My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was into Anne of Green Gables, even before the 1985 TV series starring Megan Follows. I was 17, and a copy of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm was lying around the house, a Christmas gift from my mother’s friend. I read Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and liked it. Mom suggested that I read Anne of Green Gables. I loved it. In 1980, soon after I graduated from college, I went on my “pilgrimage” to Prince Edward Island.
I discovered The Blue Castle through Susan L.M. Goldberg on PJ Media. She wrote: if you’ve never, you must read The Blue Castle now—quickly! I’ll wait. As a fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery‘s books, I had to read The Blue Castle.
Valancy Stirling fits the archetype of the lonely, sad person living in a home where others are cold to her (think Cinderella or Harry Potter). A medical diagnosis gives her one year to live. She casts off her inhibitions, scandalizes her family, and lives life to the fullest. She even proposes marriage! Then multiple revelations upend her life in a day (I won’t disclose them – read the book). The Blue Castle has a “happily ever after” ending.
I’ve decided that a cynic is a disillusioned romantic. In reading The Blue Castle, I can momentarily believe in romance again.
PS Read the introduction by Collett Tracey after you read The Blue Castle. It contains spoilers.