The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy has everything needed to
make a young girl into a perfect bride: lessons, exercise,
and superb instructions on manners. However, they are
missing one crucial element: men for them to consider
marrying. Located in the middle of nowhere, there are few
opportunities for the ladies to secure a husband but in
their case, they have plenty to keep them happy.
A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES is surprising read for me. The
description sounded nice, but I didn't expect to enjoy this
wonderful story as much as I do. Patrice Kindl shows a knack
for wit and shenanigans that I haven't read in a long time.
Though there is a large cast of characters, she balances
them out nicely, giving each distinctive personalities and
story arcs. Each girl is charming in her own way, and it is
truly a pleasure to see where their journeys take them.
With such a big character list, the endings to the girls'
stories has plenty of variety. This isn't a story where
everyone marries in the end, nor where everyone shoves
romance aside. There is again a wonderful balance where each
character truly gets the most appropriate and necessary
ending for herself. Readers will love seeing each character
develop and grow stronger throughout the novel, some finding
a voice to shout with, others finding strength to open up.
By the conclusion, each felt like a friend.
Patrice Kindl crafts a delightful and funny story in A
SCHOOL FOR BRIDES. With never a dull moment, readers will
laugh, cry, and consider their own posture as the plot
unfolds. I highly recommend for readers wanting something
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