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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In My Opinion
Our Top Ten Tuesday theme this week was new-to-me authors I read in 2021, and Anna Schmidt was on that list. High-Wire Heartbreak is a dual time story, and I couldn’t tell you which timeline I enjoyed more in this book.
On the one hand, there’s Lucinda who has been betrayed in the worst kind of way by someone she believed loved her. She lost everything but gained a hero. Schmidt touches on some topics frowned upon in the bygone days while giving readers a little history lesson into the end of the Ringling circus.
Then there’s Chloe who at first seems rather singular focused and determined but as readers spend time with her, they’ll find a soft heart and a hunger for uncovering truth. Even in her difficult relationships, Chloe doesn’t place blame but encourages.
This will definitely not be the only book I read by this author.
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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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Rita Wray says
Thank you for the review, sounds good.
Roxanne C. says
I have read and enjoyed some of Anna Schmidt’s historicals but have not yet read any of her contemporary stories. This dual timeline will be a great opportunity to enjoy both.
This sounds like an exciting story!
megan allen says
I’ve been wanting to read this! Thanks for sharing!