The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus is terrifyingly beautiful.

Can I say that about a book? What other way could I express how I feel about this story?

It is…
totally worth it

From the very beginning of Haunting at Bonaventure Circus, I got the distinct impression that Jaime Jo Wright summoned her knowledge of The Phantom of the Opera. Dangerous, alluring, spellbinding – I loved it. So much so that I read half the book in one day.

That was not what stood out to me the most.

Two different lives, generations separated by almost a century, but these women struggled with the same things I see many strive to overcome. The feeling of not being enough, feeling invisible, and feeling like you have something to prove. I don’t know of many who don’t suffer from one of these issues at some point in their lives. It was the words of a side character that I wish every person that feels these things could hear –

We are all meant to be…Providence places you there…who knew God had one me up His sleeve?

– Patty Luchent

Now, this character had a questionable way of making an income, but she knew Who created her, that He loved her, and somehow, she had a purpose. Even if her only job was to be a friend to Pippa and make sure she heard those words.

There was another character, Clive, who told Pippa something similar and it hit m e right at the heart.

I am Clive. I am seen and loved by God. I was created for a purpose. I need no other truth than that.

– Clive

Don’t you love that? See, this is why I love Christian Fiction. If I had read this in a “Christian self help book” I would have ignored it or I might have missed it. But, we all know that God can use fiction as well as the Word to minister to those who need it.

This story is truly a book worthy of gracing the book shelf, after you read it. You won’t want to stop once you start, I promise.

*I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required but freely given.

About the book

The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus

Jaime Jo Wright
Mystery, Romance, Suspense
Release Date : 9/1/20

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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.

About the Author

Daphne du Maurier and Christy Award-Winning author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing suspenseful, mysteries stained with history’s secrets. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at


  1. teddi1961

    This one is definitely on my TBR list. Thank you!

  2. carylkane

    Excellent review, Melissa! I love Jaime’s novels!

    • MelissaWardwell

      She is such a talented storyteller