At twenty-nine Valancy had never been in love, and it seemed romance had passed her by. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she found her only consolations in the "forbidden" books of John Foster and her daydreams of the Blue Castle. Then a letter arrived from Dr. Trent -- and Valancy decided to throw caution to the winds. For the first time in her life Valancy did and said exactly what she wanted. Soon she discovered a surprising new world, full of love and adventures far beyond her most secret dreams.My thoughts: Looking through my blog posts I noticed I read and reviewed The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery for Carrie's L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge back in 2009 (where has time gone!?). Even though I have read and re-read The Blue Castle many times it remains my favorite non-Anne Montgomery book. Montgomery does a find job of crafting a story that does not disappoint. Give me this wonderfully "romantic-suspense" story over anything being published today!
Special note: For those that personally know me I do want to give a heads up. Montgomery's view of God can be very distorted at times in this book, more so than in her "Anne" books. Also, there are references to curse words (not written out) and some adult themes, though they are tastefully written about. If this book looks like a book your daughter may like please pre-read it before handing it over to her.