About The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus

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1928
The Bonaventure Circus is a refuge for many, but Pippa Ripley was rejected from its inner circle as a baby. When she receives mysterious messages from someone called the “Watchman,” she is determined to find him and the connection to her birth. As Pippa’s search leads her to a man seeking justice for his murdered sister and evidence that a serial killer has been haunting the circus train, she must decide if uncovering her roots is worth putting herself directly in the path of the killer.

Present Day
The old circus train depot will either be torn down or preserved for historical importance, and its future rests on real estate project manager Chandler Faulk’s shoulders. As she dives deep into the depot’s history, she’s also balancing a newly diagnosed autoimmune disease and the pressures of single motherhood. When she discovers clues to the unsolved murders of the past, Chandler is pulled into a story far darker and more haunting than even an abandoned train depot could portend.

My Review

As with Jaime Jo Wright’s other books, The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus is not one to read at night! LOL! It’s a perfect read for Halloween time, or frankly anytime you’d like to channel Anne Shirley and get “deliciously scared.”

My general appreciation for the book could be summed up in one line near the end (no spoilers, have no fear!): “Sure, they had their differences of faith and foundation, but that didn’t eliminate the beauty of kindness.” At times I wasn’t sure what to make of Bonaventure Circus — it felt like “The Greatest Showman” movie met Ted Dekker, and I felt so conflicted over that! The supernatural certainly takes front and center at times in the book, which jostled me a little. But jostling can be positive, and it certainly is here.

I love how Wright weaved 1928 and the present day; she maintains her “master of the timeslip novel” in this installment, for sure! I usually prefer one storyline over another in most timeslips, but not so here; every time we slipped into past or present, I wasn’t ready to leave the other storyline. To me, that illustrates just how compelling each storyline actually is, and I applaud Wright.

Bonaventure Circus kept me guessing throughout the read, as well. I thought I figured elements out at one point, but was absolutely wrong, and gladly so. Wright throws every timeslip cliche out the window and skillfully rewrites it in this read. Well done.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Jaime Jo Wright is the author of five novels, including Christy Award winner The House on Foster Hill and Carol Award winner The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She’s also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime lives in Wisconsin with her cat named Foo, her husband Cap’n Hook, and their littles, Peter Pan, and CoCo. To learn more, visit www.jaimewrightbooks.com.