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She Walks in Beauty (Against All Expectations Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Siri Mitchell
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    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.

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    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 D.C. metro area.

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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Eine ganz andere Geschichte ... 2. September 2011
    Von Zimtstern
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    Auch wenn "She walks in beauty" keine besonderen Überaschungsmomente bietet oder eines der Romane ist, den man hintereinander weg verschlingen kann, habe ich es geliebt. In die Geschichte einer anderen junge Frau hineinzuschlüpfen, die von ihrer historischen und gesellschaften Umgebung in so vielen Konventionen hineingezwängt wird, ist einfach faszinierend. Siri Mitchell versteht es eine zauberhafte Atmosphäre zu schaffen. Wer einen Roman für gemütliche Abendstunden sucht, ist mit "She walks in beauty" gut beraten.
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    Dieser Roman nimmt uns mit in die Vergangenheit, in der junge Damen in ein Korsett gezwängt wurden und ihr Debut geben mussten. Die 17 Clara wird durch äußere Umstand eine Jahr früher in die Welt der Debütantinnen geworfen als geplant. Unsere Heldin ist unvorbereitet, was zu recht amüsanten Verwicklungen führt.
    Allerdings zeigt Siri Mitchell in ihrem Roman nicht nur "die gute, alte Zeit" , sonder lässt uns auch einen Blick auf die Kehrseite der Medallie werfen.
    Ein gelungenes Werk!!!
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Bravo, Siri! 3. April 2010
    Von KJ Coffee - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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    After reading a HOST of mediocre Christian Fiction, Siri Mitchell has once again given me hope in the genre. After a litter of amish and pioneer subjects - Siri does not disappoint when it comes to historical fiction. And once more, her characters are multi-dimensional and interesting! They are not boring and predictable. Oh, Siri I could just HUG you for this book! Thank you!

    Clara is a bright, intelligent woman who dreams of going to Vassar College. She lives with her wealthy, but distant and somewhat mysterious father and prickly aunt - an ambitious and socially-driven woman who is determined to help her niece marry the "catch of the ton" - Franklin de Vries. Clara is socially-anxious and is constantly concerned with what she should do and say. A welcome relief to her circle is Harold de Vries, the congenial younger brother. Her lifelong friend, Lizzie, is also a lifeline to her in this foreign land of intrigues and alterior motives.

    The supporting characters are just as interesting! How did her father really earn his fortune? Were the de Vries really responsible for ruining the Carter fortune decades ago? Is a marriage between Franklin and Clara for revenge?

    My ONLY regret is that I finished this book in one day and now there is no more! Siri Mitchell is a breath of fresh air in Christian Fiction. These characters are fresh, the storyline is unique and ingenuitive. And Siri is a genius. Do yourself a favor. Buy DON'T BORROW this book. You'll want to read it again.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen 5++++ 4. April 2010
    Von d burns - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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    I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but I LOVED this book. Normally, I prefer Siri Mitchell's contemporary stories over the historical, but this grabbed me from the first page. The historical facts are blended nicely, giving an accurate lesson of what women and young girls went through to catch a husband. I really would love to see more of Clara - she's now one of my favorite book characters. Highly recommended, even for those readers that care little for historical fiction. Truthfully, I will read She Walks in Beauty a second time, something I rarely do.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen All That Glitters. . . 1. April 2010
    Von Wendy Lawton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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    She Walks in Beauty is the compelling story of one girl as she faces the pressures of late Victorian mores and family expectations. This book is for anyone who's looked at the exquisite fashion, decadent parties, lavish balls and gentile manners of the Gilded Age and said, "I should have lived back then." It's eye-opening to discover how the fashion of the day molded society, both figuratively and literally. As an amateur fashion historian I have to say Mitchell gets it right. Her research is flawless. The juxtaposition of the glittering social season against the tenements of the Bowery and the political corruption of Tammany Hall gives the book depth. But more than that, it's a satisfying love story-- a story about discovering that we can be loved just as we are.
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    2.0 von 5 Sternen Let down by the reviews.... 14. August 2013
    Von LauraSF - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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    After reading reviews about several of Siri Mitchell' books, I thought this one sounded most interesting, and it had good ratings. After finishing the book, I was completely stunned that it had good reviews by so many people. I typically finish a book in one sitting or as few as possible. This one took me many sittings to finish and wow... what a disappointment to get the end and realize that I had wasted my time.
    The concept of the story itself was interesting... a smart young woman is forced to submit to the standards of beauty of the day, which were ridiculous and painful even, as well as to forego actual studies to instead study social graces... all so that she can win a rich heir and continue her affluent way of life. But her aunt was so extreme and overbearing that it wasn't even interesting anymore. She drove me crazy. The story was a circle of Clara and her best friend attending social events and trying to woo a rich heir.
    It was a terrible romance, which is what I thought the book was in the first place. I love romance as written by Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Deanne Gist, and Tamera Alexander. This book was nothing like those so if you like the way that they approach romantic stories, you will NOT be happy with this book. Clara (the main character) ends up with her match without much exchange between the two at all really. One of the things I really detest when reading romance books is when the author writes of a misunderstanding between the two love interests that carries much of the story and doesn't resolve until the very end. That is exactly what happened here. Very annoying to me. And lastly, the tragedy that comes together toward the end was rather out of left field and didn't flow well with the book in my opinion. I can' recommend this book at all and have no plans to read any more books by this author.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Loved the Victorian historical detail! 6. April 2010
    Von Stephanie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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    Wow.

    From the very first paragraph, Siri Mitchell had my full attention. I read She Walks in Beauty in two evenings. I could not stop reading it!

    Clara Carter is pushed into the social season a year earlier than she expected. Aunt and Father have insisted that she must win only one man's hand, the De Vries heir. No other man will do. No other handsome catch will fix the breach of honor the Carter family has endured.

    Clara has difficulty learning all of the rules of the social season. She doesn't understand what her father and Aunt have lost nor why love can't play a part in this high-stake game of marriage matching.

    It all comes down to money...and secrets.

    Will Clara risk true love and true honor to obey her family's wishes?

    The historical references to Victorian high society behaviors fascinated me. Behaviors such as super-tight corset lacing with the ensuing health issues and the desire of debutantes to have the proper, "pouty" lip.

    I'm not sure we've come all that far since that era!

    Siri absolutely enchanted me in She Walks in Beauty. I loved Clara and how real she seemed. A young girl, thrust into a world she doesn't want or understand, and yet who has no reason to doubt her upbringing or family's confusing demands. It is what it is...isn't it?

    She Walks in Beauty is the perfect blend of rich, historical detail and glittering jewels in the ballroom. Loved it!

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