// by Siri Mitchell //
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.
I am SO glad I got this book for review!
I have a love/hate relationship with Christian fiction. (Meaning it's very dear to me, and I love it, but sometimes I get so fed up with the genre as a whole that I feel like taking all my CF books and tossing them in the dumpster, then feeding the CBD catalog through the paper shredder.) Well, true to pattern, I got really fed up with it a while back, and took a loooooooong hiatus from reading anything of the kind.
Then this book came along, and made me remember just how much I really love this kind of literature. ;-)
Flirtation Walk was just what I needed, right when I needed it. Sweet, engaging, not too deep but not too mediocre either, it swept me away in a refreshing historical adventure of love and deceit and fun that made me smile pretty much the whole time I was reading it. I really enjoyed this book (even more so for the fact that I'd sworn off Christian fiction a few months before).
One of the main reasons I liked this book so much is because it's set at West Point military academy, and...that automatically makes me think of George and Orry in North and South. (Which automatically makes my face crinkle up into the most violent of smiles and squeezes my heart so much I can hardly handle the level of feelings. Yes, I am aware that sentence made no sense whatsoever. This is my point. ) Lucinda, the female heroine, was alright. But I loved Seth. (Random fact: heretofore in time, I have never liked the name Seth, but now just because of this character I've started to like it.) He and his friends, the "Immortals", and the schemes they cooked up were my favorite parts of the book. Ahh, it really makes me want to live in 1854 and be a cadet at West Point! They just had so much fun. (Yes, I know, it was not all fun, but I can dream it was. Hush up.) I also liked Phoebe -- she was a darling doll of a girl, without being so saintly-good that she made me cringe. I loved her one line, when her sister Milly is getting after her for something: "I'm blind!" ;-)
Not a whole lot of spiritual meat in this book, but that's okay. It's not one of those deep-impact stories that's supposed to rock your world and make you come to new revolutionary conclusions about serious issues. (Though it does tell of God's forgiveness and second chances.) Mostly it's just a rollicking good fun story, and it does very well at that. I've read three of Siri Mitchell's books now, and all of them have been delightful!
Besides making me happy as a clam, this book also aided the ushering in of my chronic Civil-War-Obsession-Mood in full-swing. Not that I needed any help with that....
My rating: 9/10
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.