Title: A School for Brides
Author: Patrice Kindl
Series: sequel to Keeping the Castle
Recommended for: Special Middle School or High School readers
Pages: 251 pp
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Kindl, P.
Synopsis: In the early 1800s, in a remote corner of England with almost no eligible young men, the eight students at the Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy uncover a mystery while learning all the skills necessary to become a good wife.
Review: That synopsis was written by the Library of Congress–but it doesn’t summarize the book very well at all! This book is a silly romp through a backwoods boarding school. It has a very Jane Austen feel, while only scratching the surface of emotions of the varied characters. There were a few characters that I was rooting for, although I didn’t get caught up in any of the romances. While I enjoyed the book, I am a 34 year old woman who is obsessed with Jane Austen. It is a book for a niche audience of people who like Victorian literature and British humor. If you know any of those special teen readers, recommend away!
Readalikes: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, anything by Marion Chesney. If they are ready for more depth, try Georgette Heyer and of course, the incomparable Jane Austen.