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  1. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    I love you, Althea you are so beautiful, murmured the young man into my ear.I looked up at him from under my eyelashes I love you too, I confessed I averted my gaze and added privately, You are so rich Unfortunately, I apparently said this aloud. Well, at least she s honest.This book is reminiscent, however briefly, of Jane Austen s Emma, ruined by a love triangle and no romance It is just darling, there are funnily posh names like Bumbershook and Throstletwist, a Crooked CastleI love you, Althea you are so beautiful, murmured the young man into my ear.I looked up at him from under my eyelashes I love you too, I confessed I averted my gaze and added privately, You are so rich Unfortunately, I apparently said this aloud. Well, at least she s honest.This book is reminiscent, however briefly, of Jane Austen s Emma, ruined by a love triangle and no romance It is just darling, there are funnily posh names like Bumbershook and Throstletwist, a Crooked Castle with a moat without fish they ve all been eaten , and a Happily Ever After Unfortunately, it was bogged down by the lack of romance This would ordinarily be a good thing, except, well, I read this book wanting a romance Imagine that Snow will sometimes fall in June Khanh will occasionally seek romance Yes, it does occur, albeit rarely.Frankly speaking, this is the extent of the romance within this book Guy SNEERS Girl mutters Bloody prickGuy YOU ARE INCOMPETENTGirl I WILL NEVER MARRY YOU bats eyelashes at someone else Guy OMG WHY ARE YOU SO DUMB Here, let me help you out.Girl YOU RE STILL A JERKGuy I LOVE YOUGirl WAIT, WHAT Oh, I love you too _ There is a love triangle in this book, and it pisses me off because there is no case for either of the young men involved One is the perfect man, a handsome young Baron, a posher Mr Bingley from Pride and Prejudice, if you will The other a brusque, rude, ill mannered jerk, the Baron s commoner cousin The main character, the very Emma like Althea has to choose between the two This is a seriously sweet book, Althea is a very likeable character she is vain, but completely pragmatic, she has to be, why The Summary Our only hope was in marriage Mine. The lovely Althea Crawley hasn t a single pence to her name, therefore it comes as a rather monumental task for her to save their ancestral home Or rather, ancestral wreck Althea s wildly romantic grandfather built a castle by the sea only to see it crumble into dust and disrepair after he squandered his entire fortune on the castle, leaving nothing to the castle s upkeep or his heirs The castle may look like a wedding cake threw up on Camelot Indeed, much of the structure was nonfunctional in any but a decorative sense, with winding stone stairs leading to nowhere, murder holes so improperly placed that they could pose no danger even to the most oblivious of intruders, and a hodgepodge of towers and battlements sticking out at random. But it s their family home, and Althea is determined to keep it in the family By whatever means necessary And that includes some pretty unpleasant meansPerhaps I should consider an elderly suitor, I mused They areeasily managed, I believe And they often have defective hearing, which might be quite an advantageAlthea is not alone, she s got a loving mother, a four year old brother, and two wealthy but unhelpful in any way stepsisters named Prudence and Charity.Hint the stepsisters are neither prudent nor charitable.Althea s one fault is that she has a tendency to speak before she thinks Thus, the failed marriage proposal at the beginning of this review, but fear not, for Lord Boring is coming into town Or rather, into Lesser Hoo Lord Boring is the rather unfortunate title of a young Baron named Simon Westing He s, well, perfect Money, a title, and handsome to boot The knowledge that he owned this imposing house and extensive property could only enhance his fine face and figure, which were further flattered by his faultless evening dress. In contrast, his cousin, Frederick is a commoner, he s in BUSINESS so lower class , he s rude, ill mannered, and to top it off He was an amazingly unattractive man.It was the black scowl he bestowed on my mother and me that ruined his looks and rendered him repellent. So now it s looking interesting And to top it off, there s the Marquess He