June 02, 2010

She Walks In Beauty by Siri Mitchell: Review & Giveaway!

She Walks In Beauty by Siri Mitchell is a beautifully written book centered around Clara Carter, a débutante in New York during the Gilded Age of the late 1800's. In a time where catching the wealthiest man was of the utmost importance, Clara was  put through a strict beauty regimen of stiff corsets, fancy dresses, little food, dancing lessons, and all the etiquette rules of the times.

The motherless Clara was taken in hand by her aunt, whose sole goal was for Clara to marry the wealthy DeVrie heir. The only problem was that her best friend was vying for the same man. Can their friendship survive the race for a husband?

As Clara becomes disillusioned with the opulent life, she begins to question the value of beauty and all it entails. When a young man talks to her of God's love and His acceptance of her the way she is, she longs for that type of love and that type of acceptance.

Can she find that in the arms of the DeVrie heir? Or is his attention only skin deep? Clara faces hard decisions as she uncovers truths about her family. Her decisions could alter her future. Does she trust in what she knows? Or does she trust in the reality of the Truth?

I loved Clara's journey. I usually don't enjoy books in first person, but this book took me deep into Clara's heart and I ached for her and the struggles she went through. Siri Mitchell did a fabulous job in depicting an age of superficial strictures and excess in all area's of the times. She gave a very satisfying ending to Clara's journey and I closed the last page with a smile on my face.

BACKCOVER:
During new York City Gilded Age...
The Game is played amid banquets and balls.
The Prise is a lifetime of wealth and privilege.
The Rules will test friendships and the desires of a young woman's heart.
Clara Carter is the social season's brightest star...
but at what cost?

I am giving away a copy of this book to a lucky commenter. Please leave your spam-free email (sherrinda(at)gmail(dot)com) to be entered into the contest. I will draw a name, using a random number generator on Sunday, June 6, 2010.

NOTE: The drawing is open to residents of the U.S. due to various laws. The winner is responsible for eligibility and meeting the rules of their state. No fees were required to enter this drawing, and the blog owner did not receive any compensation for the above recommendation. The book was given to me by the publisher for review.

24 comments:

  1. It sounds like an interesting book well worth the read. Thanks for the review :)

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  2. Sounds great! Love the cover art. :O)

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  3. I've read several of Siri's books, and enjoyed them so much. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks for the nice review.

    Blessings.
    Sandee61

    Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

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  4. Love the cover of the book. It sounds like a great read. Please enter me

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40@aol(dot)com

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  5. Great review! I LOVED Love's Pursuit and can't wait to read this one. Please enter me.

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. By the review it sounds like a wonderful book. Can't wait to read it.

    soklad(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. Good morning, ladies! Remember, if you want to be entered into the drawing, you have to leave me your email. :)

    Don't you just love the cover of this book? It is striking, I think!

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  8. Oh yes, I'd love to have this book! I acutually bought one, but gave it to my grandmother for Mother's Day. I've been wanting to read it ever since.

    brittany.mitchell@knoxcounty.org

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  9. I enjoy Siri's books. Thanks for offering this one.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  10. I love Siri's books. I don't have much time to read, but I always read hers and this one was great!

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  11. I've read Siri's contemporary novels and would like to sample an historical. Please enter me in your contest.

    Thanks,
    Ann Lee Miller
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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  12. Siri Mitchell writes such fabulous historicals. I would love to win this one!
    Waving at Sherrinda^^^

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  13. LOVE Siri Mitchell's work and would LOVE to get my hands on this one too ... Thanks for the chance, Sherrinda!

    gsus(at)charter(dot)net

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  14. I reviewed this book last month, and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! I'll be looking for more of Mitchell's work in the future. Nice review, it's always fun to share happiness in certain books! :)

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  15. Hi Sherrinda -

    I'd love to read this book. I've visited Newport, R.I. and toured the "summer cottages" of the wealthy from that era.

    susanjreinhardt (at) gmail (dot) com

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  16. Please enter me in the drawing.

    pepsi324[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  17. Great review. I'd love to read the book. Please enter me in the drawing.

    smdiloreto(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Thanks and have a great day!
    Mary Ann :)

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  18. Looks like a great book! I like pretty much anything that leans to historical fiction!

    eaclar4[at]ilstu(dot)edu

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  19. Sounds good. Sign me up!

    linda (at) lindakage (dot) com

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  20. Thank you for the chance to win this book, can't wait to read it! k_marsha@yahoo.com

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  21. I saw this book and wondered if I'd enjoy it or not...good review. Please enter me. clp1777(at)aol(dot)com

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  22. would LOVE to read this masterpiece...thanks for the chance :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  23. hey sherrinda! please enter me in this giveaway...i've read her other historicals and loved every one. i don't miss anything new from siri. :)

    thanks!
    jeannie
    The Character Therapist

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