Review #80

Title- Water for Elephants

Rating– 4/5

Genre- Women’s fiction or drama maybe

POV- First person, past tense

Trope- circus, scandal

Similar Books/Comps– Salt of the Sea, The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary

My emotions-  Intrigued, fascinated


Jacob Janowski- orphaned, penniless, with no direction in life even though he was a vet student

Marlena- equestrian star

August- brutal animal trainer

Rosie- untrainable elephant


Jacob landed on a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. He was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was the Great Depression and for Jacob the circus was both his salvation and a living hell. There he met Marlena (though she was married to August). And he met Rosie, who was the great hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this group of misfits was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

Best part-

Rosie and the climax scene

What I’d change-

Animal abuse is hard to read about

“With a secret like that, at some point the secret itself becomes irrelevant. The fact that you kept it does not.”

“I want her to melt into me, like butter on toast. I want to absorb her and walk around for the rest of my days with her encased in my skin.”

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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