Age Range: 11/12 and up
Reading Level: High School
A fun and light hearted romance similar to Pride and Prejudice and I Capture the Castle!
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 . . .
Keeping the Castle was a fun and delightful read that made me laugh and lifted my spirits! The book is a mix of Pride and Prejudice (one of the best books of all time) and I Capture the Castle. The main character, Althea, is intelligent and witty but not cheesy, and her relationships with the other characters in the story are enjoyable. From the book's very first page, I was laughing and didn't stop until it ended.
I keep forgetting how ridiculously sensitive and illogical men were. He assumed that his fortune would buy a beauty; I assumed that my beauty would procure me a rich husband. It seemed much the same thing to me, but evidently what was permissible in a man was not in a woman.
The romance was not what I expected, and the reasons for love were funny and added to the general humor of the story. Everything was clean, pretty light-hearted, and well-written. Usually, books that are just for fun or short are not very good, but Keeping the Castle is an exception! The plot and setting were all thought out and exciting. The novel was maybe a little predictable, but I enjoyed it all the same.
I think middle schoolers and high schoolers will enjoy this story, and if you love Pride and Prejudice as much as I do, you definitely need to read this! Keeping the Castle is a book I will be reading again!
Things to Mention: Small mention of a charecter who died in a knife fight before book.
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