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The Traveling Man (The Traveling Series #1) Kindle Edition
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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 with this part of the book. Although I fully understand Kes's upbringing and the struggles and true strife that he has encountered, the way he treats Aimee and those around him at times is no less than cruel. I couldn't always justify his actions and I was left even wondering why he and his girl should even be together. Their passion is evident and they do have their touching moments. But all the yelling and doors slamming didn't sit well with me. Aimee deserved better yet I get that sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants no matter how much your head disagrees.
I will say that the book is well written and that I am always in awe at the way the author pays attention to detail and does her research. The sights and sounds of the carnival life are so vivid, you can almost taste the hotdogs and smell the cotton candy as the carnies entice you to try your luck at one of their games.
The secondary characters added that right amount of tension, that right amount of balance to this unconventional world. Zachary, in particular, was a true bright light and often the only voice of reason in a very chaotic atmosphere. His love of his friends and in particular Kes, made me smile quite often. His support of Aimee was often the only thread she could hold onto when she didn't know what to do when it came to her man. I am even kind of hopeful we might get his full story someday.
Overall this is a well thought out and worthy read. I just hope book 2 will present both Kes and Aimee in a more flattering light and that they can figure out a way to be together when their worlds couldn't be further apart.
A solid 4 stars.
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