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The Blue Castle

By L.M. Montgomery

If you are a fan of Anne of Green Gables and The Canadian Wilderness , you will like this book. While it is mainly a book that may appeal mostly to women, anyone who struggles to deal with a controlling family dynamic will appreciate this novel.

Twenty-nine-year-old Valancy, considered by the society of her time as an "old maid," is constantly reminded of this by her family. Everything she thinks, says, or does, is strictly monitored not just by her mother, but by every member of her extended family. Unable to have a voice, and fearful of using it should she develop one, she accepts this status quo, even though she secretly longs to break free.

One day, an appointment she manages to keep from her mother, changes everything.