A School for Brides, by Patrice Kindl


Another delightfully droll entry in Kindl’s Keeping the Castle series. This one works well as a stand-alone or a sequel, as it focuses on a finishing school in deepest Yorkshire. While most of the young women there plan to marry well, there are really no eligible men in the village of Lesser Hoo. The quantity of new characters introduced here can be overwhelming, but Kindl’s helpful listing of characters in the front of the book served to help me keep the young ladies distinct from each other. Fans of the first novel expecting a repeat of Keeping the Castle may be disappointed at the change of pace, but taken on its own, the novel is quite enjoyable, and I was a particular fan of the enormous dog that plays a key role. Fun for 14 and up.

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