The Traveling Woman by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Traveling, Book 2

Synopsis: How many times do you gamble on love? When love has knocked you down, should you give it another chance? When does optimism become stupidity?

And what happens when the man you’re in love with is never still, always moving, always traveling? Do you say goodbye, or do you leave behind everything that you’ve worked for, everything that you’ve ever known? Can a traveling carnival be my home?

Oh. You thought I had the answers. No, sorry. No answers, just a lot of questions—and a heart that wants to rule my head.

Can one person be my home?

Review: I loved the first volume of this series, a real favorite of mine and I converted it into one of the books that sits on my nightstand and I leaf through it regularly. Logically, I waited impatiently for the sequel, and if the roller-coaster of emotions was a little slower, I savored with great happiness these pages that conclude this story very well.

The end of Volume 1 had torn my heart apart. I was afraid that the author would play with it during a large part of the volume, passing it to the mill to make confetti by imposing the game of cat and mouse so common in romances.

Not at all. The story does not go down that path, and that’s good. We find Kestrel and Aimé where we left them. The time of decisions, choices comes. Kestrel always has a strong personality, he crushes those around him, but Aimé learned and grew up during the summer spent with him. She is no longer the hesitant young woman who accompanied the showman, she is now a woman sure of her, of what she wants and ready to assume her choices. I loved the way the author has approached the different questions that assail them, the efforts of everyone to ignore their differences.

The shock of the middle of the story was quite predictable, that’s why I say that the emotional roller-coaster was not so fast, but it is very well managed by the author. Behind the tragedy are the certainties, the self-denial, the courage, all of it carried by a love that will resonate for a long time in my heart.

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