Narrator: Kelli Tager
Published by Spoken Realms on 03-15-22
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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An unforgettable story of courage and romance. Will Valancy Stirling ever escape her strict family and find true love?
Valancy Stirling is 29, unmarried, and has never been in love. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she finds her only consolation in the "forbidden" books of John Foster and her daydreams of the Blue Castle--a place where all her dreams come true and she can be who she truly wants to be. After getting shocking news from the doctor, she rebels against her family and discovers a surprising new world, full of love and adventures far beyond her most secret dreams.
Valancy Stirling is 29, unmarried, and lives a secluded life. One day, she decides to visit a doctor in secret, and she’s diagnosed with a terrible ailment. Faced with her own mortality, Valancy stops dreaming and hiding from the world, and her new attitude opens her life to new and unexpected possibilities.
I loved Anne of Green Gables, but I didn’t know of jewel. Less popular than Anne of Green Gables, this is a more mature story. For what it’s worth, it was published almost 20 years later, when L.M. Montgomery knew more about life, and it shows in this incredibly beautiful book.
I think I expected a romantic story, but this book is so much more. It shows how much a person can grow when they can escape conventionalism and feel free to act because “there’s probably not tomorrow”. This is certainly true for each one of us, even though it’s something we often forget. Valancy gets a death sentence that sets her free and starts the journey of her life.
There is also love in the story, but it feels different from other books from the time. It often escapes from romantic ideals, and shows down-to-earth routines that life is made of.
I thoroughly enjoyed Kelli Tager’s pleasant and well-paced narration. She delivered great character interpretations but my favorite was Valancy’s. Tager’s narration style worked well with this story and style. She was a delight to listen to, and made a jewel shine even more.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
My name is Elena. Since I was a little child I loved science fiction and fantasy, and I can’t resist a good novel. In 2015, while wait I started to listen to audiobooks and I discovered the pleasure in being able to read while doing my daily tasks, so there’s always an audiobook playing on my phone. If you see me with my Bluetooth headphones on, please be gentle, I get easily startled.
I live with my boyfriend, which I met during my six-year stay in Belgium, four cockatiels, eight lovebirds, and a hamster in Madrid, Spain; and I like to spend my free time knitting and sewing while listening to audiobooks.