My review for Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal, 5/5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and the author for an ARC of this book. Circus of Wonders will be published in May 2021.
I absolutely loved this book! Set in Victorian times, it tells the story of Nell, a young girl ostracised from her community because she’s different from everyone else, and Jasper and Toby, two brothers whose past ties them together.
When Nell’s father sells her to Jasper, you experience the poor girl’s terror and anger, and her gradual acceptance of her new life and friends. As the story progresses, we discover more about Jasper and Toby’s life during the war, and secret jealousies and resentments are revealed.
Beautifully written, the author takes you on a journey back in time to Victorian England, with its people, sounds, sights and smells taking over your senses. The story pulls you in, the various threads interweaving, a tale of love and loss, of hope and despair, that keeps you enthralled to the end. I will be thinking about it for a long time. Highly recommend.