I Capture the Castle. An intriguing title. A beautiful story.
I saw the movie first (half a dozen times at least) and just now read the book. The movie is an absolute delight, although, I think I'm biased because Romola Garai is my favorite actress. Romola was my muse for Ally in my first novel, Home Ice, which goes to show how much everything is connected in some way or another. I didn't know it at the time, but I added the book to my Goodreads shelf and started reading it on Romola's birthday. Maybe I need to book a trip to Vegas; these coincidences are really adding up!
|Who could resist a young Henry Cavill???|
The book is British author Dodie Smith's first novel. She later became famous for writing the children's classic The Hundred and One Dalmations. I Capture the Castle was written in 1948 and holds up wonderfully well. The characters are vibrant and each of them eccentric in their own way. You feel like you're right there with Cassandra, experiencing life in the run-down castle.
I Capture the Castle transports you to a place without cell phones, Netflix, and all the modern-day trappings you're used to. It makes you feel like anything is possible--whether or not you live in a castle--and that alone succeeds in making me feel young again. With new beginnings and the possibility of finding love spread out in front of you, this story truly captures your heart...
~I highly recommend both!
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