Off the Charts – a school for brides (Patrice Kindl)

Ahoy there me mateys!  For those of ye who are new to me log, a word: though this log’s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes.  Occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were.

This be historical fiction and the companion book to keeping the castle.  Ye don’t have to read the first one first but I do think it makes book two more fun.  This is a light regency feeling novel.  Fluffy, fun, and a little bit (okay really) silly.

The story follows the school where eight young ladies are being prepped for marriage.  Five of them are at the correct age, only there is one eligible bachelor in town and he isn’t good looking!  What are the girls to do?

Well shenanigans ensue and entertainment be had.  The flaw to this novel is that is has a large cast of characters and ye lose a lot of the fun of the first book.  None of the characters, love interests, or plot lines are particularly developed.  I still very much enjoyed how it all worked out.  I would read another book set in Lesser Hoo.  Arrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

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!

To visit the author’s website go to:

Patrice Kindl – Author

To buy the novel please visit:

a school for brides – Book 2

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

keeping the castle – book 1 (Off the Charts – Historical Fiction)
goose chase (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)

6 thoughts on “Off the Charts – a school for brides (Patrice Kindl)

  1. What made you decide to pick this one up? Any book that is about women being groomed for marriage sounds like it could fall into sexist goofiness to me, but that would also include Pride and Prejudice, if I’m just going on plot, wouldn’t it?

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    1. I picked it up because the first book was an Austen retelling which and had a cool cover. I enjoyed the silliness so much that I wanted to read the second book. I kinda like weird spoofs about women groomed for marriage and how these women come out ahead because they are awesome.
      x The Captain

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