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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!

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"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 fiance 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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"If you're a fan of I Capture the Castle you will love this sharply funny tale of courtship. A delicious confection." Polly Shulman, author of Enthusiasm

Review:

"Take one Austenian heroine in desperate financial straits. Put her in a crumbling castle, give her two evil stepsisters and some very unsuitable suitors. Make it funny! Patrice Kindl's Keeping the Castle is an absolute charmer!" Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

Synopsis:

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!

“If you’re a fan of I Capture the Castle you will love this sharply funny tale of courtship.  A delicious confection.”  -- Polly Shulman, author of Enthusiasm

“Take one Austenian heroine in desperate financial straits.  Put her in a crumbling castle, give her two evil stepsisters and some very unsuitable suitors.  Make it funny!  Patrice Kindl’s Keeping the Castle is an absolute charmer!” Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

About the Author

Patrice Kindl lives in Middleburgh, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670014385
Author:
Kindl, Patrice
Publisher:
Viking
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12 up to AND UP

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"Publishers Weekly 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 fiance 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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "If you're a fan of I Capture the Castle you will love this sharply funny tale of courtship. A delicious confection."
"Review" by , "Take one Austenian heroine in desperate financial straits. Put her in a crumbling castle, give her two evil stepsisters and some very unsuitable suitors. Make it funny! Patrice Kindl's Keeping the Castle is an absolute charmer!"
"Synopsis" by ,
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!

“If you’re a fan of I Capture the Castle you will love this sharply funny tale of courtship.  A delicious confection.”  -- Polly Shulman, author of Enthusiasm

“Take one Austenian heroine in desperate financial straits.  Put her in a crumbling castle, give her two evil stepsisters and some very unsuitable suitors.  Make it funny!  Patrice Kindl’s Keeping the Castle is an absolute charmer!” Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

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