Circus of Wonders Review

Hi All,

I hope you’re all doing well? So the reading continues, I am now a professional reader for books, via NetGalley which means I get Advanced Reader Copies of books for free in exchange for a review, so this means that there are going to me more book reviews than ever!

The Publication Date for ‘Circus of Wonders’ is 13th May 2021

Circus of Wonders is a book by Elizabeth Macneal, who some of you may recognise as the author of “The Doll Factory” that I also reviewed at the beginning of 2021. Circus of Wonders I found really interesting and really well researched. Although this book was set in 1866, some of the themes within the plot were current to how people judge people who look different today and the fact that some people do judge people by how they look and not their personality.

“1866. In a coastal village in southern England, Nell picks violets for a living. Set apart by her community because of the birthmarks that speckle her skin, Nell’s world is her beloved brother and devotion to the sea.

But when Jasper Jupiter’s Circus of Wonders arrives in the village, Nell is kidnapped. Her father has sold her, promising Jasper Jupiter his very own leopard girl. It is the greatest betrayal of Nell’s life, but as her fame grows, and she finds friendship with the other performers and Jasper’s gentle brother Toby, she begins to wonder if joining the show is the best thing that has ever happened to her.

In London, newspapers describe Nell as the eighth wonder of the world. Figurines are cast in her image, and crowds rush to watch her soar through the air. But who gets to tell Nell’s story? What happens when her fame threatens to eclipse that of the showman who bought her? And as she falls in love with Toby, can he detach himself from his past and the terrible secret that binds him to his brother? 

Moving from the pleasure gardens of Victorian London to the battle-scarred plains of the Crimea, Circus of Wonders is an astonishing story about power and ownership, fame and the threat of invisibility.”

Circus of Wonders Synopsis By Elizabeth Macneal

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is a fantastic piece of Historical Fiction, as well as a collection of different events that all culminate in one book, this means constant twists and turns for the overall plot of the story. This is what Elizabeth Macneal does best, because this covers friendships and how the most unlikely relationships occur sometimes out of no where.

I for one cannot wait to get a physical copy of this book once it is released, as I just love having the physical copy of a book that I love, to hold and have on my bookshelf.

Please let me know down in the comments, if you will be reading this once it has been published.

Much Love always



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