Book Review: The Show Girl, by Nicola Harrison

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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.

The writing and characterization in this novel were excellent, otherwise I probably would never have made it to 50% of the way through before quitting. I just didn’t like Olive. That was my only problem. Just like I don’t spend time with people I don’t care for, I don’t want to read about characters I don’t care for. She just struck me as superficial and self-absorbed, and I didn’t want to read any more of her. I loved Montauk, Nicola Harrison’s previous novel, but this one just didn’t catch me the same way.

Nicola Harrison is from England and now lives in California. The Show Girl is her newest novel.

(Galley courtesy of St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.)

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