Love's Pursuit

Love's Pursuit

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by Siri Mitchell
     
 

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In the small Puritan community of Stoneybrooke, Massachusetts, Susannah Phillips stands out both for her character and beauty. She wants only a simple life but soon finds herself pursued by the town's wealthiest bachelor and by a roguish military captain sent to protect them. One is not what he seems and one is more than he seems.

In trying to discover true love's

Overview

In the small Puritan community of Stoneybrooke, Massachusetts, Susannah Phillips stands out both for her character and beauty. She wants only a simple life but soon finds herself pursued by the town's wealthiest bachelor and by a roguish military captain sent to protect them. One is not what he seems and one is more than he seems.

In trying to discover true love's path, Susannah is helped by the most unlikely of allies, a wounded woman who lives invisible and ignored in their town. As the depth, passion, and sacrifice of love is revealed to Susannah, she begins to question the rules and regulations of her childhood faith. In a community where grace is unknown, what price will she pay for embracing love?

Editorial Reviews

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Mitchell's writing itself is a joy to read. True to period detail, even the thoughts of our heroine Susannah are rendered in a charming, long-ago cadence and rhythm. I'm certainly not an expert on 1640's dialogue but the turns of speech and trains of thought ring true and are consistent throughout....

Lovers of historical fiction should definitely add Love's Pursuit to their shortlist; it's unexpected depth, beauty, and quality of prose set it far above the crowd. I look forward to reading more of Mitchell's work in the future.
—Jennifer Bogart
Library Journal

In a Puritan community in Massachusetts, Susannah Phillips is pursued by two suitors—a wealthy bachelor and a roguish captain—and must decide which path to take. She also befriends a woman in town who is an outcast. The latest by a Christy Award-nominated rising star in Christian historical fiction (A Constant Heart).


—Tamara Butler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440735165
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
11/09/2009

Meet the Author

Siri Mitchell, author of A Constant Heart, has written six novels, two of which were named Christy finalists. A graduate of the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She and her family currently reside in the DC metro area.

