The It Girls by Karen Harper

My daughter and I went to a girls' night in event, sponsored by our local parks and recreation department, library, and a few others.  One station was "blind date with a book" and of course I had to try.  The books were labeled by genre and first lines, so I chose the historical fiction ones and found a first line that caught my eye!  It was a good pick for sure.

About The It Girls:

One sailed the Titanic and started a fashion empire . . .

The other overtook Hollywood and scandalized the world . . .

Together, they were unstoppable.

They rose from genteel poverty, two beautiful sisters, ambitious, witty, seductive. Elinor and Lucy Sutherland are at once each other’s fiercest supporters and most vicious critics.

Lucy transformed herself into Lucile, the daring fashion designer who revolutionized the industry with her flirtatious gowns and brazen self-promotion. And when she married Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon her life seemed to be a fairy tale. But success came at many costs—to her marriage and to her children . . . and then came the fateful night of April 14, 1912 and the scandal that followed.

Elinor’s novels titillate readers, and it’s even asked in polite drawing rooms if you would like to “sin with Elinor Glyn?” Her work pushes the boundaries of what’s acceptable; her foray into the glittering new world of Hollywood turns her into a world-wide phenomenon. But although she writes of passion, the true love she longs for eludes her.

But despite quarrels and misunderstandings, distance and destiny, there is no bond stronger than that of the two sisters—confidants, friends, rivals and the two “It Girls” of their day.

My Thoughts:

As noted, I could only choose by genre and first line, so I was really hoping I would find something good.  The first line seemed to be interesting, and potentially dual time line.

"If we are caught, we'll be in beastly trouble for this," Nellie said, tugging at her sister's sleeve as they opened the door to the ladies' cloakroom of Government House and darted inside.

It sounded like a promising start, so I chose it, unwrapped it, and was quite happy to discover The It Girls inside my package.  I've read a couple of other books by Karen Harper and really enjoyed them, so I had a feeling I would also end up liking this one.  It wasn't quite The Royal Nanny or The Queen's Secret, but I really did enjoy it.  The story takes place over the course of Nellie's and Lucy's lives, from the beginning of their island childhood to their rise in life and the tragedies that follow.  The author always writes great historical fiction novels--well-researched and really bringing the characters back to life.  The It Girls has an interesting premise, especially covering more of the early 20th century, including a story right from the Titanic.  It's not my typical book time period of choice, so I really ended up loving it.

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