ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including in Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.
But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a sermon and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.
Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.
A Constant Heart was her sixth novel. Two of her novels, Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door were Christy Award finalists. She has been called one of the clearest, most original voices in the CBA.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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?
If you would like to read the first chapter of Love's Pursuit, go HERE
Siri Mitchell's latest historical novel is an engrossing look into the Puritan ways of life during colonization. I really enjoyed the examination of the issue of faith vs. works, a struggle most Christians deal with on a daily basis.
Susannah's transformation is truly touching. It's not without conflict and great struggle, but it is a true and wonderful one.
All this being said, I feel compelled to state that this was not my favorite Siri Mitchell novel. It is the second of her historical offerings I've read, and frankly I enjoyed her Elizabethan era novel A Constant Heart much more than this one. I really enjoy her contemporary stories the most, particularly her Christy award winning The Cubicle Next Door. It took me awhile to get into this story. The shift in narrators also gets to be confusing at times.
Overall, if you enjoy historical American fiction with Scriptural truths and accurate historical details, this would be a book for you. If you're looking for something light, however, this is not the book for you.