Sunday, March 20, 2011

She walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell

She Walks in BeautyWhat a very intriguing story! She walks in beauty is about a young girl named Clara who is debuting to win the most sought after guy of the year.  This story is about all the things that woman of the 19th century had to go through in society standards, all the primping and correcting, all the lessons and criticism, and of course the marriages to the most wealthy families. Clara doesn't want anything to do with it, she doesn't like the corsets, the dancing, the food and she especially not happy about having no choice in whom she should marry.

Siri Mitchell did a great job at connecting you with the characters. I was so moved by all that Clara had to go through that you just couldn't help but to be sad and devastated with all that she had to go through to just be considered acceptable in society. I really connected with her and I just loved how the story ended!
I love that Siri Mitchell made it known to the reader that God loves us just the way we are, that we were not meant to go through so much pain to be loved.  She talked about God in such a way that your heart just ached for Clara to fully understand it but she didn't bombard you with religious statements over and over. It was very sweet and true to the culture! I enjoyed this book greatly!

About the Author:
Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a speaker and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.

Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.

Her ninth novel, A Heart Most Worthy, follows prior Bethany House releases: A Constant Heart (October 2008), Love's Pursuit (June 2009), and She Walks in Beauty (Apr 2010). She Walks in Beauty won the inaugural INSPY Award for Historical Fiction in Dec 2010. Two of her novels, Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door were Christy Award finalists. Love's Pursuit was a finalist for the ACFW Carol Award.


  1. I just listened to this on my ipod. I'm sooooo glad I don't have to wear a corset!

  2. I can't even imagine how painful that would be?!