About the Book
Mabel MacGinnis, “Europe’s Strongest Woman,” finds herself adrift and aimless after her father, a renowned strongman, suddenly passes away. Just as she is to commit to a new act, she is informed that her mother, long thought to be dead, is alive and a famous aerialist in America. She decides to make the trip to America to find her mother. Jake Cunningham, a close friend of her family from the circus, cannot bear to let Mabel make the trip alone, so he decides to help her search for her mother in America on his way to see his family in Kansas. However, soon the circus calls once more to Mabel and Jake, forcing them to have to make a decision about which road they must travel to discover their place in the world.
About the Author
Kimberly Duffy is a Long Island native currently living in southwest Ohio. When she’s not homeschooling her four kids, she writes historical fiction that takes her readers back in time and across oceans. She loves trips that require a passport, recipe books, and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of twenty-three years. He doesn’t mind. Learn more at kimberlyduffy.com.
This author is one of my favorites because she has such a gift in writing rich characters that become alive in your mind and stay with you long after you have finished the book. I really, really liked Mabel. She is so sweet with such a big heart. I enjoyed reading about her relationship with Jake. I liked that the characters are not perfect and have very realistic struggles. This novel handles themes of forgiveness and trust very well, and I loved reading how Mabel and Isabella made peace with their pasts and learned to move forward with hope and love. I was also captivated by the circus life of 1910 and thought the author did a fantastic job describing the scenes such that it was easy to envision the setting. The author’s lyrical writing style flows so well and allows me to effortlessly immerse myself into the story. I have loved every one of her novels and this one was another great book. Highly recommended!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.