The It Girls by Karen Harper

The It Girls

From New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper comes a novel based on the lives of two amazing sisters . . .One sailed the Titanic and started a fashion empire . . .The other overtook Hollywood and scandalized the world . . .Together, they were unstoppable.They rose from genteel poverty, two beautiful sisters, ambitious, witty, seductive. Elinor and Lucy Sutherland are at once each other’s fiercest supporters and most vicious critics.Lucy ...

Details The It Girls

TitleThe It Girls
Release DateOct 24th, 2017
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Did Not Finish

Reviews The It Girls

  • Julie
    The It Girls by Karen Harper is a 2017 William Morrow Paperbacks publication. I love historical fiction, and thought this novel, centered around Elinor and Lucy Sutherland, might be an interesting tale. The sisters, I suppose, would have been what we might have labeled "It Girls', with Elinor realizing fame as a writer and Lucy as a famous fashion designer. They both enjoyed success in their careers, but their personal lives suffered from several...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    An authoress and a dressmaker on the loose.Nellie and Lucy were sisters and were mischievous from the start. They went through thick and thin together. The time was early 1800's and women were to be wed and not be in a trade, but the Sutherland girls didn't abide. Well Lucy didn't. Nellie sort of did, but she still had high hopes of her books being published, and they were published.We follow both girls from their childhood to becoming adults. Th...
  • Cindy Burnett
    I struggled a lot with this book. Other than the fact that they apparently served as the source for the expression “It Girl”, I did not understand the choice to write an entire book about Elinor and Lucy Sutherland. From an early age, the two sisters quarreled, treated each other and others poorly, and behaved in ways that certainly did not make me want to learn more about them. Whatever fleeting fame they each had was certainly overshadowed ...
  • Stephanie
    Karen Harper is one of my all-time favorite historical fiction writers, and she has done another fantastic job in bringing to life sisters Elinor Glyn and Lucile Duff-Gordon in her newest novel, The It Girls.This is an engrossing novel that begins in the late nineteenth-century when Nellie and Lucy Sutherland are just young, imaginative girls with dreams of money, love, success, and adventure, and the account of their lives continues several deca...
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quote:Not that I’d like to be a man, but that I’d like to be a woman and not have to act like one.My Review:Color me an ignoramus, as I did not realize I was reading a book about real people when I started in. I was nearly through the book when I had to stop reading and Google them to be sure - I just had to! While they weren’t model citizens by any means, the Sutherland sisters made a profound impact on society of their time which...
  • Linda Zagon
     MY REVIEW OF 'THE IT GIRLS" by Karen Harper"The It Girls" by Karen Harper is an intriguing account of how fiction and history can work in a novel. The genres for this novel are Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, and Fiction. The timeline for this story is  set from 1875, and goes into the twentieth century after The Great War or World War 1, and then some years after. The location of this story vacillates between Europe,(England, Paris, Fran...
  • Teresa
    Ok I gave this a four star rating and then thought about it over night before I wrote an actual review. In hindsight I think I would now give it three stars. It started off very slowly but once it got going it was interesting. However, I'm still not sure if I was reading fiction, non-fiction or a mixture of both. I learned a bit about the sisters but felt there was a lot more to know. It would have been nice to have had a bit more information on ...
  • Angela
    I received an ARC for free through Goodreads Giveaways.The It Girls tells the story of sisters Elinor Glyn, a boundary-pushing writer, and Lucille Duff-Gordon, a fashion pioneer, from their days as young girls on the brink of poverty through the success of their later years. I expected a good historical fiction story, but the book lost me along the way.The sisters are at the heart of this book, and their relationship was not an easy one. At times...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    "The It Girls" covers the lives of Elinor and Lucile Sutherland who lived during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Both of these women lived when the world was changing rapidly and they both often seemed to be in the middle of some of the greatest changes. The book covers from their childhood all the way to when they were well into middle age. Because this book covers so much of their lives, the book often felt like vignettes and I kept wishing for...
  • Lovely Loveday
    Not a fan of this book and found it a struggle to finish. The writing and dialogue was not realistic.
  • Melissa
    Interesting story, but I found the writing tiresome. The characters spend way too much time explaining relationships, locations, and events to each other for the reader's sake. This made for very cumbersome dialogue at times, especially when information was repeated and the character then said something like "as you know." Yes, we already know. Or yes, we get the historical reference. It just didn't flow for me.
  • Miriam
    We think the term “It” is new, is hip, but there were “It” Girls and ideas in the late 1800s. Karen Harper brings two charming, ambitious, and highly successful Sutherland sisters out of obscurity and into the limelight in her newest novel. Harper weaves a tight story of friendship and sisterly rivalry, of hopes achieved and dashed. You’ll be drawn into the descriptions of clothing, the hints of scandal, and the passion that lies beneat...
