Thursday, September 17, 2020

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jaime Jo Wright

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jaime Jo Wright.

About the Book
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.

Book Beginnings
Life was not unlike the wisp of fog that curled around the base of a grave marker, softly caressing the marble before dissolving into the violet shadows of the night.

Friday 56
Richard Ripley shoved Jake aside, and Jake jerked his shoulder away. His eyes grew hard. Pippa noticed his jaw clench, and she winced, silently begging him. No more fights. No more thrown fists. Especially not against her father. 

What have you been reading lately?


  1. The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus sounds like a unique story. I like the quotes.

  2. Great excerpts! I also love that cover, which makes me feel delighted.

    Here's mine: “CUSTODY”

    1. It's one of my favorite covers this year. It's so good! :)

  3. I've just added this to Goodreads! Just my type of read. And there's an elephant on the cover. I love elephants.

    Great snippets as well!

    Happy weekend and here's my Weekend Book Friends #9

  4. I wonder what daddy did.... Sounds good! Happy weekend!

  5. Oooh, I like the cover! Great opening sentence. :)