Between organizing a women’s march in support of the suffragettes, and memorizing all there was to know about her new profession in The Up-to-Date Waitress, Charlotte befriends one of the hot springs regulars, Mr. Doyle, and quickly learns about his tumultuous past with a boy he saw as a son, Henry. Determined to fix their relationship, she is ecstatic when all seems forgiven with a reunion at the St. Alice until she goes to brew her daily healing tea for Mr. Doyle... and finds him dead.
Who killed Doyle? Was it Henry, reeling from lingering resentment over Mr. Doyle’s supposed betrayal of his mother? Colonel Mitterand? He fought in the Boer War alongside Doyle and discovers a secret romance he cannot fathom. Or is it Charlotte herself? The police seem to think so; after all, she’s the one they arrested...
Becky Citra has once again crafted an incredibly intricate web of mysteries and intrigue, and when all of the pieces are unravelled, who will remain standing?
Becky Citra is the author of over twenty books for young readers. She has written two popular series: the "Ellie and Max" series which takes place in Upper Canada in the 1800's and the Jeremy and the Enchanted Theatre time travel series. Her most recent work with Coteau, The Griffin of Darkwood was nominated for the OLA Silver Birch Award, and was a finalist for the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. She currently lives in Bridge Lake, BC.
An unforgettable story of courage and romance. Will Valancy Stirling ever escape her strict family and find true love?
All her life, Valancy Stirling lived on a quiet little street in an ugly little house and never dared to contradict her domineering mother and her unforgiving aunt. Then she gets a letter—and decides that very day things need to change. For the first time in her life, she does exactly what she wants to and says exactly what she feels.
At first her family thinks she's gone around the bend. But soon Valancy discovers more surprises and adventure than she ever thought possible. She also finds her one true love and the real-life version of the Blue Castle that she was sure only existed in her dreams...
What Readers are Saying:
"This just became one of my all-time favorites! In fact, this may be my favorite L.M. Montgomery book, and I'm a huge 'Anne' fan!...I loved the drama and the romance, and the beautiful descriptions of the Canadian wilds. What a great book! It's a treat to read, just a joy with every page!"
"The sweetest romance I have ever read, full of laugh-out-loud moments and obnoxious 'villains'...on par with Jane Austen's best."
"Absolutely hilarious (Valancy would be a Twitter superstar), and it feels so fresh, which is a testament to how timeless L.M. Montgomery's writing is. This has quickly become one of my favorite books."
"I finished reading The Blue Castle with the same engrossed delight I had in meeting Anne Shirley years ago."