- Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Books (April 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553280511
- ISBN-13: 978-0553280517
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 632 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Blue Castle
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
"Montgomery writes beautifully and brings tears of both sorrow and joy on the turning of every page." —Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
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 a surprising new world, full of love and adventures far beyond her most secret dreams.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
Valancy is turning 29. All of her life Valancy has been sort of an afterthought to her family. Nobody pays her any attention. Her features are unremarkable. Her personality stifled. Valancy is an old maid and her family lets her know it every chance they get.
When Valancy receives some upsetting news she decides that she is tired of living in fear. This is when Valancy really comes to life! Valancy's family does not know what to make of her when Valancy starts speaking her mind, doing things she never would have done before, and no longer being the wallflower her family expects her to be.
Valancy further scandalizes her family by becoming involved with the local bad boy Barney Snaith. Valancy has never believed the rumors that fly about Barney so has no problem being seen around town with him.
Having made up in dreams all of her life her Blue Castle, Valancy is finally living a life of freedom and building her own Blue Castle that is made of more than just dreams.
I thought The Blue Castle was a beautiful story! I loved reading about Valancy shedding her fears, rebelling against family prejudices and finally becoming the person she truly was meant to be. I am ashamed to say that this is the first L.M. Montgomery book that I have read other than the Anne of Green Gables series. I should have known that the author that could write the Anne books could also write other stories that were just as meaningful and enjoyable to read. If you haven't ventured beyond Anne, then I suggest starting with The Blue Castle. A sweet story that is sure to cause the reader to want to shed a few fears of their own!
At just about the 22% spot, Valancy, who up until that point, was a dull girl who had given over to allowing her life to be utterly ruled by a family who constantly put her down, had treated her unfairly, even to the point of occasionally mocking her spinsterhood and so on. Ugh. Valancy's only true delight is reading books by naturalist John Foster, but even these books are frowned upon by her strict mother. In order to escape the boredom of her dull life, she has created her own world which she calls "The Blue Castle." When she is finally alone in her room, she can escape into that world where she is a lovely lady who lives in splendor in her castle in the mountains.
When Valancy begins to feel some heart pains, she finally has the courage to go a doctor on the sly and find out why she is having these difficulties. His answer via letter causes her to have the courage to decide she will no longer be the passive, dull dog she has been in the past. When she finds out a childhood friend is suffering from TB and has nobody to care for her but her rough, often drunk alcoholic father - Roaring Abel, Valancy decides she will take up the post.
While living with this disreputable family, she also comes in frequent contact with outcast Barney Snaith, an individual who is rumored to be a kind of blackguard, forger, ruiner of women, counterfeiter, illegitimate son of Roarin' Abel, and so forth. Barney lives in the wild splendor of "up back" Muskoka and is often seen driving fast on the road that runs through Valancy's home town of Deerwood in his old beat up vehicle.
At some point in time, Valancy decides she knows one thing. She loves Barney with all her heart. When Valancy's childhood friend passes, she knows she will have to leave and return home - then she has an idea. She lets Barney Snaith read the letter from the doctor and then asks Barney if he will marry her - he says yes, but makes it clear she must not expect love from him. Within a couple of days, she's married to Barney and they set out for his home in Muskoka. To Valancy's delight, she recognizes Barney's simple home, set in the midst of splendor in the beautiful mountainous area as the real life rendition of her Blue Castle.
Barney and Valancy live in near solitude in their simple home with occasional forays into town either by boat, by car, on foot or - in the winter, they can skate across the lake. They truly love the companionship and no stifling demands are made upon one another. For Valancy's part, she's happier than she's ever been in her life, even though it's obvious from the outset Barney has some secrets he is unwilling to share. Barney never confesses love for Valancy, but does show a tremendous amount of affection. Months go by and then a couple of happenings contribute to unexpected stress in their lives.
In the end, we learn some truths that are wonderfully revealed and of course, it's a kind of fairy tale love story - how could it not be with the name of the book. Sweet, sweet story of two souls who lived and loved in the scenic area of Muskoka (Ontario, Canada) who find their Blue Castle and their HEA.
I was excited to find this work in Kindle format, and for the first time in close to fifty years, my annual reading has not been from my yellowing paged blue volume, but on my Kindle. Thank you!
Most recent customer reviews
It is one of my favorites.