17 March 2016

Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell

West Point history comes alive in this warmhearted romance.

Trying to escape the shambles her con-man father has made of their reputation, Lucinda Pennyworth arrives in West Point, New York, determined to land a husband from the military academy. Campbell Conklin is first in his class and preparing to embark upon a storied career in the U.S. Army. Lucinda thinks Campbell will make the perfect husband…as long as he does not find out about her father.

Seth Westcott also has taken a liking to Lucinda. He's kind, smart…and working extremely hard to graduate last. Tradition states that the worst cadets are assigned to the cavalry out west. And west is where Seth must head to track the swindler who stole all of Seth's mother's money. Seth is smart enough to vie for the top spot, but life isn't fair and this is his chance to catch the man who ruined his family. It's too bad Campbell is all shine and no substance, but Lucinda will surely see through all of that, won't she?

It does not surprise me how much I enjoyed Siri Mitchell’s newest novel, Flirtation Walk. Not only does it contain her charming storytelling, but also a historical setting that fascinated me, since two of my brothers have attended West Point. She brings the history of the military academy to life with great detail amid believable characters and entertaining circumstances, and I couldn’t help but love it. 

Lucinda Pennyworth, the reforming daughter of a notorious con man, and Seth Westcott, the top-ranked cadet nobly trying to place last, make for a somewhat odd but still delightful couple. Both have familial challenges to face and overcome and do so, despite a few missteps, with admirable spirit, determination, and growing faith, as well as a little help from their friends and family. Their story together is both humorous and heartwarming. 

Fans of Siri Mitchell’s books, as well as readers of historical romance, will not be disappointed with Flirtation Walk. It’s a wonderfully fun and historical read, and I definitely recommend it. (And after reading Flirtation Walk, be sure to stop by Siri Mitchell’s website and sign up for her newsletter to read the free short story about one of Seth’s friends!)

Thanks to Bethany House, I received a copy of Flirtation Walk and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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