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Decorum Author Kaaren Christopherson

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 heroineIn 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 acuaintance with dashing Edmund Tracey eventually leads to engagement Yet her sheltered upbringing doesn't blind her to the indiscretions of the well to doAmong the fashionable circle that gathers around her th Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for this readThis was really a tedious novel for me I'd say I enjoyed about 16 of the book but kept going because at each point I was about to set it aside something would happen to spark my interest Then just as uickly that spark was extinguished by a pail of disappointment I enjoy the setting of this novel very much and even liked the characters well enough I found the plot to be so lacking though and the language so inconsistent that it felt like a chore to finish this one There were so many opportunities for greatness and each one was passed over Instead the novel dragged on and on in a predictable and unexciting journey to nowhere special

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Ere 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 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 uest 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 relianceRules Of DecorumA 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 A free digital copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewDecorum follows wealthy New York socialite Francesca Lund and new money Irish immigrant Connor O’Casey as they navigate the difficult waters of late 19th century society Against this backdrop a relationship between Francesca and Connor blooms but this is compromised by their different circumstances and society’s high expectationsFrom the get go Decorum reminded me of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence Both novels have similar aspects – mainly a relationship complicated by the rules and conventions of the public I liked how Christopherson played with this obstacle showing Francesca and Connor not as rebels perfectly willing to go against the tide but rather as society people who cared for both their happiness and their reputationsThe character of Connor O’Casey was definitely the best thing about Decorum He was a paradox of ualities; ruthless but caring about the people close to him gruff but endearing strong yet vulnerable at the same time I highly enjoyed reading the chapters told from his perspectiveMy two main issues with Decorum was the plot and Francesca Lund The plot was very linear with unsurprising and expected twists There were no hard to guess story lines and no shocking turn of events Unlike The Age of Innocence whose outcome I could never have predicted it was pretty obvious in Decorum who the enemy was and who would end up with whom To be honest this straightforward plot made for dull readingFrancesca Lund was the very thing that irked me in Decorum She was too perfect – very intelligent very nice very beautiful – that she was a mere one dimensional character A hundred percent Mary Sue to be honest Her backstory was interesting but this was never explored to its fullest potential Basically she was a pious less hopelessly romantic version of Bella Swan In A Nutshell Decorum was an okay read but its issues were too many to overlook Honestly it was uite tedious and I cannot laud praises of it despite the rich historical detail and the interesting character of Connor O’Casey Sadly I also cannot recommend this to everyone since its slow pacing and dull plot would probably compel most readers to throw it across the room in frustration Wild Horses (Saddle Club, new kind of New Yorker A self made millionaire of Irish stock Connor wants 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 uest that will take her from impeccable Manhattan salons to the wild Canadian Rockies Francesca must choose At Sixes And Sevens not only between two vastly different men but between convention and her own emerging self relianceRules Of DecorumA gentleman should Save Rafe! (Middle School not be presented to a lady without her permission being previously asked and granted This formality is The Hand That First Held Mine not Ghost Light necessary between men alone; but still you should LDN Graffiti not present A free digital copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewDecorum follows wealthy New York socialite Francesca Lund and Sworn to Silence new money Irish immigrant Connor O’Casey as they Frog Is Frog navigate the difficult waters of late 19th century society Against this backdrop a relationship between Francesca and Connor blooms but this is compromised by their different circumstances and society’s high expectationsFrom the get go Decorum reminded me of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence Both Doctor Who novels have similar aspects – mainly a relationship complicated by the rules and conventions of the public I liked how Christopherson played with this obstacle showing Francesca and Connor Secrets On Morgan Hill not as rebels perfectly willing to go against the tide but rather as society people who cared for both their happiness and their reputationsThe character of Connor O’Casey was definitely the best thing about Decorum He was a paradox of ualities; ruthless but caring about the people close to him gruff but endearing strong yet vulnerable at the same time I highly enjoyed reading the chapters told from his perspectiveMy two main issues with Decorum was the plot and Francesca Lund The plot was very linear with unsurprising and expected twists There were Emma (Emma Trilogy no hard to guess story lines and Conversations with James Baldwin no shocking turn of events Unlike The Age of Innocence whose outcome I could Fifth Avenue, Uptown never have predicted it was pretty obvious in Decorum who the enemy was and who would end up with whom To be honest this straightforward plot made for dull readingFrancesca Lund was the very thing that irked me in Decorum She was too perfect – very intelligent very The Children of Willesden Lane. 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Any one even at his own reuest to another unless you are uite well assured that the acuaintance 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 I'm biased I know and like the authorAs the coordinator for adult events at my library I had Kaaren pronounced KARN give an author talk and book signing plus lead a book discussion of her novel Kaaren is a native of my town and offered to do these events at her hometown library How could I refuse? So I listened to her book and was uite glad it was as good as it isThis is in the vein of Edith Wharton and other novels of the Gilded Age of New York as the blurbs contendI found it fascinating to learn this story started with Connor O'Casey and Francesca was originally not a POV character My mind was blown for I had assumed Francesca was the main character Silly meI had an extreme dislike of Blanche especially after her destructive tantrum in the hotel though I could completely empathize with that violent anger unfortunately My feelings towards her however changed by the end of the book What a feat of writing and characterization that wasI also had a bit of a change of heart about Maggie Jerome after the book discussion with Kaaren The paperback edition of the book which I now own and have personalized whee includes a set of discussion uestions at the back One was about the childless Maggie living and surviving in the whole of that time and how that influenced her actions and character I had not even put it together before I read that uestion that the Jeromes were childless and that's why they took over care of Francesca Sure I saw their loveless marriage and felt sympathy for Jerry having to deal with his harridan of a wife Maggie was However as an infertile woman myself I feel great empathy for her character now and I am determined not to turn out like she didAnyway I enjoyed this book and all the for the look behind the curtain so to speak that knowing Kaaren has provided I'd especially like to learn of what happens to Blanche of all people


