I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! Of course I am a big fan of the Anne of Green Gables series, having read it many times, but I confess I never felt compelled to branch out into L.M. Montgomery's other works.I stumbled across this book after finishing the last Betsy-Tacy book, and browsing one of fellow Good Readian's (Wendy Darling) bookshelves.The Blue Castle is the story of 29-year-old ugly duckling Valancy Stirling, an outwardly meek and obedient spinster with a rich internal fantasy life. Upon receiving some disturbing news, she decides that for once she is going to actually live . She then proceeds to start saying and doing whatever her heart desires, much to the horror of her widowed Mother, and various Aunts, Uncles & Cousins.I was enthralled from the first chapter and read into the night, needing to finish this in one sitting. All together, it was an unexpected Gem, one that I plan to reread many times in the years to come.