A pleasant, quick read. The circus details were nicely researched and its full of colorful characters. I did, however, find the alternating time periods intrusive, and the plot sadly predictable. I also wish the villain had been more complex -- although the author provides us with mental illness as an excuse, it seemed too convenient, and frankly, not quite clinically credible. A sweet ending, although perhaps a bit sentimental. All in all, not an original book, nor one that will stand the test of time, in my opinion, however, for all that, an agreeable way to spend the afternoon.