If you are a mother, have a mother, or want to be a mother. If you have a job, had a job, or want a job. If you are married, used to be married, or want to be married. If you relate to any of those categories, you will find a relatable character in this debut read. Grab your girlfriends and your wine because this is a book you’ll want to read with company.
Center Ring is the first in The Circus of Women trilogy by Nicole Waggoner. It features five best friends:
Norah, an ob-gyn struggling with her own infertility and marriage
Camille, a photojournalist at a crossroads in her career
Leila, mother of two and former professor
Ellison, a publicist for Hollywood’s elite and unlucky in love
Kate, brand-new mother struggling with trying to be perfect
As the girls get together for a night out, Norah lets out a secret and the book follows each woman share her story as they rally around her. The book continuously changes point of view from woman to woman, but the chapters are short so it’s easy to read large portions at a time.
As a working married mother, I completely related to multiple stories in this book, especially those when the characters were trying to balance it all, just like the “circus” theme suggests. Nicole does a fabulous job of bringing readers back to that concept throughout. You’ll be rooting for each woman as she experiences her highs, and sympathizing with them as they experience their lows.
This book would make a great addition to your beach bag, but I guarantee you’ll want to share the story with your friends. It will be hard having time pass by as you immerse yourself in the lives of these women. What will be harder is waiting for Book 2 in the trilogy to find out what happens next.