Monday, March 30, 2020

The Blue Castle - Keeper Shelf Review

Goodreads:  The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

Rating: Loved It!
Source:  Purchased

Description:  An unforgettable story of courage and romance. Will Valancy Stirling ever escape her strict family and find true love?

Valancy Stirling is 29, unmarried, and has never been in love. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she finds her only consolation in the "forbidden" books of John Foster and her daydreams of the Blue Castle--a place where all her dreams come true and she can be who she truly wants to be. After getting shocking news from the doctor, she rebels against her family and discovers a surprising new world, full of love and adventures far beyond her most secret dreams

Genre: Fiction

Why I Picked This Book:  This is a favorite book but when Lark posted about it on Instagram I couldn't resist picking it up.

My Impression:  Oh how I love this book.  It's the first book that I've read in one sitting in as long as I can remember and it was a total delight from start to finish.  At the beginning Valancy is so unhappy and repressed that you just can't help but feel sorry for her and watching her come alive as the book progresses is just wonderful.

This is one of the few books written by Montgomery that is really aimed at adults.  The characters are adults, the actions have adult consequences, and the situations are adult situations.  However, there is nothing I would have an issue with my 10 year old reading about.  This is a sweet book that's a bit trite but it just reads so pure and genuine that it never feels to sappy.  If you're looking for a bit of an escapist read and you want a sweet simple story this is a perfect book to pick up.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  Montgomery is one of my all time favorite authors and I try and reread her books as often as possible.

Would I Recommend this Book?  Definitely!  I adore all of Montgomery's books and this is one of my favorite reads.


  1. There is something about L. M. Montgomery that fascinates me. It is something about the genuineness of her writing, I think.

  2. So good to hear you loved it. I don't know it but going to mark it on GR as one to pursue. One sitting, I can't remember when I did that with a book.

  3. Lovely, passionate review, Katherine. I'm delighted you loved this one so much - a joy to read:)

  4. This sounds really good. I have not read Montgomery yet and this sounds like a good place to start. I am so glad you enjoyed it!