The Blue Castle
Valancy is 29 years old and has never been out from underneath her mother's thumb. Stuck in a colorless life, she suddenly finds the inspiration to leave when she discovers that she has a heart condition and might not live more than a year. Determined to live before she dies, Valancy horrifies her family by setting out on her own and marrying a mysterious hobo. For the first time, she is truly happy...but is she really dying? And who, exactly, is her husband?
What sounds like a really bad Victorian romance is transformed under Montgomery's magic pen to an amusing fairy tale page turner. Although the situations are implausible, the characters are wonderful and the emotions real. An enjoyable read!