Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where you choose a random book from your Goodreads TBR and show it off. This meme is hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. I found this (and stole it 😉) from Yolanda’s Past Midnight. Go check her out and give her a follow!
This week, I might not get nailed to the cross!
Author: Elizabeth Macneal
Pages: 368 Pages
Publication Date: February 1, 2022
Circus of Wonders is an atmospheric and spectacular novel by Elizabeth Macneal, where one woman’s life is transformed by the arrival of a Victorian circus of wonders.
Step up, step up! In 1860s England, circus mania was sweeping the nation. Crowds jostle for a glimpse of the lion tamers, the dazzling trapeze artists, and, most thrilling of all, the so-called “human wonders.”
When Jasper Jupiter’s Circus of Wonders pitches its tent in a poor coastal town, the life of one young girl changes forever. Sold to the ringmaster as a “leopard girl” because of the birthmarks that cover her body, Nell is utterly devastated. But as she grows close to the other performers, she finds herself enchanted. Both by the glittering freedom of the circus and by her own role as the Queen of the Moon and Stars.
Before long, Nell’s fame spreads across the world. With it comes a chance for Jasper Jupiter to grow his own name and fortune. But what happens when her fame begins to eclipse his own? And even Jasper’s loyal brother Toby becomes captivated by Nell? No longer the quiet flower-picker, Nell knows her own place in the world, and she will fight for it.
A gorgeously wrought exploration of celebrity, power, and belonging, this is a historical novel unlike any other, with an unforgettable heroine at its heart.
Have you read Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal? Tell me what you thought! If you haven’t, I hope I’ve enabled you to grow your TBR!