|Here's my copy of The Blue Castle from the late 1980s.|
|The L.M. Montgomery titles available via Hoopla have the gorgeous artwork from the new Source Books editions.|
The Blue Castle is just fantastic. L.M. Montgomery tells the story of Valancy Stirling, a plain young woman of twenty-nine who has lived a small, dull, stifling life with a proud but fairly miserable family. She's unmarried and mostly ignored. She's existing but not living. Having experienced some heart trouble, she gathers up just enough gumption to see a doctor outside of her family's circle. The news she receives convinces her that if her life won't be long, she ought to at least live it. What ensues is an energizing, satisfying story of bravery, friendship, and love. When Valancy finally realizes she doesn't give a hoot what her family thinks and begins speaking her mind, I was laughing aloud and cheering her on.
|Just some of my L.M. Montgomery books from the late 1980s.|
|This book is very readable and includes perfect illustrations by Julie Morstad.|
Have you revisited any childhood books as an adult? Despite the "so many books, so little time" reality of life, my experience with The Blue Castle makes me think I should do more rereading, especially with favorite authors.