As always, L. M. Montgomery’s heroines have a unique quality about them; something, which strictly speaking, isn’t beauty but charm. Valancy, after she breaks free from her restraints, is almost beautiful – but not in the conventional way that her cousin Olive is. She has a personality of her own and the blue castle which she dreams of is the place where her true potential comes to the surface. As Barney, her…….. (I’ll let you find out for yourself!) says, ‘you belong to the woods’. That is where her special charm finds it’s proper domain.
Who among us doesn’t have annoying relatives? Relatives who intrude, boss and try to control our very existence? It may be an old aunt or some far off older cousin, but we’ve all felt the helplessness – especially during family reunions. Valancy lives eternally in a family reunion. The family has found an easy target in Valancy and boss the very life out of her. To break free is a harder step than it seems, even for Valancy. But nevertheless, she finds the necessary push to live her life the way her heart desires…………where does it all end? Do her dreams come true? Most importantly of all, does she find true love? Or is the stigma of age one that she can’t get around?……Read it and tell me all about your views!