Tuesday, June 16, 2015

REVIEW: Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl

Keeping 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 . . .

This 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 town and Althea sees them to be the perfect match, but her horrible cousin keeps getting in the way of things, so Althea has to do some more plotting in order for things to come together.

This book was utterly ridiculous and predictable, but that's honestly what makes it so enjoyable. It's an entertaining book that you can sit down and read in one sitting. And really, this book is supposed to be ridiculous! The main love interest is named Lord Boring! It only just made the book more entertaining! Overall, I felt like it had a charming fairy-tale like quality, with a historical setting.

I had issues with Althea. She isn't very likable. Not to say she's a horrible person, but she sometimes seems more wrapped up in herself. Throughout the book, she plots at how to get people, thinking she's helping them, but she's more wrapped up in just trying to fix herself up with Lord Boring. Even though, I didn't have much of a problem with her character. She was supposed to like this, it was intentional. I actually have more of a problem with how blind she was throughout the book to the romance.

Okay, so this book has a very complicated romance. I admit that even with all the drama involved, I still liked it, which is very unusual. So, from the get-go I knew that Althea would not end up with Lord Boring. Come on! Why would ever want to be in a relationship with Lord Boring! No, she's going to get with the obnoxious cousin. And no, that's not a spoiler. Like I said, it's very obvious. I liked it because I'm a sucker for hate-to-love relationships. I didn't like how long it was dragged out and the fact that there was no kissing. If I ship something, there needs to be kissing.

As for the end, I didn't like how things ended. For one, there was no kissing, but there is another reason. <highlight to view spoiler>I felt like everything was tied up in a little bow. Oh, he was secretly rich the whole time! BARF! Call me a romantic, but I kind of just wanted them to be together to be together, not for the money. Also, it made it seem like that's the only reason why Althea agreed!<end of spoiler>

This was a very entertaining, but quick read! It has a very fun and ridiculous quality to it, which only made it more enjoyable! The plot is incredibly predictable and the MC is a bit unlikable, but it's still a great read!

I hereby give this book
3 Wheels
Meaning: I liked it

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