Siri Mitchell is slowly, but surely creeping into my list of favorite authors. As I read that sentence over, I realize it sounds totally awkward, but I promise it’s meant as a compliment! Ever since Unrivaled, I’ve been a fan of everything I’ve read of Siri Mitchell, and She Walks in Beauty keeps the streak alive.
For a young society woman seeking a favorable marriage in the late 1890s, so much depends on her social season debut. Clara Carter has been given one goal: secure the affections of the city’s most eligible bachelor. Debuting means plenty of work–there are corsets to be fitted, dances to master, manners to perfect. Her training soon pays off, however, as celebrity’s spotlight turns Clara into a society-page darling.
Yet Clara wonders if this is the life she really wants, especially when she learns her best friend has also set her sights on Franklin De Vries. When a man appears who seems to love her simply for who she is, and gossip backlash turns ugly, Clara realizes it’s not just her heart at stake–the future of her family depends on how she plays the game.
There’s nothing quite like a good historical read to remind me to THANK THE LORD I was born 31 years ago and not 100 years ago. I would have been kicked out of life/society right quick. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy reading stories in that time period!
Mitchell once again does impeccable research and the descriptions of the time and society were spot on. From corsets, to traditions, to social papers to marriages of alliances, all the ways of back then are fascinating to read about.
There’s a great story line, some twists and turns to keep you guessing and an ending that will make you smile and sigh sweetly. Another great read by Siri Mitchell!
Have you read any of her books? Or better yet have you ever had to wear a corset? I had to wear something similar for a wedding and y’all never again!
Where to buy it (right now it’s free for e-readers!!):