I have read a few of Siri's books now and I really do think that she is just so original in her writing that I always wonder what she will bring me, the reader, next. In "A Constant Heart" she took us inside Queen Elizabeth's England and the unbelievable trends and lifestyles that went along with being a part of her court. In "Love's Pursuit" we go into early America and a Puritan community where Susannah is considered one of the ultimate, perfect Puritans. Only she knows better, she has many flaws but she really tries to please. All she wants is to get married to John and start a family like her friends. It seems so simple until life starts to get very complicated. A non-Puritan comes to the community to train the militia against the threat of savages. The captain lives with them while he trains the men and Susannah starts to feel things for Daniel that she has never felt for John. But wait, Susannah's betrothal to John gets foiled by the one person she can't stand and things go from bad to worse. Can Susannah ever find happiness in her pursuit of love? A story so well written that it will catapult you through time to join Susannah as she struggles to find her true love. I really enjoyed it!
Siri Mitchell has created a compelling read with characters so real they stayed with me long after I turned the last page. Intelligently written, beautiful prose, and outstanding research of a time few others have written about. This story made me think, and reminded me that God's grace covers all.
A beautiful story, beautifully told. The subplots hooked me, always surprising me when they took an unexpected turn. Siri's command of the period is dazzling, but the test of historical fiction is whether we can find ourselves in these women of long ago. I did, and I recommend this title!
I loved this book. It's not often a story completely captures me. I do a lot of reading and writing, so my attention span for cardboard characters is very short.Love's Pursuit is a genuine, sincere, well told story of life in 17th America.I couldn't put this book down. I read the bulk of it on a flight to DC. I was completely engaged in the story, the characters and the time period.Siri is an amazing storyteller, mastering the setting and nuances of the 17th century Purtain lifestyle. The dialog was dead on for the era, as well as the prose. Too many times, historical writers interject 21st century language and images, but not Mitchell.Susannah was a true, real life character. She was brillantly reflected in the secondary character Small-hope. I was enthralled with Mitchell's artistic approach to her characters.While both characters's story are told in first person, their voices are discernible and distinct. I still see Small-hope drifting among the people like a shadow.There is an incredible Christ picture in Small-hopes husband, who rescues her and loves her selflessly.Susannah is strong, yet yearning to be her own woman. She is respectful to her father even when he chooses a path for her she does not want. Though she questions God, she longs for a deep faith.Imagery and the fragrance of God is all over this well told story. Mitchell is quickly rising to be a premier historical author.She's always on my reading list.
I read this book not knowing what to expect. What I found was a fascinating journey into the lives of Puritans--a group of pious people I had never known much about. I loved walking with Susannah throughout her daily life--whatever that consisted of. Sometimes I wanted to throttle her--but that's only because she was being a good Puritan girl, not a modern American girl, making decisions as a good Puritan girl would. I learned what life was like emotionally as well as physically for these people. After the first shift in point of view, I knew who was talking at all times. I loved the dialogue which felt so real and rich. The characters did not speak alike. They all had their own cadence and manner. I loved how Mitchell portrayed love in simple, understated ways. As in real life, we could best see love through action rather than words. The love of God was clearly expressed through Daniel and small Hope's husband. This book did not hit you over the head with a forced Christian theme. Instead, God's redemption and care and concern was woven expertly throughout the story showing his gentle, careful, respectful persistence. The Christian message oozed subtly throughout the story. The plot took me on twists and turns I did not expect. It portrayed life more realistically rather than life as we wish it would be. As a woman who has experienced some of the situations described, I was impressed that Mitchell was able to create the emotions quite accurately. If you come to this book with certain expectations, you will probably be disappointed. Instead I highly recommend this book to those readers who want something unique and different.Mitchell did a fine job of writing such a difficult story with great finesse.