s a little bit too old for her, and he s a peer It doesn t look like Althea has much of a chance with the Marquess If he did remarry, it would be expected that he would choose a woman from one of the great families of England, not an impoverished young girl from the back of beyond in a dilapidated castle by the edge of the North Sea. But one thing s for certain Life in little Lesser Hoo had become muchinteresting of late. Similarities to Emma Everyone would be much better off if I arranged matters to suit myself.Let them find out the solution themselves With a little assistance from me, of course. Emma is beautiful, rich, and without a care in the world Althea s not that carefree The only thing they have in common is their beauty and their tendency to take over peoples lives.Althea didn t start off that way She began the story with one purpose, to find an advantageous marriage Slowly she realizes that she needs to manipulate the situation to get her stepsisters away, to get alone time with Lord Boring, which is simply impossible, since Frederick seems to be underfoot ALL THE FUCKING TIMEWhy, oh why does His Lordship suffer the company of that odious manThenew people she meets, theplans she has in mind If she likes a friend, she feels the need to help that friend along with their relationship Of course, everything should work out in Althea s interest first, but she s still got everyone s best interest at heart Does it come as a surprise at all that Althea makes a series of regrettable decisions I stared at her, stricken What had I doneAlthea s Beauty She is 17, she is beautiful, but her beauty is never directly shown in the book I don t even know what she looks like, all we know is that she is tremendously lovely She knows it, she wields her beauty with pride Althea s beauty is the only thing she has I had always known, ever since I was thirteen years old and men first began to look at me, that beauty was power, the only real power other than cash in hand that a woman could possess I knew it was transitory, and must be used shrewdly and well in the few years it lasted. She uses her beauty to find a wealthy partner, but she HAS to, so that s fine with me She is never cruel, she never hates people needlessly She understands that looks are only superficial, and they do not affect the person beneath She befriends a plain girl, Miss Vincy, without ever judging her appearance She was a good and gentle creature, as well as a talented and intelligent woman, who would make the Baron a better wife than I Beauty is a coin squandered by time, but Miss Vincy s virtues would last throughout her life. The Romance The most frustrating thing about the book, because there was so little of it Lord Boring is ratherboring, it s true There is nothing wrong with him, and that was what bothered me There was nothing wrong with Lord Boring, so why is the book trying to enforce a love triangle on us Compared to him, Frederick was a jerk He constantly refers to Althea as Miss Hrrm because he can t be fucked to remember what her last name is He is shoddily dressed, he can t be fucked to wear normal clothing at a ball He goes around desecrating her ancestral homeThese portraits ought to be cleaned, he said, ignoring my suggestion and fiddling with the painting of the little dog I believe that a penknife inserted here under the frame would allow us to see Mr Fredericks I cried PleaseHe pokes around ancient monuments around her home, like why the FUCK would you try to screw around with something like Stonehenge Frederick almost gets her brother and dog killed, only to complain about losing his boots in the process of saving themBe careful of those, Mr Fredericks instructed, having thrust the second boot square into my face They cost a monstrous sum of money No, don t throw them, you ll scratch the leatherSure, he saves them, but here s the thing, it was HIS neglect that endangered them in the first place.Their romance isn t a romance in the traditional sense, not in the Regency sense There s a lot of arguments and a lot of conflicts without a whole lot of emotion, so that things don t feel realistic when they eventually realize their feelings for one another I wanted a sweet romance, but I just didn t get any of that This book did surprise me, I didn t expect things to happen the way they did, so props for that, but otherwise, this is rather a disappointment, however cute it was


