Keeping the Castle


Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl

Pub: Jun 2012

4 of 5 stars

17-year-old Althea vows to marry for money in order to prevent her family’s perilously-perched castle from falling into ruin.

“Oh, but Miss Crawley, lovely as you are, surely you of all ladies cannot find being a woman to be a burden!”

Ah well.  He was charming, handsome, wealthy, and titled.  I supposed it was a bit much to expect him not to be a fool.

This clever, ironic, Regency-era satire seems to take Jane Austen’s Emma, place her in a rather exaggerated state of poverty, then throw in a couple stepsisters and an ill-mannered Mr. Darcy, just to see what shakes out.  The result is a witty, complex, tangled web of misunderstandings and misadventures that sticks close to Austen’s own writing.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen just happens to be one of my all-time favorite books, so it didn’t take long for me to figure out how it was all going to work out in the end, and there were parts where the plot slowed to a near stand-still, but it’s a cute story definitely worth a read.

Interested in more classic retellings like these?  This September, as part of our Classics Retold project, Dee’s Book Blog will be blogging about retellings/adaptations of Jane Austen’s Emma and both Harley Bear Book Club and Beauty But a Funny Girl will be featuring Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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