10 thoughts on “Decorum Author Kaaren Christopherson

  1. says:

    A thoroughly engaging Gilded Age story I found the characters to be flawed just enough to be authentic; with delightfully bad baddies and sometimes slap able goodies The plot complications kept me locked in and the sisterhood and insight of the final chapters were surprisingly moving Sort of an anti romance novelThe chapter headings all lessons from a 19th century book on Decorum were erudite and sometimes uite timely “Persons who enter society with the intention of producing an effect and of being distinguished however clever they may be are never agreeable They are always tiresome and often ridiculousThey thrust themselves into conversations indulge in continual anecdotes which are varied only by dull disuisitions and listen to others with impatience and heedlessness and are angry that they seem to be attending to themselves Such persons go through scenes of pleasure enjoying nothing They are eually disagreeable to themselves and others”IndeedDefinitely recommended


  2. says:

    Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for this readThis was really a tedious novel for me I'd say I enjoyed about 16 of the book but kept going because at each point I was about to set it aside something would happen to spark my interest Then just as uickly that spark was extinguished by a pail of disappointment I enjoy the setting of this novel very much and even liked the characters well enough I found the plot to be so lacking though and the language so inconsistent that it felt like a chore to finish this one There were so many opportunities for greatness and each one was passed over Instead the novel dragged on and on in a predictable and unexciting journey to nowhere special


  3. says:

    A fantastically engaging book with everything you need for a really good read probably best summed up as the American Downton Abbey meets Jane Austen It starts a little slowly but when it gets going it really is difficult to put downThe plot and the various subplots are fascinating with so many twists and turns it never stops weaving a new thread You constantly feel that the story will be coming to an end but then there is and and The characters are well developed credible and though not always likeable possessing some magical uality that makes us feel like we know them so well The central character manages to make herself someone to admire and someone we almost want to dismiss at the same time whilst she metamorphoses throughout the novel constantly changing on her journey of discovery She presents a sense of strength and courage as she is faced with the most heart wrenching and often downright embarrassing situations yet she wins through in the end despite overwhelming odds against a woman at this timeThroughout the novel there is a uality that makes it feel like a movie and this would make an excellent movie without a doubt The pace is just right and it keeps you gripped until the end Excellently written and a thoroughly enjoyable read


  4. says:

    A free digital copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewDecorum follows wealthy New York socialite Francesca Lund and new money Irish immigrant Connor O’Casey as they navigate the difficult waters of late 19th century society Against this backdrop a relationship between Francesca and Connor blooms but this is compromised by their different circumstances and society’s high expectationsFrom the get go Decorum reminded me of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence Both novels have similar aspects – mainly a relationship complicated by the rules and conventions of the public I liked how Christopherson played with this obstacle showing Francesca and Connor not as rebels perfectly willing to go against the tide but rather as society people who cared for both their happiness and their reputationsThe character of Connor O’Casey was definitely the best thing about Decorum He was a paradox of ualities; ruthless but caring about the people close to him gruff but endearing strong yet vulnerable at the same time I highly enjoyed reading the chapters told from his perspectiveMy two main issues with Decorum was the plot and Francesca Lund The plot was very linear with unsurprising and expected twists There were no hard to guess story lines and no shocking turn of events Unlike The Age of Innocence whose outcome I could never have predicted it was pretty obvious in Decorum who the enemy was and who would end up with whom To be honest this straightforward plot made for dull readingFrancesca Lund was the very thing that irked me in Decorum She was too perfect – very intelligent very nice very beautiful – that she was a mere one dimensional character A hundred percent Mary Sue to be honest Her backstory was interesting but this was never explored to its fullest potential Basically she was a pious less hopelessly romantic version of Bella Swan In A Nutshell Decorum was an okay read but its issues were too many to overlook Honestly it was uite tedious and I cannot laud praises of it despite the rich historical detail and the interesting character of Connor O’Casey Sadly I also cannot recommend this to everyone since its slow pacing and dull plot would probably compel most readers to throw it across the room in frustration


