This book is perfect for readers that enjoy historical fiction set in the 1920s! The world building was vividly descriptive! I loved reading about the costumes and New York City during this time.
Olive is chasing her dream of being a big singing star on the stage. She finds that making it big is a bit harder than she expected, but she doesn’t give up. She finally gets a showgirl job, and she enjoys the feeling of being on the stage. After meeting Archie, she finds herself in a tangle of secrets. Can they make it in their relationship with their secrets revealed?
My favorite part about this book was the setting. I loved the 1920s vibe that was dripping across every page. It was beautiful to read. I enjoyed the moments where Olive was on stage as she became her Show Girl self.
The romance was good. I could feel the passion between the two. Both characters felt like real people, and I could connect with them. I loved their journey together!
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It’s 1927 when Olive McCormick moves from Minneapolis to New York City determined to become a star in the Ziegfeld Follies. Extremely talented as a singer and dancer, it takes every bit of perseverance to finally make it on stage. And once she does, all the glamour and excitement is everything she imagined and more–even worth all the sacrifices she has had to make along the way.
Then she meets Archie Carmichael. Handsome, wealthy–the only man she’s ever met who seems to accept her modern ways–her independent nature and passion for success. But once she accepts his proposal of marriage he starts to change his tune, and Olive must decide if she is willing to reveal a devastating secret and sacrifice the life she loves for the man she loves.
Just the Facts:
The Show Girl by Nicola Harrison
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 400 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub Date: August 10, 2021
Born in England, Nicola Harrison moved to CA where she received a BA in Literature at UCLA before moving to NYC and earning an MFA in creative writing at Stony Brook. She is a member of The Writers Room, has short stories published in The Southampton Review and Glimmer Train and articles in Los Angeles Magazine and Orange Coast Magazine. She was the fashion and style staff writer for Forbes, had a weekly column at Lucky Magazine and is the founder of a personal styling business, Harrison Style.
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