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Keeping the Castle

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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  5,124 ratings  ·  1,264 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published June 14th 2012 by Viking Childrens Books
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
“I love you, Althea—you are so beautiful,” murmured the young man into my ear.
I looked up at him from under my eyelashes. “I love you too,” I confessed. I averted my gaze and added privately, “You are so rich.”
Unfortunately, I apparently said this aloud.
Well, at least she's honest.

This book is reminiscent, however briefly, of Jane Austen's Emma, ruined by a love triangle and no romance. It is just darling, there are funnily "posh" names like Bumbershook and Throstletwist, a "Crooked Castle"
Emily May

It's as if I've been on a constant downer lately, I even manage to find bad stuff to say about books I really enjoyed and I'm starting to wonder if the problem is my own. That's why I'm being unusually generous and giving a book that never really grabbed me and one I struggled to finish three stars. Not because I've just decided to change what I personally require for my ratings, but because I wonder if some of my inability to appreciate the humour and attempts at subtle irony in this book a
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Fluff. Unsympathetic fluff, at that. I did not like Anthea, our "heroine" or care about her "plight" of not having enough money to support the desired lifestyle of the elite and having to get by with just her beauty, fancy house, loyal servants, and supportive mother.
Jennifer Bellridge
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is not going to keep you up at night, nor is it going to change your life. It won't make you think deep thoughts, or make you laugh out loud on every page. It probably won't make you cry either. If it does, well, I find chocolate always helps that.

There are a lot of things this book is not. Kindl isn't trying to be the next Jane Austen, and to say that this is a blatant ripoff (as I have seen in other reviews) is quite unfair. Keeping the Castle should be, in my opinion, viewed as a li
The Captain
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: misc
Ahoy there me mateys! As usual the beautiful cover drew me in.

The blurb on the cover is "Will she marry for love, money - or both?" Well that piqued me interest. When I read the blurb, I realized it sounded like a take on Jane Austen's novels with some silly twists. Turns out it is a pride and prejudice retelling! I was in the mood for something light and as Jane Austen just turned 241 years old, it seemed appropriate.

I had such a good time with this one. It takes place in a small English town c
K.A. Barson
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, vikings
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 fo ...more
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
A charming little book, very much in the style of an Austen novel. I keep seeing it called a combination of PRIDE & PREJUDICE and I CAPTURE THE CASTLE, which is very accurate, though Kindl certainly brings her own clever writing and plotting to the board. ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Althea Crawley is on a mission, a mission to marry money. It is the only thing that will save her family from ruin and save Crawley Castle - or "Crooked Castle" as it's affectionately dubbed - from falling into its own kind of ruin. Whimsically and stupidly built at the edge of a cliff above the North Sea by Althea's great-grandfather, it is impractical, draughty, cold, leaky, uncomfortable and downright ridiculous; but it is her little brother's inheritance and the only thing left to the family ...more
Seventeen-year-old Althea Crawley, the heroine of Keeping the Castle, is in quite a bind. The family estate of Crawley Castle is quite literally falling apart. There is no money to repair it - Althea's father died, leaving the family nothing, and when her mother later married a rich man, he died just a few weeks later, before he could help repair the castle, and leaving two more mouths to feed - Prudence and Charity, Althea's wicked stepsisters. If there is to be anything left of the castle for ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this even more the second time around. 😃
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An unexpectedly charming novel, but it definitely could've been longer to flesh out the characters and develop the relationships further. It definitely had the Jane Austen flair I've favored of late, drawing from both Emma and Pride and Prejudice with Althea's efforts to match-make and her antagonistic relationship with one Mr. Fredericks. This book was a delight, and though it doesn't number among my favorite Austen reimaginings, it definitely aided in pulling me out of my reading slump.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single girl in possession of a deprecated Castle and lacking a fortune must be in want of a rich husband. Althea Crawley is a seventeen—year-girl who is the main support of her entire family, the effective head of their household and the only hope they have to keep their Castle for her younger brother. As such, she must marry well and soon. Unfortunately for the Crawleys, despite her unparalleled beauty, Al
Clare Cannon
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 14+ (females)
Shelves: 13-15yrs, young-adult

A brief but entertaining Austenian story about a quick-witted heroine, a not too sensible mother, two selfish step-sisters and the dilapidated castle in which they live. And, of course, the men they wish to marry.

While the backbone of the story is solid (along the theme of heart vs money) and the tone is witty and light, the novel is too short for any real development, making it a quick and satisfactory but not especially involved read. Most characters remain flat and stereotypical, perhaps
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Laurie, Susann, Darsa
Recommended to Wendy by: Sharyn November
It took me a very long time to warm to this book--fully half the book, I think. But once I got there, I warmed to it thoroughly and relished every delightful bit. I'm not a particular Jane Austen devotee, but this was enough Downton Abbey to satisfy (though a different era). The heroine was thoroughly unlikeable at first, but once she makes a female friend she becomes endearing--and I love that it's that making the difference. I could see where the plot was going immediately, but didn't quite kn ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: Children's Books discussion
Imagine a book equal parts Pride and Prejudice, Emma and I Capture the Castle (note the homage in the title). Then imagine that either Katie Fforde or Helen Fielding had had the final editing, adding even more humor and wit. What you have is Patrice Kindl’s Keeping the Castle.

