She Walks in Beauty

She Walks in Beauty

by Siri Mitchell

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ISBN-13: 9781441207579
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Series: Against All Expectations Collection , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 127,472
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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.
Siri Mitchell has written nearly a dozen novels, three of which were named Christy Award finalists. A graduate of 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 D.C. metro area. Learn more at www.sirimitchell.com.

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She Walks in Beauty 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 181 reviews.
LCH47 More than 1 year ago
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.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
All I have to say is, wow. This book was really good! from the start I was interested in Clara, and had taken an instant liking to her. The plot was a nice easy pace that flowed smoothly and descriptions and detailed scenes as to what Clara had to go through to act properly during her debut were well done and very engaging to read. Her social outings were well written and every time one ended, I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen at the next party or dinner she attended. Her social "training" was comical to read at times and some of her social blunders made you want to cringe for her (like when she lost her shoe). Yet aside from those light moments, there were serious moments as well. I didn't like her Aunt who treated her like a chess piece, and although Clara's father wasn't really a main character, when I learnt more of his true colors, he wasn't a very likable person at all. It was very interesting to read about the various rules women and men had to go by in order to go about in society. Some rules I found absolutely ridiculous, yet some had very awful consequences (tightlacing corsets for example). I really did like how Clara developed as a character. From a very naive girl to one who just wanted to be who she wanted to be, and to do what she wanted to do. She wasn't afraid of the social consequences and at times was brave enough to do something that went against the conventional rules. I also loved her friendship with Lizzie. Although they were "rivals" in their debuts, it was sad to see how they were pawns to their relatives and were even sometimes asked to turn against each other in order to have the greater advantage in attracting Mr De Vries. However I'm glad their friendship meant much more to them and it was just wonderful to read how the two of them got along so well despite social pressures. I actually wanted to learn more about Clara and her mother, although when Clara finds out what happens to her mother, it was actually quite horrifying to read. (I can't really be specific, it'll give the plot away). Albeit a novel in Christian fiction, there isn't much about God and theology so it's not preachy. Which makes the novel great for those that aren't into the Christian fiction genre. It certainly seemed to lean towards historical romance much more than Christian literature. The plot does become a little predictable, but that did not bother me, I was too engaged into the plot. Overall, a wonderful, beautiful read. I greatly enjoyed it and for those that love to read about America in the 1890's please give this a try (actually, for those that like The Luxe series, this is definitely for you - no backstabbing involved here though but just enjoy it nevertheless).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, let me say that I really enjoyed the story. However, I was amazed by the typos that so frequently disfigured the first few words of each chapter, where they were printed in all caps to make them completely unavoidable. Keep the author. Fire the proofreader!
devasha More than 1 year ago
I love a book that not only captures my imagination, but expands my knowledge of times past. She Walks in Beauty did just that. Clara Carter is a beautiful young debutante in New York's luxurious Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century. Her sole purpose is to secure a marriage proposal by the end of her debut season, but not just any proposal. Her family has decided that she is to marry the most sought-after heir in New York. With her fate settled and her waist being constricted with a corset, Clara is whisked into ballrooms, operas, and dinner parties. The heart can't be commanded, however, and Clara soon realizes that marriage for love is far more worthy than a marriage for the sake of money and good standing. Her future lies in the balance of romance and convenience. I thoroughly enjoyed She Walks in Beauty. I often read it during my breaks at work and was always disappointed when I had to put it down. I learned much about the Gilded Age, a period of American history that I was largely unfamiliar with. The Gilded Age was the beginning of celebrity obsession, and to read the story of a beautiful young debutante who loathed the attention was fascinating. I often have a hard time truly enjoying historical fiction, but this book was fabulous. Pick up a copy and be whisked back to another time. I was provided a copy of She Walks in Beauty by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review.
