Confederates Don’t Wear Couture by Stephanie Kate Strohm
This title serves as a follow up to Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink, already reviewed on the BHS Library blog. History nerd Libby and her best friend Dev, an aspiring fashion designer, spent the previous summer in a historical recreation of a colonial village in Maine. This summer’s plan involves being civilian merchants, called sutlers, traveling across the South with people who are reenacting battles from the Civil War. Libby and Dev are part of the Confederate contingent, since Dev believes the Confederate reenactors and spectators are a better market for his fashions. Libby’s boyfriend Garrett won an internship with the Boston Globe newspaper, supporting his goal to be a journalist, so they are spending the summer apart. As Libby and Dev set up shop at various battle sites across the South, they are drawn into the mystery of a woman ghost haunting a young man reenactor who’s their guide and mentor. The story stems from a forced marriage during the war, for which the woman blamed this man’s family. As the ghost appears periodically, Dev and Libby try to catch it. At the same time Garrett comes from Boston to visit and allay his worries that Libby may be attracted to the young man who’s helping them. Garrett gets drawn into the reenactment program, but joins the Union side. This book provides a glimpse into the culture of historical reenactment, while providing an enjoyable read. It’s the perfect choice for the reader who’s looking for a fun title not requiring any heavy thinking.
Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson