Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Libby Kelting loves Jane Austen novels, historical romances, and everything to do with the past, so she is delighted when she gets a summer internship at Camden Harbor, the Museum of Maine and the Sea. It's a place like Williamsburg, except in Camden Harbor the year is always 1791. She gets to wear period costumes and teach summer campers about all the things she loves about the past. Unfortunately, her dream job involves some unpleasant aspects, including a difficult roommate situation and rumors that Camden Harbor is haunted. Soon Libby finds herself bunking in a period ship with a geeky reporter, all the while falling for a super hot sailor named Cam.

I really liked the premise of this book, and I think it would be a good summer read for teens who enjoy romance and humor. I did find the characters to be stereotypical to the point that it was difficult to identify with them as closely as I would have liked to. I found it difficult to believe that a summer camp would permit a teenage female employee to share a bedroom on a ship with a boy. Libby was also annoyingly obtuse about her relationships and allowed herself to be treated terribly by one of the boys, putting up with more than I felt was believable for the strong, independent teen she is purported to be. Still, she gets a clue by the end of the book, and it turned out to be a light and entertaining "historical" romance with a bit of mystery thrown in.

Books in the Pilgrims series:
1. Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink
2. Confederates Don't Wear Couture

Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink (#1 in the Pilgrims series) by Stephanie Kate Strohm (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)

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