is not as famous as "Anne of Green Gables" but I think this book is Montgomery's masterpiece.

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nastyaloots
Nov 04, 2017

I promise that you won't regret reading this book! The details are incredible and the story it self is pretty funny. I found my self laughing a few times in my quiet reading area. AWESOME READ!

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Booksss14
Sep 02, 2017

This was good. It was much more satisfying than I thought it was going to be. Every time Valancy defied other people and pleased herself, it made me feel good. It was almost as if I had been the one pleasing only myself. This book was extremely inspiring and very, very good. Valancy and Barney are such dears!

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alinka2002
Aug 29, 2017

This is an amazing book! I really liked it! If you like the "Anna of Green Gables" book you will for sure like this book.

SCL_Alyssa Jul 15, 2017

If you loved Anne of Green Gables, The Blue Castle will be an absolute delight. Meet Valancy, a character (similar to Persuasion’s Anne Elliot) who takes our first impressions and ends up surprising us at every turn. I found myself cheering her on at every act of rebellion! A lovely story for a sick day, or any other day.

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supshell
Apr 18, 2015

Delightful in EVERY way! Loved it! I can't wait to read it again!

Gail49 Aug 05, 2014

bas bleu

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julia_sedai
Sep 07, 2013

L. M. Montgomery's writing is so beautiful in this book that it made me want to go to Muskoka. The main character, Valancy, is likeable and even surprising. The guy, Barney, is not so surprising, even a bit predictable, but still cool. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read it again. It made me laugh a lot. For a 20s book, the heroine is pretty awesome.

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Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

But now she loved winter. Winter was beautiful "up back" - almost intolerably beautiful. Days of clear brilliance. Evenings that were like cups of glamour - the purest vintage of winter's wine. Nights with their fire of stars. Cold, exquisite winter sunrises. Lovely ferns of ice all over the windows of the Blue Castle. Moonlight on birches in a silver thaw. Ragged shadows on windy evenings - torn, twisted, fantastic shadows. Great silences, austere and searching. Jewelled, barbaric hills. The sun suddenly breaking through grey clouds over long, white Mistawis. Ice-grey twilights, broken by snow-squalls, when their cosy living-room, with its goblins of firelight and inscrutable cats, seemed cosier than ever. Every hour brought a new revalation and wonder.

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