Thursday, May 13, 2010

She Walks in Beauty

5 out of 5 stars
Siri Mitchell's newest novel, She Walks in Beauty, is another fabulous read.

In 1891, during the Gilded Age of New York City, Clara Carter's strict aunt moves into the Carter home to train her for her upcoming debut. Clara is thrown into a world of strict etiquette and constant devotion to appearance. Her aunt and father expect her to capture the hand of the heir to the De Vries, a family of wealthy Knickerbockers, in order to regain their long lost fortune--even if it means becoming rivals with her best friend. When family secrets begin to unravel, Clara will have to decide if the social expectations placed upon her is worth the cost of relinquishing her own desires.

As with her other historical novels, Siri Mitchell does another fabulous job of bringing to light the less appealing aspects of the era that are so often over looked. The reader can see the role placed upon women in the wealthy Victorian society and feel a certain kinship as the rigorous expectations draw a contemporary parallel to the albatross placed upon women in today's world.

Siri Mitchell immerses her readers into the Gilded Age with her outstanding skill for capturing detail. Her ability to awaken the reader's senses allows a rare experience that will leave the reader hearing the ball music and seeing the splendor displayed in the era.

She Walks in Beauty is a rare novel that brings the Gilded Age to a whole new level in the reader's mind.

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