Wednesday, 19 May 2010

She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell


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.

My take:~

Siri Mitchell is one of my favourite writers of contemporary romance and and her recent foray into historical fiction has been equally impressive. She Walks in Beauty is her third stand alone historical romance that highlights an element of fashion women felt bound to pursue. In an effort to ensure a marriage to the eligible de Vries heir, Clara Carter's father and aunt chart a course for young Clara which includes corsets, the latest fashion, etiquette training and exacting social behaviours. While Clara deplores the preening and parties, her loyalty and devotion to her family sees her acquiescing to the standards set by her aunt. Siri has created a wonderful character in Clara, a young woman struggling to understand the strictures of her society yet eager to do right by her family. Extremely well researched with fascinating details of corsetry and societal expectations, a gorgeous romance and enthralling plot, She Walks in Beauty is a beautiful story that highlights Siri's consummate talent. Simply brilliant!

With thanks to the author and Bethany House for my review copy

Relz Reviewz Extras

Character spotlight on Clara Carter

Exclusive RBC Book Club Interview with Siri

Review of A Constant Heart

Character spotlight on Love's Pursuit's
characters and A Constant Heart's Marget & Lytham

Visit Siri's

Buy Siri's books at Amazon or Koorong


Anonymous said...

One of my favorite books I have read this year. =}

Christina T said...

Oh, I can't wait to read this! I just found out it is waiting for me at the library. I am glad you enjoyed it. I was really impressed with Love's Pursuit.

CherryBlossomMJ said...

You got an award from me!

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Wonderful review! :)

I'm looking forward to reading this one, too. My fave of her books is The Cubicle Next Door.

Jennifer @ Quiverfull Family said...

I loved this one too Rel!

scrappy quilter said...

One of my favorite authors. Can't wait to read this one.

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