Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Circus of Wonders

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. This is my first Can’t-Wait Wednesday post!

In 2019 one of the best books I read was The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal, so I am really looking forward to read her next book, Circus of Wonders, which isn’t published until 13 May! Luckily for me I have an ARC via NetGalley.


The spellbinding new novel from the author of the Sunday Times bestselling The Doll Factory.

1866. In a coastal village in southern England, Nell picks violets for a living. Set apart by her community because of the birthmarks that speckle her skin, Nell’s world is her beloved brother and devotion to the sea.

But when Jasper Jupiter’s Circus of Wonders arrives in the village, Nell is kidnapped. Her father has sold her, promising Jasper Jupiter his very own leopard girl. It is the greatest betrayal of Nell’s life, but as her fame grows, and she finds friendship with the other performers and Jasper’s gentle brother Toby, she begins to wonder if joining the show is the best thing that has ever happened to her.

In London, newspapers describe Nell as the eighth wonder of the world. Figurines are cast in her image, and crowds rush to watch her soar through the air. But who gets to tell Nell’s story? What happens when her fame threatens to eclipse that of the showman who bought her? And as she falls in love with Toby, can he detach himself from his past and the terrible secret that binds him to his brother?

Moving from the pleasure gardens of Victorian London to the battle-scarred plains of the Crimea, Circus of Wonders is an astonishing story about power and ownership, fame and the threat of invisibility.

10 thoughts on “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Circus of Wonders

  1. I can see why you’re looking forward to this one, Margaret. What an interesting premise! And I like the context, too. I think this meme is a great idea (although I don’t know what it’ll do to my TBR!)

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  2. I’ve had The Doll Factory on my TBR so SO long, so thank you for reminding me I want to read that! Circus of Wonders also sounds so good, maybe I’ll have to make it an Elizabeth Macneal mini marathon this year!

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  3. This looks good! I hope you enjoy it. Here is my post-

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