Disclaimer: Flirtation Walk, by Siri Mitchell, was provided by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
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 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 tow lonely hearts be condemned to casual flirtation?
I think another title would have been more fitting for this novel than Flirtation Walk, since the aforementioned walk only appears about two or three times and isn’t really all that important to the story beyond a place for Seth and Lucinda to walk. It’s also one of those titles where you want to hide the book so no one thinks you’re reading some sort of cheesy romance novel, and this book was (surprisingly) not cheesy at all.
Granted, I did have a few issues: it was not realistic at all that 1.) Lucinda would actually believe the note that was sent to her about her father dying and 2.) not go check to make sure the note was correct. I know Lucinda didn’t much like her father, but still—if you get a note saying that your father has died, you should go confirm it, especially if the note is sent by someone you don’t even know and your father died of something you were positive he didn’t have. So in that respect, Lucinda was unfortunately depicted as, well, not particularly bright.
My other major issue was that I didn’t think a handful of meetings and one or two walks at night was enough for the romance that we are supposed to believe blossomed between Lucinda and Seth. Yes, I know that this actually happens, but to me, it simply wasn’t believable. It might have been better if we got to see Seth and Lucinda talk about anything of substance, but their conversations seemed fleeting and only focused on surface things, until the end when Lucinda reveals more about herself briefly.
However, those issues aside, I did like Flirtation Walk. Lucinda’s struggle with herself and her relationship with her family, Seth’s determination to help his sister no matter the personal cost and the helplessness he feels, and the camaraderie displayed between the cadets were all wonderfully depicted and developed. It had its bobbles, yes, but overall, Flirtation Walk was quite pleasant.
My rating: 3/5
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian
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