This is the second Siri Mitchell book I’ve gotten for review. Sadly, Love’s Pursuit was not as good as A Constant Heart. The main heroine, Susannah, and the sub plot heroine, Small Hope are opposite sides of a coin. To balance them she has Simeon [the bad guy] and Thomas. I did enjoy the story of Small Hope and Thomas. I would have enjoyed the book more if they were the main plot and Susannah and Simeon the secondary story.
The Puritan lifestyle and the soldier’s debates make for some interesting reading, but it could not wipe out the sadness. I just don’t like stories that end sad – including Romeo and Juliet. So, don’t think that because it ends sad it’s bad writing – obviously Romeo and Juliet has endured for a while. I personally read for escape and relaxation; sad endings don’t help with those two things.
In the small Puritan community of Stoneybrooke, Massachusetts, Susannah Phillips stands out both for her character and beauty. She wants only a simple life but soon finds herself pursued by the town’s wealthiest bachelor and by a roguish military captain sent to protect them. One is not what he seems and one is more than he seems.
In trying to discover true love’s path, Susannah is helped by the most unlikely of allies, a wounded woman who lives invisible and ignored in their town. As the depth, passion, and sacrifice of love is revealed to Susannah, she begins to question the rules and regulations of her childhood faith. In a community where grace is unknown, what price will she pay for embracing love?
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