The Ladies of the Secret Circus

The Ladies of the Secret Circus

Paris, 1925: To enter the Secret Circus is to enter a world of wonder-a world where women tame magnificent beasts, carousels take you back in time, and trapeze artists float across the sky. But each daring feat has a cost. Bound to her family's strange and magical circus, it's the only world Cecile Cabot knows-until she meets a charismatic young painter and embarks on a passionate love affair that could cost her everything.

Virginia, 2005: Lara Barnes is on top of the world-until her fiancé disappears on their wedding day. Desperate, her search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great-grandmother's journals and sweeps her into the story of a dark circus and a generational curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations.

Title:The Ladies of the Secret Circus
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316493673
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    The Ladies of the Secret Circus Reviews

  • Jenny Lawson

    Now I want to go visit this magical (and terrifying) circus....

  • Bandit

    Dear novel, you had me at circus. I must admit, it wasn’t love at first page. In fact, at first there was some apprehension that you might turn out to be some sort of a women’s fiction situation ...

  • Melissa

    *This book was received as an Advanced Reviewer's Copy from NetGalley.The circus is always an intriguing place. Performers, animals, a tent set up in the middle of nowhere; it's magical. Quite literal...

  • Holly (Holly Hearts Books)

    Personal rating: 3.75If you found a bleeding ticket that promised an unforgettable.. killer experience. Would you go?Lara, a descendant of a secret circus family doesn’t have much of a choice.Wow, t...

  • Michelle

    Well-written and much darker than I anticipated, The Ladies of the Secret Circus kept me captivated until the end.Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....

  • Donna

    This book falls into many genres: Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, & Fantasy....and even Mystery. I enjoyed the mystery part of this, but I also liked the creativity. The idea behind the secret ci...

  • Shari Suarez

    Lara's fiance disappears on their wedding day. His car is found abandoned on Wickelow Bend, the same place where 30 years prior another man met the same fate.Lara tries to get on with her own life but...

  • Jennifer Richards

    The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers was a beautiful, atmospheric, enrapturing novel that was one of my favorite reads of the year. I loved the story of Lara and her journey to understa...

  • Toya (the reading chemist)

    I’ll be honest, I’m always a bit hesitant when it comes to fantasy that falls into the realm of magical realism because I am more of a in your face magic as well as exploring a new world type of p...

  • Books and H2O

    This was an arresting and macabre novel. The narrative begins when the protagonist’s fiance disappears the day before the wedding. From there, the story unwinds to reveal a furtive circus, generatio...