Friday, March 15, 2019
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, by Mackenzi Lee
A rollicking good time that plays fast and free with history and inserts an irreverent modern sensibility into its setting. The tone is generally light and, while danger is nearby, none of it can be taken too seriously. Felicity and Johanna are resourceful heroines with a strong sense of purpose. If they speak and think more like 21st century young women, they are still rooted enough in their historical setting to at least add plausibility to their story (a point that the author valiantly stakes out, albeit missing the point that her characters still behave in an anachronistic fashion!). I treat it as a fantasy based loosely around historical events. It won't teach you much that is useful about the period or place, but you'll have an enjoyable time nonetheless!