Chelsea works at a Colonial Village. The dresses, the apothecary, the blacksmith…the whole works. My inner history nerd sat up and cheered. Especially since there is a rival camp across the street – the Civil War reenactors. The teenagers in both places have a War (capital W) every summer – things can get pretty intense. Very intense. Like, when Chelsea is named a Colonial lieutenant just before being kidnapped and then held hostage by a guy that looks more like a hottie than an enemy. Also making things complicated is that Chelsea’s ex is now working at the Colonial Village too, and she is having problems letting go completely. Oh the complications. How can her summer possibly turn out well?
I really loved the characterization in this novel. Chelsea is great and her parents (especially her dad) are hilarious. I also love her best friend – they are on a constant search for the best ice cream in the world, I thought that was really cute. Added a nice dose of reality to their relationship. I also loved Chelsea’s interactions with the love interest – no immediate intensity or crazy implausible situations. Just a nice teenage romance.
Actually, my only complaint about the book is the cover. What the what? Correct me if I’m wrong, but that has absolutely nothing to do with the story at all.
So, ultimately the book is very cute, very realistic and super readable. It also kinda made me think about Sweet Home Alabama, one of my favorite chick flicks (you know, the whole Civil War reenactment thing). The romance is light and believable – but also really satisfying. Definitely a book I recommend!