A school for brides : a story of maidens, mystery, and matrimony / Patrice Kindl.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: 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.
    • Notes:
      Sequel to: Keeping the castle.
    • ISBN:
      9780670786084
      067078608X
    • LCCN:
      2014028087
    • OCLC:
      ocn885313137
      885313137
    • Accession Number:
      fay.483656

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2015 June #1

The author's Keeping the Castle (2012) gets a welcome companion in this story set at a school for young ladies, where finding a husband is as big a part of the curriculum as embroidery or poetry. Once again, Kindl patterns the narrative after the works of Jane Austen, so readers will find girls of impoverished (and somewhat better) circumstances, young men (and some not so young) who are not always what they seem, and plenty of wry twists, some unexpected (and one or two fairly obvious). Readers might be initially put off by having to follow six characters who, at least in the opening chapters, are not very well distinguished from one another, though charming ink portraits and a cast list help somewhat. As the book progresses, the girls do become more distinct, especially the clever Rosalind Franklin, whose love of science gives her several standout scenes. Fans of Keeping the Castle will be delighted that various inhabitants of Lesser Hoo make appearances. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring

The secluded Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy (where the eight young heroines learn the graces necessary for a profitable marriage) sees an unexpected influx of eligible gentlemen. A tidy conclusion delivers some personal triumph for each young woman--and a few betrothals. This Keeping the Castle companion is as light and quick as the girls' playful banter. Kindl's command of the Regency voice and style never wavers.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #4

In the secluded Yorkshire village of Lesser Hoo, the Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy houses eight young heroines as they learn the manners and graces necessary to secure a profitable marriage. Though pickings amongst the local bachelors are slim, an unexpected influx of eligible gentlemen fills the town with parties and gossip after an injured stranger becomes a guest at the school. Secret admirers, a conniving governess, and one very powerful telescope follow, quickly stirring up excitement both welcome and not. A tidy conclusion delivers some personal triumph for each young woman and, of course, a few betrothals. As light and quick as the playful banter volleyed among the Winthrop Hopkins girls themselves, this companion to Kindl's Keeping the Castle (rev. 9/12) is highly entertaining. The cast of characters is extensive, and the mix of personalities fills Lesser Hoo with the buoyant charm of a crowded party. (An introductory character list provides helpful reminders as to who's who.) Kindl's command of the Regency voice and style never wavers, and the dialogue could make any visiting Austen protagonist feel instantly at home. Though we don't get quite enough time to really see beyond the characters' surfaces, the girls' witty, kind, and sometimes critical opinions about their situations and surroundings turn backwater Yorkshire into the setting for a bright season of social comedy. sarah berma Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.