Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday Book Mania! Love's Pursuit by Siri Mitchell

Welcome to Monday Book Mania where I tell you about books I recommend by authors I love.

I'm so excited about this Monday's feature as I loved this Siri Mitchell book as well as Constant Heart.

About Siri: She has written six novels, two of which (Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door) were named Christy Award Finalists. A graduate from the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She currently resides in the Washington DC metro area.

About the book:
n 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?


My Review:
I have SO looked forward to this next installment in Siri Mitchell's Stoneybrook series from Bethany House and it exceeded my expectations. Siri's prose is beautiful, the way she weaves words together is something any author can appreciate. Another thing I loved about this book was the depth of emotion and how very much I came to care about the characters. When you find yourself fretting over them through the story as though they were real, you KNOW the author did a superb and seamless job with characterization. Also, the character "voice" in this story felt so authentic and true to time period. I never felt jarred out of it by words or narrative that seemed too modern for the period. This is NOT an easy feat for historical authors. Siri wrote in such a way that I could "hear" the characters' voices and thought and it thrust me even deeper into the setting and time period.

Siri is a new favorite author and, in my opinion, a groundbreaking author in the realm of Puritan-focused fiction. This book really makes you think about what people in that time period had to endure and the reality of it portrayed realistically in this beautiful work of fiction will really yank your heartstrings. Yet it didn't feel like a history lesson. Amish books are huge right now. If you enjoy prarie romances or Amish fiction, you will love Siri's puritan-themed stories.

Don't miss this treasure of a book! Run out and get it wherever books are sold.


Cheryl Wyatt

More info on Love's Pursuit can be found at the Bethany House Web site.

Check out Siri's Web site.

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