Keeping the Castle
By Patrice Kindl
Viking, 2012. 261 pgs. Young Adult
In the hope of saving her beloved family estate, an ancient crumbling castle, so her infant brother can one day inherit the property, Althea Crawley must marry rich. Althea has the beauty and the brains to pull it off, but sadly there are few eligible suitors in the remote Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo. Fortunately, the young, dashing, and very rich Lord Boring arrives so Althea can set he plan in motion. However, things go amusingly awry whenever Althea encounters Lord Boring’s brash, outspoken, and entirely too vexing cousin, Mr. Fredericks.
Using period-specific language and pitch-perfect characters, Kindl has created an entertaining romp through Regency England with witty dialogue and wry observations. This book is not to be missed for any Jane Austen fan.