Friday, July 27, 2012

Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl

Althea knows that she must marry for money, not love, in order to keep her family afloat until her four year old brother is old enough to take care of the estate.  Althea's grandfather spent the entire family fortune on their home, an overblown castle built right on the edge of a cliff complete with a moat.  Although Althea's two stepsisters have money, they refuse to spend any of it on keeping the family and the castle solvent so it's up to Althea to marry a man rich enough to keep them going.  When Lord Boring takes up residence in their small town Althea is immediately taken with him.  Not only does he have money, he is very attractive as well.  Boring seems to be as interested in her as she is in him but his awful friend Mr. Fredericks always seems to be around at the most inconvenient moments.  Keeping the Castle owes a big nod to Pride and Prejudice but with a few plot devices of its own.  But how can you go wrong with a Pride and Prejudice-type story?  Light, romantic and fun.