A School for Brides (Paperback)

A Story of Maidens, Mystery, and Matrimony

By Patrice Kindl

Speak, 9780147513953, 288pp.

Publication Date: July 5, 2016

List Price: 10.99*
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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a reader with a passion for the Regency novels of Jane Austen must be in want of similar fare . . .  a witty young-adult comedy of manners. It merits the most fulsome praise.”—The Washington Post

The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy of Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire, has one goal: to train its students in the feminine arts with an eye toward getting them married off. This year, there are five girls of marriageable age. There’s only one problem: the school is in the middle of nowhere, and there are no men.  Set in the same English town as Keeping the Castle, and featuring a few of the same characters, here’s the kind of witty tribute to the classic Regency novel that could only come from the pen of Patrice Kindl!

About the Author

In addition to A School for Brides and Keeping the Castle, Patrice Kindl (www.patricekindl.com) is the author of four other novels, the best known of which is the acclaimed Owl in Love. She lives with her husband and a variety of animals in upstate New York.

Praise For A School for Brides: A Story of Maidens, Mystery, and Matrimony

Praise for A School for Brides

“Playful banter, secret missives, a nefarious governess, stolen jewels and a charming footman enliven the whole, but this is no mere romp. This omniscient narrative has a light, deliciously biting tone that questions gender mores and the rigid class structure even as the novel dances to a delightful conclusion at the requisite ball. . . . It merits the most fulsome praise.” —The Washington Post
“This companion book to Keeping the Castle has the same Regency vibe that readers will love. There are a ton of characters, a lot of fun situations, and it reads very fast.”—USA Today’s Happily Ever After
“Patrice Kindl knows firsthand that old school love stories are just more fun to tell . . .  a new homage to classic Regency romances.”—MTV.com

* "This affectionate homage to the genre delivers what’s missing: a witty, intelligent plot whose characters—complex, conniving, hypocritical, and hilarious—seek happiness within an ordered world."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "An enchanting addition, sure to charm Jane Austen lovers and those who live for the next big Downton Abbey reveal."—School Library Journal, starred review

"A fun romp in the Regency era, and young teen girls will love it."—VOYA

“As light and quick as the playful banter volleyed among the Winthrop Hopkins girls themselves, this companion to Kindl’s Keeping the Castle is highly entertaining. . .  Kindl’s command of the Regency voice and style never wavers, and the dialogue could make any visiting Austen protagonist feel instantly at home.”—The Horn Book

Praise and Awards for Keeping the Castle

* “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

A Kirkus Reviews Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of theYear
A Booklist Editors Choice
A Texas TAYSHAS and Lone Star Reading List Selection