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