It’s officially Spring here in North Carolina, and that means our version of snow, aka POLLEN, is everywhere.
And I do mean, EVERYWHERE.
Over the cars, covering the streets, floating on top of our lakes and streams.
It even manages to creep inside the buildings. In fact, I’m looking at a pollen covered windowsill that hasn’t been opened since last November. How? How does that happen?!
I think two things in this world really took to heart what God said when he told Adam & Eve to go forth and multiply – kudzu and pollen!
But, a bright beacon through all of this yellow-green fog is authors like Siri Mitchell who write such wonderful novels. I can curl up in my over-sized chair overlooking the outside world, pretending it isn’t cloaked in green grit, and bury myself deep into another period of time. Which is precisely what I did with Flirtation Walk, Siri Mitchell’s latest novel.
Written by: Siri Mitchell
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Month, Year: March, 2016
At West Point, Only True Love Should Lead You to Flirtation Walk
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?
A comedic story to be sure, Siri Mitchell takes us on a wild adventure through the halls and hills of West Point Military Academy. Seth Westcott, top-ranking military cadet has suddenly found himself needing to fail at the Academy in order to save his sister from a dastardly situation. He enlists the help of his fellow, though less-impressively ranked, cadets, the Immortals, to help him on this journey to the bottom of the class. The pranks, ruckus, and dishevelment that ensues are simultaneously cringe-worthy and hilarious, and more than once I found myself wishing this was a new comedy show on tv.
During Seth’s tumultuous decline, he happens to meet his favorite professors’ niece, Lucinda Pennyworth, a young woman ready for a new start in life. As a con-man’s daughter, Lucinda knows just how to snag a respectable man, but when she sets her sights on Seth, respectability flies out the window, and she finds herself caught up in his schemes by mere coincidence.
I loved being able to read the action through both Lucinda’s and Seth’s views; it made the story even more vibrant and exciting than it already was. I also loved seeing the friendship between Lucinda and her blind cousin, Phoebe, blossom as the story wove on. Phoebe is such a sweet and wise soul, and she is very grounded; the makings of a perfect companion for Lucinda.
I’ve been a fan of Siri Mitchell’s works for a long time and Flirtation Walk is another book that will be held high on my bookshelves. I highly recommend Flirtation Walk or any of Siri Mitchell’s other novels – you won’t be disappointed.
I was graciously provided a free hard-copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.