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Love's Pursuit 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
martakay1962 More than 1 year ago
When I started this book, I thought it was going to be a typical historical fiction romance. This book is anything but typical. There is a depth and beauty to the story that really is far beyond the norm. The writing is beautiful, and I really look forward to reading more by Siri Mitchell. I have to admit that at first I was really drawn to the cover. I am a total sucker for a good cover, and in my opinion this book has a great one! Once I started reading, I was really drawn into the story. The story is very complex and not at all a light fluffy romance. The characters are well rounded, and both the characters and the story take the reader to unexpected places. There was an incredible amount of information just about the daily lives of these early Americans. I'd highly recommend this book. While it's labeled as Christian Fiction, any lover of historical romance will enjoy the book. As I stated before, this isn't a light, fluffy romance. This story will pull you in and keep you reading. I finished the book in one day - I couldn't put it down. Definitely a book worth reading and recommending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story gave me a deeper understanding of what Puritan life was like in the 1600's. The characters were beautifully developed and the story was one of transformation and love. Love not only between a woman and man, but between God and His beloved.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
I have read a few of Siri's books now and I really do think that she is just so original in her writing that I always wonder what she will bring me, the reader, next. In "A Constant Heart" she took us inside Queen Elizabeth's England and the unbelievable trends and lifestyles that went along with being a part of her court. In "Love's Pursuit" we go into early America and a Puritan community where Susannah is considered one of the ultimate, perfect Puritans. Only she knows better, she has many flaws but she really tries to please. All she wants is to get married to John and start a family like her friends. It seems so simple until life starts to get very complicated. A non-Puritan comes to the community to train the militia against the threat of savages. The captain lives with them while he trains the men and Susannah starts to feel things for Daniel that she has never felt for John. But wait, Susannah's betrothal to John gets foiled by the one person she can't stand and things go from bad to worse. Can Susannah ever find happiness in her pursuit of love? A story so well written that it will catapult you through time to join Susannah as she struggles to find her true love. I really enjoyed it!
Carlybird More than 1 year ago
From the back cover: In Stoneybrooke, Massachusetts, Susannah Phillips obeys the rules. Dress the right way. Believe the right things. Live the right life. But when love interferes, she faces a choice: Follow the rules or follow her heart. I wanted to include the back cover of the book for this review because it really summarizes this story without giving anything away. I felt my summary would not have done this story justice. I must admit it took me a little while to warm up to this book. That is probably because of some reviews I read before I started reading. Some readers had problems with the book's ending, so I went into the book with fairly low expectations. I don't know what book some of these readers read because Love's Pursuit is fantastic, in every way. Susannah is living in a Puritan colony in the 1640's. The living is hard, the rules are rigid and Susannah feels she is not good enough and certainly not worthy of God's love. She could not be more wrong and the journey life takes her on helps her to understand that. There is not a single woman, even in today's society, who won't be able to relate to Susannah in some way. Love's Pursuit is inspiring and filled with hope. Historical fiction fans will love this book because Siri Mitchell has not left out a single detail about the Puritan lifestyle. I am very impressed with the amount of research the author has done while writing this book. I loved this book and I recommend it very highly. Just read it, you will love it!
bp0602 More than 1 year ago
Love's Pursuit By Siri Mitchell This was the first book I've read by this author, and I found it to be a hard book for me to enjoy. It took a long, long time for me to get into it, much longer than most books. It was well written but I didn't really enjoy it. I normally like historical fiction books; this one isn't on my list of favorites though. As one review said this book has such depth. It's hard for me to know where to even start. Love's Pursuit is set in Stoneybrooke in the 1600s. Susannah Phillips is the main character. She feels everyone expects her to be good yet in her heart she doesn't feel as if she is good. This story has a little bit of romance in it but the main theme I found was the pursuit of God's love. Another character who seems to be a minor one in the beginning is Small Hope who actually is very important to the entire plot of the story. Those who enjoy reading about this time period will appreciate this book and the lessons that can be gained from it. It isn't a good easy book for a summer reading list though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This an easy read that held your interest from beginning to end. Sometimes you just need a good love story....even if it makes you cry.
NettaAG More than 1 year ago
This book I read in two days! It was so hard to put it down,it just made you want to know what happens at the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok I thought it was a little slow in the beginning. The ending was sad. It wasn't the best book I've ever read. &hearts
BeckyJo70 More than 1 year ago
My Review: I have read books by Siri Mitchell in the past, and I have both loved and liked her work. Love’s Pursuit falls into the former category. This book did not disappoint me! The writing is phenomenal. This book was very difficult for me to put down, and I was thinking about it when I had to put it away. I connected with this book on a variety of levels. I, too, was a member of a high control religious group that was very legalistic, and I totally understood the mentality from Susannah’s side, the Captain’s side, and the townsmen’s side. I really enjoyed Susannah’s character. She was the “good girl” who knew how to play the part, and she hated that she really wasn’t good at all. Honest and beautiful, she was blissfully unaware of dangers. With all the events in the book, she changed. The change wasn’t forced but came about naturally. She is the typical “girl next door” that many seem to love to hate because she seems so well put together, but unfortunately they don’t completely know her because of the dictates of religious control. With the legalism of her society, she couldn’t allow others to see her flaws. The Captain… What an amazing man. Although not a Puritan, he kept peoples’ secrets as they would (no gossip), and he was insightful, like Small-Hope. He was an honorable protector, and he was underestimated because of his “heathen” status. I loved his patience, insightfulness into the human spirit, and the ability he had to read situations. To a degree, the townsmen were blinded from these same situations by the daily tasks they had to complete and trust for others in their group. I loved to hate Simeon Wright. This character was well written, and it caused me to reflect on appearance. Some people appear beautiful on the outside, but on the inside they are wicked. The Bible might call them “dry bones,” and I call them “white-washed fences.” Small-Hope and the Captain saw right through his façade. This story is about survival, perseverance, and hope. To me, it begs for a sequel. Siri Mitchell, if you’re reading this, please consider a sequel. Yes, even after all this time. Questions that I would like to have answered in a sequel are: 1) Does the grandfather believe as Daniel did regarding the Lord? 2) What happens with Joshua? 