Release Date: August 10, 2021
About The Book:
Nicola Harrison’s The Show Girl gives a glimpse of the glamorous world of the Ziegfeld Follies, through the eyes of a young midwestern woman who comes to New York City to find her destiny as a Ziegfeld Follies star.
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.
Olive has always dreamed of the stage. She ends up having to postpone her dream due to an extenuating circumstance. As soon as she is able, she heads to NYC to take Ziegfeld up on his previous offer. Through determination and hard work, Olive becomes one of the best show girls around. Then she meets Archie!
Archie is a very wealthy man. He and Olive hit it off quickly. They soon become engaged. But, Olive has a terrible secret. She is not quick to share and it devastates their relationship.
I enjoyed so many things about this novel. I loved the setting of NYC during the prohibition. But the best thing…is the Ziegfeld Follies! I have read a few books set during this time but this one is the best. I loved learning about how the showgirls survived and worked. Add the setting with the wonderful character, Olive…and you have a fantastic book! Don’t forget her secret….you will have to read this to find out!
Need a fabulous historical fiction…THIS IS IT!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
About The Author:
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. www.NicolaHarrison.com
“Harrison creates a heady mix of history, drama and romance in a seductive novel guaranteed to transport the reader to a different place and time.” –Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of All the Way We Say Goodbye
“In The Show Girl, author Nicola Harrison paints her characters with such a precise brush and sympathetic strokes that they live long after the last page.” –Betsy Carter, bestselling author of Lost Souls at The Neptune Inn
“Nicola Harrison brilliantly captures the last gasp of the roaring twenties in this indelible story of love and ambition.” –Jamie Brenner, author of Blush
“Harrison beautifully portrays the trials and tribulations of a Ziegfeld Follies dancer in her new novel, which is brimming with juicy details of Roaring Twenties New York City. Fans of City of Girls will adore this exploration of love and ambition.” –Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue
“Harrison has created a heroine so complex and endearing, so utterly fearless and full of life, that readers will not be able to forget her. THE SHOW GIRL is a story as intricate and dazzling as one of Ziegfeld’s legendary revues.” –Lynda Cohen Loigman, USA Today bestselling author of The Two-Family House and The Wartime Sisters
“A delicious and entertaining exploration of the life of a Ziegfield girl with Harrison’s trademark ability to plunge the reader deep into the experiences of her characters. The Show Girl is a fast-paced and engaging read that will leave readers giving a standing ovation to Olive and to all women who choose to live life on their own terms.” –Susie Orman Schnall, author of The Subway Girls and We Came Here to Shine
“Harrison has written an energetic, propulsive, delightful book.” -Amy Poeppel, author of Small Admissions