I heard that this book would appeal to fans of Downton Abbey, so I decided to give it a try. This book is written in the first person from the perspective of teenaged Cassandra, who keeps a journal. As the book opens, Cassandra and her rather eccentric family are living in poverty in a decaying castle rented from the owner of the nearby estate. The estate owner has died recently, and the estate is inherited by a fairly distant young American relative who never expected to inherit, but the relatives with priority all died (yes, that did remind me of Downton Abbey). The new owner and his family (including mother and brother) come to see their new estate. There are various story lines involving romance and some intrigue.
I Capture the Castle was originally published in 1948. I thought this book started a bit slowly, but I stuck with it, and I did enjoy it.