3) Do Susannah and Small-Hope remain friends? 4) Does Susannah eventually leave the Puritan faith? 5) Is there a future encounter with Levi Wright or the mother? I absolutely loved this book. It prompted many trips to the Kleenex box, and the characters will stay in my memory for some time. It’s very realistic, and Mitchell did a great job researching the Puritans. This book is suitable for anyone who enjoys Christian fiction. I’ve looked at the reviews of others (since writing my own), and some didn’t like the fate of a character. I didn’t like it either, but that is life. Not everything works out the way we want it to. However, a sequel could make a completely happy ending, which is what usually happens with this genre. Even without the happy ending, I still loved this book! My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (Nearly perfect)
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Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
FINALLY! A book about the Puritans that doesn't involve the Salem Witch Trials! I was so relieved after finishing this book that the subject wasn't even brought up. I just feel like it's just become a stereotype of the Puritans to always include in in every book about that. It was so refreshing to have it not mentioned at all. There were hints of how and why it happened as from the reactions and personalities of the people. However it was just nice to have a different change of topic for these people. The book also gives a great insight into Puritan culture without focusing too heavily on the religious aspect. There's not a lot of doctrine or Biblical rules that one sees in other literature about Puritans. It was also nice to see that famous people were not included in this story, as it gives historical folks a rest from having that dreaded cameo. I wanted to cry when reading both Susannah and Small Hope's stories. They are both very tragic and just heartbreaking. The story made me mad that this man had so much power over an entire town and no one could do anything about it. However, this story is a wonderful allegory about a savior. I don't want to spoil anything else but that's really what it's about. The biggest complaint that I have seen so far about the book is that the beginning of the book is difficult to get into and the switching of first person narrators is confusing. I agree with both of these as I found it hard to get into the book at first. It's a bit dry until a few chapters in. Also it's very confusing with no indication of who is narrating at the moment. When the narration first switches from Susannah to Small Hope, I had no idea that a change had taken places until I realized that Susannah was being talked about. Other than this, this truly was an enjoyable book to read. I really like the different perspectives and thoughts given in this novel and it really helped me to understand the Puritans more. This book gives a lot to think about later. HIGHLY recommended. One more note: I've seen this book classified as an Amish book purely because the girl on the cover looks like she's wearing a kapp. This is NOT an Amish book.
PenNameIN More than 1 year ago
wanted more
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
I don't mind depressing books. But this wasn't a totally hopeless story and it wasn't a romance, though it was romantic in many instances, so it didn't require a happy ending. Love's Pursuit is a unique story of love lost and love found; a truly heart-wrenching combination that plays out beautifully in this novel. It's also about the holiness of love and the beauty of forgiveness and of understanding God's grace. It's a tragic story in many ways as well. A minor character, small-Hope, had a horrific past that slowly came out in the course of this novel. There were many people afraid to deal with the issues in their Puritan community and so they did nothing, thus perpetuating the pain for the victims who were powerless. I'd love it if there was a sequel to Love's Pursuit that focuses on small-Hope. And while this story is by no means a suspense, there are some suspenseful moments in it when you don't know what Susannah is going to do. She seems hopelessly trapped and with no way to escape the future she doesn't want, and in fact fears. I loved that about this story because as I got to know the characters I ended up feeling their pain. What I found a bit confusing at first was the way the point of view scenes would change between Hope and Susannah, and because they were both in first person POV it took me awhile to be able to figure out who was who since they were not introduced by name prior to or at the opening of the scene. However, that was not a big deal and I quickly adjusted. While not my favorite book by Siri, it still slowly builds until the romance became stoking hot, which is so signature Siri. I love that about her stories because she knows how to show love developing over the most minor things, like picking nits and lice out of someone's hair (of the opposite sex.) Interesting how she did that so well that I looked forward to the event. The dialog was also very convincing and I could hear the characters speaking in my head as I read along. I would highly recommend this story to history buffs. It's certainly not the same-old, same-old formula for historical romance. But I like that.
cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
This is an uncomfortable read. It is fabulous story telling, and the themes are ones that need to be told. But it is not warm and fuzzy, and nor does it need to be to be told well. Siri Mitchell is an incredible author and her writing is good. She delves into the harder sides of characters lives and deals with stories that need to be told in a manner where many would just walk away from the pain and hardships. The structure took a bit to get used to and for a while was driving me crazy with jumping from one narrator to another with no hints as to which person's thoughts you were hearing as a reader. However this book is not all prickles and stings, there are the shimmers of light one needs to grab onto to keep on going. One must grab them though and not let them pass on by. In my opinion, this is one of those stories where after reading it, you do not just get up and go back into a loud world, but you sit and contemplate and let what has been experienced soak in. Love's Pursuit is a perfect title for this book. Through out you assume things to be one way, yet reading the back cover blurb another, and then as plot thickens and other things change you assume another. Yet to me, in reality, the title is meant in a different frame of view entirely. The first half of this book was a bit for me to trudge through, but I am so glad that I did and I do recommend the book. I recommend when you get to parts that you might want to put it down, that you keep on going, because the gift that you are given by accomplishing this read are well worth your effort.