The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery: Finding Life and Love


the blue castle by L.M. Montgomery

The Blue Castle Book Review

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery is aimed towards adults but still offers the magic of all her other books. The story follows Valancy Stirling, age 29, who lives a life of drudgery with her family. She is treated poorly and happiness always seems to pass her by. However, a trip to the doctor changes her life.

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Valancy, due to a medical mixup, believes she is dying of a heart condition. Instead of staying home and allowing her family to continue treating her as a doormat, she breaks free. I really admired her spirit throughout this book. She does things that her family would frown upon. She chooses to nurse her friend and asks neighborhood reprobate Barney Snaith to marry her. Convention is a thing of the past for Valancy.

An important part of the story is The Blue Castle itself, an imaginative escape for Valancy. I love her dream of having her Blue Castle in Spain which brings whimsy to the story. She does find her castle but in the form of a cabin on an island. She also finds romance with Barney that gradually grows. I like their progression in the book as they start as friends then move onto love. It makes the story more natural and I enjoyed their dynamic immensely.

When Valancy finally stands up to her family, it is amazing; especially since they treated her atrociously for years. She stops caring about what they think and begins to tell all of them exactly what she thinks. I can see echoes of Emily and Anne’s independence in the novel. However, I think Valancy has become my #2 L.M. Montgomery heroine. She finds victory in the small things, even when it seems hopeless.

In all, I recommend this book to everyone. It’s a great tale to inspire everyone to chase happiness.

ADAPTATION RECOMMENDATION 

The Blue Castle would make a wonderful TV Movie produced in Canada. When I think of someone playing Valancy, I think of Oona Chaplin. I could just see her playing the role. It’s mostly based on her portrayal in The Crimson Field. She has Valancy’s spirit. As for Barney, I imagine maybe James Norton pulling off the role rather well. Of course, they would both need to pull off Canadian accents.

Suggested Content Rating: G

Have you read The Blue Castle? What are your thoughts on this wonderful classic from L.M. Montgomery?

OVERALL RATING

“Hello, Gorgeous.”

ROMANCE RATING

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.

I have loved none but you.”

Mandi Harris

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Mandi Harris is a freelance writer and blogger. If she isn't writing, she has her nose in a book. Books are her ultimate addiction. Her other weaknesses include period dramas, chocolate, and her pets. She is working on her own novels now and hopes to one day get published. You can read her book blog over at thepennedpiper.com.

  • Brittaney B

    I have heard so many good things about this book and after reading your review am convinced that I must read it.

  • Melanie

    The Blue Castle is one of L.M. Montgomery’s best! After reading your review I went to find my copy. I’ve read it so many times the pages are coming out. It’s been a few years (maybe close to 20) so I’m going to read it again.
    P.S. Great review!

  • Mel

    Thanks for reviewing this! I love The Blue Castle, and it’s seems like it’s been so unfairly forgotten. Anyone who likes the Anne books will like this one, yet so many Anne readers don’t know about it.

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