Author: LM Montgomery
The Gist: Hands down the most interesting love story. Quite unpredictable, very complicated and delicate at the same time. The story line was so unique and refreshing. Very different from Montgomery’s other work, and I venture to claim, better. There are so many twists and perplexing scenarios, I don’t even want to venture to describe the book. I will say this: somewhat a Cinderella figure, who runs away from home to live a more exciting life. And ends up finding true love in the most unlikely person.
What I liked: Valancy’s adventurous spirit! Her bold decisions of cutting her hair ‘gasp!’ and riding around in an automobile with one of the most brazen men in town ‘horror!’. It was a refreshing, modest escape from the typical ladylike-ness of Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables novels. Which I LOVE but reading the Blue Castle makes you admire Montgomery all the more as an author.
What I didn’t like: Her name. Really? Valancy?
Star rating: 5/5
Bookmark worthy? Yes, yes indeed.
Also read: Kilmeny of the Orchard, Jane Eyre