The Girl on the Midway Stage: A Novel of Love, Ambition and Scandal at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (The Dancer Chronicles, Book 1)

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Michelle Moran and Gail Carriger

Book Summary

What happens when a nice Victorian girl meets the Egyptian belly dancers? Follow Dora’s scandalous adventure at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair…

Young bride Dora Chambers can’t wait to begin her new life in Chicago. It’s an exciting time, with the 1893 World’s Fair putting a kaleidoscope of new inventions, new cultures, and new ideas on display.

Unfortunately, those aren’t the only things on display.

The Egyptian belly dancers’ performances are stirring up a scandal, and the distasteful task of enforcing proper conduct on them has fallen to Dora as part of her initiation into the Fair’s prestigious Board of Lady Managers.

Dora’s sensibilities, however, are not so easily flustered by the dancers. She finds herself captivated by these exotic women, and by their enigmatic manager, Hossam Farouk, who makes his mistrust of her known–although his lingering glances hint at something else.

As Dora’s eyes are opened to the world beyond her own, she finds the courage to break free of her life of social expectations and self-imposed bondage, and discovers the truth about the desire and passion in her own heart.

THE GIRL ON THE MIDWAY STAGE is a lush historical novel rich with authentic period detail, discovery, and romance that will sweep you up in Dora’s struggle to understand herself, her quickly changing world, and her own unique journey to happiness.

*** This title was formerly published as THE BELLY DANCER ***

BONUS MATERIAL: The novel includes a preview chapter of THE GIRL ON THE VAUDEVILLE STAGE, Book 2 in The Dancer Chronicles and formerly published as Dancing at The Chance.


(As The Belly Dancer)

"Lush, sensual, and exotic"--RT Book Reviews

"Whew, this book has it all! ... As young women, as experienced women, as a dancer - you will love this book!" --The Chronicles magazine

"a richly woven tale of scandal [and] seduction."--Anne Thomas Soffee, author of Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love

"A great summer read" --Orange Coast magazine

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