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I Capture the Castle

By Dodie Smith and Jenny Han
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Publisher Description

“Every time I meet someone who also loves I Capture the Castle, I know we must be kindred spirits.” —from the new foreword by Jenny Han, the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

A beautiful, deluxe edition of Dodie Smith’s beloved novel, I Capture the Castle, featuring a new foreword by New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han, a stunning new cover, and designed endpapers that is perfect for devoted readers and those discovering this timeless story for the first time.

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain and her family may live in a ramshackle old English castle, but that’s about as romantic as her life gets. While her beautiful older sister, Rose, longs to live in a Jane Austen novel, Cassandra knows that meeting an eligible man to marry isn’t in either of their futures when their home is crumbling and they have to sell their furniture for food. So Cassandra instead strives to hone her writing skills in her journals. Until one day when their new landlords move in, which include two (very handsome) sons, and the lives of the Mortmain sisters change forever.

Through Cassandra’s sharply funny, yet poignant, journal entries, she chronicles the great changes that take place within the castle’s walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has “captured the castle” – and the heart of the reader – in one of literature’s most enchanting novels.

“This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met.” —J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series

67 Reviews

“This is my second time reading this (the first was 8 years ago). It’s hard for me to describe how much this book means to me or how I feel about it. It’s melancholy and nostalgic. It’s atmospheric. It has beautiful, vidid descriptions in which I feel as though I can see the people and places and feel the same emotions. The writing is magical. And the narrator, Cassandra, has such a clear voice. It’s not a perfect story and I sometimes get confused or bothered with pieces (especially about the father), but it’s one of those stories that just feels like home, like a part of it belongs inside you.”
“I enjoyed this book. It is oddly charming and interesting when you know that the author also wrote 101 Dalmations.”
“I give this book a 4.3 star rating. Honestly I was not expecting to love it as much as I did, as I'm not one for classics. However this was fantastic! One of my new favourite comfort reads, I can already tell I will be coming back to it from time to time. I went in to it knowing that 50% of people loved it and the other half pretty much seem to hate it, there does not appear to be any in-between with this book. I definitely loved it. I understand why some people found it boring as if your not into slow paced storys this will probably bore you. But I found it enchanting! I am dissatisfied with the ending but as this is a no spoiler review I can't explain, but I wish Cassandra made some different choices. I hated Rose and thought she was a spoilt little brat, she was just horrible! Stephan was lovely though a little "consciously naïve". (A little in book joke for you there!) I would highly recommend you pick this up, but this is not a book I would tell you to run out and grab this very minute, this is a book I would say you should pass in the bookstore on a cold autumn day and go home, read it slowly by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and dive in to the world of Cassandra and her crumbling castle!”
“Stunningly dreamy! Such charismatic wit and gorgeous storytelling. I loved every bit of this novel.”
“A charming book, a firm favourite of mine that I will happily re read every decade or so.”

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