Sunday, May 30, 2010

She Walks in Beauty

“She Walks in Beauty” by Siri Mitchell is set in the Gilded Age in New York City. The Gilded Age was a time when debutantes looked forward to the social season in hopes of finding a husband and to secure their position in society. Ladies played the game in the middle of banquets and balls in order to achieve a lifetime of wealth and status. Clara Carter and her best friend Lizzie Barnes are on the verge to debut into New York society. While Lizzie is looking forward to the social season, Clara is dreading the dinners, balls and events to come. Both girls soon find that they are both trying to catch the De Vries heir and that their friendship will be tested. Clara is drawn to Harry De Vries but he is not the one her father and aunt want her to marry. Clara must choose between doing what her family wants for her or true love. This book was wonderfully written and easily takes you to a time we can only dream about. I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sixteen Brides

“Sixteen Brides” by Stephanie Grace Whitson is about six women who are looking for a new start and head out West to get free homesteads. Sixteen women start out on the journey but they soon discover that they have been deceived. Instead of land waiting for them, the women have been brought out to Nebraska for the men in a new town. When the women reach Plum Grove, Ella and her mother Zita, Ruth and her son Jackson, Sally, Hettie and Caroline decide to stay and find land to homestead together. Zita is the mother figure for all the women and trusts that God will provide for their needs. Ella soon finds a new friend in her neighbor Jeb but finds it hard to trust him because her first husband has destroyed her confidence. Ruth starts to develop feelings for local rancher Lucas after she helps take care of him when he breaks his leg. Sally has a crush on Lucas’ foreman, Pete. Hettie is running from her past and has several secrets she is keeping from her new friends. Caroline falls in love with widower Matthew and is daughter Linney, but Matthew has never dealt with his wife’s death and the falling out with his cousin Lucas. The women stand by each other and help each other face the difficulties in life and love, and they soon become the family that they were each looking for. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House.