The Gilded Age in New York City was a time of high society, balls, bachelors, gossip, and corsets. A young woman's life revolved around those topics and subjects. What if a young woman wanted more? What if she saw beneath the glitz and glamor of New York City in the Gilded Age and saw a darker side, a darker side that involved secrets and lies within her family and in the wealthy families alongside her at those balls? In "She Walks in Beauty" by Siri Mitchell, a young woman enters the dazzling world of high society and is pressured to land an eligible bachelor, but begins to wonder if it is all really worth it?
"She Walks in Beauty" in the story of Clara Carter, the daughter of a famed New York City doctor who is about to enter society. Clara would rather read books and attend college, but her father and aunt demand that she marry the wealthy and prestigious Franklin De Vries in the hopes of settling a family debt. Clara enters society with her best friend Elizabeth, but is not that dazzled by it. Clara finds Franklin to be a bore, the balls and people at the balls to be tedious. She does strike up a powerful friendship with Franklin's young brother Harry that changes her life forever. Along the way, Clara discovers the shocking truth about her mother's death, heartbreaking secrets about her father, and begins to understand the level of poverty in New York City that is grossly ignored. This is a novel about a young woman coming of age during a time period where everything wasn't what it seemed. Clara's journey into womanhood is fully developed and told.
"She Walks in Beauty" is an absolute delight of a novel. You''ll fall in love with Clara from the beginning of the novel. She would rather attend college than enter society, barely tolerates her overbearing aunt, has great loyalty to her best friend, and hates the evil corset. She's a delight and fascinating character!
The novel is also interesting as you get so many different views. Mitchell gives readers a view of Clara's family members and friends with their secrets and lies.. Readers also get a view of the glitz and glamor of society and what was expected of young women. Lastly, readers get to view the poverty of The Bowery and how different it was from New York City society. Mitchell really brings the time period and the characters to life.
"She Walks in Beauty" is such an enjoyable read. You'll find yourself staying up all night reading Clara's story and feeling as if you were entering society with her. Be happy that while you're reading you don't have to wear a corset like Clara!
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For more information on Siri Mitchell: http://sirimitchell.com/