Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Show Girl” by Nicola Harrison, St. Martin’s Press, August 2021
Bravo to Nicola Harrison, Author of “The Show Girl” for writing such a memorable, intriguing, captivating and entertaining story! The genres for this novel are Historical Fiction, Romance and Fiction. The timeline for this story is written about 1927, and takes in the also is around the Great Depression. The author has you in a front seat view of ” The Ziegfeld Follies”. Nicola Harrison vividly describes the show girls, the staging, and the scenery, and you also get a view of how it might have felt to be part of the Ziegfeld Follies, and be a “Show Girl”. The author describes her dramatic and colorful characters as complex and complicated. The life of a Show Girl might look glamorous, but there was effort, work, rehearsals and uncertainty.
Olive McCormick has also loved to sing and dance. Her parents provided lessons, but she was expected to find a suitable job, and a husband to be considered respectable. Her father didn’t approve of “The Ziefeld Follies”, and Olive was one determined and courageous, woman that didn’t follow the rules of the time. Olive loves glamour, excitement, sparks and the attention that she gets. Olive doesn’t consider the traditional views or rules of those times. When Olive meets a remarkable man, and falls in love she becomes very conflicted with certain of her life decisions. Olive also has some dark secrets that she is fearful to reveal.
I loved everything about this novel, and would love to see “The Show Girl” on the screen. I highly recommend this thought-provoking novel to others.