- File Size: 804 KB
- Print Length: 282 pages
- Publisher: Harvey Berrick Publishing; 1 edition (December 26, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0765BWQ24
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,036 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Carnival (The Traveling Series #4) Kindle Edition
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The hardened ex-con and the naive stowaway. Zef and Sara should have never been. Yet within minutes of their discovering one another as Sara makes her unexpected presence known, you could tell something would brew between them. With Aimee and Kes and the rest of the crew amenable to this newest member of their eclectic little family, Zef is clearly wary and maintains his stubborn ways. But as the slow burn attraction between the two starts to make itself known, not helped one bit by Tucker's smart mouth I might add, it becomes more than apparent that Sara and Zef might just be each other's salvation.
I can't even begin to describe how engaged I was, every step of the way. Watching as Zef with his quick temper and gruff attitude be tamed by the extremely skittish and at times, immature Sara. A notion that seemed practically impossible! The author portrays Sara as a young woman on the run with a secret she is hesitant to reveal, absolutely perfectly. Yes I wanted to yell at her almost as much as Zef did at times, but I wouldn't expect any less of her since she was only 18! And Zef. Not even with a devil of a past persistently on his shoulder could he fail to see the bright light that is Sara. A miracle in the form of a feisty princess he simply couldn't resist.
There are a multitude of layers to this story and Jane Harvey-Berrick combined them masterfully. Every member of this troupe we've gotten to know in this series is present and accounted for and each play as important a part as do Zef and Sara. Ollo as the wise father-like figure was a standout once again for me. That man could take the hardest of hearts and make it sing. Even just a few whispered words could remedy any difficult situation. He IS the soul of this family and his quiet devotion to both the carnie life and these diverse characters is a thing of beauty.
The sheer devotion that is this family would at times bring me to my knees. Add to that the dedication they all have to their craft and you have love in the most purest form. Yes this is the story of one man's journey of discovery that he could be a better man with the right woman by his side. But in the end it was so much more. Zef and Sara were the road we all needed to take to get to the end of this adventure. Yet it was the smallest of detours as they fought to get it right with Kes, Aimee, Ollo, Zach, Luke, Tucker, Tera and even Bo and Socks by their sides, that made this book so complete. I'm saddened my time with these characters is over but filled with utter joy that this last hurrah was everything and more.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Surely to be at the top of my list of favorite books for 2017, I happily give Carnival a HUGE 5+++ stars.
"Sometimes you didn't choose the life; sometimes the life chose you."
I really enjoyed Zef's character and the author gave such a great view into his mind and life. The story is mostly told from his POV, which made it more difficult for me to connect to Sarah because I didn't know what was going on in her mind. She had her immature moments which made it harder for me to see her as the right person for Zef. She made some stupid decisions in the past as well, which she will have to own up to. I was glad she became more mature towards the end but in my opinion I felt like the development in Zef and Sarah's relationship was rushed. I didn't believe when they proclaimed their love for each other, it just didn't feel real to me. I loved Zef, and I feel like I could've loved Sarah if there was more chapters told from her POV. Overall it was a more than okay read for me. I loved reconnecting with all the previous characters and the whole carnival setting is just one of my favorite. There were a couple of things not working for me in this book but I still think it was a nice addition and conclusion to this series.