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Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
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Mar 08, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: teen
Read from June 21 to 25, 2012

Althea has grown up in a castle built by her great-grandfather who was much more about appearances than about functionality. Now the castle is falling apart and repairs are too expensive for Althea and her mother to bear. Her stepsisters could give them some of their money, or at least pay to cover their own costs, but instead they live in the castle too, for free. There is eventual hope when Althea’s small brother grows up and can take charge, but she has to figure out how to get them to survive to that point. All of her hopes lie in finding a wealthy young man to marry. However, she lives in Lesser Hoo in Yorkshire, which makes eligible men unlikely and those who have ventured near have been turned off by her sharp tongue. So when a young, handsome Baron moves in nearby, Althea is ready. She’ll have to figure out how to pull together outfits that are fashionable but infinitely cheap, how to keep her mouth in check, and how to outmaneuver her stepsisters too. This delight of a romantic book pays homage to Austen yet is entirely fresh and funny.

Read the rest of my review on my blog, Waking Brain Cells.

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