Highwire Heartbreak

Reviewed by:

Edna Johnson of Faith Baptist, Winfield, IL


Highwire Heartbreak (Doors to the Past)


Anna Schmidt




Release date:



Print book


253 pages


A successful historical mystery writer, Chloe Whitfield is asked to center her next novel at John Ringling’s home in  Florida (of Ringling Circus). She wants to find out about her great-grandmother Lucinda, a high wire performer with the circus. Chloe has heard many rumors of scandal and she wants to discover the truth. While there she meets the current estate manager who happens to be a handsome bachelor.

Chloe’s grandmother was raised as an orphan so 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. She is intrigued. Who was her great grandmother and to what end did she come.

In the end, the past and present meet and mysteries are revealed.  The book keeps your interest and weaves a very good story, taking the reader back to the heyday of circus.


5 out of 5

Suggested Audience:

Late teen – adult

Christian Impact:

Some Christian content

High-Wire Heartbreak (Doors to the Past)

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