  • Rebecca
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher (via LibraryThing) in exchange for an honest review. This book was far too short to encompass the lives of these two women. Each sister has an amazing story, and really deserves her own novel. Because the novel covers so many decades, it really felt like the author had to cram in everything she wanted to cover. I feel like the novel suffered for that. I really didn't like the style of the nov...
  • Dwi Grandison
    The bond between sisters is one of fierceness that can not be duplicated. Sisters fiercely support each other and take down those who battle against them. But sisters can be fiercely judgmental towards one another and that judgmental feeling can turn into animosity that can test the very bond itself. Karen Harper has written a fantastic tale of sisters and all that comes with the closeness they share. Elinor and Lucy Sutherland are stunning chara...
  • Lauralee
    The It Girls tells the story of two sisters, Nellie and Lucy, who were the fashionable girls of their day. Nellie becomes a famous author and Lucy is a successful fashion designer. One of the girls penned the famous classic, Three Weeks, and the other survived the Titanic. This novel follows their successes and their trials. Mostly, it explores their sisterly bond that spanned for decades. Both Lucy and Nellie are very sympathetic characters. The...
  • Lynne Macdonald
    It was ok. Purely historical fantasy. A good escape. I did not really enjoy now. At another time I would have loved it but not now. It was ok. Two sisters grow up and are driven/become a clothes designer and fiction writer who had bad marriages and one escaped/divorce and found true love. As the years went by the separation between the sisters two widen. WWI and the victorian era past. the ideas and fashionable statements became passe. The 2 sist...
  • Linda Smatzny
    The book covers the lives of two sisters, Lucy(Lucile) and Elinor from 1875 to 1926. The story starts on the Isle of Jersey,onto London and finishes in Scotland but also includes France and America. Lucy becomes a famous fashion designer while Elinor is a writer. They don't have as much success in their private lives as in their business lives. The book covers a changing time in the world with women beginning to have rights. It wasn't till the en...
  • Diane
    Wow! Two sisters, very successful in their careers. This book covers their lives from early girlhood to mature and thriving women. While reading, I realized that these two were not fictional characters, but real women. Enjoyed this book!
  • Lexi Baird
    I did not like this book. It was hard to read because it was covering too much time over the span of the book.
  • Elizabeth
    Stilted, unnatural dialogue. Tooooo much unnecessary explanation in characters' conversations. Couldn't force myself to finish it. Found the Wikipedia entries on the sisters far more interesting.
  • Chelsie
    Another great historical fiction book! It is amazing that this is the lives they led. Although I wish there would have been more emphasis put into the sinking of the Titanic. The fact that she was a survivor of that terrible tragedy and yet she still sailed on ships after!
  • Michelle
    These two women definitely made the most of their opportunities. I enjoyed the story about the two real-life sisters who carved out successful careers in their own niche. They might not have been lucky in love but they certainly knew how to live life to the full.
  • Jenny Buchta
    I had never heard of these two infamous sisters, so the characters were new to me. I, however, found the story repetitive and slow-going. There were many facts and phrases that were overused and the sisters themselves weren't very likable. Compared to some of my other Karen Harper favorites (The First Princess of Wales), this story fell flat and lifeless.
  • Paula
    One of my favorite authors but not a favorite read. Seemed to drag alot.
  • Sheena
    2.5 out of 5. Unfortunately I struggled to get through this one.
  • Melinda
    A well researched work. So much background and many events were related or clarified through dialog, it seemed not much action was there to keep readers involved. Can’t say I actually liked either sister through the book, but I admired their groundbreaking roles and contributions to women in creative worlds. Much of th dialog sounded a bit stilted as if the sisters were proclaiming rather than conversing in order to convey information or emotio...
  • Michelle
    Historical fiction about two sisters who were It Girls in their day.Lucile Duff Gordon survived the sinking of the Titanic. This happened in the middle of this book. So, just picture what an exciting life Lucile led.She was a self made woman,a very famous fashion designer.Her younger sister, Elinor, was a famous romance novelist.Very entertaining story.I'm not going to go into any more detail because I don't want to risk any spoilers of their sto...
  • Anita
    Excellent historical fiction about fashion designer Lucile (Lady) Duff-Gordon and her author sister Elinor. As a fan of all things Titanic, I enjoyed the part of the book that dealt with that and the scandal that occurred afterwards. Lots of famous people and "rich people problems" but clearly well researched and authentic feeling regarding the events and times. An enjoyable read 4.5/5 stars.
  • Chaya Nebel
    Sisters share a special bond, but many times, they also share animosities, jealousies, and rivalries. Sisters defend each other against those who would abuse or attack them, but their closeness can also lead them to be the worst of frenemies. "The It Girls" is a portrait of two real-life sisters, Lucile and Elinor Sutherland, who between them experienced many love affairs, marriages, business ventures, high society life, low times with abusive or...