Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal

Dear Fellow Reader,

I am reviewing this book a bit early. It will be available on February 1, 2022, for purchase. I was given an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

This book is another in the continuing saga of me not knowing why I requested this book. What was it about the description of this book that interested me? I have no idea.

Circus of Wonder takes place in 1860s England. Nell was born with birthmarks covering her body. When her drunken father sees a chance to sell his daughter, he eagerly sells her to Jasper Jupiter’s Circus of Wonders. At first, Nell was understandably upset about this but then with the circus, she finds her family. Jasper Jupiter makes her famous and she falls in love.

But was loving a man enough?

When Jasper’s insecurities and jealousy overtake him, he sets in motion a series of disasters that may doom all of them.

Okay, the author had me for a long time in this book. But… then I just could not really buy what happened at the end of the book. I was disappointed by Nell’s choice.

I could see where this would not encourage you to read this book. On the other hand, it was absorbing and interesting. I read it fairly quickly and did enjoy it until the end. Perhaps that isn’t bad. The fact that I have seesawed about the end could be the mark of a good book. And it is possible that you will feel that Nell’s choice was right and not surprising. We would have to discuss it.

So, you will have to read it and let me know if you agree or disagree with me.

Thanks for reading.

About Carol Early Cooney

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1 Response to Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal

  1. Julia Tomiak says:

    Thanks Carol. So, not exactly The Night Circus or Water for Elephants? (I liked both of those novels beginning to end.) I understand your frustration with an unsatisfying ending. It doesn’t seem fair to dislike a book for just one part, but it happens…

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