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The Blue Castle de L. M. Montgomery

The Blue Castle (original: 1926; edição: 2014)

de L. M. Montgomery (Autor)

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In early 1920s Canada, drastic circumstances give Valancy, a twenty-nine-year-old unmarried woman resigned to being an "old maid," the courage to defy her controlling family and escape to a life of her own choosing.
Título:The Blue Castle
Autores:L. M. Montgomery (Autor)
Informação:Sourcebooks Fire (2014), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Etiquetas:feel-good, castles

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The Blue Castle de L. M. Montgomery (1926)

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[23 July 2021] "A plate of apples, an open fire, and 'a jolly goode booke' are a fair substitute for heaven." A beloved comfort read.

[5 October 2016] I was in need of a comfort reread and this was perfect as always. I also recently got back from a trip to Banff, so I really appreciated the "John Foster" bits this time around (even though the Canadian Rockies are a very different sort of wilderness than Foster's Mistawis).

[15 July 2012] I still love this to itty bitty pieces. :) It is a delightful comfort read and so I brought it along when I went out for adventures on my 29th birthday this year, forgetting that the novel begins on Valancy's 29th birthday! I long to find my "Blue Castle".

[6 Sept. 2006] I love The Blue Castle to itty bitty pieces. ♥ It is a lesser-known novel of L.M. Montgomery's, but it's the loveliest, happiest bit of fluff for a quick read to put you in a good mood. I love Valancy; she's got just the right amounts of sass and spunk and shyness. And the other characters are all great fun to read about as well. This edition of the book has the tragic appearance of a trashy romance novel (and unfortunately the blurb on the back cover makes it sound like one, too), but it's really very good. Okay, the plot's a bit cliché/predictable, but it's still fun and the characters are great and it is very happy-making. :) ( )
  barefootsong | Jul 23, 2021 |
Nice! It's trite, and painfully sweet, and there's very little to the story - but it's fun, too. I loved the bits where Valancy finally spoke her mind. And the descriptions of the forest were gorgeous. I enjoyed watching Valancy come to life. And Barney is an idiot - oh, it makes sense, but he's still an idiot to go away without saying anything like that. Happy ever after...I hope she manages to suppress her family, though I suppose she won't be around them much. I enjoyed it, and I suspect I'll read it again in a while. It'll be interesting to know how it ends as I read - I suspected most of it, though not the Redfern connection. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jun 11, 2021 |
Somehow I missed this when I was younger and heard about it for the first time fairly recently, thanks to the What Should I Read Next podcast. Although Anne of Green Gables was not one of my favorite books, I thought I'd give this a try. This is a very different story than that was with a very different protagonist.

On the plus side, I laughed aloud several times. This is a fairly progressive in its way and for its time romance novel. It breaks conventions and has a strong female protagonist who realizes she has and can act on her own POV. The humor is dry, even droll, but it's plentiful, intelligent, sometimes sharp.

The basic story without spoilers: the main character - Valency is 29 with no marriage prospects and considered a hopeless old maid. Her family are a bunch of priggish, judgy snobs who are very much into appearances, manners, and 'class' standing. They disapprove of her (and pretty much everyone for that matter) and delight in criticizing and looking down upon others. They generally bring to life the adage that misery loves company.

Consequently, Valency grows up seeking their approval, chasing their expectations, and following their rules, even when her wishes or opinions (secretly, never expressed outwardly) are in conflict. After she visits a doctor for health concerns and receives a terminal diagnosis, she decides she's never really lived. For the year of life she's told she has left, she looks to life the life she wants regardless of how her family (or anyone else feels about it).

She ends up in a living situation that's much gossiped about and scandal-adjacent and finds more than she bargained for. Her inner and outer life change completely in her 29th year.

I'm glad I finally read this--my wish is I'd heard of it and read it sooner. That said, I'm not sure when the magic window is and am at somewhat of a loss on who to recommend it to. I feel like younger girls who might be open to trying it (like tweens and young teens) haven't lived enough to fully get it. Anne of Green Gables feels more their speed. On the other hand, older teens/younger 20s, or at least the ones I know, would be less likely to give this a chance.

If you're weighing whether to give this a chance or want an alternative to Anne or a non-traditional period romance, give it a try. ( )
  angiestahl | Apr 6, 2021 |
I read this aloud to my thirteen-year-old. It was beautifully written and the story was sweet. My daughter did not predict the ending and so it was even more wonderful to share her surprise. I wish I had read this book as a young person and been able to experience that magic. ( )
  ColourfulThreads | Feb 18, 2021 |
Classic LM Montgomery, still one of my favorite authors!! ( )
  mcsp | Jan 25, 2021 |
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The new moons always looked down through it (the oriel window), the lower pine boughs swayed about the top of it, and all through the nights the soft, dim silver of the lake dreamed through it.
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