She Walks In Beauty by Siri Mitchell

She Walks in Beauty
Book Description:  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.

My Review:  I've read a "tiny bit"  about the Gilded Age and always wondered why it was called the Gilded Age.  After reading She Walks In Beauty I realized that word gilded fit this age of time perfectly.  One definition of gilded is: "To give an often deceptively attractive or improved appearance to."  Clara, the main heroine, is a true blue, I-want-to-present-myself-as-the-real-me-kind of girl.  But her aunt feels that no one's true beauty will catch the man of the season.  Her aunt "gilds" Clara into becoming the debutante that she thinks will win the heart of Franklin De Vries, the man of the season.  Unbeknownst to Clara's aunt, Clara's best friend's mother is also trying to make her daughter into a "gild" of capturing the best man of the season.  Siri does an excellent job of writing a story about false pretenses and how God wants us to be just who He created us to be. An interesting and fascinating story of The Game, The Prize, The Rules.  If you love historical fiction then you too will enjoy this 5 star read!

*I reviewed this book for Bethany House*

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