Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sunday Story - The Traveling Man

Happy Father's Day! 

This week I read The Traveling Man by Jane Harvey-Berrick, closely followed (okay, immediately followed by, even if it was 2 am) The Traveling Woman. Generally I'm pissed off when a book leaves me on a cliffhanger and it's a 'romance' because I think a romance needs a HEA or HFN ending, not an undecided one...but I don't know if this is marketed as a 'romance'. I think I got it from a Kylie Scott recommendation (I should stop looking at her recommended reads because they always keep me up all night!).

So, anyway, I totally loved The Traveling Man. It starts when the hero and heroine are ten years old. He comes to her town with the traveling carnival. She's a sheltered kid who reads, and for her, the carnival means magic. It's her birthday, so she's allowed to chose what they do, and she picks the circus. No one in her family is very happy about this but she's living a dream and it's gorgeous.

He steals her away from her stiff, controlling parents and shows her the inner workings of the carnival - and a different sort of life. This is the beginning of the most unusual, and beautiful, friendship.

These are fabulous books, with a riveting story about friendship and love. Book 1 has a cliffhanger, but Book 2 made me happy.

His name is Kes, for Kestrel, and that summed up the story for me. It's a story about learning how to fly, how to soar above the norm and find true happiness even if it's in unusual places.

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