This is a sweet delightful little story written by the author of Anne of Green Gables. It has all the elements of a fairy tale. Valency, a 29 year old spinster is sick of the life she is living with her controlling mother and cousin along with abuse meted out by a large group of her extended family who judge her harshly and treat her like a child. The only thing that has kept her going is a fantasy that she imagines about a life she lives in a Blue Castle. She secretly sees a doctor about pains she is having in her chest and he diagnoses her as having a terminal heart condition and tells her that she will probably die within the year. She decides that whatever life she has left is going to change. She begins to speak her mind, wear what she wants, control her own space and eventually leaves home when the opportunity arises to work caring for a sick woman. Her entire family think she has lost her mind and tries everything in their power to continue to control her behavior through whatever means they can think of, but when she finally leaves they have lost all ability and Valency’s personality flowers into a very interesting character, and it is joyfully fun to watch. I don’t want to give away any more of the delightful story. Montgomery’s writing is witty, sensitive and her descriptions of the Canadian woods are magical.