  2. Emily May Emily May says:

    It s as if I ve been on a constant downer lately, I even manage to find bad stuff to say about books I really enjoyed and I m starting to wonder if the problem is my own That s why I m being unusually generous and giving a book that never really grabbed me and one I struggled to finish three stars Not because I ve just decided to change what I personally require for my ratings, but because I wonder if some of my inability to appreciate the humour and attempts at subtle irony in this book a It s as if I ve been on a constant downer lately, I even manage to find bad stuff to say about books I really enjoyed and I m starting to wonder if the problem is my own That s why I m being unusually generous and giving a book that never really grabbed me and one I struggled to finish three stars Not because I ve just decided to change what I personally require for my ratings, but because I wonder if some of my inability to appreciate the humour and attempts at subtle irony in this book are because of my current mood and a few other reasons I ll go on to discuss.For a start, this book is set in nineteenth century Yorkshire with some walks on the moors and comments on places that left me feeling somewhat nostalgic I would appreciate it if someone could comment and tell me whether we are told anywhere near the beginning that this was nineteenth century I spent three quarters of the book trying to work it out, it seemed like the most obvious choice of time period for such a novel but I didn t notice a mention of it until nearly the end of the book But it is quite possible that I was being extremely dense once again Anyway, the author won some immediate brownie points with me for setting the story in my home county.I think if ratings were on intention, this novel would easily get five stars from me It s a book that I should absolutely love in theory the setting, the Austen style mockery of gender relations, the humour because parts are very funny, the first page is one such part but I don t think the author succeeded It took me a while to realise her novel was anythingthan a piece of fluff with Cinderella style balls, descriptions of beautiful women and their dresses, and bitchiness This is the first modern day book I ve read that tries to do irony like Austen, and not only was I not expecting it, I don t think it quite worked Well, not for me anyway.I wonder if making fun of nineteenth century ways holds as much charm when a modern writer does it Austen s excellent writing aside, she was a master of irony in fact, it has been suggested that irony was the shield behind which she expressed her radical ideas When I read Austen, I find myself constantly smiling at this lady s brilliance, that she saw her society for what it truly was a bunch of actors trying to adhere to a ridiculous set of unwritten rules in order to be deemed proper and refined But she saw it when not so many people did Nowawdays, it is of common opinion that nineteenth century behaviour was quite silly, it s not really groundbreaking for the author to poke fun at it This is one possibility why the novel failed for me.Also, I think Kindl focuses too much on humour and loses her characters and plot to it I didn t care for the MC Althea, or her mother, or what happened with Lord Boring, or what happened with Mr Fredericks I didn t care There s some seemingly pointless dawdling in the middle which is there so the author can maneuver the characters into a particular situation that will allow her to ironically explore gender relations And perhaps I am just not educated enough in the ways of nineteenth century women but I find it hard to believe any of them had the kind of pro feminist outburst that Althea has at one point She basically stomps her foot and screams about how women are people too and deserving of respect, and then she screams about how they are not property even though they are I was confused by this, as much as I love the idea of a Victorian woman giving her patriarchal society the middle finger, these claims were rare in the 1950s never mind the nineteenth century, right Unless, of course, this was irony on top of irony damn, my head hurts.When I realised what Kindl was trying to achieve with this novel, I suddenly liked it a whole lotBut the exaggerated characters which are supposed to make us laugh at the stupidity of how people behaved two hundred years ago are easily mistaken for another fluffy cheesefest Now I believe that the author s choice of having a beautiful protagonist with two ugly stepsisters was probably all part of her ironic package I think she was showing how shallow society was I think And another reason I gave this three stars instead of two is because part of me wonders if this author is not at fault, but rather many others before her are Let me explain Even though Kindl creates exaggerated and ridiculous characters, I took forever to work out that she was being ironic Thankfully, I m not just completely stupid because other reviews of this book describe it as a fluffy and mindless read However, I wonder if myself and others didn t get the joke because there are actually novels with characters just like this that are not being ironic That put importance on beauty and dresses and they actually mean it Like Gossip Girl and as I ve heard The Luxe.Perhaps if you pick up this book after reading my review, you will enjoy itbecause you know what s going on from the beginning Or perhaps you re just smarter andastute than I am I hope so, I really do, I like what Kindl was trying to do here even if it didn t work so much for me


  3. Mir Mir says:

    Fluff Unsympathetic fluff, at that I did not like Anthea, our heroine or care about her plight of not having enough money to support the desired lifestyle of the elite and having to get by with just her beauty, fancy house, loyal servants, and supportive mother.


  4. Jennifer Bellridge Jennifer Bellridge says:

    This book is not going to keep you up at night, nor is it going to change your life It won t make you think deep thoughts, or make you laugh out loud on every page It probably won t make you cry either If it does, well, I find chocolate always helps that.There are a lot of things this book is not Kindl isn t trying to be the next Jane Austen, and to say that this is a blatant ripoff as I have seen in other reviews is quite unfair Keeping the Castle should be, in my opinion, viewed as a li This book is not going to keep you up at night, nor is it going to change your life It won t make you think deep thoughts, or make you laugh out loud on every page It probably won t make you cry either If it does, well, I find chocolate always helps that.There are a lot of things this book is not Kindl isn t trying to be the next Jane Austen, and to say that this is a blatant ripoff as I have seen in other reviews is quite unfair Keeping the Castle should be, in my opinion, viewed as a light satire Our heroine Althea is pretty, and she knows it She s opinionated, and she doesn t pretend to be otherwise She s out to make a match for money, and she s doesn t hide that from many people, especially the reader Our hero is brash, he has horrible manners, and he bloody well knows that too There are evil stepsisters, for heaven s sake, and a lovable canine companion You know how the story will end At just over 200 small format pages, it s hard to write in much of a complicated plot However, I don t feel like I wasted a second of those few hours I sat down to read the book It was thoroughly enjoyable, the kind of thing you read by the fire with a nice cuppa It may be light and fluffy, but it s the kind of light fluff that keeps the pace moving, never gets boring, and holds your attention until the end.In short, it s a very well written story If you need a break between those 500 page behemoths on your to be read list, I would highly recommend it Just don t try to make it something it s not


