A favourite: The Blue Castle

Like most people who read L.M. Montgomery I started off with Anne of Green Gables. But my most favourite L.M. Montgomery book is The Blue Castle. I wouldn't be surprised if some of you haven't really heard of this particular novel. It's not one that gets talked a lot about. I guess because it's not really a children's book. But it's wonderful.

I put this on my request list a few weeks ago because it's been awhile since I read it and I felt the need to. It was among the pile of books I picked up today. As usual, upon leaving the library I ran across the street to my favourite Indian takeout place (for more samosas although I mixed it up and got an order of aloo tikki as well today). It was going to take them a few minutes to get everything ready so I sat outside at one of the picnic tables, put my feet up and cracked open The Blue Castle. Here are the first few familiar paragraphs that greeted me.
"If it had not rained on a certain May morning Valancy Stirling's whole life would have been entirely different. She would have gone, with the rest of her clan, to Aunt Wellington's engagement picnic and Dr. Trent would have gone to Montreal. But it did rain and you shall hear what happened to her because of it.

Valancy wakened early, in the lifeless, hopeless hour just preceding dawn. She had not slept very well. One does not sleep well, sometimes, when one is twenty-nine on the morrow, and unmarried, in a community and connection where the unmarried are simply those who have failed to get a man."

In many ways it's an early "chick-lit". One that really hasn't gotten any attention. But I do recommend you check it out.