I mentioned that I’d picked up a couple of books at a used books store a few weeks ago and this was one of them. Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm was as humorous as I expected given the title, with a minor mystery thrown in beside the usual romance one finds in a teen novel.
When I was out at Lower Fort Garry two weeks ago, I kept thinking how much fun it would be to play the part of one of Manitoba’s historical figures like the interpretive staff and volunteers of the Living History Association out there. This is basically why I picked up Pilgrims in the first place. The story is about 16 year-old, Libby Kelting, who got a summer job at a local living history museum along the coast of Maine. Like Fort Garry, it is an historical mini-town that was restored, renovated and reconstructed; a place run by a group of interpretive workers and museum staff. She got to wear period dresses from the late 1700s, but was not about to go as far as a co-worker who, the minute Ashling arrived at the historic site, unfailingly became her character Suzannah Featherling, much to Libby’s dismay. It seemed that anytime Suzannah, aka Ashling, looked in Libby’s direction, she made a rude comment or was just downright nasty. As a result, Libby made the decision to move out of the girls’ room so she wouldn’t have to deal with Ashling all day and all night, too.
During the orientation meeting, a local reporter told the historical group he wanted to investigate rumours that there was a ghost haunting one of the vintage boats in the harbour. Garrett asked if he could stay on the boat to check it out. The museum committee allowed him to stay, as long as one of the museum staff stayed on the boat with him. That’s when Libby volunteered to get away from Ashling. She had no romantic interest in Garrett. She found him obnoxious and annoying, so the living arrangements suited her just fine. The boy she was falling for, Cam, had quoted Shakespeare to her, given her chocolates and filled out his old-fashioned sailor suit quite nicely, when he wasn’t running around sweaty and shirtless to showoff his muscles.
I found the book very entertaining and a quick read. It was no great work of literature and it was a bit predictable, but I enjoyed the story and the ending was satisfying. I’d give it a 3 1/2 stars out of 5. 🙂