KEEPING THE CASTLE
by Patrice Kindl
Viking's Childrens, 2012
YA/Adult Romance (Clean)
ABOUT THE BOOK
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 . . . This witty take on the classic
Regency--Patrice Kindl's first novel in a decade--is like literary
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (written by author, from Goodreads)
I'll say right here at the beginning of this review that I have a special love for clean regency romances that are humorous. And this book definitely falls into that category. Althea made me laugh from the first chapter where she informs a suitor who is proposing to her that yes she will marry him, because he has money. He is insulted and storms off, despite the fact that he wants to marry her because she is beautiful. The interactions of Althea and Mr. Fredericks though are the best. They are so much alike and yet neither seems to recognize it. Althea thinks Mr. Fredericks is rude (he often is very blunt in his opinions and curiosity) and yet when he leaves, life is suddenly rather boring. While Althea is at first interested in Lord Boring, a new neighbor, with looks, manners, and money, she slowly realizes that he is not exactly what she thought he was. If you enjoy, regency stories that are clean but full of humor and snort-inducing moments, I highly recommend this one.