  5. The Captain The Captain says:

    Ahoy there me mateys As usual the beautiful cover drew me in.The blurb on the cover is Will she marry for love, money or both Well that piqued me interest When I read the blurb, I realized it sounded like a take on Jane Austen s novels with some silly twists Turns out it is a pride and prejudice retelling I was in the mood for something light and as Jane Austen just turned 241 years old, it seemed appropriate.I had such a good time with this one It takes place in a small English town c Ahoy there me mateys As usual the beautiful cover drew me in.The blurb on the cover is Will she marry for love, money or both Well that piqued me interest When I read the blurb, I realized it sounded like a take on Jane Austen s novels with some silly twists Turns out it is a pride and prejudice retelling I was in the mood for something light and as Jane Austen just turned 241 years old, it seemed appropriate.I had such a good time with this one It takes place in a small English town called Lesser Hoo The main character is a 17 year old named Althea She lives in a castle by the sea that is literally falling apart With no dowry and only her wits and thankfully looks to go on, she must marry rich for the sake of her brother and mother s future prospects.This is not a deep book but a fun somewhat ironic one at parts If ye are looking for a novel that mimics Austen s style of writing and societal commentary then this might not float yer boat But if ye want a quick tale with an Austen flavor then give it a try.Apparently there is a second book in the series called a school for brides a story of maidens, mystery, and matrimony Sign me up To see me other reviews visit


  6. K.A. Barson K.A. Barson says:

    I dare you to read the first page and not laugh out loud If you like Jane Austen and Downton Abbey, you ll love this book The surface story is about a cheeky young English girl in the 19th century who wants to secure her position and her castle home by finding a proper husband The problem is that she too often says what she thinks, and even though she is beautiful, she scares away the few prospects her little village in Yorkshire has Sounds like other stories, doesn t it Well, don t be fo I dare you to read the first page and not laugh out loud If you like Jane Austen and Downton Abbey, you ll love this book The surface story is about a cheeky young English girl in the 19th century who wants to secure her position and her castle home by finding a proper husband The problem is that she too often says what she thinks, and even though she is beautiful, she scares away the few prospects her little village in Yorkshire has Sounds like other stories, doesn t it Well, don t be fooled by the surface What lies underneath is humor, some subtle and some not so subtle, and a few twists along the way The twists are inevitable, but not predictable, just the way twists should be Overall, it s a fun read what will have you speaking with an affected 19th century British accent by the end Or maybe that s just me


  7. Jessica Jessica says:

    A charming little book, very much in the style of an Austen novel I keep seeing it called a combination of PRIDE PREJUDICE and I CAPTURE THE CASTLE, which is very accurate, though Kindl certainly brings her own clever writing and plotting to the board A charming little book, very much in the style of an Austen novel I keep seeing it called a combination of PRIDE PREJUDICE and I CAPTURE THE CASTLE, which is very accurate, though Kindl certainly brings her own clever writing and plotting to the board


