This is a treasure of a book. It has everything it needs; drama, romance, and a strong sense of humor. The main characters are endearing, and the minor ones-- from Old Doc Redfern of patent medicine fame to Valancy's perfect cousin Olive-- are beautifully drawn. I discovered Anne, Emily, and her sisters early in life and I love everything I've read by LMM; I have to say, however, that _The Blue Castle_ is my favorite. After 2 or 3 chapters Valancy became like a personal friend- I wanted to slap her obnoxious family and cheer when she finally stood up to them. The story of Valancy's quest for her Blue Castle is satisfying on every level. And the descriptions of the Canadian woods, while sometimes a bit too prolonged, made me want to go out and buy a plane ticket to Prince Edward Island at once. If you loved Anne of Green Gables, you will love _The Blue Castle._ If you are new to L.M. Montgomery, this is a perfect place to start.