Friday, June 3, 2016

Book Review: "Keeping the Castle," by Patrice Kindl

About the book:
Seventeen-year-old Althea is the sole support of her entire family, and she must marry well. But there are few wealthy suitors -- or suitors of any kind -- in their small Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo. Then, the young and attractive (and very rich) Lord Boring arrives, and Althea sets her plans in motion. There's only one problem: His friend and business manager, Mr. Fredericks, keeps getting in the way. And, as it turns out, Fredericks has his own set of plans... This witty take on the classic Regency is like literary champagne!

My thoughts:
This book was first published several years ago, but I stumbled across a review for it and couldn't resist buying it. If you liked the recent movie, Love & Friendship, based on Jane Austen's novella, Lady Susan, you'll love this book. Like Jane Austen's tale, it makes fun of the need to "marry for money" that plagued many young English women in the early 1800s. Our heroine, Althea, lives in a crumbling castle with her widowed mother, little brother, and two stepsisters, and she humorously tackles her mission to find a rich husband -- but one who isn't too repellent. It doesn't hurt that she's beautiful, but her lack of a dowry still makes for a huge stumbling block when it comes to arranging a suitable marriage. I loved the humor in this book, as well as the author's portrayal of Mr. Fredericks. He seems like a bit of a geek at first, but he's obviously a diamond in the rough. I'm heading over to Amazon now to pick up another book by Patrice Kindl!

About the author:
Patrice Kindl is the author of Owl in Love and Goose Chase, as well as other award-winning novels. She has shared her 1830s home in a small village in rural upstate New York with a wide variety of creatures: monkeys (she trained them to be aides to quadriplegics), birds, cats, dogs, hamsters, and a son. Her current household contains a singing, dancing, talking parrot, a faithful little black-and-brown dog, an old tiger cat, and a very tolerant husband. Visit her Web site at

Disclosure: I purchased this book myself. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase through it.

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