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The It Girls: A Novel by [Karen Harper]

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About the Author

Karen Harper, a New York Times bestselling author, is a former high school and college English teacher. Winner of the 2005 Mary Higgins Clark Award for her outstanding novel Dark Angel, Karen is the author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels and six historical novels, as well as a series of historical mysteries. She and her husband love to travel both in the United States and abroad. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.


“The It Girls is a glorious romp through the lives and loves of the scintillating Sutherland sisters. Karen Harper does a wonderful job of bringing Lucile and Elinor to life in this richly imagined and impeccably researched novel. Readers who enjoy historical fiction are in for a treat!”   (Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home)

“[...] fans of Kathleen Tessaro and Penny Vincenzi will enjoy the layers of intrigue and the sweeping plot. Harper’s ability to shift between raw ambition and tender compromise makes this family-focused novel a genuine delight.” (Booklist)

“In this fictionalized biography, Harper defines “it” as the charm and charisma that defined the Sutherland sisters. Not only is this a fabulous portrait of the time, but it is also a deftly crafted portrait of the complexity of sisterhood.” (RT Book Reviews (starred))

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01MS5KVOM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow Paperbacks (October 24, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 24, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4017 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 405 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 201 ratings

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Karen Harper is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of romantic suspense and historical novels. A native Ohioan, Karen is a former high school English teacher and English-and-writing instructor at the Ohio State University. (Go Bucks!) The Harpers are avid Ohio State football fans, but they have a serious side too. They were on the 10-year committee which revamped the main library on campus. The Ohio State Library houses her author collection in Rare Books and Manuscripts.

The Harpers love to travel, and Karen often uses her favorite places as settings for her novels. She's recently written books set in Edwardian England and South Florida, the latter where she lived for 30 winters. Her latest trilogy is THE SOUTH SHORES NOVELS, with forensic psychologist Claire Britten and criminal lawyer Nick Markwood. Her most recent historical is THE IT GIRLS.

These bring her published books to over 70 in a 35-year writing career.

Karen belongs to several writer's organizations, including International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and The Historical Novel Society. She appreciates hearing from readers on her website at and she answers!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Glamorous Jetsetting True Story of Celebrity Sutherland Sisters in the Victorian Era
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Having recently finished reading Karen Harper's The Queen's Governess and was thoroughly impressed, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this new release of hers.

Was not familiar with the provocative Sutherland sisters, Nellie and Lucy, whose lives are a fascinating read on feminism in the Victorian Era. Their trailblazing independence is an inspiration to the modern day woman. Loved the focus on forging their own careers despite the fact that such a thing was looked down on for women of a certain class. The book opens upon meeting their muse Lily Langtry who sets the stage for the life they would lead.

Harper definitely has a talent for writing a good romance novel. She is almost like a big sister giving advice on which men to watch out for. I think she is an author who has truly found love because her life experience shines through her writing. The conversations with the Victorian men and their poetic words and chivalry manners had me swooning. Loved the naughty skinny dipping scene.

Were there points early on in the novel that the writing was rushed and not fluid - Yes. But I blame the editor for those issues more than the writer. At the beginning of "It Girls" Harper tends to drop facts rather than weaving them into the story line. In spite of these minor flaws, the subject matter was so enthralling that I couldn’t put the book down. I became obsessed with the incredible story of these two amazing women’s lives.

Fans of Downton Abbey will love this fast paced read. Travels from London to Paris, Croatia even and ending in the Jazz Age of Hollywood, there's something for everyone here.
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