WendiB More than 1 year ago
She Walks In Beauty By Siri Mitchell Published by Bethany House Set in New York City in 1891, an unsuspecting and unprepared young woman is thrust into the public eye; one of several young ladies making a debut that season. The goal? To catch and marry the wealthiest heir, by any means necessary. There are rules, but some rules are meant to be broken. There are friendships, but all is fair in love and war. isn't it? In a time when young women were discouraged from educating themselves in anything other than social manipulation and the pursuit of the highest possible status (via marriage), Clara Carter finds herself in a completely undesirable environment. With no options and no permissible voice of her own, she becomes a pawn in a game larger than she could ever imagine. A phenomenal piece of historical fiction, She Walks In Beauty is a tragic reminder of our societal past. Mitchell writes with exquisite detail, passion and clarity drawing the reader into every moment of her young heroines life. This is one book I could not put down, devouring all 392 pages in less than a day. I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Danny_R22 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful read and I enjoyed every second of it. I found at times that I couldn't keep a smile of my face at some of the things that would happen in the book. I really couldn't put this book down and didn't want it to end. This is a must read and I recommend it to everyone. Sometimes I wish I could go to such exciting balls and dinner parties. It was easy to escape into the world of these pages.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell is a lush yet realistic view of Gilded Age New York. Clara Carter has been informed by her father and aunt that it is her responsibility to marry the De Vries heir, Franklin, to right wrongs done by his family twenty years ago. Clara would much rather spend her time with her nose in a book of Byron's poetry or learning about science and the world than have an eighteen inch waist and know the difference between a lettuce fork and a lemon fork, but she feels helpless to go against her father's will. Thrown into the lushly 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 its value when seen against the plight of immigrants. Mitchell perfectly depicts this era in New York, where the rich pay to keep their veneer of respectability while the poor are forced to suffer ever deeper humiliations to survive. Clara's beautiful heart carries her through, and readers will find themselves falling in love with her dignity and desire for something more than a marriage of convenience. There are a few too plot contrivances that don't quite work (three overheard conversations in one novel pushes believability), but for the most part, readers won't be able to put down this story of romance, integrity, and hope.
rmlo More than 1 year ago
The story line was captivating, the characters well developed, and I feel it really showed the challenges of this time period and what different individuals did to overcome them.  I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminds me of the classics I love like EMMA, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre. etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Tiffani Freeman More than 1 year ago
Beautiful cover...sample has me hooked! :)
AAR More than 1 year ago
SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY bySiri Mitchell is an Inspirational historical fiction set in 1891 New York City during the Gilded Age.It is well written with great detail and depth. It has deception,keeping ones faith, forgiveness, romance, wealth, privilege,friendship, fashion, finding ones true self,desires of the heart and family obligations. It gives insight into the social class of the Gilded Age. Clara is bright, intelligent, pretty, passionate,and is a pawn in her father and aunt's game to right a wrong to their family.She is having her debut into society and is being forced to marry the heir to a banking kingdom. She does not realize the deception until after her father is dead. She would sacrifice her heart to help her family, but soon realizes she can not do what they expect of her. Franklin, the heir to the famous De Vries fortune, is selfish, arrogant, a womanizer, and Clara does not like him every much. Harry, is the youngest of the De Vries's son, he is friendly, handsome, down to earth, and Clara finds herself attracted to him. Lizzie, Clara's friend, finds herself attracted to Franklin, Lizzie enjoys the social scene where as Clara only endures it. They have their friendship tested because both of their families want the young women to marry the famous heir Franklin. This is truly an insight into our tragic Gilded Age history with all its glamor, parties, beautiful gowns and injustices to the lower social class. What women did back then to be beautiful will make you wonder why beauty was so important to the upper social class. If you enjoy the Gilded Age of 1800 New York City you will enjoy this one, for it has drama, injustice, glamor,beautiful balls and gowns. This book was received for review and details can be found at Bethany House Publishers and My Book Addiction and More.
howesew More than 1 year ago
Whether you are a fan of Christian Fiction or not, this is a great read! I couldn't put it down! Siri is great at revealing the daily lives of her characters. Although I had read about tight lacing and the problems it caused, Siri shows how it truly affected women of the time. Siri's characters are very real. She portrays the non-conformist so that they feel real and her heroine's trials become my own. Siri, I can't wait to see what woman's beauty torture you have to show us next! Makes me wonder what future women will think about waxing, liposuction, etc.
