The ladies of the secret circus

by Sayers, Constance,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
Spanning Jazz Age Paris to modern-day American, The Ladies of the Secret Circus is a decadent and magical tale of family secrets and lost love set against the backdrop of an extraordinary circus from the author of A Witch in Time.



"[A] page-turning story of dark magic, star-crossed love, and familial sacrifice." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)



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



Praise for The Ladies of the Secret Circus :



"At times decadent and macabre, The Ladies of the Secret Circus is a mesmerizing tale of love, treachery, and depraved magic percolating through four generations of Cabot women." --Luanne G. Smith, author of The Vine Witch



"Romance, mystery, and a family curse -- The Ladies of the Secret Circus has it all." ― Popsugar



"Ambitious and teeming with magic, Sayers creates a fascinating mix of art, The Belle Époque, and more than a little murder." --Erika Swyler, author of The Book of Speculation



For more from Constance Sayers, check out A Witch in Time .

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lara Barnes grew up hearing tales of her family's long-retired circus, and its allure never faded away for her as an adult. After her fiancé goes missing on their wedding day, she is understandably distraught, especially when it seems her mother knows more about the situation than she lets on. As Lara unravels the mystery with the town's chief of police, she discovers more about her family's past, including a different, secret circus that remains legendary decades after its last performance. Told in alternate perspectives, from Lara in the early 2000s and her great-grandmother Cecile in the secret circus' heyday of the 1920s, the novel's many twists will surely keep readers guessing. While Lara is easy to relate to, it is the supporting cast of characters that truly shines in Sayers' latest (after A Witch in Time, 2020). Cecile's life in the secret circus is interesting enough to fill a novel on its own. The Ladies of the Secret Circus is a delightful blend of supernatural horror and mystery that readers of both genres will enjoy."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Sayers (A Witch in Time) weaves romance, mystery, and a family curse into a spellbinding historical fantasy that stretches from 1920s Paris to modern-day America. In Jazz Age Paris, the Secret Circus is a place of both beauty and horror, unique because it has no physical building and only becomes visible to ticket holders. Twins Cecile and Esmé Cabot are confined to the mysterious world of the circus, where Cecile has always lived in Esmé's shadow. But when Cecile falls for a charming young artist, the affair worsens Cecile and Esmé's already strained relationship and the consequences of their rift stretch through time. In present-day Virginia, Lara Barnes is floored when her fiancé disappears on their wedding day, and, after coming across her great-grandmother's journals, she sets off for Paris in search of answers. There, Lara uncovers both her family's secret past and a curse that has plagued the women in her family for generations. The rich descriptions and fascinating settings create engagement in both timelines, and the secret of Lara's bloodline is original and surprising. Fans of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus will love this page-turning story of dark magic, star-crossed love, and familial sacrifice. Agent: Roz Foster, Frances Godlin Literary. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Circus -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Blessing and cursing -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 454 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 454).
ISBN 9780316493673
0316493678
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