  8. Shannon (Giraffe Days) Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:

    Althea Crawley is on a mission, a mission to marry money It is the only thing that will save her family from ruin and save Crawley Castle or Crooked Castle as it s affectionately dubbed from falling into its own kind of ruin Whimsically and stupidly built at the edge of a cliff above the North Sea by Althea s great grandfather, it is impractical, draughty, cold, leaky, uncomfortable and downright ridiculous but it is her little brother s inheritance and the only thing left to the family Althea Crawley is on a mission, a mission to marry money It is the only thing that will save her family from ruin and save Crawley Castle or Crooked Castle as it s affectionately dubbed from falling into its own kind of ruin Whimsically and stupidly built at the edge of a cliff above the North Sea by Althea s great grandfather, it is impractical, draughty, cold, leaky, uncomfortable and downright ridiculous but it is her little brother s inheritance and the only thing left to the family aside from a few little tenanted farms.And Althea has the looks to succeed at her plan, too Noted as the most beautiful woman in Yorkshire, at seventeen years old she has no competition The only trouble is that she has a tendency to say the wrong thing, and speak her thoughts out loud, which does tend to scare off the young men asking for her hand.And time is running out for Crooked Castle Mould grows on the damp walls, there are some serious leaks in the roof, and they have barely enough to eat It doesn t help that, in an attempt to revive their fortunes after the death of Althea s father, her mother remarried a man of means who, already ill on their wedding day, died not long after and left everything to his two mature, unmarried daughters, Prudence and Charity now Prudence and Charity live at Crooked Castle, adding to the burden but rarely ever contributing to the castle s upkeep or the food in the larder On occasion, Althea resorts to clever subterfuge to get them to loosen their purse strings, but considering how insufferable the sisters are about giving up any of their fortune, it s rarely worth the effort.But there s a bright light on the horizon, in the form of a new neighbour Lord Boring has recently inherited his title from his old uncle who lived alone at nearby Gudgeon Park, which had fallen into a state of unloved grubbiness, and moved in with his mother and his aunt, a woman who had married a tradesman out of love He comes with a party of other well to do people, as well as his cousin, Mr Fredericks.Althea sets out at once to win Lord Boring, but so does her cousin Charity though surely Lord Boring is too refined in his taste to fall for her Her goal is further confounded by the presence of Mr Fredericks, who between damaging parts of Crawley Castle as he inspected it with a disparaging eye, and being all too free with his often cynical opinions, Althea feels herself becoming quite vexed with the man Add to that the arrival of a rich young woman, Miss Vincy, whose parents are determined to marry her to Lord Boring, and Althea feels the need to concoct a new plan marry Miss Vincy to Mr Fredericks, and then the field will be clear for her and Lord Boring If only Althea could see things as clearly as she speaks them This was a very fun, light hearted quick little novel, very much inspired by both Pride and Prejudice and, perhaps evenso, Emma In fact, Althea is quite the Emma It s not really a regency romance , not in the Harlequin sense at least it is romance in the Jane Austen sense two people, plus supporting cast, who should be together, readers can see that they ll end up together, but they take their time figuring that out and have plenty of misunderstandings along the way It s worked before and it works here, although it has a by the numbers feel to it at times I would have liked it evenif it had been set a bit later than the Regency period at first I thought it was early Victorian, and with the dilapidated castle as a backdrop, perched precariously at the edge of a cliff, the added atmosphere would have gone down really well.Althea was a lively, intelligent but strangely unperceptive heroine all the plot twists are readily apparent to us readers I doubt they re meant as real twists, with such hefty clues left lying around She s very much like Emma What quickly becomes apparent to us readers she doesn t figure out for ages That made her a bit frustrating, though there s nothing inherently contradictory about an intelligent but unperceptive person She s well meaning, and I ve never liked well meaning people they tend to doharm than good, and their good intentions tend to have selfish origins, plus being well meaning is a non excuse for meddling and upsetting others I always hate it when, after someone is hurt by someone else, you are told Yes but she means well As if that should excuse it All well meaning people need a Mr Knightley to come along and hold a mirror up now and again.In Keeping the Castle, such a role should go to Mr Fredericks, but he s his own character and doesn t meddle in anything I loved Mr Fredericks I ve forgotten his first name just now , he s so blunt and honest and outspoken, and gets away with it in that way men could when women couldn t Watching him criticise the castle on his first tour, damaging everything he touches, was funny but I also felt for Althea, felt protective of the castle and in that instant wanted what she wanted to save it Keeping the Castle is a comic, character driven story, wherein the characters may be familiar and ones you ve read before in some form, but are given fresh life here Between the small adventures, misadventures, buffoon like characters and lively banter between Althea and Mr Fredericks, it s highly entertaining I would have loved it to be a bit longer, a bitin depth, and to spend a bittime building tension and chemistry between Althea and Mr Fredericks, but that s not to say it doesn t have that again, it sAusten esque, but even PP had an incredible, slow burning sexual anticipation that really made the story simmer with tension If you re looking for a quick, funny read, especially in the summer, definitely pick up Keeping the Castle It might not have a deep, lasting impression on you, but like the best kind of cake, it s very enjoyable while it lasts


