First, let me say THANK YOU! to Melissa at Avid Reader’s Musings for reminding me of this book, and to Rachel at Confessions of a Book Geek for encouraging me to re-buy it. The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery is a lovely little romantic story, perfect for grown-up fans of the Anne books! It’s all about the transformative power of love – the act of loving, more so than of being loved.
Love! What a searing, torturing, intolerably sweet thing it was–this possession of body, soul and mind! With something at its core as fine and remote and purely spiritual as the tiny blue spark in the heart of the unbreakable diamond. No dream had ever been like this. She was no longer solitary. She was one of a vast sisterhood–all the women who had ever loved in the world.
Holmes speaks of grief “staining backward” through the pages of life; but Valancy found her happiness had stained backward likewise and flooded with rose-colour her whole previous drab existence. She found it hard to believe that she had ever been lonely and unhappy and afraid.
I enjoyed my re-read immensely! It was light enough to read quickly, with enough depth to keep it from being “fluffy”. Highly recommended to fans of classic romances!
A word of warning about the edition pictured above. I chose it simply because I liked the cover illustration, but I neglected to read the book details on Amazon. This book measures almost 8×10 and is only 124 pages long. The print is as small as a standard size paperback. The size made it somewhat awkward to read in bed. There were also some spelling and grammatical errors.