Victorian Secrets ~ What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself by Author Sarah A. ChrismanSaturday, November 23rd, 2013Victorian Secrets captured my interest the moment I started reading the book. Author Sarah A. Chrisman eloquently shares the true story of her complete transformation from being a “Victorian woman in her heart” to actually living in the twenty first century as a “real life” Victorian lady….corset and all!
Sarah A. Chrisman
As a child, Sarah “longingly dreamed of the Victorian era”, and her mother would
caution her that, “if she would have lived back then she would had to have worn a corset!
After Sarah married, she told her husband Gabriel never to buy her a corset as “they were unhealthy, uncomfortable, and women would break their ribs to to fit into them.” However, on her twenty-ninth birthday, when she opened her last present from Gabriel… It was a CORSET!
Sarah had been a bit disappointed and unsure of this garment with laces and a silk exterior with interior metal supports. A concerned Gabriel began reading her the instructions that came with the corset, and with a kiss and an encouraging “I’ll help you” , how could Sarah be upset?…After all, she and Gabriel collected antique attire and this “corset” truly was “the ONLY real way” to have the clothing fit as they were “supposed” to! Sarah put on the corset and the adventure began!
I was on page five of Victorian Secrets at this point, and I honestly couldn’t put the book down! It’s not only an endearing story, but quite educational as well! It was a venture back to a time where women had different views about their physical image. Though things have changed since the Victorian era, I believe that throughout the ages, during each time period, the “focus on the image of a woman” would usually take precedence! In the Victorian era the cinched waist via a corset was definitely the “look” of the time.
Victorian Secrets is a wonderful book! I inspire you to give it a read and enjoy the amazing metamorphosis as Sarah’srelationship with the “corset” comes into being and she deals with her encounters, challenges, and triumphs that were sofulfilling to Sarah… and are to the reader, as well!
With the upcoming holidays, this is a perfect gift!
Thank you for sharing your story, Sarah! Victorian Secrets receives a 5-Star rating!
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