  9. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Seventeen year old Althea Crawley, the heroine of Keeping the Castle, is in quite a bind The family estate of Crawley Castle is quite literally falling apart There is no money to repair it Althea s father died, leaving the family nothing, and when her mother later married a rich man, he died just a few weeks later, before he could help repair the castle, and leaving twomouths to feed Prudence and Charity, Althea s wicked stepsisters If there is to be anything left of the castle for Seventeen year old Althea Crawley, the heroine of Keeping the Castle, is in quite a bind The family estate of Crawley Castle is quite literally falling apart There is no money to repair it Althea s father died, leaving the family nothing, and when her mother later married a rich man, he died just a few weeks later, before he could help repair the castle, and leaving twomouths to feed Prudence and Charity, Althea s wicked stepsisters If there is to be anything left of the castle for Althea s little brother, Alexander, to inherit, Althea must marry a rich man who will help her family Unfortunately, there aren t very many rich, eligible young men in the small Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo until their new neighbor, Lord Boring, moves in.The new Lord Boring is young and handsome and has inherited his uncle s title and home As soon as she meets him, Althea becomes certain she must persuade him to marry her After all, he s rich and handsome the perfect husband And Althea is young and beautiful, so surely she would make the perfect wife for him But Althea s stepsister Charity has also taken an interest in Lord Boring, while the very rude Mr Fredericks, Lord Boring s estate manager and cousin, always seems to be around to cause trouble.Keeping the Castle is a delightful parody of the traditional Regency romance It s cute, hilarious, and just so much fun to read Most young adult books are very dark and can be depressing at times, and although I enjoy many of the dark books, it s also nice to read something that s light and fluffy from time to time And Keeping the Castle fits that description perfectly If you are looking for a light, charming, historical read, then I highly recommend Keeping the Castle


  10. Olivia Olivia says:

    Loved this eventhe second time around.


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Keeping the Castle ➲ [Read] ➭ Keeping the Castle By Patrice Kindl ➽ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Seventeen year old Althea is the sole support of her widowed mother, young half brother, and two stepsisters and she must maintain Crawley Hall Althea, in short, must marry well But there are few weal Seventeen year old Althea is the sole support of her widowed mother, young half brother, and two stepsisters and she must maintain Crawley Hall Althea, in short, must marry well But there are few wealthy suitors or suitors of any kind in their small Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo Then Lord Boring comes to stay with his aunt and uncle Althea sets her cap to become Lady Boring There s only one problem his friend and Keeping the PDF/EPUB ² business manager Mr Fredericks keeps getting in the way And, as it turns out, Fredericks has set his own cap.

  • Keeping the Castle
  • Patrice Kindl
  • 27 January 2017

About the Author: Patrice Kindl

Childhood I was born in Alplaus New York in , the youngest of four daughters My father is a mechanical engineer, my mother a housewife My family is very nice I like them all a lot As a child I loved animals and read obsessivelyWe had still have a family cottage on Lake George The people who live next door are life long friends On summer weekdays during my childhood there were ten females in the Keeping the PDF/EPUB ² two houses, no males As a result of this background I feel that I understand girls better than boys, which is why I write primarily for girlsEducation and other jobs After high school I went to Webster College in St Louis, Missouri Oddly enough, given the location, it was a well thought of theater school I attended for a year and a half and then this was the s, early s dropped out and decamped for New York City and a real drama school not a liberal arts college like Webster I appeared in a few television commercials, waitressed, auditioned and did a little modelingAfter three or four years of this sort of thing I realized I was going nowhere fast I came back upstate and worked, at first full time and then, after I married and my son was born, part time, as a secretary at a consulting engineering firm called Encotech As a result, I am an excellent touch typist today, which is handy for a writerI only began writing seriously when I was in my late thirties and was first published in my early forties While I worked on OWL IN LOVE my first book I became involved in a program called Helping Hands, in which I raised two monkeys to be aides to quadriplegics You can check it out at helpinghandsmonkeys You can see a photograph of Kandy on this page and Susi on the FAQ pageFamily My husband Paul is president of Encotech that s where I met him My son Alex is He and his art rock band Bible Study no religious connotation live with us part time They rehearse directly over my office, so it is lucky that I think they are great musicians Click here to listen to one of their songs The vocalist is one of America s few female Master Falconers When the band is in residence we also have several hawks or falcons.