Before I say anything else, I want to mention that I Capture the Castle must not be confused with my other great literary love featuring a castle in the title, We Have Always Lived in the Castle--although, with the narrator in both books being a charismatic, intelligent girl on the cusp of something (womanhood, love, literary greatness...) and the whole sister bond/ episodes featuring magic incantations, I suppose they do bear a striking similarity. No murder in I Capture though. Thank God because it's the first in a month of book reports dedicated to love stories.
He peeled a peach for me--I was glad, because it is a job I make a mess of; Simon did it beautifully. I noticed what very fine hands he has, and then I suddenly saw what Topaz meant when she once said that all his lines were good. He was wearing a white silk shirt--he had taken his coat off--and the line of his shoulders seemed exactly right with the line of his jaw (how wise Rose was to get rid of that beard!). I had the oddest feeling that I was drawing him--I knew exactly how I would do the little twist of his eyebrows, the curve where his lips pressed together as he concentrated on the peach. And as I drew each stroke in imagination, I felt it delicately traced on my own face, shoulders, arms and hands--even the folds of the shirt when I drew them seemed to touch me. But the drawn lines made no picture before my eyes--I still saw him as he was, in the flickering candlelight. -- Dodie Smith
If you enjoyed I Capture the Castle, I'm betting you'll love We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, Jane Eyre by Charolotte Brontë, and The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies. I hope your heart's all a-flutter...
1. Girl in field, via In Bed; 2. Mansion with moat, by Gilles Tillard, via, Greige Design; 3. Castle entrance, via Red Bench Vintage; 4. National Wool Museum, Wales, by Kathryn Campbell Dodd; 5. 1920s Acme dress form, via Factory 20; 6. Vintage iron bed, via Looking for Rainbows in the Moonlight; 7. Praline Collection, by Gudrun Johnson of Twist Collective; 8. Blue dress, via Wit & Delight; 9. Boots & socks, via Forest Fairy Tales; 10. View from the window, Spirits Creeping in My Yard; 11. Writing by Magdalena Lutek, via Lovely, Dark and Deep; 12. D.S. Dundee, via Fashionising.