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Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
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 I had to describe this book in one word, I would call it "adorable."It was just the light-hearted, humorous book I was looking for. It was very Jane Austen-esqe, in the vein of Pride and Prejudice. The characters, the setting, and the events were all very unique and wholly entertaining.
I loved Althea's character! She spoke out of turn and very bluntly as often as possible. Mr. Fredericks was also an enjoyable character. Their banter was hilarious to read! I would adore a sequel to this book, it would be awesome to see how things work out for them!
As for Crawley Castle... I found it so funny how the house was constantly falling apart and Althea, our narrator, is all, "Oh, there goes that chair!" and just her casual comments on the state of the place in general. However, the castle itself doesn't get a very happy ending. :(
This is a short read that most could probably read in just a sitting or two, and definitely worth the time! I'll be keeping a lookout for more from this author also, this book was a treat to read!