Keeping the Castle

Keeping the Castle

Keeping the Castle Seventeen year old Althea is the sole support of her widowed mother young half brother and two stepsisters and she must maintain Crawley Hall Althea in short must marry well But there are few weal

  • Title: Keeping the Castle
  • Author: Patrice Kindl
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  • Page: 350
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  • Seventeen year old Althea is the sole support of her widowed mother, young half brother, and two stepsisters and she must maintain Crawley Hall Althea, in short, must marry well But there are few wealthy suitors or suitors of any kind in their small Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo Then Lord Boring comes to stay with his aunt and uncle Althea sets her cap to become Lady BoSeventeen year old Althea is the sole support of her widowed mother, young half brother, and two stepsisters and she must maintain Crawley Hall Althea, in short, must marry well But there are few wealthy suitors or suitors of any kind in their small Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo Then Lord Boring comes to stay with his aunt and uncle Althea sets her cap to become Lady Boring There s only one problem his friend and business manager Mr Fredericks keeps getting in the way And, as it turns out, Fredericks has set his own cap.

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    “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 "Crooke [...]

    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 are b [...]

    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.

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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.

    Original review posted on The Book SmugglersIt 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, [...]

    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 [...]

    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 with [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    Cute! A little Dodie Smith, a little Jane Austen, a little Charles Perraultt much else really, but it's more tart than sweet and we all had a good time.

    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 [...]

    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 Em [...]

    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, w [...]

    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.

    This book would be the offspring if I Capture the Castle attended a swingers party with all of the Jane Austen novels and were disgraced in the family way with this novel. We had the "heroine" of the novel Althea who shared many qualities with Emma from Emma. She shared similarities to Mariane but for the lack of love for the Baron. Althea’s ambitions and feelings of sacrificing herself reminded me of Rose from I Capture the Castle. Her step-sister Charity stood in for Jane Fairfax. Prudence w [...]

    This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic NerdMY THOUGHTSThis was a really quick and entertaining read! It's definitely not the best book I ever read, but I did like it.This book is about Althea, a 17 year old girl who has to marry in order to keep her castle. Her family (mother, baby brother, and two obnoxious stepsisters) are running low and money and are struggling to get by. The only way out of this is by Althea marrying into money. Thankfully, a new young Lord has come back to to [...]

    Kindl, P. (2012). Keeping the castle. New York: Penguin/Viking. 262 pp. ISBN 978-0-670-01438-5. (Hardcover); $16.99.It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a poor single teen girl in possession of a run-down castle must be in want of a husband. Readers familiar with Pride and Prejudice will find much that is familiar in this delightful Austen-like story of a pragmatic beautiful seventeen-year-old woman who is determined to marry money to save her castle home. Set in 19th century England, Al [...]

    3.5 stars.Althea Crawley (Mmmmm, wonder where Kindl thought up that last name?) must marry. And marry well.It's very fun, charming, lighthearted and a fast read. Almost a satire of the marriage\money situation that occurred back in the day. When financial troubles loomed on the horizon, it was usually up to one of the daughters to marry well. That is, to marry money. Probably not literally, though.Having seen MANY adaptations and original period dramas; imagining the imagery of this book was not [...]

    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 [...]

    Althea Crawford's great-grandfather built a folly castle on the edge of a cliff and left little money to keep it from falling into the sea. Now Althea, her widowed mother and small brother must survive the best they can in the crumbling castle. Althea's two horrid step-sisters have a small fortune of their own but only bother to open the purse strings when it is to their own advantage. Althea knows what she must do. She must marry and marry well. There's very little opportunity to meet eligible [...]

    To be completely honest, when I first picked up “Keeping the Castle: A Tale of Romance, Riches, and Real Estate” I wasn’t a big fan. From reading the first few lines what I had imagined would pay homage to the Victorian period read more like a parody (think “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” which, while an interesting concept, just wasn’t my cup of tea). But when the primary love interest in “Castle” is named “Lord Boring” how could I not think that? I’m glad I revisited it [...]

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