Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Last Dance On The Starlight Pier by Sarah Bird

From Vaudeville to nursing school and then back again.

Who had the nerve to send information about Evie’s previous life to the nursing administrator who didn’t like her from the beginning and wouldn’t give Evie her well-earned and well-deserved nursing pin. 

She wouldn’t be able to be a nurse without that pin proving she was a registered nurse. Now what is she going to do since her mother would gloat if she returned home.

She went to her Uncle’s and finds he now has a dance marathon in the same building where she used to teach children to dance.

What fun to learn about these dance marathons during the 1920s and 1930s.  It was a bit dangerous, though, because the owners had to deal with unsavory characters.

We follow Evie as she uses her nursing skills to save people at the dance marathons and to try to get her nursing pin back.  It wasn't her dream to take care of dancers instead of patients in hospitals, but at least she was being a nurse.

We also see how people had to live during the depression.

The book was fun with lovable, but sad Evie who always had some problem.   She had a hard life.  She did show us that you can overcome hardships and that family and friends are the most important part of our lives.

Most of the book was about the dance marathons and prohibition.  I loved learning about the silver showers at the marathons and was a bit shocked how the dancers had to dance with only short breaks and no sleep.

LAST DANCE ON THE STARLIGHT PIER was different and well researched, but was a bit long. 4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.


  1. A good historical fiction book!!

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. Replies
    1. It was a fun read.

      You would enjoy the book, Laurel.

      Thanks for commenting.