Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell {Historical Romance Review}

Historical Romance

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?


My Thoughts

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. 

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