This interesting novel opens in 1912 as a stage mother is auditioning her three attractive daughters for a place on the vaudeville stage. The mother has refused to accept charity or assistance from her late husband’s family, determined to be self-supporting and unwilling to address some past conflict. I really enjoyed this book BUT I found the first 100 pages (or so) rather tedious. I know on my library website several people admitted to abandoning this book before they were far along. There is simply too much detail about their developing stage act; add a song … add a dance… remove a song… use a different key… sing solo.. sing duet.. and on, and on. But at some point my interest became engaged and I became totally enchanted with the characters. The three sisters mature and develop in this strange world of the vaudeville circuit as their mother deteriorates in health and spirits. The other performers become their family as they face love, betrayal, heartbreak, success, failure. As the story progresses WWI becomes a reality that affects everyone’s life. I found this novel to be a very satisfying book and I only wish the author had followed that old piece of show biz wisdom…….Dazzle them in the first act so they stay after the first intermission.