Rating: 5 stars
In true Jane Austen style, the novel’s tongue-in-cheek humor is as intelligent as it is entertaining. Featuring richly drawn characters that run the gamut—including a few as witty and spirited as Lizzie Bennett herself—this clever, droll novel is perfect for Austenites andDownton Abbey lovers alike.
The eagerly awaited companion to the award-winnng Keeping the Castle.
The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy of Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire, has one goal: to train its students in the feminine arts with an eye toward getting them married off. This year, there are five girls of marriageable age. There’s only one problem: the school is in the middle of nowhere, and there are no men.
Set in the same English town as Keeping the Castle, and featuring a few of the same characters, here’s the kind of witty tribute to the classic Regency novel that could only come from the pen of Patrice Kindl!
A School for Brides is an absolutely charming read that captures everything I love about a good historical fiction read. Brilliant from the first page, I found Patrice Kindl’s witty prose to be humorous and endearing, consistently urging me to continue reading onward.
There is a character list at the beginning of the book, something I found immensely helpful trying to keep the multitude of characters straight as I read. Many names sound similar, and the various titles were easier to keep straight when I had the possibility of falling back on the list in the beginning.
Now, I haven’t read Keeping the Castle, but after finishing this one, I am dying to read it. It was already high on my to read list, as I bought a copy not long ago. I find now I am quite eager for more from Patrice Kindl! Good historical fiction is one of the best gems out there, and A School for Brides is a real jewel.