For me, who loved “Anne from Green Gables” or Emily series when they were young, “The blue castle” by Lucy Maud Montgomery was like a return to teenagehood. Even though the book is about a 29 year old woman, it is a story of first love. First love like in old books for teenage girls (at least the ones I read). Maybe a bit oversimplifies and naïve but very much optimistic. But the books is not only about love. More importantly it is about overcoming own fears, daring to live own life and be happy.
Valancy is an old maid who’s live is dominated by her conservative mother and gossipy family. She does what she is told and hates her life. Only when she escapes to her imaginary Blue Castle she feels better. When she is diagnosed with a fatal heart illness she decides to actually start living her life. Moves out of the house, says what she thinks and does things her family does not approve of. And she is happy. And, as I said, there is a love story. And a lot of description of Canadian wilderness.
A nice feel-good book. For people who want to escape reality, get back in the mood of teenage classics, get inspired to go out and enjoy the nature more or need help with fighting their fears.
“Fear is the original sin. […] Almost all the evil in the world has its origin in the fact that some one is afraid of something. It is a cold, slimy serpent coiling about you. It is horrible to live with fear; and it is of all things degrading.”
“If you can sit in silence with a person for half an hour and yet be entirely comfortable, you and that person can be friends. If you cannot, friends you’ll never be and you need not waste time in trying.”