Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl, we meet Althea, the most delightfully mercenary heroine of any Regency romance I've ever read. Althea's father is dead, her mother is sweet but impractical, and the whimsical castle built by her eccentric great-grandfather is crumbling about her shoulders. Althea is willing to marry just about any man with a large enough fortune to rescue the estate, so her hopes run high when young, handsome, and wealthy Lord Boring moves into his family estate nearby. Althea is confident that her beauty will win Lord Boring's hand . . . but his infuriating man of business, Mr. Fredericks, keeps distracting her!
book is delightfully fun and funny. Yes, I saw most of the plot
twists coming a mile off, but that didn't detract in the slightest from
my enjoyment of the story. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a
well-written, lighthearted historical romance.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system)