Zag4ever More than 1 year ago
If you like historical pieces with a genuine love story intertwined then this is the book for you. It is a wonderfully compassionate but accurate piece on the meaning of true love and relationships we all establish to find it. This story fills your mind with beautiful images of grand balls and debutantes of days gone by but not omitting the dark side of every families intentions. True love is what inherently we all want no matter what generation we are from. Also, the author bridges the gap between earthly relationships and the one we have with God. She does it eloquently, symbolically, and even very directly at times. This is a love story for many to enjoy from young to old alike.
RachelHauck60 More than 1 year ago
Admittedly, I've been a long time fan of Siri Mitchell's writing, but this book is her best, most captivating yet! I was completely drawn-in, becoming a member of New York's gilded society of the 1890s, savoring each page, soaking in every word, sighing with contentment as the story ended. (Though, I wished more and more pages followed!) As in her previous novels, Mitchell completely captures the tone, feel, and language of the age. She weaves true social issues seamlessly into the plot while creating true-to-life fictional characters. If you love great fiction, love a picturesque look into history through the lens of story, read Siri Mitchell. I highly recommend this book.
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I loved this novel. It transported me back to the Gilded Age and I felt the trials the women went through at the time. Siri is an amazing story teller and this is one of my favorite historicals that she has written.
vg2001 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Clara always intended to debut with her best friend, Lizzie, if she had to debut at all (and honestly, she deeply hoped she'd be able to do something else), but when the DeVries heir returns unexpectedly from a European tour, all those plans are moved up a year, and she must make her social debut in...two months! That is no time at all to learn all the social graces, like which of the dozen forks she's supposed to use for a lemon, how to communicate with a fan (note: itching your lip can lead to disastrous consequences!), how to dance with grace and elegance, and how not to LEAD when dancing. Add to that the gowns, undergarments, gloves, hats, shoes, and cloaks that must be ordered and life gets a little insane. It seems better when Lizzie's mother, too, decided to move her debut ahead by a year, but then the girls realize they have both been commanded by their families to "catch" and marry the DeVries heir, without any thought for what they themselves may want, and who they themselves may actually love.Being a girl, the whole idea of a social debut has always intrigued me, considering that, to at least some extent and in some strata of society, this still happens. The publisher's not kidding when they describe it as a game - all the ins and outs and manipulations and maneuverings were mind-spinning, and for all the glitz and glamour, I'm really, really glad I never had to go through that! But it does make for a highly readable novel!I was pleased with the quick wit, light tone, engaging characters, and page-turning plot. Usually in Christian fiction, you know right at the outset who's gonna end up together, and the fun of the story is waiting to see how it'll happen. In this one, I had some suspicions (and saw straight through one plot point immediately), but I honestly didn't know how it would turn out. That made it a more-than-usually fun read!The major criticism I have for this novel is really the same for any other "Christian" novel: most of the time, it's more inspirational in genre than actually Christian. There is very, very little mention of Christ (if at all), no use of the Word to reveal God (in fact, one character's mother is said to have taken her entire theology from the hymnal). The turning point comes not with a spiritual crisis that is resolved by falling on the mercy of God extended by grace through Christ, but instead by a self-help crisis that is resolved by the thought that maybe God loves us just as we are.Does He? Yes. Is that the extent of it? Are we suddenly made right with Him because we get that He loves us? No. God may love His creation, but He is holy and just and must deal with sin. There's no mention of any barrier in a relationship with God except not really understanding that I'm okay as I am. It's true that we don't have to (indeed, we can't) clean ourselves up before coming to Him, but part of His unfailing, immeasurable love is that He loves us too much to leave us as we are. After we are made right through justification (having Christ's record applied to us, declaring us righteous), He begins the process of sanctification (actually making us as righteous in practice as we are in position). Nothing like that is even mentioned.As I've said before, I'm fully aware that a novel isn't intended to be a theological treatise, but if it misdefines God, or leaves Him hazy at all (and this one does), it's just as much a lie as if God was completely misrepresented. Surely the truth of His character must transcend even a made-up story.That said, I really enjoyed SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY. I don't imagine it's good for any author's ego to hear that, after six books, a reviewer had never heard of them, but I hope to remove that difficulty with the fact that after reading this one, I intend to look forward to reading more of Mitchell's work.
