Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell

I have not read any books by Siri Mitchell, but I have several on my to-read list on Goodreads. So, Flirtation Walk was my first!

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?

The Author
Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.
But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a speaker and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.
Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.

My Review
3.5 stars
Lucinda was raised by her con-man father. She knew nothing about him other than the lies he had told her. Now he's died and she has gone to the only family she has left- her mother's family in West Point, NY. The longer she is there, the more she learns about who he father really was. She wants to marry a respectable man. Campbell Conklin seems like the perfect match...maybe.
Seth is a top cadet at West Point. But his sister has been swindled by someone, and is stranded and money-less. Seth needs to help his sister and is desperate. He's also falling for Lucinda...
I honestly had a hard time getting in to this book. I just never felt a connection to the characters. It moved slowly and gave so much detail about things I didn't think were important. So, it dragged at parts and I found myself skimming. I will say that the historical aspect seemed well-researched and I really liked the fact that Seth's decision to stop attending classes and racking up demerits closely resembled the real life choices of Edgar Allen Poe. I really enjoy when history is portrayed correctly and I think Siri Mitchell did a good job with that!
Overall, I think people will enjoy this book. I think maybe it just wasn't a perfect match for me and sometimes that just happens. I was given a free copy of this ebook via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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