Confederates Don't Wear Couture

Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm 
Pages: 240 
Publisher: Graphia 
Format: Paperback (ARC) 
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)
: Libby's best friend and fabulous fashion designer, Dev, hatches a plan to jet down South and hawk his period gowns to the wives and girlfriends of Civil War re-enactors. With a pang, Libby abandons her plan to visit her boyfriend, Garrett, in Boston and jumps at the chance to help run "Confederate Couture," and let her inner history nerd loose in a 19th century playground. But Libby and Dev aren't whistling Dixie for long. Between the constant travel from battle ground to dusty battle ground (with no Starbucks in sight, mind you), blistering heat, and a violent ghost set on romantic revenge, they quickly realize Alabama's no sweet home. And the boys. . . well, let's just say Libby's got the North and the South fighting for her attention.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest an unbiased review.

My Summary: Libby loves spending her summers in costume, but this year is going to be a little different - her best friend Dev has designed a bunch of fabulous Civil War gowns and has a plan to sell them to the re-enactors. And being the great friend she is, Libby ditches her plans to visit her boyfriend in order to help Dev get his operation going. But will she and Dev be able to survive the South long enough to make it big, or will the constant string of problems - including a ghost - ruin any chance they have of getting "Confederate Couture" off the ground?

My Thoughts: This book was great for lounging next to the pool. The dialogue was witty and make me laugh out loud more than a few times, and Libby's character was so easy to like. I loved the little tidbits the author included about historical re-enactments, as well as the history  itself. 

The romantic issues, I found, were really realistic. It was great to have a main character who understood what was going on and didn't make the typical relationship blunders while hoping for her happily ever after. And while Dev's character was really fun, I found him to be a tad too stereotypical for my liking. I really enjoyed the little touch of mystery with the ghost, though- - who doesn't love a good ghost story?

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a light summer read and some laughs. Check out the authors other books as well!

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