Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2021

The Eighth Wonder by Tania Farrelly. (2021).

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The Eighth Wonder by Tania Farrelly. (2021).

**4.5 out of 5 stars**

New York, 1897. Beautiful, young and privileged, Rose is expected to abide by social etiquette and marry. But she has a rebellious streak and dreams of being an architect. When a precious family heirloom is stolen, Rose becomes her family’s most tradable asset. She finds herself fighting for independence and equality for women. Ethan’s circus days are behind him, now he lives a quiet life with his beloved elephant Daisy and other animals saved from cruel treatment. He worries he cannot build a sanctuary until a chance encounter with a promising young architect. Just as things go well for Rose, ghosts from her past threaten everything she holds dear…

After seeing this book feature on book related social media over and over again, all with rave reviews, I definitely had to add it to my list. I finally got to it and can confirm that it is a fabulous read. It’s genuinely hard to believe this is the author’s debut novel because it is extremely well-written and engaging. Rose is a modern girl stuck in a backwards society: it is just assumed she will give up any career aspirations and marry into high society. Luckily, our girl is a bit stubborn and rebellious and has her own plans. Ethan is a young man who has a genuine love for animals and wants to rescue them from the horrible treatment they have received – his attitude was touching while the thought of how the animals were treated is confronting. When Rose and Ethan meet as adults, fireworks occur and drama follows…
Overall: an excellent read that I would highly recommend for any reader that enjoys historical fiction and I look forward to future novels by the same author.

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