Title- The Ladies of the Secret Circus
POV- Third person, past tense
Vibe- mystery, whimsical
Similar Books/Comps– The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, The Storyteller’s Secret
My emotions- Captivated, Excited
I LOVED this book. It had so much mystery and magic. I LOVED the journal entries bringing me back in time. The supernatural “other worldly” vibe was spot on perfect. I highly recommend this and I need to find more books with similar feels if you have any recommendation! I’m so glad I bought a copy of this one, which is rare for me, all my books are typically from the library.
What I’d change-
I wish the romance was a bit stronger between Lara & Ben but understand why it wasn’t the focus.
Paris, 1925: To enter the Secret Circus is to enter a world of wonder—a world where women weave illusions of magnificent beasts, carousels take you back in time, and trapeze artists float across the sky. Bound to her family’s circus, it’s the only world Cecile Cabot knows until she meets a charismatic young painter and embarks on a passionate affair that could cost her everything.
Virginia, 2004: Lara Barnes is on top of the world until her fiancé disappears on their wedding day. When her desperate search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great-grandmother’s journals, Lara is swept into a story of a dark circus and ill-fated love.
Soon secrets about Lara’s family history begin to come to light, revealing a curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations. A curse that might be tied to her fiancé’s mysterious disappearance