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A School for Brides

(Keeping the Castle #2)

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  776 ratings  ·  197 reviews
The eagerly awaited companion to the award-winnng Keeping the Castle.

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.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Aug 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I didn't really finish. Made it to page 50 and I couldn't go on... based on the first 50 pages i rated it .5 stars. It was sooooo dull and nothing happened and so many characters I couldn't keep up. The imagination in my head died... Found it at the Dollar Tree. Should have been a sign... ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Keeping the Castle was delightful. I liked the ending so much I re-read it a few times just to get it firmly planted in my memory.
A School for Brides...much less so.
This is a companion book more than a sequel to Keeping the Castle. It follows 8 young ladies who attend a school in the middle of nowhere. They want to get married but, alas, options are slim.
Gentlemen arrive and romance kindles. It ought to be a funny comedy of manners. is just boring. The girls were easier than expec
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2015
This book was dreadfully dull.
I'm sorry to have to say that, but that is my honest opinion.
Nothing of importance happens until at least halfway in and in a book of only 250 pages, I'd expect something to start before that point. It is a short book, but took a long time to read as there is just nothing going on and the characters are interchangeable. Until the villain/s appear, there is no one memorable. No one is described beyond this man is handsome, this girl is fair. If you aren't even going
I really quite liked Keeping the Castle; it was charming and fun to read. And I guess I rather expected this to be similar in vein.

Silly me?

Honestly it was so dull. Nothing happens, you never get a good sense of the characters, considering they are all as bland as cardboard, and quite frankly, I didn't care one single whit for anybody.
The young ladies of The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy have all been sent by their one remaining parent to be "finished" before finding a husband. The parents seem to have forgotten more than their children; they neglected to realize that there are no eligible men in all of Lesser Hoo. (Unless one counts Mr. Goldalming, the local magistrate). When a young gentleman is found collapsed and injured in the bushes, the young ladies are delighted. They are even more delighted when his friends come to ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Kindl's latest, a sequel/companion to Keeping the Castle, had me in RAPTURES OF DELIGHT. One of the stepsisters from the previous book is now running a finishing school in their tiny Yorkshire town, and all the girls there are worried they'll never meet any eligible men to marry. So it's very convenient that a young man breaks his leg nearby, and then several of his friends come to visit! We only get to know a few of the girls, but they're all interesting
The Captain
Dec 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Ahoy there me mateys! For those of ye who are new to me log, a word: though this log’s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes. Occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were.

This be historical fiction and the companion book to keeping the castle. Ye don’t have to read the first one first but I do think it makes book two more fun. This is a light regency fee
Becky B
In the tiny village of Lesser Hoo is found the Winthrop Hopkins School for Females. It is a small school with eight young ladies being trained in the finer arts in preparation of making a good marital catch. However, Lesser Hoo is sadly lacking in the single gentlemen category. In point of fact, it contains one eligible bachelor, and in the opinion of many a young lady, he is likely to remain in that state for quite a while. The girls are about to despair of ever putting the arts they have perfe ...more
Stephanie A.
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
More frothy Austen-esque fun! Even more fun than the previous one, I daresay -- a comedy draped in historical dress. All of the plot twists unfold pretty much how you guess they would, although I was surprised by the outcome of Miss Franklin's suitor, and it's perfect.

The girls at the school are all adorable and there are as many cute friendships as there are budding romances with the sudden influx of well-bred young men arriving to visit their injured companion. Still, my favorite part is when
Jessie Potts
A School for Brides by Patrice Kindl: 3.5 stars

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. I enjoy delving into this world and look forward to future books!

Head over to the HEA Blog for some Q&A with Patrice like...
Tell us about the mystery!

Patrice: There are several, actually. Who stole the ruby necklace? What is Mr. Hadley up to, wooing Miss Crump in such a peculiar m
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
While I greatly enjoyed the first book, I found this one to be very dull. I had to force myself to finish it, and in the end, I didn't know why I had. ...more
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
A nice parody of regency romances.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fun and delightful read! I’ve been eying this book in the library for years and I’m so glad I finally took it out! I couldn’t help but smile and laugh as I read this book. Loved seeing each characters story- especially Miss Franklin, her ardor for science and discovery amongst a group of women whose primary goal in life was to obtain a husband was so refreshing to read. I like how the author paid homage to the real Rosalind Franklin who an incredible scientist that made miracle discoverie ...more
Victorian  Vickie
I had a very hard time following this book. I was very thankful that the author thought to put a list of characters and how they relate to the story. If it wasn't for that, I would have been completely lost. It was ok...however, to be honest, I didn't realize this was the second book in the series. ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Elisabeth P.
I like this second book of the Keeping the Castle series even better than the first one. The two of them together would make a great BBC series! There would be some juicy female leads both in the hero and villain categories.
Maria Copeland
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun & clean, if not brilliant literature.
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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This was a very quick and easy read with charming fun! In fact, I enjoyed it a bit more than Keeping the Castle, which this is technically a companion to.

