Thursday, June 3, 2010

Book review: She Walks in Beauty




Congrats to my winner: Sarah Osborne
 
There is one surefire way to tell that I love a book- check my online library account to see if I've put holds on all of the author's other books! That is the case with She Walks In Beauty- as soon as I finished the last page of this book, I logged on to see what else the author, Siri Mitchell, had written. 

Here's some information on the book:

For a young society woman seeking a favorable marriage, 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 soon 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 marriage at stake--the future of her family depends on how she plays the game.
When I was younger, I read a lot of historical romance novels, and was always caught up in the romance and glamor of the lives.  But I never really stopped to think about what life must have been like for women who lived in eras when they had no rights.  This book was really interesting and eye-opening for me- the main character, Clara, is a highly intelligent woman who dreams of education and travel, but whose only purpose in life in the eyes of her family and society, is to marry well and spend her life making small talk.  All while being laced tightly into a corset that prevents her from doing things like breathing or eating without pain and sickness!

I thought that this book was wonderfully written and that the author has a real gift for description and getting the reader into the mind and life of the main character.  I despaired along with Clara when there seemed no way out, and rejoiced with her when things went well. There is a Christian message in this book, but it's very subtle and nicely weaved into the larger storyline.

If you like historical fiction, I highly recommend this book!  I'm giving away a copy of the book to one lucky reader (US mailing addresses only, please).

Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
Let me know why you want to read this book!

Extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each):
1. Follow my blog on Google Friend Connect
2. Follow me on Twitter and tweet this: "@gabreviews is giving away a historical novel- She Walks in Beauty.  http://bit.ly/9LGBRv #giveaway."
You can tweet daily- just come back and leave me a comment each time you do!
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5. Enter any of my other giveaways- please leave a separate comment for each giveaway that you enter. 
6. Enter any of the giveaways currently going on at LuvnLife. Please leave a separate comment for each one that you enter.

This giveaway will close at 9 PM on June 17, 2010. I'll choose a winner with random.org and will email that person who will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!


Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

78 comments:

The Bookworm said...

As a former history major, I have a soft spot for any historical fiction novel! I would love to win this. :)

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The Elwells' Weekly said...

I love reading historical romance books! (Especially when they are faith based)
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~Sherie~ said...

I want to win this book because I love books!

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FrugalMom said...

I love reading historical fiction, and it is one of those genres that really seem to be able to capture my attention and keep me reading.

You had me with "There is one surefire way to tell that I love a book", I usually say that if i spend more than half an hour on the exercise book, it is because it is a great book.

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jakiesmom said...

i love historical novels..things that can take me to a diff't time/place
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Sarah Osborne said...

I'm an English major, so I love most books, but I do have a sweet spot for historical fiction :)

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OutnumberedMama said...

I love the books set in this era. I haven't heard of this author and would love to read this book!
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Jessica said...

I want to read this book because I love historical fiction, especially ones set in this time period. Thanks!

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LAMusing said...

I want to win this for my mom - she loves historical romances :)

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Anita Yancey said...

I would like to have this book because I really enjoy reading historical romance. Please enter me. Thanks!

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Darcie K. said...

This looks like a great summer read! Perfect for beach reading.
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Tara said...

The only type of historical fiction I usually enjoy is Christian based! Thanks for the giveaway!

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