She Walks in Beauty - eBook  -     By: Siri Mitchell
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Bethany House / 2010 / ePub

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For a young society woman seeking a favorable marriage, so much depends on her social season debut. Clara Carter has been given one goal: secure the affections of the city's most eligible bachelor. Debuting means plenty of work--there are corsets to be fitted, dances to master, manners to perfect. Her training soon pays off, however, as celebrity's spotlight turns Clara into a society-page darling. Yet Clara soon wonders if this is the life she really wants. Especially when she learns her best friend has also set her sights on Franklin De Vries. When a man appears who seems to love her simply for who she is and gossip backlash turns ugly, Clara realizes it's not just her marriage at stake--the future of her family depends on how she plays the game.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781441207579
ISBN-13: 9781441207579
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For a young society woman seeking a favorable marriage in the late 1890s, so much depends on her social season debut. Clara Carter has been given one goal: secure the affections of the city's most eligible bachelor. Debuting means plenty of work--there are corsets to be fitted, dances to master, manners to perfect. Her training soon pays off, however, as celebrity's spotlight turns Clara into a society-page darling.

Yet Clara wonders if this is the life she really wants, especially when she learns her best friend has also set her sights on Franklin De Vries. When a man appears who seems to love her simply for who she is, and gossip backlash turns ugly, Clara realizes it's not just her heart at stake--the future of her family depends on how she plays the game.

Author Bio

Siri Mitchell, author of A Constant Heart and Love's Pursuit, has written six novels, two of which were named Christy 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 and her family currently reside in the DC metro area.

Publisher's Weekly

Mitchell (Love’s Pursuit ) sets her newest historical in Gilded Age New York, an opulent time and place when marrow spoons and exceedingly tight corsets were in vogue among the moneyed. The motherless Clara Carter is making her debut in society, and her aunt and her physician father expect her to win the hand of Franklin DeVries, the wealthiest catch of the season. Clara’s best friend Lizzie is also aiming for DeVries, and Clara is caught between duty, friendship, and her own desires, which tend more toward Byron’s poetry than bombazine hats. Mitchell’s story is well researched, with fascinating details, and Clara is a complex character. The plot machinery creaks loudly at points: three overheard conversations is at least one too many. A social consciousness plot thread dealing with New York’s slums is weak. But those who love historicals can have their fill as well as any debutante supping on oysters and clutching her filled dance card; Mitchell delivers the historical goods. (Apr.)Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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  1. New England
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    interesting read
    April 25, 2012
    Lis P
    New England
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    My debut read by Siri Mitchell, She Walks in Beauty, was most interesting. Siri delves into New York's high society peopled by the Astors and the Vanderbilts, in addition to the main characters. Clara Carter is the daughter of a prominent physician, and her father has determined that she is to "catch" the De Vries heir. While painting a fascinating picture of New York's Gilded age, Siri also addresses some of the high costs of high fashions of the time, and gives us a glimpse into the early creation of "Celebrity" by the media. Politics and Tammany Hall are also addressed.

    I enjoyed reading this novel, and am now heading towards little bit of a Siri Mitchell "kick." I was entertained by her sense of humor and lithe descriptions of personalities and historic environs. I also appreciate the irony in the juxtaposition of Siri's description of a fashionable debutante who is made to feel worthless, in spite of her brains and beauty, by the people who appear to value her the most~ the concept that no matter what she does it will never be enough, with the certainty that God loves us "Just as I am" ~ and that hold for the wealthy as well as the poor~ we all need Him equally, whether residing in a mansion or a tenement.

    *Disclaimer~ I received this book for free in hopes that I would write a review. My review was based on the paperback version of this title, not the ebook.
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good!
    April 13, 2012
    Lala
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was a really good book! It had a good pace and had a good story line!
  3. California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good book!
    April 13, 2012
    Sqwiggles
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    When I first started reading this book I wasn't sure if I would like it. Mainly because the character is a young girl and I didn't think I could relate. However, as I read on I found myself more absorbed in the book. I really did enjoy it. I loved the setting of the story and the time period of the book. The ending also didn't disappoint!
  4. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good read
    February 16, 2012
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "She Walks in Beauty" is a historical romance set in 1891 in New York City. The story was rich with historical detail, especially about the social season and fashions. The characters were engaging and acted realistically. I liked what Clara learned about romance. It wasn't a typical "oh, he makes my heart beat wildly! I must love him..." romance novel.

    A point was made about Clara receiving an education in math and science instead of social graces and how she wanted to go college, so I was surprised that desire was never brought up again later. The suspense in the story was mainly seeing if Clara would make good choices despite the pressure she was under and if she'd end up with the man best suited to her.

    After being convinced by her aunt that no one will like her unless she tortures herself to become the current notion of beautiful, Clara longs for someone to love her just as she is--too tall, big lips, and without a 18 inch waist. She remembers a hymn from church, "Just As I Am," and as the story progresses she comes to realize that God loves her just as she is.

    There were no sex scenes. There was a very minor amount of "he cussed" style bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting and engaging novel.
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