I was ordinary. Nice. He was extraordinary. And he wasn’t always nice.
Moody and difficult, brilliant and beautiful, Kes scared me and he protected me. He could be incredibly hurtful and incredibly thoughtful. He wasn’t perfect, but he was perfect for me. He challenged me, he took me out of my safe little box and showed me the world could be magnificent. He was everything I wasn’t.
Aimee Anderson is ten when the traveling carnival first comes to her nice little town. She doesn’t expect her world to change so completely. But meeting Kestrel Donohue puts her life on a different path.
Even though she only sees him for the two weeks of the year when he passes through her home town, his friendship is the most important of her life. As a child’s friendship grows to adult love, the choices become harder, and both Kes and Aimee realize that two weeks a year will never be enough.
Genre: New Adult/ Romance
Page Length: 292
Characters: Aimee and Kes
Publication Date: 27th January 2017
I decided at the beginning of the week to look at some of the books I have had on my kindle for ages and not yet read. This is where I came across this little gem.
This book was so addictive. When a traveling carnival comes to Aimee’s hometown. It’s there that she meets Kes and her life is forever changed, from then on every year when the carnival comes to town Aimee and Kes are reunited and what starts out as a childhood friendship soon turns to love as they grow into adults.
I really liked how this book was written, its broken into two parts. The first part of the story starts off right from the beginning when they first meet and continues to their teenage years. So you get a really nice backstory of the two characters meeting. The second part jumps ahead 8 years to the present day and the story continues.
During the first part of the book, I really enjoyed both the characters. Aimee’s family life is anything but perfect her dad is an over controlling and borderline abusive in how he treats his family, so I had a lot of empathy for her. Kes’s background, working in a carnival was really interesting and very different to anything I’ve read before.
The second part of the book both characters frustrated me a lot because of how close-minded they were in terms of how she and Kes could make things work. Neither of them seemed to want to sacrifice or compromise in any way.
The thing that I liked most was that this book had really good storytelling. I was sucked in from the first page and I devoured this book in a day. I will definitely be reading the second book.
The Bottom Line:
If you are looking for a romance novel with a twist then give this one a try.