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Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
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Feb 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical, vikings
Read from February 17 to 18, 2012

I dare you to read the first page and not laugh out loud. If you like Jane Austen and Downton Abbey, you'll love this book. The surface story is about a cheeky young English girl in the 19th century who wants to secure her position (and her castle home) by finding a proper husband. The problem is that she too often says what she thinks, and even though she is beautiful, she scares away the few prospects her little village in Yorkshire has. Sounds like other stories, doesn't it? Well, don't be fooled by the surface. What lies underneath is humor, some subtle and some not-so-subtle, and a few twists along the way. The twists are inevitable, but not predictable, just the way twists should be. Overall, it's a fun read what will have you speaking with an affected 19th century British accent by the end. Or maybe that's just me.
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Rebecca I am dying to read this, thanks for the great review!

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