lilkim714 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I won an advance copy of this book through Early Reviewers. I usually don't read historical fiction set in America and most definitely not in the 1890's as it is way to current for me. When I saw this book posted in the Early Reviewers, I decided that I would try something different and I am so glad that I did. This book was wonderfully written and I got through it in only one day. I couldn't put it down. Every time that I tried to the plot kept me captivated and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. The main character Clara was witty, charming, and had a certain allure to her. She was an amusing character and made the book all the more enjoyable. The book takes place in a time where women were not allowed to choose their marriage partners and their families were responsible for "debuting" the debutantes and "catching them a husband." I immensely enjoyed Clara's struggles to please her family and the struggle within herself to do what she felt right. She was constantly conflicted in her own mind about the things she felt were right for her, while her Aunt and Father were constantly pulling her in a different direction. The plot to this novel was well planned and I was surprised by a plot twist that I never saw coming. This book is a wonderful and easy read and if you want a good book that you can curl up on the couch with on a rainy day this is the perfect book to do so with. I can't believe that this book was the first book that this author had ever written in the historical fiction genre. I hope that the author continues with another historical fiction, however I would love to see a sequel to this novel.
rphalliburton on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I enjoyed reading this book that I received through Early Reviewers. I had read one other Siri Mitchell book and didn't like it. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It is the story of the debut of a girl (Clara) of 17. She was charged with capturing as her husband the oldest son of a weathly family. It turns out that her father wanted this particular man as her husband as revenge for a business failure caused by his father. Clara went through a hasty preparation for her debut. Her widowed aunt was very strict in all her instructions and I was very uncomfortable with her instructions about the corset and the gloves. I am sure that really happened in the 1890's but it was still shocking. It turns out that bookish Clara prefers the younger son to the older one. Read the book to see which one she marries. The Christian aspect of the book was not very much evident and was very indirect. All I found was an acknowledgement that God loves us "just as we are".
curls_99 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I could not put this book down! Siri Mitchell provides the reader with a fascinating look into the world of high society and the politicking involved in the debutante debut of the Gilded Age in New York City. She has written an entertaining love story that gives a historical perspective on what was going on in the city in the late Victorian Age. While Clara does have almost unbelievably loyal friends in Lizzie and Harry, the relationships do keep the reader drawn into the story. And, what great lessons for young women - that it is okay to be smart and that you can come to God just as you are. I will share this book with others and look forward to the next work from Siri Mitchell.
PhDinHorribleness on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was a wonderful book that I did not want to put down! Set in New York City in 1891, it follows the story of Clara Carter, a 17-year-old girl who is much more interested in her studies than in the expectations of society. When the heir to a prominent local family returns home after spending several years traveling in Europe, Clara is forced to make her society debut a year early and is charged with getting the heir for her husband at all costs. Clara does not enjoy many of the activities involved with her debut, but her family's honor is at stake and she must do as she is told. When she meets a man who seems to love her for who she is, she must decide what is more important: her heart or her family's reputation.My only complaint about this book is that it wasn't longer! I found myself thoroughly swept up in the world it created and longed to read more.
