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She Walks in Beauty

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

WONDERFUL!!

This is a lush view of the Gilded Age New York in the 1800s. Clara is a bright, intelligent young woman who dreams of going to Vassar College. She is informed by her father and aunt that it is her responsibility to marry the De Vries heir, Franklin, to set right the wro...
This is a lush view of the Gilded Age New York in the 1800s. Clara is a bright, intelligent young woman who dreams of going to Vassar College. She is informed by her father and aunt that it is her responsibility to marry the De Vries heir, Franklin, to set right the wrongs done by his family twenty years ago. Clara would much rather spend her time with her nose in a book, reading Byron's poetry or learning about science and interesting worldly matters than to have an eighteen inch waist and know proper etiquette, but she feels she must not go against her father's wishes. Thrown into the opulent world of upper class New York, she finds herself going from one party to the next and forced to second guess her lifelong friendship with Lizzie who also has her heart set on Franklin. The more she is exposed to the luxury, the more she starts to question value when measured against the plight of poor immigrants. The rich pay to keep their facade of respectability while the poor suffer such humiliation just to survive. Clara's beautiful heart, dignity and thirst for knowledge carry her through as she desires more in life than a marriage of convenience. This story is the perfect combination of romance, faith, suspense and great humor. It truly has something in it for everyone...The reader will soon be transported back into a beautiful and amazing era of life full of lush parties, scrumptious gowns and lots of PROPER ETTIQUETTE. WONDERFUL!!!


Other exciting books I've fallen in love with are: CONSTANT HEART, SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY, EXPLOSION IN PARIS, and HEART OF THE MATTER.

posted by LCH47 on June 25, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good book

I only have one complaint, for some reason each time a new chapter started there was at least one incorrect spelling. It was just odd. However, overall the book was good. Truly the love of money is the root of all evil. Also, it teaches that true love exist. Nicely done...
I only have one complaint, for some reason each time a new chapter started there was at least one incorrect spelling. It was just odd. However, overall the book was good. Truly the love of money is the root of all evil. Also, it teaches that true love exist. Nicely done and I recommend it.

posted by yaya82 on March 20, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2011

    GREAT!

    OH MY GOSH I LOVED THIS BOOK! HARDLY A FLUFFY FAIRY TALE! MUST MUST MUST READ!

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Great book.

    Loved this book.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    Fun and refreshing!

    This was one of the most enjoyable Victorian-era romances I've read, lighthearted yet filled with important moral and spiritual lessons. I definitely will read more from Siri Mitchell.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Enjoyable reading

    I will look for more writen by this author.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    Excellent! Wish it had gone on !

    Great book!

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

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    I've never read anything by Siri Mitchell, but the cover and description had me intrigued. If they rest of her books are anything like this one, I will have to add them to my to read list. I was completely enthralled with this one. It's considered adult historical fiction, but would be totally appropriate for young adult as well.

    I had a feeling I would like it considering it's historical fiction and I was reminded of The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen. Clara is a character that will stick with you after you've read the book. She's forced into her debut by an aunt with an agenda. She's not as well rehearsed in the ways of society as her best friend, so her aunt gives her a crash course. She puts up with it all because she believes it her duty to do so. But, you can see the fire in her. When she breaks "the rules", she comes out being the belle of the ball unintentionally. I liked her because she's smart, loyal, and she doesn't fit the mold of the typical debutante.

    I also enjoyed the descriptions of the season. Some of the other books I've read seem to glamorize the process. This one seems to be the opposite. The constant competition to "catch" the best man, even with your best friend, must have been exhausting. Not to mention the politics involved. Then there's the opera's, the dinner's, the balls, and the at-home days. All this was done for the best possible match. And don't get me even started on the corsets...it made me cringe just reading about them.

    A wonderful book that I would have give a 5 too had it not been for the ending. I guess I was hoping to much for what I thought was the perfect ending. It still ended well and Clara choose who I wanted her to. But, the details were different. I wanted the confrontation and for Clara to stand up for herself. Although for her to have done that would have been atypical of a young women in that time period.

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