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May 9, 2015

DECORUM by Kaaren Christopherson


Kaaren Christopherson

Product Details 

  • Number: 9781617735219
  • Release: March 31, 2015
  • Author: Kaaren Christopherson
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: HIST: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Kensington Books

Kaaren Christopherson's brilliantly observed novel captures the glamour and grit of one of the world's most dazzling cities during one of its most tumultuous eras--as seen through the eyes of a singularly captivating heroine. . . In 1890s New York, beautiful, wealthy Francesca Lund is an intriguing prospect for worthy suitors and fortune hunters alike. Recently orphaned, she copes by working with the poor in the city's settlement movement. But a young woman of means can't shun society for long, and Francesca's long-standing acquaintance with dashing Edmund Tracey eventually leads to engagement. Yet her sheltered upbringing doesn't blind her to the indiscretions of the well-to-do. . . Among the fashionable circle that gathers around her there are mistresses, scandals, and gentlemen of ruthless ambition. And there is Connor O'Casey--an entirely new kind of New Yorker. A self-made millionaire of Irish stock, Connor wants more than riches. He wants to create a legacy in the form of a luxury Madison Avenue hotel--and he wants Francesca by his side as he does it. In a quest that will take her from impeccable Manhattan salons to the wild Canadian Rockies, Francesca must choose not only between two vastly different men, but between convention and her own emerging self-reliance. Rules Of Decorum A gentleman should not be presented to a lady without her permission being previously asked and granted. This formality is not necessary between men alone; but, still, you should not present any one, even at his own request, to another, unless you are quite well assured that the acquaintance will be agreeable to the latter. If you wish to avoid the company of any one that has been properly introduced, satisfy your own mind that your reasons are correct; and then let no inducement cause you to shrink from treating him with respect, at the same time shunning his company. No gentleman will thus be able either to blame or mistake you. The mode in which the avowal of love should be made, must of course, depend upon circumstances. It would be impossible to indicate the style in which the matter should be told. . .. Let it, however, be taken as a rule that an interview is best; but let it be remembered that all rules have exceptions. . .
(copyright NightOwl Reviews)

About the Author

Kaaren Christopherson has had a professional career writing and editing for over 30 years and is a senior editor for an international development nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. A Michigan native, Kaaren received her BA in history and art and her MA in educational administration from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Susie Berneis is a versatile voice over artist with numerous narration credits to her name. She has an ear for dialect and a love for the process of developing characters, cultivated in her 20-plus years of experience as a community and regional stage actress. Based in Ann Arbor, (home of the University of Michigan, where she received her BA in English and Theatre) Susie now takes great joy in playing all the characters she encounters in her narration.

 Setting in the late 19th century New York City society.  In that era there was privilege and all the glam and with this setting, the charming etiquette that went with it.    In the 1890's Old New York was the time of the golden society circles and the author introduces characters, some born with silver spoons to eat with and those that were on the outside looking sadly in.
 The story isn't just about the glamorous existences and social societies.  All the glamour makes for a lovely backdrop but the story is of for better or worse in an era that was eroding. Ms. Christopherson slowly pulls the lacy, lovely curtain that is in front of all the comfort, back and gives the reader a journey of twisted and turned avenues that around every corner was the opposite of those lovely lace curtains with the possible search for just one little bit that something matters and is worth way more than all the gold in the world. I found that I didn't care for some of the characters,  the plot became confusing and some of the excitement was just hinted at instead of going into detail.  I just couldn't get into the last two thirds of the book.  I just confused and found myself re-reading it over again.  Saying this, I would still recommend this book to anyone who loves the glam and glitz of thee 19th century New York high society along with what waits around the dark corners.  Looking forward to trying another book from this author.

I was given a complimentary copy of DECORUM from the author, Kaaren Christopherson and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.

I would give this book 3 STARS.

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