In this gem, 17-year-old Althea Crawley — a Cassandra Mortmain-like protagonist living in Regency England — knows that her face is her fortune. A great beauty, she lives in a great folly of a castle on a North Yorkshire cl
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
That two stars may seem, or even be a bit mean, but I'd have been more lenient had the book not aimed so high intertextually. I haven't read I Capture the Castle for a while, so am not totally sure how I'd rate it now, but I certainly remember the voice, which is wonderful. Even a good chunk of the people who dislike the book do it for other reasons, I'd guess. I found the voice here anything but captivating, and struggled for a bit until I came up with the word that best summed it up for me: co ...more
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This novel being my 1st read and total enjoyment. Complexity of plotting our heroine devises in her effort to save their seaside castle, provision for family futures, and a worthy husband capable to take over future provision! An EMMA like delight.

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Loved this book! Feel-good romance that is a bit like a Pride and Prejudice and a bit like Cinderella.
Ok, it has a long long distance to I Capture the Castle (here why I love it) but I see that the latter was an inspiration. You can tell "Keeping the Castle" is a lighter/simpler version. Nonetheless I like it.

Althea was witty and headstrong. Mr. Fredericks was also headstrong and he didn't much care about manners. A clash had to occur. This is a funny love story with lovely characters and enjoyable atmosphere. I had some doubts that it could have taken place in Regency era (perhaps a half centur
Kate Forsyth
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted and utterly charming Regency romance. It has been described as a cross between Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle, two of my all-time favourite books. It's lighter and sweeter than either of these books, and much less serious in intent. The tone is comic, the characters are exaggerated for humorous effect, and the plot is one of mishaps, misunderstandings and muddles.

The heroine Althea Crawley is only seventeen, beauti
The Daydreamologist
Just why doesn't Goodreads have a ten-star option?!
I can do nothing right now but this:
RTC. It deserves it.


Keeping the Castle is a humorous tale narrated by Miss Althea Crawley, one of Crooked Castle's five main inhabitants (not counting the servants, though they're not many), the other four are Althea's mother, her little brother Alexander, and her two unpleasant stepsisters, Misses Prudence and Charity.

Crooked Castle has never really been a true castle. It has everythin
Monica Edinger
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just a whole lot of fun.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute! A little Dodie Smith, a little Jane Austen, a little Charles Perrault...not much else really, but it's more tart than sweet and we all had a good time.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was such a cute and short read! Will definetly reread around Valentines Day. ❤😄
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I started out loving this book. It's witty, playing off all the regency/fairy tale/Jane Austen tropes with sprightly verve. We have a crumbling castle, odious step-sisters (one with a penchant for decorating morbid quotes with sketches of death urns and wreaths), a Lord Boring, and Dr. Haxhamptonshire (which is pronounced Hamster), all gathered in the neighbourhood of Lesser Hoo, and the great house of Gudgeon Park.
It's delicious!
Our protagonist, Anthea Crawley, is beautiful, impoverished and
Steph Su
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
KEEPING THE CASTLE is a quick, Austen-flavored story that you can breeze through in a few short hours. Is it a keeper? Well…I enjoyed the voice and the setup, but felt the story was too short to develop the characters and their predicaments into full and empathizable creations.

My favorite thing about KEEPING THE CASTLE was definitely its Austenian influence. Aptly described as a combination of Dodie Smith’s lovely I Capture the Castle (another book I loved) and Jane Austen’s works, KEEPING THE C
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cover Blurb: It’s a pretty purple color, has a castle, and fancy writing - yep, I like it! The cover is what caught my attention when I first saw it at the library, and I continue to likes it’s simplicity. But it does hint at a far more serious story than it really is.

What I Liked: Althea at first comes across as kind of an unlikable protagonist. Her reasons for marriage are mercenary, she’s the county’s “pretty girl,” and in short shares a lot of similarities with Jane Austen’s Emma Woodhouse.
Abigail Bok
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The plots of Regency romances are becoming increasingly imaginative. I enjoy the originality, but sometimes this reach for the fresh comes at the expense of believability. In Keeping the Castle, Patrice Kindl teeters on the edge of this cliff but manages not to fall off.

Our heroine, Althea Crawley, is a beautiful young woman (despite the image on the not-so-beautiful cover of the edition I read—was the publisher hoping to capture a YA audience?) from an old but impoverished Yorkshire family, who
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
2018 Re-Read - 4 Stars
Now that I've officially read I Capture the Castle, I find I like this one better.
This is a fun, original story with a likable, flawed heroine and a hero quite unlike most Regency heroes. (Bless him for it.)
It is clean, it is sweet, and it is definitely worth giving a read. (That said, beginning is kinda slow so push through.)

2014 Review - 3 Stars
A fast, enjoyable read that I did not find as Austen-drenched as it was presented. However, no loss as it is a fun, engaging
Like a bonbon, pleasant enough whilest one is indulging in it but ultimately full of empty calories. For my taste it was too predictable, too much "Austen lite" and I never found the heroine or hero that engaging. It's written pleasantly but taken as a whole I was underwhelmed.
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