A few years back I read a book called I Capture the Castle (1948) because it was written by the author of 101 Dalmations (1956), Dodi Smith. Unlike 101 Dalmations, I Capture the Castle is not a children's book. It is about a family that is pretty dysfunctional, in a early 1900's British way.
I Capture the Castle is about a young woman and her family - a famous author father with writer's block, a sister, a brother, a step-mother who releases her pent up energies by nude air-bathing, and of course the family home - a ramshackle castle. The landlord nobility dies and enter the rich American heir, his brother, and their mother. The sister and step-mother immediately start match making. Sometimes funny and sometimes touching, the book was pretty entertaining.
I was waiting for the film, from 2003, to become available on Netflix for quite a while. I checked the EVPL catalog and found it there! The film is pretty good too. As I watched I realized that the rich American heir seemed pretty familiar - it was Henry Thomas of ET fame. Seems funny to see him all grown up.
I would recommend both the film and the book.