Last Dance on the Starlight Pier by Sarah Bird
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I jumped into the world of Evie Grace Devlin without knowing what to expect. And what an engaging ride it was.
Working childhood, rough upbringing, loveless mother. Young Evie managed to get herself out of her mother’s grip and built a better life for herself. Her first stop turned out to be good, but it ended on a bumpy note, making young Evie turn back to the life she tried so hard to escape. However, before she managed to make a move, her life gave her another chance to start anew… And what a delightful life it was… until yet another consequence shattered her world.
Taking place during the great depression, we see the people of entertainment try to survive and stay afloat. Although the initial idea of the plot was compelling, I didn’t feel the “book spark”. I expected something BIG to happen, and when it did – I didn’t find it thrilling, mostly due to the novel being “busy”. There were too many details to keep track of too many characters (my biggest pet peeve), too many sub-stories, and too many relationships. Nevertheless, this novel prompted me to look more into the novels with great depression storylines in them.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for this ARC.
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I am sorry to hear this didn’t quite measure up. I have been anticipating this one. Nice, honest review, Alina.