Flirtation WalkSiri Mitchell
Determined to escape her father's reputation, Lucinda Curtis heads to West Point, New York, to land a husband from the famed military academy. But will it be Campbell or Seth? One is head of his class; the other is determined to finish last and be sent west to find the man w... Read More
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- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 23, 2016
- UPC: 9780764210389
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 384
- Publish Date: Mar 1, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0764210386
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- WONDERFUL HISTORICAL NOVEL! by Moonpie on 11/14/2016
Lucinda Curtis didn’t have a typical upbringing. Her died when she was young. Her Dad was a con-artist and not only taught her everything he knew, but also employed her as part of his devious escapades. It is all she has ever known until one day she gets word he is dead.
She finds herself penniless and homeless. Her only option to go to her uncle’s house in West Point, New York. He cut all ties with her mother when she married her father. They are a very respectable family, and her uncle is a professor at the academy. Their reception of her is not quite welcoming, but they allow her to stay. She soon wins them over with her desire to help and charming personality.
Lucinda does her best to fit in and tries to turn around from her dishonest ways.
She is determined to change and put her past behind her but the old ways of thinking are hard to shake off.
She meets Seth Westcott a cadet at West Point. He is everything she has never been, upstanding, hardworking, and honest. He captures her heart but she feels she is not worthy of him. Seth has his own problems. He wants to go home and help his sister who has been swindled out of the family farm but the military will not give him permission. He decides to cast aside his good grades, perfect conduct and listen to his become a “bad” boy with the help of some not so upstanding cadets so he will be discharged.
This pre-Civil war historical novel is great. I love the characters, so many different personalities, and attitudes! Learning about the life of the cadets and some of the antics that went on was extremely interesting. I learned so much about the academy during this era. There are lots of unexpected twists and surprises along the way! The author beautifully shows how complete God’s forgiveness is and not matter how bad your past, He always has a new beginning!
.I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.
- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 6/6/2016
In my opinion you can always count on a novel by Siri Mitchell to be not only entertaining but informative as well. Flirtation Walk continues that tradition with a twist on the old con artist story line and a peek inside the life of a cadet at West Point in the mid 1850s.
In most historical romances we are used to seeing the male be the con artist, but in this instance it is the main character Lucinda Pennyworth. At the beginning of the story she learns that her father is dead and she decides to repent of her wicked ways and make a new life for herself. In order to do that she heads to Buttermilk Falls to hopefully take up residence with her late mother's family.
There she meets up with handsome cadet, Seth Westcott. Seth is the pride of West Point and has a very promising future ahead of him. But before he can assume his new position tragedy strikes his family and he and his sister find themselves the victims of a vicious swindle.
Watching these two lives be woven together was a delight. Siri Mitchell does such a fabulous job of bringing humor and wisdom to her stories. In this case I kept thinking of the famous Shakespeare quote "To thine own self be true." At the end of the day both Lucinda and Seth had to decide if their actions were ones they could live with. And when they found that they couldn't they had to find a way to make things right.
Flirtation Walk is a good reminder that when all is said and done our good name is our lasting legacy. I enjoyed the gentle reminder in addition to the well told story.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- Good book just not as fast paced as I like for a book like this to be. That's the only reason I gave it a 4 stars. by aussiegirl on 3/21/2016
I really like the cover of the man and woman walking in the woods. It looks like a bright warm Fall day because it looks as if the leaves are turning colors of golden brown and yellows a beautiful bright colors.
Lucinda you find out is a con man’s daughter- but she so wants to leave that kind of life behind and leave where she is living and go live with her mother’s family. She may get that chance after she finds out her father pasted away. Will her mother’s family except her or will they have her leave and return to her old life? Now will she be able to start that new life and find she can do better than being a con man’s daughter?
Then there is Seth Westcott-a cadet. He’s trying to change his ways and not for the better. I don’t understand why. West Point was a hard to get into to and hard to stay at the top of the class. Seth Westcott was at the top of his class and doing great. He has great friends and some that aren’t so great. Will they help him to change or will he decide to stay the same guy?
Lucinda tries hard to change but can she, or will people except her and help her change to be that better person?
I really felt sorry for her and kept hoping the people would help her and so it kept me turning the pages. Even though this was a hard book for me to read I really felt for Lucinda. It’s just that it wasn’t a fast pace story like I am use to, it’s still a good book but not as fast paced as I like. I may try later to get back into this book again.
I received this book free from Bethany House for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed where entirely my own and no one else’s.
- A Lot of Adventures by Kathleen E. on 3/12/2016
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell, © 2016
Lucinda Pennyworth longs for happiness and contentment. Built up fantasies appear to be so much more than what is seen in fact. Her widowed father had painted a different visual picture: “I suppose we could just go back to Buttermilk Falls . . .” Now she couldn't ask if he had spoken in jest. She had received a letter saying he recently passed on, prompting her to travel to meet her mother's family for the first time.
U.S. Military Academy ~ West Point
Unknown to Lucinda, a military academy was near Buttermilk Falls. Her father had always scorned men in uniform. As her Uncle Richard was a professor there, cadets came home for dinner with him occasionally. In the process, her uncle invited her to attend the hops with him and okayed to dance with cadets he had brought home. Seth Westcott, was one of the top academic hopefuls in the graduating class.
Lucinda and Seth are both tending new ground for them; Seth trying to become less than what he is, and Lucinda striving to become more than what she had been.
My favorite character is Lucinda's cousin, Phoebe. She is encouraging and draws Lucinda out. By asking questions, she inadvertently allows Lucinda to hear her responses aloud, clarifying her unspoken thoughts.
Siri Mitchell's characters are vivid and you get to know them. Secondary characters enter and try to persuade the main characters to lighten up a bit. Sorting out their true heart becomes an essential factor between what they would like and what is before them.
***Thank you to author Siri Mitchell and to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a copy of Flirtation Walk for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
- A New Favorite from Siri Mitchell! by Ellie Faye on 2/20/2016
After the death of her con-man father, Lucinda Curtis finds herself attempting to gain respectability with her mother’s estranged family in West Point, New York. At the nearby military academy, Seth Westcott is simultaneously trying to shed his sterling reputation in an attempt to earn a lowly calvary assignment out west to rescue his penniless sister. Will either of them learn where true self-worth comes from, or that despite their complicated pasts, they make a perfect match?
With her typical giftedness in storytelling and character-development, Siri Mitchell captivates the reader in this entertaining and thought-provoking novel. The setting of West Point academy and the neighboring town of Buttermilk Falls is interestingly packed with fun historical tidbits. The antics of Seth’s academy friends who aid in his purposeful academic downfall were particularly entertaining.
Again, in her usual fashion, Mitchell tells an engaging story while also delving into much deeper subjects. What exactly makes someone “good” or respectable? Is following the letter of the law always right or just? Do we all present ourselves as more righteous than we actually are? As Lucinda and Seth answer these questions for themselves, Mitchell treats her readers to a lovely love story along the way.
For this reader, Flirtation Walk has easily become a new favorite from Mitchell, second only to She Walks in Beauty.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.