Flirtation Walk

Flirtation Walk

by Siri Mitchell


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West Point History Comes Alive in this Warmhearted Romance

Trying to escape the shambles her con-man father has made of their reputation, Lucinda Curtis 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764210389
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Siri Mitchell has written over a dozen novels, three of which were named Christy Award 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. Learn more at

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Flirtation Walk 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
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.***
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book for the most part. The setting of West Point Academy was definitely a new one for me, and I appreciated the sense of place and time and culture that the author successfully portrayed. I did skim through some of the physical descriptions of the location that were a little drawn out. The unusual pairing of characters was fun- Lucinda who is trying to leave behind her con-artist past and live a new respectable life, and Seth who is attempting to shed his golden reputation and habits that took him to the top of his class in an ill thought out plan to rescue his sister. They bonded over a brief conversation but the friendship fizzled out when their goals obviously were in different places. The story seemed a bit predictable and I got impatient with the slow pace of the novel until some unexpected twists quickened the plot and my interest was held through the climax and the remainder of the story. There are great secondary characters that I would have liked more depth to- Lucinda's blind cousin Phoebe and Seth's delinquent compatriots. After the story there is an afterword by the author with more insight to West Point's history and I appreciated the context. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
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.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
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.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Lucinda is the daughter of a con man. Upon learning of his death, she heads to West Point to reconnect with her deceased mother's family. They know nothing about her helping her father and she intends to keep it that way. Seth is a cadet at the academy. He's at the top of his class and expected to receive coveted orders upon graduation. But when his sister is swindled out of their family farm he takes risky measures to get to the bottom of his class so he can go out west to search for the man who conned their family. The two are the unlikeliest couple. Yet sometimes things are always as they appear. This book started out painfully slow for me. But eventually the plot picked up a bit and I was able to get in to the story. The two main characters were about middle of the line for me as far as relate-ability and depth. The concept for the plot was solid and I enjoyed that part of it. The writing was good, as is usual for this author. The faith aspect seemed a little weak for me, considering it was Christian fiction. But that aspect seemed to fit with the characters so maybe that was the intend. My favorite part of the whole book as Seth's friends. They were entertaining and provided comic relief to the heaviness of the story. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but didn't love it. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I really need to read more books by Siri. I have always enjoyed them but I don’t read nearly enough of them. This is such an interesting book with an intriguing plot. Siri spins a vicious cycle for our characters. Lucinda is trying to be good, but I worried about being able to trust her. As time went on I began to trust her more. Her journey is very interesting. She struggles with something many of us women struggle with. Can God forgive all the bad things she has done? She truly questions this. She has a very warped idea of who God is and therefore who He says she is. Seth, oh poor Seth. He is really caught in a tough position as he tries to get away to help his sister but in the process looses Lucinda and then the knowledge we have as the reader that it is Lucinda’s father that has tricked Seth’s sister. How is that all going to work out? Siri has crafted a wonderful book with a very unique plot. I loved the setting and the story. If you enjoy historical romance I have no doubt you will enjoy this bo A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
SweetPea_3 More than 1 year ago
Lucinda Pennyworth is a trained con artist, and knows nothing else. She has never truly considered the consequences of her actions or had compassion for those she and her father stole from. After receiving word her father has died, she goes to her mother's hometown. Her mother died when she was very young but her father always had that as a backup plan of sorts if they wanted to be boring and quit conning for a living. He was never serious about it, but now that he's gone it's suddenly appealing to try living as part of society. She is, however, determined to do whatever it takes to secure a wealthy, respectable husband. She shows up on the step of her mother's sister and husband who are shocked to see her. As she lives with the family, she begins to see the differences between what her aunt is teaching her children is right and what her father always told her. Is it better to look out for ones own self always or maybe it doesn't have to be that way? Is a man worthy of marriage simply because he follows societal rules and appears to be on the fast track in his profession, or can appearances be deceiving? I liked the characters in this book, but the plot didn't really work for me and there wasn't all that much action. One or two of the stunts that Seth pulls -- well that just wouldn't happen. And certainly not without much bigger consequences. There is humor and the characters are strong but there was a rather large feeling of something missing. Not great, not terrible, just sort of middlin' in my opinion. This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
I have probably said this on the blog before, but I’ll read anything Siri Mitchell writes. Actually I’m positive I’ve said that before. She just has a way of taking any era and bringing it completely to life. So naturally her latest release is no different – I love the creative ways she tells this story. I don’t know much (read: nothing) about the history of West Point, so on that aspect, this novel was a delight. Knowing how much tradition plays in the school, it was really fun to see where some came about or how long many have been around. History fans, you’ll be so pleased with this one. Not only that, Mitchell adds a fun twists, with a good guy needing to be “bad.” It’s creative and through her character development, you understand Seth and his reasons. I also really enjoyed the ways Mitchell reminds readers through Lucinda’s story that our past doesn’t define our future. God uses and redeems all things and I was encouraged by that. Add an entertaining cast of characters (really liked them!) and I think my fellow historical fans will find this one another winner. Who is one of your go to historical fiction authors? Also, if you sign up for Siri’s newsletter, you’ll get a free short story from one of the secondary characters. Yay for more story! You can sign up here. (Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review) Originally posted at:
