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?
The first thing I will say about this story was I loved the arrangement of it. Having each chapter alternate between Lucinda’s and Seth’s perspective really made me connect with these two primary characters immediately and like them. Although Lucinda and Seth come from two different walks of life, their growing relationship was believable and despite Lucinda’s rebellious past, hearing things from her perspective made me root for her—for things to turn out well for her in the end.
The story for a good part moved along steadily, really uncovering the reasons behind the actions that Seth and Lucinda took. I would say the focus for at least half of the story was about Lucinda learning to assimilate to a new life, a much different life from the one she lived, and Seth learning to take risks, dangerous risks for a greater cause.
Although I would say that this story is not one full of suspense and action, it does have its surprising moments, which turns up later on in the end. The one major thing that kept me turning the pages was its natural humor that was woven in a lot of the characters throughout the story. Sometimes while reading, I could almost visualize the scenes clearly.
Yes, I would recommend this to those who like natural humor and stories that are character focus. The messages of redemption and fearlessness stand out in this story and may appeal to those who are looking for that.
4 out of 5 stars…Again, it is this story’s natural humor and likeability of characters that made this an easy read. I felt like I was able to connect with Lucinda and Seth immediately.
***This book was given to me by Bethany House for an honest review.***