Keeping the Castle is your typical historical romance. It has your spunky heroine who is in dire straights, your hero who must win the girl but who keeps his circumstances hidden, strange family members who get in the way, friends who must be taken care of and all kinds of other obligations.
Althea Crawley must marry rich. She has to take care of her family and secure a rich husband in order to ensure that her mother and brother do not lose crumbling Crawley Castle. Her two stepsisters, who are rich, are certainly not going to help. The only problem is that Althea is a little too outspoken for the men around Little Hoos in York. Then it seems things are looking up when Lord Boring and his party of eligible bachelors comes to town. Lord Boring is handsome and rich and starts courting Althea, but he also starts spending time with her stepsister Charity. Then there is Mr. Fredericks, Lord Boring’s poor cousin, who keeps arguing with Althea and getting in her way.
As I said, very typical historical romance. If you have read any romance books you probably had this one figured out fairly early on. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun to read. It was a quick light read. There were several parts that were quite funny and I really liked Althea and Mr. Fredericks. However, I do wish it was more original. It really did seem to be following the same formula that most historical romances follow which is too bad because it definitely had potential.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher at PLA 2012.