StaceyZink More than 1 year ago
Wow. I spent the last two weeks reading this book. I rarely allow myself to linger over a book that long. I tend to read fast and move on to a new book. In this case, I enjoyed the characters and rich story line so much I couldn’t whip through it. I savored the intense moments and laughed with the characters when things went so very wrong. The personalities were well developed and each one carried their own strengths and weakness. Yet, there was not a character I didn’t like, even the mislead bad guys. I could understand their reasons for behavior and it endeared them to me. I think my favorite line reads, “There’s just something about those West Point cadets… They never do anything by halves.” In a story where a con woman is trying to be good and a perfect cadet is trying to be bad, life is going to be interesting. I enjoyed how the chapters flipped from her point of view in one, then to his point of view in the next. The book is written in first person, but with such quality writing, I didn’t notice. I highly recommend this book. It’s a perfect read for anyone who enjoys, historicals, a good love story, or books about the military. I was provided with a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Bethany House!
BBulow More than 1 year ago
Flirtation Walk may not usurp my favorite spot of Siri Mitchell’s books, but it is definitely a favorite of the year so far. What an utterly fun and charming story! Siri’s books are always light and fun, but also impart a real truth to the reader. Combine that with winning characters and a unique historical setting, and I'm hooked. Lucinda Pennyworth is a bit of a contradiction. She wants to be respectable and normal, but her years of helping her father with his cons on unsuspecting victims have marked her in ways she doesn’t even realize. As she meets and gets to know her mother’s family, she comes to understand just how hard it will be to shed her present of her past mistakes. At first she uses her father’s tactics almost without realizing it, and I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like her. However, Siri is able to show Lucinda’s potential to the reader even before she herself realizes it. In terms of the faith aspect of the book, there is nothing earth-shattering here, but rather a lighter thread about overcoming past mistakes, forgiving yourself and accepting forgiveness from others. I say this nearly every time I read one of Siri’s books, but it’s true every time – she always chooses unique settings and times in history. In Flirtation Walk, it is West Point Academy and the surrounding town, not many years before the Civil War plunges the nation into chaos. Honestly, I was a little worried before starting the book. How interesting could a story and characters at West Point be? The answer is very interesting on both counts. I loved the tidbits and facts about military life at West Point, how confining it was, yet how much pride the cadets took in their lives there. Seth Westcott is an endearing character and definitely my favorite of the book. Perhaps his decisions seemed unlikely throughout the book, but I think they are supposed to seem that way, especially since they backfire on him. Seth’s friends are some of the most humorous secondary characters that I’ve read about in a while. It was obvious that they each had their own stories; in fact, Siri wrote a short story for Otter, and it suited his character perfectly. The others seem to have their own story as well; perhaps once day Siri will be able to tell their stories as well, but in the meantime, it’s fun to make up what I want to happen in my mind. There are several witty bits of dialogue that I loved, and everything ends well – the ending itself was so winsome and perfectly suited to the characters and their story. This isn’t super serious romantic historical, but rather has a lot of humorous moments. It’s definitely unique and perhaps not for readers that don’t appreciate some comedy in their historicals. I personally have always been drawn to books that stands out from the norm in the Christian fiction world, and Siri’s books have always held that unique element for me. I have one more of her historical fiction novels to read, as well as a couple of her contemporary stories that I haven't gotten to yet. I know that she is going to take a bit of a break from writing now, which is understandable, but bittersweet for this reader. While I read across many genres and types of books, I have Siri to thank for sparking my love of Christian fiction, especially as a reader who once scoffed at it, and only gave it a chance because of her book She Walks in Beauty. So, thank you, Siri, for daring to write books that don't fall in line perfectly with the rest of CBA, and I'll be
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In her most recent historical novel Flirtation Walk, author Siri Mitchell introduces us to the bygone days of West Point military academy. In a nostalgic setting, the plot of Flirtation Walk unfolds to share the stories of Lucinda and Seth. Seth Westcott, the aspiring cadet who has the respect of both classmates and professors alike, decides that his preferential status is preventing him from going to help his sister. Appealing to classmates who know the art of collecting demerits, Seth struggles to become less than he is. In contrast, Lucinda Hammond comes to Buttermilk Falls destitute and alone to stay with her mother’s family. Lucinda idealized her father, but she is learning he is not what he appeared to be. And while she knows she and her father provided for themselves through deceiving others, Lucinda struggles to become a woman of integrity. I love how author Siri Mitchell artfully juxtaposes Seth and Lucinda’s weaknesses and struggles and uses those inadequacies to tell of a story of how expectations and reality can both mislead. With strong main characters and unpretentious supporting characters, Mitchell has created a story that entertains and informs. I particularly love how Mitchell uses the character of Phoebe to show Lucinda what really matters in life. Overall, Flirtation Walk was a well written, thought-provoking novel. I did find the pace slow, but still enjoyed the story and the clever character development as the novel progressed. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell for my candid review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
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 received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
BookLover16 More than 1 year ago
Flirtation Walk is a captivating novel filled with historical details. I enjoyed learning about life as a cadet at West Point before the Civil War took place. And I was pleased to find out that there really is a path called Flirtation Walk at West Point. I loved the uniqueness of this book. I've not read any book even remotely similar. The characters inspire the reader to make wise decisions and let faith guide them on their journey. A thumbs-up to the author, Siri Mitchell for an excellent book!
