In “Flirtation Walk” by Siri Mitchell, Lucinda Pennyworth is trying to make a new life for herself after the death of her father. She seeks the comfort of living with her aunt, her mother’s sister, in West Point. Her family is not welcoming, but she promises to change and become a lady under the tutelage of her aunt and uncle, who is a professor at West Point. Lucinda’s father was a con man and dragged her into his schemes as a shill for his deceptions. He conned the rich, the poor, women, men, anyone from whom he thought he could profit and he didn’t care if he left them destitute. His untimely death caused Lucinda to take stock of her life and realize that she could be something different. She wanted to meet a good man and marry and have a family.
She is introduced to two West Point cadets, both charming and ambitious. One cadet, Seth, has just learned that his mother has died and left his sister to run a farm. The sister decides to sell the farm and move to Kentucky to be with relatives, but along the way she is swindled of her money by a con man and stuck at a fort until she can get enough money to travel on. Seth vows to find this man and get their money back.
Lucinda and Seth both get the shock of their lives when Lucinda’s father turns up. What happens next will keep you guessing until the end.
I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Bethany House.