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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; Reprint edition (Sept. 27 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385668910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385668910
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 14.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet Babins TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 1 2012
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The story is divided into three parts.
In the first part, too much time was spent on the goings-on backstage at a Vaudeville show. The characters were touched on lightly and you never had the opportunity to get to know them until much later on. I would have liked to spend more time with the sisters and see how their careers and lives developed, but it took a long time to reach that point. The second and third part of the book came alive and was more interesting.

Flora, the mother and a former vaudeville singer has fallen on hard times. Her husband, a school teacher, died unexpectedly and left Flora with no means of support. She has three daughters. Aurora is sixteen. the eldest and is very beautiful. Clover is fifteen and is shy and soulful. Bella is thirteen and is a joyful, energetic girl with a mind of her own. They are the Avery sisters. Mama and the girls are very close, because they only have each another. There is a powerful bond between them.

Flora decides to take the sisters out on the road, determined to turn them into a successful singing act The sisters start out as amateurs possessing some natural talent. They travel to Canada and the United States to audition and their name is changed to the Belle Auroras. Of course, Clover is a little sad that her name wasn't included in their new stage name, but she says nothing about it. It is before and during the First Great War in Europe. Aurora is sixteen at the time.

As they learn the ropes on how to become a much better act. An ailing and somewhat jaded musical director, unpaid, acts as the girls' singing coach. There is jealousy, deceit but also camaraderie among the vaudeville performers.

The second and third part of the story becomes very interesting and the characters come alive.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mommyx2 on Jan. 15 2012
Format: Hardcover
It took a long time to get into this book. I could easily put it down and come back to it. Halfway through though I started to want to know where their journeys through vaudeville were going to take them and found myself more caught up in the story. Interesting to learn about the vaudeville circuit and acts, too. Bottom line though...I should have borrowed it from the library instead of buying it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Petershamgirl on Dec 6 2011
Format: Hardcover
Well written but not engaging at all! I'm sure it is an accurate reflection of what life was like in vaudeville but nothing much happens throughout most of the book and the characters were not very compelling. I read this for book club and have to say that I didn't really want to pick this book up after I began it and I found that I was scrambling to finish it the night before we were meeting. That means it took me a whole month to get through it! I wish I could say that others at the book club felt differently but I can't. No-one enjoyed this book at all. Ms Endicott could have done so much more with this story line but, for whatever reason, chose not to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Pilgrim on Dec 10 2011
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I found the book a little hard to get into, but was glad I persevered. Once I became acclimated to the world of vaudeville being presented to me as a 21st century reader, it was hard to put down. I found it fascinating to learn about what went on both on stage and behind-the-scenes in vaudeville, and cared about what would happen to the three sisters, known as the Belle Auroras, and their mother.The Little Shadows
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CanLitGirl on Oct. 23 2011
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book! I immediately felt like I knew the characters and didn't want the book to end. Charming, so well written, just a joy. Highly recommended.
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