A debut contemporary young-adult novel in which Kit Sweetly battles sexism, bad bosses, and bad luck to be named a restaurant knight and save her future.
THE LIFE AND MEDIEVAL TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY
by Jamie Pacton
Page Street Publishing, May 2020
Working as a wench—i.e. waitress—at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help her mom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college. But company policy only allows guys to be knights. So when Kit takes her brother’s place and reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets to internet fame and a whole lot of trouble with the management. The Girl Knight won’t go down without a fight, though. As other wenches join her quest, a protest forms, and in a joust before Castle executives, they’ll have to prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval—if they don’t get fired first. Filled with witty historical and pop culture references, this book has a sweet, clean friends-to-lovers romance that will satisfy readers looking for a love story without overwhelming the main action.
Jamie Pacton grew up minutes away from the National Storytelling Center in the mountains of East Tennessee. She adores architecture, gardens, art museums, beaches, cake, and whiskey. She even kind-of likes getting stuck in airports if she has a good book. Currently, she lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, their two kids, and a dog named Lego.