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Keeping the Castleby Patrice Kindl
Synopses & Reviews
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!
"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.
“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
"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
“[A] clever take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice” The Boston Globe
“A romp of a Regency romance...funny as well as satisfying.” Kirkus Reviews
“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.
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