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The Greatest Love on Earth

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  18 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Set in the exotic world of a 19th century circus, The Greatest Love on Earth sweeps readers into deathdefying feats, dangerous rivalries, and a love that has all the thrills and romance of the greatest show on earth.

Bold, beautiful star equestrian Calliope Kelley has two passions in life: her father's circus and daredevil animal tamer Brian O'Connor. When the circus is des
Paperback, 439 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published August 1st 2011)
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Tara Chevrestt
Um, just NOT FOR ME. I thought it was one of those historical fictions marketed as cheesy mass market paperback. Sourcebooks has been putting out some enlightening stuff in mass market paperback form.. and as this doesn't have a cheesy cover, I thought... Eh, forget it. Truth is, it's a bodice ripper even though nobody is half naked on the front cover. By page 35, the hero and heroine have already gotten gotten lusty over each other and began playing with each other's nipples twice. And of cours ...more
Aug 23, 2011 Angelc rated it liked it
I enjoyed the circus setting very much, it was very refreshing and unique. The author did a great job writing about the circus and it's inhabitants. However the romance in the story was off-putting for me. There were many cringe-worthy moments that made the romantic scenes hard to read.

Brian and Calliope had been separated since she had been a child, but when he returns to the circus, they start making out within the same scene. It seemed unrealistic and at the same time it seemed like Brian was
Wendy Hines
Jan 16, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it liked it
Calliope Kelley's father owns the circus. She was born and raised within the circus wagons and tents. Brian O'Connor is a few years older than her and was raised with her. His parents died when he was little and Calliope's parents took him in.

When Calliope's mother dies, Brian leaves the circus. He worshiped Angelique for years, loved her and he couldn't bear it without her, so he goes out west. When he returns, Calliope is running the circus and her father spends his time with booze and his me
Kathleen Kelly
The Greatest Love on Earth by Mary Ellen Dennis is a novel that takes place during the 19th century in America and is about life in a circus. Calliope runs the circus that is owned by her father who is a devasted man, that spends most of his waking hours drunk. He has become a shell of a man ever since the death of his wife Angelique, who fell and died while performing. Calliope does the best she can in a man's world. She has been in love with the lion tamer ever since she can remember and Brian ...more
Linda Banche
Aug 27, 2011 Linda Banche rated it really liked it
THE GREATEST LOVE ON EARTH by Mary Ellen Dennis is a gripping story of great love, great betrayal and the great danger of getting what you want played out against the unusual and exotic background of mid-nineteenth century American circus life.

Equestrienne Calliope knows only the circus, but longs for a normal life, symbolized by the name "Mary". She loves Brian, the lion tamer, but he barely notices the young girl, and one day, he disappears. For years, Calliope and her father, the circus owner
Aug 04, 2011 April rated it really liked it
RATING:4.5)THE GREATEST LOVE ON EARTH by Mary Ellen Dennis is an exciting historical set in 1872 America.It is written with depth and details.The characters are believable,engaging,challening,and will capture your heart. This is an usual historical as it is pretending to circus life and its people.This story is about Calliope Kelley,the circus owner's daughter and Brian O'Connor,the young man the circus owner and his wife helped raise after his mother was killed. While Calliope always loved Bria ...more
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Brian O’Connor saves Calliope Kelley the day she is born. A memorable beginning promises an unforgettable story, set in an exotic place with fresh and interesting characters. It delivers.

Fast-paced, The Greatest Love On Earth weaves its tight plot around romance, suspense, and adventure. The reader is treated to the fascinating world of the circus during the 19th century.

Calliope is an endearing character, and the reader sees her gr
Aug 31, 2011 Staci rated it did not like it
Recommended to Staci by: Sourcebooks review copy
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First Thoughts when I closed the book: "Just not my cup of tea."

I'm always open to reading outside my preferred genre so that's why I requested this one to read from Sourcebooks. I thought the story sounded interesting because I love the circus and was looking forward to an insider's glimpse of that time in the 19th century. The circus aspect of the story was fun to read and I did enjoy all of that. But the characters just didn't come to life for me and I thought at times that their choices were
Shelly Ash
Sep 28, 2011 Shelly Ash rated it really liked it
Ms. Dennis has a knack for keeping you guessing throughout The Greatest Love On Earth which is awesome because who wants to KNOW how the story ends before you get there? Her stories are always well-written, although a bit lengthy, but she keeps me engrossed from beginning to end and I'm actually amazed how well she does that. Just when you think you know what's about to happen, she'll surprise you...and always does. I'll be anxiously awaiting her next romance!
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