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Publisher Comments:

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 — Patrice Kindl's first novel in a decade — is like literary champagne!

Review:

"In her first book in 10 years, Kindl (Lost in the Labyrinth) creates a sharp-witted comedy of manners set in 19th-century England that mirrors the narrative voice of Jane Austen. Seventeen-year-old Althea Crawley’s mission is to secure a husband rich enough to repair the family’s crumbling castle, since her wealthier live-in stepsisters aren’t much help. (They “did feel some obligation to contribute towards their upkeep, but the sum was ever in dispute, and tardy in payment.”) Althea’s best prospect for a suitable fiancé is newcomer Lord Boring, but much to her annoyance, at social outings and parties she finds herself paired with his brash and outspoken companion, Mr. Fredericks. The banter between Althea and Mr. Fredericks will clue in readers that they are, in fact, a perfect match, something it takes Althea a while longer to recognize. Althea’s tongue-in-cheek commentary regarding the selection of a suitor and her razorlike quips are abundantly entertaining, but it is the heroine’s remarkable ingenuity and compassion for loved ones — including her widowed mother, younger brother, and an artist friend, Miss Vincy — that make her so endearing. Ages 12–up. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

“Kindl writes with sharp, effervescent, period-specific language that is so spot-on readers may find themselves adopting a British accent. This witty take on classic Regency romances is frothy fun.” Booklist, starred review

Review:

"This droll tale set in 19th-century England will earn smiles of recognition from those familiar with Pride and Prejudice…archly humorous.” School Library Journal, starred review

Review:

“[A] clever take on Jane Austen’s Pride and PrejudiceThe Boston Globe

Review:

“A romp of a Regency romance...funny as well as satisfying.” Kirkus Reviews

Review:

“Fans of costume dramas and novels of manners will recognize touches of other influences (Downton Abbey, for instance, and even Miss Manners) as well as clear Austen homages…a very satisfying story.” BCCB

About the Author

Patrice Kindl lives in Middleburgh, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142426555
Author:
Kindl, Patrice
Publisher:
Speak
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin
Publication Date:
20130418
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 272 pages Speak - English 9780142426555 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In her first book in 10 years, Kindl (Lost in the Labyrinth) creates a sharp-witted comedy of manners set in 19th-century England that mirrors the narrative voice of Jane Austen. Seventeen-year-old Althea Crawley’s mission is to secure a husband rich enough to repair the family’s crumbling castle, since her wealthier live-in stepsisters aren’t much help. (They “did feel some obligation to contribute towards their upkeep, but the sum was ever in dispute, and tardy in payment.”) Althea’s best prospect for a suitable fiancé is newcomer Lord Boring, but much to her annoyance, at social outings and parties she finds herself paired with his brash and outspoken companion, Mr. Fredericks. The banter between Althea and Mr. Fredericks will clue in readers that they are, in fact, a perfect match, something it takes Althea a while longer to recognize. Althea’s tongue-in-cheek commentary regarding the selection of a suitor and her razorlike quips are abundantly entertaining, but it is the heroine’s remarkable ingenuity and compassion for loved ones — including her widowed mother, younger brother, and an artist friend, Miss Vincy — that make her so endearing. Ages 12–up. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “Kindl writes with sharp, effervescent, period-specific language that is so spot-on readers may find themselves adopting a British accent. This witty take on classic Regency romances is frothy fun.”
"Review" by , "This droll tale set in 19th-century England will earn smiles of recognition from those familiar with Pride and Prejudice…archly humorous.”
"Review" by , “[A] clever take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
"Review" by , “A romp of a Regency romance...funny as well as satisfying.”
"Review" by , “Fans of costume dramas and novels of manners will recognize touches of other influences (Downton Abbey, for instance, and even Miss Manners) as well as clear Austen homages…a very satisfying story.”
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