Thursday, April 08, 2010

CFBA: She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell

Song Stuck on the Brain: How Much is that Doggie in the Window.

My siter and I are babysitting my nephew's one year old horse of a dog. Her name is Cocoa and she's adorable. (some kind of a boxer bird dog mix) She's also VERY strong. She kept climbing into my lap, smooshing me in the effort to look out the window at the kids walking home from school. The song popped into my head and it's been stuck there ever since.

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

She Walks in Beauty
Bethany House (April 2010)

Siri Mitchell


Siri Mitchell has done a fantastic job with this book. Presenting romance and real life characters that you can identify with are just the begining. The era and setting is perfect for this story. Too often you see this type of story set in London or Paris. Setting it here in the US with the Rockefellers was refreshing.

She also addresses the dark side of the era for women. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it's also a killer. I applauded Clara's decision at the end of the book. I truly enjoyed this one and have recommended it to several friends and family.

Check out her other books too. They're just as enjoyable.


For a young society woman seeking a favorable marriage, 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 soon 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 marriage at stake--the future of her family depends on how she plays the game.

If you would like to read the first chapter of She Walks in Beauty, go HERE.


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 in 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 sermon 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.

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