This book follows a multiple cast of characters, including 8 girls of The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy. The school is supposed to teach them to be ladies so they can find a husband. The problem: there are no eligible gentlemen in Lesser Ho.

I need to first mention that
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I finished reading this, I repeated over and over again, through my grin: "this was a delight !"

Seriously, it was.

I pulled this one randomly of off the library shelves, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was actually a sequel to a book I've read! The first one, I found to be cute, but I didn't love. This one was just so much fun-she definitely got better when it comes to writing characters. I wasn't so interested in the leading lady and man of the last book, but I adored all of
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Ultimately disappointing. I loved Keeping the Castle and while this story is also set in Lesser Ho and has some of the same characters that I enjoyed so much this was let down. There were so many 'brides' all of them named Miss something, as were the teachers at the school I had a hard time keeping them straight. Not because I'm not a close reader but because we spent so little time on them most had a few distinguishing features - she's the youngest or she sings - and that's about all they amoun ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm a fan of regency style books and I loved the premise of this. I didn't read the companion book, so I wasn't really sure what it was going on.

It did take some time to get into the tempo of the story. There are a lot of characters and a lot of switching to each one. Sometimes there would be full chapters following a character, sometimes it was a paragraph. For me, that was the real struggle.

There were some pretty amusing sections. A few of the ladies were quite witty and I enjoyed following
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the author's note at the end of the book more than the book itself. For people like me who go for character-driven books, A School for Brides falls a little flat. There are altogether too many characters, none of them well-developed (except maybe Wolfie, the dog). Same for romances, although like in its predecessor Keeping the Castle, romance is sidelined in favor of more practical concerns. I did like the allusion to Rosalind Franklin, which I didn't catch until way too late in the bo ...more
Kimberly Karalius
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn't too thrilled with Keeping the Castle, so I wasn't sure how I would like the companion novel... but I'm happy to report that it was an enjoyable read! It took a while to get to know the cast of characters at the school. But each one did get her own spotlight and backstory, enough so that I felt like I knew them well by the end of the book. The men weren't always as developed, but still fun to see which young man fell for which lady. And Wolfie. He stole the show (yay for scary-looking-so ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Buzzwords: Debutantes, Girl's boarding school, absent family, intelligence, trickery, objectionable persons, friendship, love/romance, dogs

Adorable, light, silliness. Reads like cotton candy. A read-alike that is sort of reminded me of is The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy has everything needed to make a young girl into a perfect bride: lessons, exercise, and superb instructions on manners. However, they are missing one crucial element: men for them to consider marrying. Located in the middle of nowhere, there are few opportunities for the ladies to secure a husband but in their case, they have plenty to keep them happy." Full review at Fresh Fiction: ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Upper class girls' finishing school...I remember really liking Keeping the Castle, so I thought this one would be fun, too. Alas. I didn't care about any of the characters, the shenanigans were boring, the overall story just barely worth my time in reading. (I put it down several times, thinking I'd give up. But I endured.) ...more
Kell Andrews
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is quite a lot of fun, but the large cast of characters keeps it from being a very intimate experience. I'd love to have had more insight into Miss Emily Asquith or Miss Rosalind Franklin's POV. I hope Patrice Kindl writes another in the series or this style, although I've loved all her books, as varied as they are. ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, teen
#30 in #summerreading challenge.

Charming regency featuring 8 young women attending the Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy (in the quaint town of Lesser Hoo in Yorkshire), all of whom are hoping to attract a a town with no eligible men. Hinjinks ensue.
Nov 06, 2015 marked it as zz-dnf
This is not the book's fault at all. I'm simply not in the right mood for it. I need a central character to get close to and the book (after 60 pages) doesn't give me that. Or any character I can get behind. I'm sure those who love Austen will like this quite a bit. ...more
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cute, fun, clean, quick read. I didn't realize it's book two in a series. I wish I read the first one first! The only thing I didn't care for was the quick introduction of so many Miss's. I couldn't keep them all straight. ...more
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning was a bit slow, and it took a while to get acquainted with the characters. I was going to give this three stars, but Wolfie bumped it up.
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