Isabel Archer is a young, naïve, wealthy lady that finds herself deceived. When Isabel inherits a small fortune, the vultures surround her and she unwittingly marries poorly. The marriage is for money, although she is too naïve to realize it until it is too late. The book details her travels with her maid with pomp and circumstance. The story starts in London and since Isabel is in no rush to return to Italy, they meander through Paris. During her travels, Isabel plots how her new-found wealth can free her from a marriage that was for her husband’s benefit instead of love. Isabel is bound by protocols of the time, yet yearns to break the chains that hold her.
The language is flowery and characters, similar to the time, never really say what they truly are thinking. Words on the pages are cluttered with excess so the reader must pay attention and decipher through the thick dust of hidden meanings. Readers that like period pieces will enjoy this book, even at its molasses-like pace. The book sheds light on how little rights women really had and how etiquette truly dictated people’s lives, even when happiness was at stake.
Seniye Groff, MEd is the owner of Groff Solutions, a consulting practice focused on human resources, training, management coaching and organizational development initiatives. She has authored articles and spoken at national conferences on best practices for effective training. Seniye has volunteered with Dress for Success since 1999. She has found her experience with Dress for Success particularly rewarding because she is able to help women make long lasting changes in their own lives. You will find Seniye at the gym six days a week. She also spends time with her daughters. She is an avid cook (hence the gym) and reader. Seniye is also a reviewer for Elle Magazine.
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