The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers – 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.
About the Author: A finalist for Alternating Current’s 2016 Luminaire Award for Best Prose, her short stories have appeared in Souvenir and Amazing Graces: Yet Another Collection of Fiction by Washington Area Women as well as The Coil. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She lives in Maryland and is the co-founder of the Thoughtful Dog literary magazine. www.constancesayers.com
Review of The Ladies of the Secret Circus
The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers is a captivating fantasy sci-fi that sweeps you away to another place, another time. Performers, animals, a tent set up in the middle of nowhere; it’s a magical read. The characters are well-written and develop at a smooth, steady pace making it easy to get lost in the story’s magic. The heart of the story is a mystery that is a journey to solve. Vacillating between small wins and devastating losses. It is a journey through the dark depths of the occult navigating illusion, diversion, and machinations to solve the puzzle and survive the heartbreak. *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a review.*