Title: She Walks in Beauty
Author: Siri Mitchell
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: April 2010
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Historical / YA
Source: Free E-Book from Kobo
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. (Goodreads Synopsis)
This is the last of the books I grabbed for free on Kobo a few months back and I found it an enjoyable enough read.
I would almost consider this to be a YA historical tale as Clara is a 'teenager' in 1890's New York, about to make her debut. She would rather go off to college, but her family insist she must marry well instead.
The premise was simple and the story fairly predictable - I knew well in advance what was going to happen, who would end up with who etc. But that did not stop me from enjoying the book.
Clara is an engaging character and I also liked the portrayal of Franklin, his brother and Clara's friend. The writing is not breath-taking, but it is perfectly fine and the story moved at a good pace, keeping my interest.
This is not a book that will change your world, but I can think of worse ways to spend a couple of hours, and if you are looking for something light and readable, this book may be the one for you.