She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 100 customer reviews. You can pick up your free copy by clicking here.
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
Grade 8 Up—The Gilded Age, in all its opulence, comes to life through Clara’s eyes as she makes her debut into New York society in the 1890s. Molded primarily by her aunt, the 17-year-old begins her debutante preparation with much trepidation. The more rigorous the process becomes, the more disillusioned she becomes. She sees through the ambition of her fellow debs and their parents and witnesses the hypocrisy of her own wealthy family. They attend church every Sunday, but only to see and be seen. Mitchell ably transports readers to late-19th-century society, a place of extravagance and poverty. Clara’s frustrations with her position are well realized. Clara does find an equal in a young man who actually listens to the sermon on Sunday, and he tells her that God loves her just as she is. The story itself plods along, getting mired down in the myriad parties and dress discussions. Despite these criticisms, teens will probably enjoy Clara’s glittery world of romance. References to Christianity, such as hymns and traditions, are sprinkled throughout. For readers seeking an alternative to “The Clique” and “Gossip Girl” titles or those who enjoyed “The Luxe,” this novel satisfies.
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