Historical Fiction

Church of Marvels

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Leslie Parry with Church of Marvels.

by Leslie Parry

Quick take

Fantastic and absorbing, filled with macabre details, hair-raising twists and heartbreaking turns, and a showdown so unexpected and wonderful that I had to read it twice.

Why I love it

Church of Marvels is a Coney Island ride of a book, providing nonstop thrills and a finish that left me gasping. The novel bursts with imagination and daring as it depicts the rough and tumble world of turn-of-the-century New York City. But the fantastic, fantabulous plot is not just there to entertain us. Leslie Parry also gives us keen insight into what it takes to live by your wits and tackle t...

Member thoughts

45% Love
45% Like
5% Dislike
  • Stacy L.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "Different take on a story about a circus family. Lots going on, but kept my interest and moved quickly."

  • Hope M.

    Conifer, CO

    "Very descriptive, lots of great characters. Didn't see where this was going!"

  • Lisa H.

    Cary, NC

    "Boy, this was unpredictable and I loved every moment."

  • Eve K.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "Love this book! Parry really brought Coney Island and New York City alive through her unique characters. "

  • Yocheved G.

    Brooklyn , NY

    "Took a while to get off the ground, but once it did I was hooked"

  • Kathleen L.

    Granite Falls, WA

    "Wonderful story, wonderful characters. A look into life as it was in the early 1900's in the US for folks on the bottom and it's not pretty. It's a keeper, something I would reread. "

  • Angela D.

    Phoenix, AZ

    "This book kept me engaged and on my toes the entire time!"

  • Allison C.

    Mentor, OH

    "Interesting and love the history "

  • Samantha B.

    Shawnee, KS


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    Topeka, KS


  • Mackenzie U.

    Beale AFB, CA

    "I feel like I already need to reread this book so I can spot the clues I missed the first time. I did not predict that ending! "