Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Keeping the Castle is rather like Jane Austen's Emma meets Cinderella but without any dead mothers. A beautiful but impoverished teenager makes naive, clueless attempts at matchmaking in an effort to save her family's crumbling home. Since her single-minded drive to keep poverty at bay has blinded her to the feelings and preferences of most of the parties involved, her machinations don't turn out quite as she'd planned. And thank goodness!
I enjoyed this light, frothy story. There is very little in the way of character development, but it's a quick read.
For readers' advisors: story doorway. There is no sex or language. Indeed, even a marriage proposal is accepted with a handshake!
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