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On her 29th birthday, Valency Stirling awakens to a life that she knows will never change. Under the thumb of an autocratic mother and a poor relation in a large domineering family, for years her only refuge has been in her dreams of a mystical Blue Castle, where beauty and kindness reign.

To add to her bleak future, she's experiencing heart spasms. Visiting a doctor without the approval of her clan is a daring act but Valency seeks out the local heart specialist in secret. The result is dire: she has one year to live. Shocking as the news is, the specter of death isn't nearly as upsetting as the realization that she hasn't yet really lived.

Ever docile and obedient, she's now compelled to tell her relatives exactly what she thinks of them. Her mother's disapproval and silences have no effect on her. Her curiosity about the natural world, dormant for years under strict rules of behavior, is set free.

As her world opens, she finds a purpose in her life as she makes friends with the town reprobate, his disgraced daughter, and a man of dubious reputation. The lush Canadian pine woods beckon. Certainly, an unlikely place to find a Blue Castle?

Public Domain (P)2021 Anne Hancock

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Best book I’ve read in a long time!

I just finished it a few minutes ago and that book was just beautiful! I absolutely loved it!!! It was magical, a little sad but the ending was AMAZING. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • 03-19-22

Classic and understated story

the book was s childhood favourite, not disappointed with the audio reading. spot on.

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  • Bluestocking
  • 03-05-22

Great story, acceptable narration

This, one of the only two books for adults published by Montgomery, has all the hallmarks of her writing - the clan of relatives, the narrow minded and the inquisitive, the sensitive and the insightful. The story of a 27 yo old maid, under the thumb of the same people who have ruled her all her life suddenly discovering the ability to make different choices, to scorn their scorn and to choose her own life was inspiring to me at a similar time of life. It is a sweet, beautiful and inspiring tale of self-discovery and choosing one’s own life.

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  • 07-29-22

My favourite

this is my family Montgomery book, and the reading does it justice! I will be listening often.

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  • 06-22-22

classic fairy tale

lovely to hear this old story again and get a feel for the place from the beautiful language

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  • P Szoke
  • 04-14-22

delightful

Was so excited to find this book on audio
Welcome to my go to book for the past 40yrs. This beautifully written, heart warming classic is a must read for Montgomery fans.