This is a beautiful book, no other name suits it. It's my favourite Montgomery book.
Valancy Stirling wakes up on the morning of her 29th birthday hating her life. She is unmarried, lives with her miserable mother and cousin, cannot make one single own decision and is trapped within an old-fashioned family clan, led by pompous uncles. She is not allowed to say what she thinks, read books she wants to read or even sneeze. She escapes this grim existence by fantasising about her Blue Castle. Until she learns that she is ill and has only a year to live.
Valancy, realising that she has never had any real life, decides to go and look for her Blue Castle instead of just dreaming about it. She feels the strange kind of freedom that makes her speak her mind, befriend a lovable local drunk, leave home to go nursing his sick daughter (who was abandoned by everybody when she had an illegitimate baby) and later propose to the man she loves.
Valancy throws away her fear and for me, this is what gives the book a hidden message - what are we actually afraid of and isn't our fear just illogical?
The books is full little cute stories and decriptions and I like the relationship between Valancy and Barney, even though he didn't marry her for love - there's a lot of mutual respect and no romantic nonsense.
The scene that brought tears to my eyes was when Barney took Valacy to his island when they married and she, on seeing his little house, exclaimed: "My Blue Castle, oh, my Blue Castle!"... Truly a beautiful book!