Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal
.ePUB, 323 pages
Expected Publication: 15 February 2022
By: Simon & Schuster Canada
About The Book:
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 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—and with it, a chance for Jasper Jupiter to grow his own name and fortune. But what happens when her fame begins to eclipse his own, when 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.
This book is told from three different points of view. We have Nell the new performer, Jasper the circus owner and Toby his brother who is the circus photographer...he also has a heart of gold and a soft spot for Nell. I liked how this book isn't just about the circus but about the effects of war, sibling relationships and coming into ones own.
I loved this book so much and Nell was such a wonderful character. I felt so bad for her at times, being different isn't easy or for the faint of heart. You have to be made of tough stuff, I should know as I am deaf and I do my best to not let it get in the way of doing what I want. I was so happy to see Nell spread her wings (no pun intended) I loved being on her journey of self discovery.
A fun read, the author does a wonderful job of keeping a sense of wonder and grandeur through out the book, balancing the joy of the circus with the ominous powers at work behind the scenes.
With many thanks to NetGalley, Elizabeth Macneal and Simon & Schuster Canada for the giving of the ARC.