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Decorum Paperback – March 31, 2015
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In the end, this was an impressive read that transported this reader back to an era that I absolutely adore and can’t stop reading about. The 1881 edition of Decorum: A practical Treatise of the Etiquette and Dress of the Best American Society was a brilliant organized theme to follow and reined in everything so nicely within this story. I would have to say the beginning was my favorite and I couldn’t put it down especially when the first twists and surprises made an appearance and a veil of mystery fell over the story. If the potential reader loves a mystery, scandals and portents of misfortune; you will love the first half of Decorum.Read more ›
Francesca is pretty ordinary. Of the three main females, Fran, Nell, and Blanche, she was my least favorite. She’s twenty-eight, blonde, and lives with a slightly older married couple in New York. She’s still grieving the loss of her parents and brother, who died in a boating accident.
Edmund Tracey is an auburn-haired, blue-eyed man in his early thirties who’s been after Fran’s money for five years. They plan to marry. He’s a very violent man and his dark secrets come out.
Nell Ryder is a married woman in her early thirties who he’s having an affair with. She supports him financially. Unfortunately she gets to see firsthand his violent temper, as does Francesca.
Blanche Alvarado is a black-haired, brown-eyed widow. Not only does she have a sexual relationship with Edmund, but she has one with Connor O’Casey as well.
Connor O’Casey is an Irish immigrant in his early forties who’s made his fortune in mining. He takes a liking to Francesca and peruses her.
Those are the five main characters. I like bad, evil characters who are up to no good so I really liked Edmund, Nell, and Blanche too, to an extent. I think the Edmund/Nell storyline could have gone on much longer than it did, possibly till the very end of the story. It was the most interesting part of the entire novel but it ended too abruptly for my liking.
Francesca was terribly dull to read about and I didn’t care much at all about Connor. I don’t see where his attraction to Francesca came from nor do I understand why he wants to marry her so badly and laid out all the reasons she should marry him. I never felt she was attracted to him. They’re an odd paring, in my opinion.Read more ›
To begin with, the writer is very talented. The book is beautifully written and I appreciated the range in all the different characters. There's the mysterious Nell, the deplorable Edmund, the blase Francesca, the excitable Vinnie, the charmingly gruff Connor, etc. I did not notice hardly any typos or mistakes, so the editing was also well done.
The book, frankly, was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. I love a good historical fiction, which is why I decided to read this book, but the summary on the inside flap wasn't particularly enthralling - it seemed like it could easily be a dull, stuffy plot, which it certainly wasn't it. Don't let the overview make you think you won't like this book, because there's a good chance you will if you're interested in the Victorian era.
What I really liked about this book is the fact that people, when learning news that could ruin their reputation or news that could hurt someone else, actually TOLD other people. I hate in books when someone hides something important instead of just letting it out and then that is the driving force of the plot - in this book, there was an actual plot not created by hard-to-believe lies and secrets.
However, there were also some negative aspects of the novel.
Some moments, particularly at the end when certain characters travel to Canada, became pretty boring. Sometimes I skimmed entire chapters (which are quite short) instead of fully reading them because it was just dull. Most characters are likable, but they can seem pretty one dimensional. For example, Edmund is the bad guy and that's ALL he is - he has no redeeming qualities. He's selfish and mean and greedy and that's it.Read more ›
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New York society positively glitters. But behind that gloss is a wealth of empty pockets and ruthless characters.
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Christopherson has produced a great first novel. Great use of her grandmother's book as a foil for the storyline. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Judy Curtis
I don't know why I love the 1800's so much, but I do. There's also something so stifling about that time period as well. Way too many rules for me. Particularly if you're a woman. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marcie
Decorum is a beautifully written book of love, revenge and acceptance. Kaaren Christopherson has given us a story that is not easily forgotten and want to keep reading. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kinx's Book Nook
The scene is New York, 1890, and the glitz and glamor of the time and setting, are the backdrop for this novel about Frankie, who is a young heiress, who tragically finds herself... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Debbie D
Although this book started out a little slow for me I did enjoy reading it. There were many twists and turns that it kept me reading so I could get just a little more of the story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bookaunt
In "Decorum," Francesca is suddenly orphaned as a young adult and this leaves her with a whole bunch of money. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Meg @ A Bookish Affair
The writing is excellent and the story develops well.Descriptions are vivid and leave no doubt as to how the scene looks. Read morePublished 11 months ago by H. A. Sauer