#AtoZchallenge: “K” is for Keeping the Castle (2012) by Patrice Kindl

Keeping the Castle been described as a combination of Jane Austen and Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. Since I Capture the Castle is one of my favorite books, I was excited to snag this one for my classroom library when I was teaching. However, a year has passed and I still haven’t read it! Perhaps it’s time to move it up the TBR list!

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Here’s the GoodReads summary:

“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 . . .”

If you haven’t read I Capture the Castle, you may want to consider it after reading its summary:

” ‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink…’

This is the diary of Cassandra Mortmain, which tells of her extraordinary family and their crumbling castle home. Cassandra’s father was once a famous writer, but now he mainly reads detective novels while his family slide into genteel poverty. Her sister Rose is bored and beautiful, and desperate to marry riches. Their step-mother Topaz has habit of striding through the countryside wearing only her wellington boots. But all their lives will be soon be transformed by the arrival of new neighbours from America, and Cassandra finds herself falling in love…”

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Have you read either of these castle books??

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