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
Flirtation Walks By Siri Mitchell 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. 4 Stars ISBN 978-0-7642-1038-9
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell is about the daughter of a con-man and a soldier about to head down an unlikely path in order to take care of his sister. It follows their escapades, and tells a story of change, forgiveness, and truth. Well ... as much as I've loved some of Siri Mitchell's other books (especially for their rich historical detail), Flirtation Walk wasn't so much my style. Not enough action. I wasn't very fond of the characters. The storyline was rather strange to me. Seth, one of our main characters, annoyed me time and again because he constantly gave in and listened to the bad advice of his annoying friends and did stupid things! *ahem* Lucinda, living under the shadow of her deceased con-man father, also frustrated me sometimes with her attitude. Other characters that were supposed to be good, I guess, acted in ways that were unimpressive to me. All in all, this is simply my personal opinions and likings. This book may be just the thing for you because we have different taste in books! *smiles* It still was an enjoyable read, ultimately, just not a favorite. It does show two people rising above their circumstances, no matter what people said, no matter the pressure to do otherwise, and changing for the better. A good message. It didn't have a very noticeable faith theme, as I remember; but there was some talk of God. Ultimately, a sweet, though unusual, historical romance. I received a copy of Flirtation Walk from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Meghan_G More than 1 year ago
This book is a classic example of judging a book by its cover--hence my desire to read and review it. It's rare nowadays to see covers in this historical romance genre that don't show the character's faces. There is something more alluring to me when we are not allowed a glimpse of the character's faces and, in turn, are given a sense of place and destination of the characters. So it is with Flirtation Walk. We open to New York pre-Civil War, the antebellum era--a favorite--at West Point Military Academy. The hero, Seth Westcott is an up and coming captain slated to join an elite group of soldiers who will go abroad to study engineering--he is a disciplined, black and white individual who strives to do his very best in all he does. Until news from home upsets his future previously all but laid out in stone and his brother's heart must choose between career or tracking down a despicable swindler who took advantage of his sister's naivety and stole her inheritance. What Seth doesn't expect to run into is Lucinda Pennyworth--a woman trying her best to be good and to redeem herself by making it her mission to marry a respectable man to impress her relatives and redeem herself. When we first meet Lucinda, much of her world is rocked off its axis upon stepping off the steamboat onto the soil of Buttermilk Falls, still reeling at the news of the death of her father. She finds a haven with her mother's sister and cousins as well as an old contemporary of her shifty father's--her own uncle! Her identity is further shattered upon learning the truth about both parents--dredging up years worth of lies from her father. A gentle romance, the main characters in this novel flew off the page due in part to the fact of Siri's stellar first person point of view technique--a writing style rare to historical fiction. One thing I loved as well were the vibrant secondary characters--quite a cast of them, let me tell you. Lucinda's young cousins, Seth's good friends who, despite being at the bottom of their class, were so loyal and good humored. I have to comment on the romance. Hashtag forever a hopeless romantic. Seth and Lucinda's individual goals were so opposite, as well as their backgrounds, but it worked. Not only did it amp up the conflict and the odds of the story, but I was reminded afresh of why I love Christian fiction. No background, past, or present trials are too big for God. This was beautifully woven through out every page of this story, including the sweet romance, keeping me turning the pages past midnight some nights and eager to see how both characters would continue to change individually, and grow together in spite of the odds. Having read the author's historical notes first, I was excited to learn more about the academy from whence a host of Civil War generals on either side graduated (or famously did not graduate) from. The historical details are rich and vivid in this story, but what left the greatest impression on me via the individual journeys both Seth and Lucinda took, especially after their roads converged with secrets revealed and forgiveness needed, was the heart of the story. The heart of the story brilliantly summed up by, fittingly, a line from the West Point Cadet Prayer: Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole can be won.
