Thursday, April 8, 2010

She Walks In Beauty

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.


If you would like to read the first chapter of She Walks in Beauty, go HERE.

Book Description:  

Growing up I thought it would so elegant to wear the dresses and go to the balls like the ladies of the Guilded Age.    Little did I know!    She Walks In Beauty gave me a glimpse into what it was like to be a lady in the 1890s.     What work.   What rules.    

Etiquette from the 1890's: Women who had headaches were not allowed to rest as treatment. Instead they were told to walk backwards for 10 minutes at a slow pace.


Beauty Advice from the 1890s: If your lips are too large, practice saying "p", "prisms", and "prunes" several hours a day. Saying these "p" words will purse your lips and give them a smaller appearance and be much more appealing to suitors.

Politics in 1890s: Just as corrupt then as now!   Some things never change!

Church in the 1890s: Your most elaborate costumes are to be worn on Sundays. Wearing last year's colors... HORRORS! It is most advantageous to have the aisle so that the most people can access your gowns and hats. There are sermons at church? 

 As much as I loved the details of this book, I loved the relationships even more.    All of the relationships revolve around Clara.     A young woman who has been charged with finding not only a wealthy husband, but THE wealthy husband who will bring back honor that was lost in her family.     

Such a wonderfully written story by Siri Mitchell, but I wouldn't expect anything less!

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