elbakerone on LibraryThing 10 months ago
She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell transports the reader to New York's Golden Age of the late 1800's. The story follows young and timid Clara Carter as she is thrust into the world of high fashion and elegance with her debut into society. While Clara would prefer to keep to herself and her books she feels duty bound to her father and aunt and submits herself to their rigorous tutelage and their hopes that she will secure a wealthy husband. Though parts of the story in this book were predictable, I did find it to be an enjoyable read. The historic setting and details were well painted and it was an interesting look at the celebrity status that debutantes experienced at the time. Also, I felt that the Christian message was appropriate and fit into the story smoothly. Many readers complain about Christian fiction as being "preachy" and I don't think this book was. The theme was one of God loving people personally, just as they are, and it fit in well with Clara's struggles of maintaining a perfect appearance and always looking to please others. Overall I think this book was a unique and engaging story. There was a subplot involving the contrast between the upper and lower classes in New York that I wish had been developed and expanded. However, the focus of the story was solidly on Clara and she was a charming heroine - modern enough to appeal to contemporary readers without seeming out of place in her setting. She Walks in Beauty is a solid entry into the genres of historical fiction and Christian fiction and Siri Mitchell shows herself to be an accomplished writer of both.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing 10 months ago
All I have to say is, wow. This book was really good! from the start I was interested in Clara, and had taken an instant liking to her. The plot was a nice easy pace that flowed smoothly and descriptions and detailed scenes as to what Clara had to go through to act properly during her debut were well done and very engaging to read. Her social outings were well written and every time one ended, I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen at the next party or dinner she attended. Her social "training" was comical to read at times and some of her social blunders made you want to cringe for her (like when she lost her shoe). Yet aside from those light moments, there were serious moments as well. I didn't like her Aunt who treated her like a chess piece, and although Clara's father wasn't really a main character, when I learnt more of his true colors, he wasn't a very likable person at all. It was very interesting to read about the various rules women and men had to go by in order to go about in society. Some rules I found absolutely ridiculous, yet some had very awful consequences (tightlacing corsets for example). I really did like how Clara developed as a character. From a very naive girl to one who just wanted to be who she wanted to be, and to do what she wanted to do. She wasn't afraid of the social consequences and at times was brave enough to do something that went against the conventional rules. I also loved her friendship with Lizzie. Although they were "rivals" in their debuts, it was sad to see how they were pawns to their relatives and were even sometimes asked to turn against each other in order to have the greater advantage in attracting Mr De Vries. However I'm glad their friendship meant much more to them and it was just wonderful to read how the two of them got along so well despite social pressures. I actually wanted to learn more about Clara and her mother, although when Clara finds out what happens to her mother, it was actually quite horrifying to read. (I can't really be specific, it'll give the plot away). Albeit a novel in Christian fiction, there isn't much about God and theology so it's not preachy. Which makes the novel great for those that aren't into the Christian fiction genre. It certainly seemed to lean towards historical romance much more than Christian literature. The plot does become a little predictable, but that did not bother me, I was too engaged into the plot.Overall, a wonderful, beautiful read. I greatly enjoyed it and for those that love to read about America in the 1890's please give this a try (actually, for those that like The Luxe series, this is definitely for you - no backstabbing involved here though but just enjoy it nevertheless).
rjmoren on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the second book I have read by Siri Mitchell. It was a very big improvement on the first. More details, flowed a little easier, making it easy to read. I really enjoyed this one. There were times I found it hard to stop for the evening. Clara Carter is the belle of the ball, forced into an early debut by her widowed aunt and charlatan father, to protect the family's honor and reputation. Clara truly does not care for the life planned by her guardians but there is little she can do. Meanwhile she does fall in love but love is put on hold for mourning a loss in the family.
tarenn on LibraryThing 10 months ago
SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY bySiri Mitchell is an Inspirational historical fiction set in 1891 New York City during the Gilded Age.It is well written with great detail and depth. It has deception, forgiveness, romance, wealth, privilege,friendship, fashion, finding ones true self,keeping ones faith,desires of the heart and family obligations. It gives insight into the social class of the Gilded Age. Clara is bright, intelligent, pretty, passionate,and is a pawn in her father and aunt's game to right a wrong to their family.She is having her debut into society and is being forced to marry the heir to a banking kingdom. She does not realize the deception until after her father is dead. She would sacrifice her heart to help her family, but soon realizes she can not do what they expect of her. Franklin, the heir to the famous De Vries fortune, is selfish, arrogant, a womanizer, and Clara does not like him every much. Harry, is the youngest of the De Vries's son, he is friendly, handsome, down to earth, and Clara finds herself attracted to him. Lizzie, Clara's friend, finds herself attracted to Franklin, Lizzie enjoys the social scene where as Clara only endures it. They have their friendship tested because both of their families want the young women to marry the famous heir Franklin. This is truly an insight into our tragic Gilded Age history with all its glamor, parties, beautiful gowns and injustices to the lower social class. What women did back then to be beautiful will make you wonder why beauty was so important to the upper social class. If you enjoy the Gilded Age of 1800 New York City you will enjoy this one, for it has drama, injustice, glamor,beautiful balls and gowns. This book was received for review and details can be found at Bethany House Publishers and My Book Addiction and More.