  5. says:

    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 alone in the world Frankie is a complex woman who thinks she knows what she wants and who she wants but circumstances end up making her access what she really knows and she can really trust Within a few chapters this novel captivates the reader into the alluring world of golden society circles of Old New York in the 1890’s and introduces us to a set of characters that range from those born with silver spoons in their mouths to those on the outside looking in Some are kind yet others are conniving and untrust worthy I loved the fact that this story wasn't just focused on Frankie although she is depicted as the main protagonist There were many other supporting characters that had their own story going on until the author expertly weaves these characters together I loved the fact that each chapter began with a rule of etiuette which was based upon the social norms of the time The story gave me a glimpse of what it would have been like to live among the wealthiest and most prominent citizens Being a woman in this time period was a much different life than we live now I am drawn into this story so easier because of the complex character development of each and every person and the tremendous detail that is written regarding this era Of course there is all is not perfect in this novel Frankie is faced with many people who aren't what they seem on the surface Our heroine must maneuver her way through treachery greed and scandal to find which of the two men in her life is her true love In the end I found this read impressive and exciting as the author transports us back to an era that I absolutely adore and can’t stop reading about This book was filled with twists and surprises and a veil of mystery that delves the reader into this novel from the beginning to the very end


  6. says:

    After the first few pages I was thinking about putting this one bag in the bag for the library But I had heard it was good so I read on I sensed something about the main character One of the things I love to read about are women who look at their current society and see if as not enough Back in 1888 I am sure uite a few women say it this way At least in the US by this time a wealthy woman had the right to hold onto her own wealth rather than basically leave it to the menfolk so they did not have to worry their pretty little heads The characters definitely evolve in this book Almost all of them And the writer seems to understand what was and was not acceptable in society Women today are no less torn between what is the current social norm and what they really want to do It is of course true that we now have many rights but unfortunately some of the abuse is still present Luckily there are jobs available for women than the setting of this book I tend to be drawn to period books any and all historical times So the snippets on what was proper behavior at this time were interesting to me The friendships that evolve are also a bit shocking given circumstances and timeframe but again that is part of the interest for me Just a good read Although


  7. says:

    I'm biased I know and like the authorAs the coordinator for adult events at my library I had Kaaren pronounced KARN give an author talk and book signing plus lead a book discussion of her novel Kaaren is a native of my town and offered to do these events at her hometown library How could I refuse? So I listened to her book and was uite glad it was as good as it isThis is in the vein of Edith Wharton and other novels of the Gilded Age of New York as the blurbs contendI found it fascinating to learn this story started with Connor O'Casey and Francesca was originally not a POV character My mind was blown for I had assumed Francesca was the main character Silly meI had an extreme dislike of Blanche especially after her destructive tantrum in the hotel though I could completely empathize with that violent anger unfortunately My feelings towards her however changed by the end of the book What a feat of writing and characterization that wasI also had a bit of a change of heart about Maggie Jerome after the book discussion with Kaaren The paperback edition of the book which I now own and have personalized whee includes a set of discussion uestions at the back One was about the childless Maggie living and surviving in the whole of that time and how that influenced her actions and character I had not even put it together before I read that uestion that the Jeromes were childless and that's why they took over care of Francesca Sure I saw their loveless marriage and felt sympathy for Jerry having to deal with his harridan of a wife Maggie was However as an infertile woman myself I feel great empathy for her character now and I am determined not to turn out like she didAnyway I enjoyed this book and all the for the look behind the curtain so to speak that knowing Kaaren has provided I'd especially like to learn of what happens to Blanche of all people


  8. says:

    Wow great first book effort Connor Blanche and Vinnie and even Edmund were realized and sympathetic Francesca not so much Best parts were the descriptions of New York of yesteryear albeit the white rich part Throwaway references to “freed slaves” and a Belgian couple “getting a respite from The Congo” to a luxury resort at Banff we’re gross and reminded me of where I was as was the visit to “Venables” art gallery where the rich picked up Degas Monet and others while the tenements are and the Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886 opened 1892 just at the time of the book—1885 1890 areInstinct vs intuition—male vs female


  9. says:

    I didn't connect with these characters at all and the Victorians were God fearing than this cast of people At a few points I was going to give up But my friend begged me continue for a Fabulous ending Nope Greatly disappointed Drull


  10. says:

    Average historical fiction very predictable


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