I have probably said this on the blog before, but I’ll read anything Siri Mitchell writes. Actually I’m positive I’ve said that before. She just has a way of taking any era and bringing it completely to life. So naturally her latest release is no different – I love the creative ways she tells this story.
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?
I don’t know much (read: nothing) about the history of West Point, so on that aspect, this novel was a delight. Knowing how much tradition plays in the school, it was really fun to see where some came about or how long many have been around. History fans, you’ll be so pleased with this one.
Not only that, Mitchell adds a fun twists, with a good guy needing to be “bad.” It’s creative and through her character development, you understand Seth and his reasons.
I also really enjoyed the ways Mitchell reminds readers through Lucinda’s story that our past doesn’t define our future. God uses and redeems all things and I was encouraged by that. Add an entertaining cast of characters (really liked them!) and I think my fellow historical fans will find this one another winner.
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(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)