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The Girl on the Vaudeville Stage: A Novel of Dreams and Desire in Old New York (The Dancer Chronicles Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"Old New York comes to vibrant life in this dazzling tale of follies and illusions. [The Girl on the Vaudeville Stage] serves up a racy, exuberant feast for the senses, with a lively and intrepid heroine determined to succeed in a fading world threatened by fast-paced, fickle modernity." -- C.W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, (reviewed the novel under its previous title, Dancing at the Chance)
"[The Girl on the Vaudeville Stage] took me back to Old New York, when vaudeville still enchanted audiences and Ziegfeld was king. In her second novel, DeAnna Cameron brings the world of 1900's theatre to vibrant life. Part circus, part Shakespeare, part Arabian nights, the Chance Theatre is a place I would love to visit again." -- Christy English, author of To Be Queen, (reviewed the novel under its previous title, Dancing at the Chance)
- Publication date : October 4, 2016
- ASIN : B01LXFY971
- File size : 3704 KB
- Language: : English
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 381 pages
- Publisher : Fine Skylark Media (October 4, 2016)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,624,232 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ms. Cameron has written a lovely romance for those who love the theater. This era - a time when vaudeville was dying as an art and the moving pictures were coming to the fore - is one rich with possibilities and Ms. Cameron certainly takes advantage of this. The setting is fantastic and Ms. Cameron certainly does her best to bring the New York of the early 1900s to life. Pepper is a delightful heroine: spunky and not afraid to speak her mind or work hard. The secondary characters were fun to get to know and I liked that they were well-rounded and not flat. I enjoyed Mr. Ziegfeld's appearance as a secondary character as well and the juxtaposition of his play with the Chance. The plot was a little predictable but enjoyable nonetheless.
While this is a romance, I think it is more about Pepper learning who she is and her own strength to pursue her dreams. Certainly, romance plays a part, but it seems almost ancillary to Pepper discovering her own path. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book.
NB: I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
This story is turn of the 20th Century, just before moving pictures are taking off. The Flickers as they are referred to, are just coming out to capture people's minds and imaginations.
This is when Theatrical companies, such as The Chance, are either needing to revive the way they present their shows, or are brought out by people who have moved with the times.
The Theatrical company is the same as any large family. They have their ups and downs as well as petty scrubbles, but when one is threatened, they are all threatened and will stand together, as a family.