I had been eying this book for around a year or so before finally picking it up for a group read on Goodreads. The style is flowing and solid through out the entire book, and gives it a sense of true reality. You can tell that the author did her homework on the circus of that time as well as the animals and people. Even though there is animal abuse toward the middle of the book it actually helps you to become attached to some characters all the while you develop other feelings for the rest. Very very good book.