Anyone love a good circus story? I grew up near Bridgeport, CT home of PT Barnum and the old Barnum Museum was always a fun and creepy visit.
This novel made me realize I need to get myself over to Sarasota sometime now that I live in Florida.
Chloe is a famous author writing about her great mother’s life as a trapeze artist in the circus. But as she searches she realizes there’s a scandal and disappearance she knew nothing about.
High-Wire Heartbreak kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning. But not in a scary or suspenseful way, but in a way that made me want to know what would happen next. It’s a dual timeline novel.
Lucy’s story is unveiled to us slowly as Chloe uncovers information. She’s a brilliant trapeze artist, but perhaps a little gullible and naive. I don’t want to give away too much.
This one is for people who enjoy the circus, want to know more about Ringling, like a light mystery, a little romance, enjoy historical research, like Florida, and don’t mind being very angry at a character.
About the Book
Book: High-Wire Heartbreak
Author: Anna Schmidt
Release date: January 1, 2022
In 1936–A party at the Ringling mansion Ca d’Zan in Sarasota, Florida, leads to a robbery–and possibly death.
A successful historical mystery writer, Chloe Whitfield comes to Ca’ d’Zan to research her next novel. Chloe’s fascination with the circus is rooted in family stories of her great-grandmother Lucinda Conroy, who reportedly was a trapeze artist of some renown. She’s heard hints of scandal—and perhaps larceny, but no details.
Chloe’s grandmother—rumored to be Lucinda’s only offspring—was raised in an orphanage and never knew her mother. Intrigued as she is, Chloe has no intent of writing about Lucinda until she sees a poster featuring Lucinda as the star performer for a 70th birthday gala for John Ringling in May of 1936. From there the trail goes cold.
Who was Lucinda and what happened to her?
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About the Author
Anna Schmidt is the author of over twenty works of fiction. Among her many honors, Anna is the recipient of Romantic Times’ Reviewer’s Choice Award and a finalist for the RITA award for romantic fiction. She enjoys gardening and collecting seashells at her winter home in Florida.
More from Anna
It’s hard to split time living between Wisconsin and Sarasota Florida and NOT get caught up in the circus world! The Ringlings are icons in Sarasota where a LOT of things are named for them! But the five circus brothers got their start right here in Wisconsin. So, when the opportunity to create a story for DOORS TO THE PAST came my way, it was pretty much a no-brainer that I would go with John and Mable Ringling’s incredible home, Ca ‘d Zan as the setting. Then somehow, I stumbled on this picture:
and I knew she was my character of Lucinda, the trapeze artist whose story would drive my novel. I hope you fall in love with her—and Chloe—as I did, and most of all I hope you’ll be in touch to let me know what you thought at http://booksbyanna.com.
HAPPY READING and all best wishes, Anna
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