Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell

Title: Flirtation Walk
Author: Siri Mitchell
Pages: 384
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     At West Point, only true love should lead you to Flirtation Walk.

     Lucinda Pennyworth, the daughter of a con man, is trying her best to leave her father’s sordid past behind her. When he dies unexpectedly, she takes the opportunity to move to West Point to live with her aunt, ready to take on a new life and determined to marry a respectable man, a West Point cadet, to impress her relatives.

     Seth Westcott, a cadet at the academy, is proud to be at the top of his senior class. But when his mother dies and his sister loses their inheritance to a swindler, Seth wants nothing more than to head west to track down the con man. But the army will only send the cadets at the bottom of the class to the frontier . . . which leaves Seth with some tough choices.

     When a woman trying her best to be good meets a man determined to be anything but, can there be hope for love, or will two lonely hearts be condemned to casual flirtation?

My review:

     This is a fabulous historical romance!

     I love the depth of these characters. This isn’t just referring to the two main characters, but quite a few of the secondary ones as well. They are well developed and there is a variety of personalities. Each of them has their own strengths and weaknesses.

     Both Lucinda and Seth have big problems that they are trying to figure out how to deal with. One of the main issues involved in this book is the difficulty in finding good counsel when dealing with difficulties. The counsel we receive and follow has a huge impact on the final outcome of any situation.

     I really enjoyed the look into what life was like for the cadets at West Point in 1855, prior to the Civil War. There is just enough detail in it to be really entertaining and yet the presentation kept it from being a dry factual account of the rules they were expected to live by.

     The author’s note at the end of the book was great. I was fascinated to read the information that she included as to which historical figures actually went to West Point and how they did during their period as cadets.

     I really have to give this wonderful book a rating of 5 stars. I am highly recommending it.

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