The First Actress

The First ActressThe First Actress by C.W. Gortner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sarah Bernhardt – an actress, theater star, courtesan, humanitarian, single mother, sister, friend. She is one of a kind. A person who played so many different roles on and off the stage.

Sarah has lived a very full life. A daughter of a famous courtesan and wealthy french nobleman, Jewish by birth, Christian by choice. Her adamant and bold attitude lured me into the pages of her life story. From a very early age, young Sarah showed her strong willpower and determination, she set goals and achieved it, and stood up to her oppressors. Sarah was never afraid to take on serious responsibilities, help friends and family in need.

Sarah Bernard built her name using her talent and ambition. Sarah’s story is fascinating. A bastard who not only became a famous actress but was able to portray both male and female roles, started in theater proceeded into the film world, and became the highest paying actress of her time. I am very happy that I came across this wonderful novel, thank you NetGalley and Ballentine Books Publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel and an author for a wonderful life story of Sarah Bernard.


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Who Did You Tell?

Who Did You Tell?Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Life is all about second chances.

Astrid gets a fresh start in life. After the rehab, she moves in with her mother who helps Astrid with her transition. She starts to attend AA meetings, makes new friends, and meets a lovely guy. However, no matter how hard she tries, she can’t escape the past. And eventually, it catches up with her, someone out there knows her secret, the secret that she thought has died with her ex-boyfriend…

Will Astrid’s past ruin her future?

I loved the build-up of the plot, great story and I loved Astrid’s character. However the ending was a little disappointing, I expected a stronger finale. Thank you, NetGalley and Ballantine Books publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.


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