Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley (to review)
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Book Description: 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?
My thoughts: Lucinda is a young woman who has recently learned that her father passed away. She is conflicted with feelings of affection for her father and gratitude that she no longer has to help him in his schemes as a con-man. She is looking forward to the opportunity to have a normal life and get away from fraud.
She finds her way to her mother's sister near West Point Academy. While there she learns about love, respect, friendship, family, gratitude, and God. Many of these are foreign attributes. She grew up on the run from one town to the next.
I loved reading about Lucinda. She is a good girl who thought that she was not of worth. She was used as a tool to get gain. She didn't know if she was worthy of love and forgiveness.
When you have a great female character it's nice to have a strong male character. Seth filled the spot well. He and his sister are victims of a swindler. This puts a twist on the story that makes it interesting. Both Seth and Lucinda are keeping secrets.
The beginning of the book was a little slow, but as it progressed it got better. I loved the way that Siri Mitchell was able to write a historical fiction novel that portrayed life a soldiers life at West Point and kept me entertained.