6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An intense start to this duet!,
This review is from: The Traveling Man (The Traveling Series #1) (Kindle Edition)This first book in the two part series is separated into 2 parts.
I absolutely loved part one. We meet our couple as 10/11 year olds and experience the wonder of young love with a carnival setting as the backdrop. Kes and Aimee. They meet on her 10th birthday and meet up every year while Kes's carnival is in town for 2 weeks each summer. As time progresses, it is simply beautiful watching their love grow. Becoming more physical and more emotionally attached year after year. I loved seeing how tender the oft-times brusque Kes could be with his Aimee. Even though he couldn't always verbally express his feelings, his actions truly spoke for the affection in his heart. And when hasty plans for a once in a lifetime adventure come to an abrupt halt, we sadly watch as our couple separate never really knowing whether or not they will see each other again.
Then there is part two. 8 years pass and we have the 24 year old version of Kes and Aimee. I had a bit of an issue... Read more
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Magical, Emotional Ride!!,
This review is from: The Traveling Man (The Traveling Series #1) (Kindle Edition)I haven't read a Jane Harvey Berrick book yet that I haven't loved and this book was no exception. I was transported back to my childhood of going to the County Fair each summer in the small town I grew up in. Jane's descriptions of this traveling carnival had me smelling the hot dogs and funnel cakes and feeling the scorching summer heat as I waited in line to ride the tilt a whirl and Ferris wheel.
I loved how Jane puts us in Aimee's head, hearing the story from her point of view. She starts out as a 10 year girl in a family with an overbearing, heartless father and a mother who only supports her sometimes. She meets Kes at the carnival and they have an instant connection. He becomes her best friend and for two weeks of every summer she spends all her time with Kes when the carnival travels through her town. Jane weaves their friendship expertly, showing us how their relationship grows as they grow older, coming to a head when they are 16. It was very refreshing to... Read more
Not going to read the next one,
This review is from: The Traveling Man (The Traveling Series #1) (Kindle Edition)DISCLAIMER: The following review was originally posted on my book blog The Book Challengers.
Soo... this is one a tricky one because there were parts that I actually really liked, but there were also plenty of parts that I didn't like that much. Overall it fell rather firmly in the "I like this book" box.
I loved reading about the way Kes and Aimee grew up. I adored reading about their friendship and gradually growing romantic feelings for one another. What I didn't like so much, was the way they were pulled apart for years for really silly reasons in my opinion.
I'm usually a sucker for aloof heroes (don't ask why, it's just a personal quirk I don't really get myself either), but there's also a thing called heroes who seem too aloof, too uncaring, and too secretive. Kes is one of those heroes for me. His way of keeping secrets kind of makes sense since it had been years since he last met Aimee and man, how well can you really know someone if... Read more