Colonial Madness by Jo Whittenmore is a cute and fluffy romp, bound to appeal to tweens.
Porter and her mom lead a fun, rather haphazard life: Tori's mom has
never lost her youthful spirit, to the point that sometimes Tori feels
like she has to be the adult in their relationship. When a financial
crisis looms, a surprising way out emerges in the form of a contest set
up in the terms of Great-Aunt Muriel's will. Tori and her mom, along
with various aunts, uncles, and cousins, will spend two weeks on
Great-Aunt Muriel's farm, living a colonial lifestyle: no modern
conveniences allowed. They will face various challenges, and the family
to survive to the end with the best score in the challenges will
inherit. The competition is steep, and Tori and her mom are not exactly
used to roughing it -- but of all the contestants, they need the money
the most. Of course, there are some unexpected distractions for Tori
along the way, such as the surprisingly cute son of the estate's
groundskeeper. . . .
They say you shouldn't judge a book by its
cover, but in this case, you totally should. This book delivers exactly
what the cover promises: tween fare, light on the historical accuracy,
heavy on the innocent flirting. It's not always particularly realistic,
but it's cute and fun, great for girls who are ready for just a little
romance but not quite up to the stuff in the young adult section yet.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)