Keeping the Castle
By Patrice Kindl
(Speak, Paperback, 9780142426555, 261pp.)
Publication Date: April 18, 2013
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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!
“Althea’s tongue-in-cheek commentary…and her razorlike quips are abundantly entertaining, but it is the heroine’s remarkable ingenuity and compassion for loved ones…that make her so endearing.”—Publishers Weekly, starred 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
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