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I Capture The Castle

Title : I Capture The Castle
Author : Dodie Smith
Year of publication : 1948
Published by : Vintage
Genre : Fiction / Drama / Romance / Classic 

What's it about :
The Mortmains are what you would call an eccentric family : James Mortmain, the father, is a writer who has not published anything since his first book and is suffering from a rather lengthy writer's block. Topaz, his second wife after the first one died and stepmom to his children, is a gorgeous artist's model. Rose, the eldest daughter, is a beauty longing for a rich man that will rescue her from their poverty. Cassandra, the book's narrator, is a brilliant girl with a penchant for writing in her journal and Thomas, their younger brother. They all live in a leased crumbling castle in the English countryside along with Stephen, the son of the former cook who passed away. When a rich American family -the Cottons- inherits the castle and comes for inspection, their lives are about to change. Oh, did I mention that the Cottons also have two unmarried sons? Wink, wink!  

What was it like : Charming, delightful, a sweet coming of age story set in the 1930's. Quirky, bohemian characters and the vivid descriptions of the Englsh countryside make this a tremendously enjoyable read! It gets my 4 / 5 ★  

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