On her 29th birthday, Valency Stirling awakens to a life that she knows will never change. Under the thumb of an autocratic mother and a poor relation in a large domineering family, for years her only refuge has been in her dreams of a mystical Blue Castle, where beauty and kindness reign.
To add to her bleak future, she’s experiencing heart spasms. Visiting a doctor without the approval of her clan is a daring act but Valency seeks out the local heart specialist in secret. The result is dire: she has one year to live. Shocking as the news is, the specter of death isn’t nearly as upsetting as the realization that she hasn’t yet really lived.
Ever docile and obedient, she’s now compelled to tell her relatives exactly what she thinks of them. Her mother’s disapproval and silences have no effect on her. Her curiosity about the natural world, dormant for years under strict rules of behavior, is set free.
As her world opens, she finds a purpose in her life as she makes friends with the town reprobate, his disgraced daughter, and a man of dubious reputation. The lush Canadian pine woods beckon. Certainly, an unlikely place to find a Blue Castle?
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About L. M. Montgomery
Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on November 30th, 1874, in Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Although she lived during a time when few women received a higher education, Lucy attended Prince Wales College in Charlottestown, PEI, and then Dalhousie University in Halifax. At seventeen she went to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to write for a newspaper, the Halifax Chronicle, and for its evening edition, the Echo. But Lucy returned to live with her grandmother in Cavendish, PEI, where she taught and contributed stories to magazines. It was this experience, along with the lives of her farmer and fisherfolk neighbors, that came alive when she wrote her Anne books, beginning with Anne of Green Gables (1908). Anne of Green Gables brought her overnight success and international recognition. It was followed by eight other books about Anne and Avonlea, as well as a number of other delightful novels, including her Emily series, which began in 1923 with Emily of New Moon. But it is her delightful heroine Anne Shirley, praised by Mark Twain as “the most moving and delightful child of fiction since the immortal Alice,” who remains a popular favorite throughout the world. She and her husband, the Rev. Ewen MacDonald, eventually moved to Ontario. Lucy Montgomery died in Toronto in 1942.
About Kelli Tager
Kelli Tager is a Los Angeles–based, award-winning narrator. She earned a BA in theater arts from UCLA, studying in England for her junior year. She returned to the UK for a master’s in Shakespeare. After graduation, she continued to act in theater, film, and television until she discovered voice-over. She now does voice acting exclusively in commercials, animation, and audiobooks.