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
From the first time I read a Siri Mitchell novel back in 2008, she has been on my must-read list of authors. Flirtation Walk completely enthralled me, not only with its story but with her portrayal of life at West Point in the 1850's. I loved so many things about this book. The characters, especially Lucinda and Seth, walked straight off the pages and into my heart. Even some of Seth's ne'er-do-well fellow cadets managed to endear themselves to me. The fierce competition for "pecking order" between the cadets and the dilemma that arises when family responsibility conflicts with the ever-present rigor and discipline of military service are aptly depicted. Mitchell beautifully intertwines Lucinda's quest to rid herself of the baggage of her past with Seth's efforts to ensure his future, tucking in nuggets of faith and several surprises that kept me reading "just one more chapter" until I finished the book practically in one sitting. Her notes at the conclusion of the story, relating her research and several actual happenings on which she based portions of this novel, are as fascinating as the tale itself. Put Flirtation Walk at the top of your spring reading list and grab your copy of this must-read today! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House Publishers for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This book is written in the first person alternating chapters between Lucinda and Seth. This is a story of overcoming past, living with our choices and finding forgiveness along the way. Lucinda is trying to start a new life for herself. She is not sure what to think of this new home and their love for God. Lucinda wonders if it is to late for her. When a huge surprise must force her to decide on truth or not, will she be able to make the correct choice? And at what cost will her decision be? Seth has been at the top of his class for a long time. While maintaining his gentleman qualities and the respect of his fellow soldiers. When his sister is in need of him, he will stop at nothing to help her. But can he live with the consequences of his choices?
LannieM More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell. This was a very enjoyable book that checked all the boxes for romantic and entertaining reading! I absolutely adored the characters, and I felt that the story and romance progressed nicely and at a realistic pace. Siri Mitchell has obviously researched her books very well, as the story is very authentic in regards to military history and West Point without reading like a university textbook. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read that I would highly recommend! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
When reading a book by Siri Mitchell you know you are in for a one of a kind experience. I love her characters and can relate to what they are feeling and going through. I found this book impossible to put down, and loved every minute of it. Flirtation Walk was so interesting to read! I enjoyed hearing about how some of the soldiers lived when learning at West point. It was fun to travel to a different time and place, so unlike any book I’ve read. Most of the story takes place in Buttermilk Falls and West point, which are about a mile apart. We follow Lucinda and Seth as they try and make their way in the world doing what they believe is right. Lucinda wants nothing more than a fresh start. After hearing her father has died, she embarks on a journey to be a good person and put her past behind her. She believes she will be able to do that in Buttermilk Falls. Lucinda hopes that by helping her family here and there that she is on the way to becoming who she wants to be. She now realizes she must eventually marry, and a cadet seems like her best option. When she meets Seth, she feels like he might be the one for her. Will she let past mistakes get in the way of her future? Can a person really change from the way they were raised? All Seth has been doing lately is studying. All his studying has resulted him in being the top of his class, but he doesn’t know how to do anything else. When he finds out his sister was swindled for their inheritance, Seth wants nothing more that to find out who is responsible. Meeting Lucinda makes him wish that he could take a different path. Getting to the bottom of the class won’t be an easy task. Is it worth all he would be losing? And does Lucinda factor in the decision? I loved the secondary characters in this story. They were all so interesting and brough a lot to the story. They each had the things they were best at, and that’s what made them a good team. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction. Mitchell is amazing at helping you picture the scene without unnecessary details. She had my dying to find out what was going to happen next. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
Butterflyblogger More than 1 year ago
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? I found this book to be rather slow. I had a lot of trouble getting into it. Lucinda finally finds out how it feels to be swindled when she finds out she isn’t even a Pennyworth. Seth tries his best to get to the bottom of his class at West Point. I guess I didn’t really understand why he was doing that. I guess it would have ruined the story for him to just go and explain his situation to his superiors. They both learned that keeping secrets is never a good idea. I am more of a suspense/thriller type of reader. Would I recommend this book? I can’t really answer that question. It was not my cup of tea but then someone else might thoroughly enjoy it. I received this book from the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
EllieFaye More than 1 year ago
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.