Jane Harvey-Berrick

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.


★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

This was such a magical book, I got so caught up in the descriptions and atmosphere of the carnival. It was one of those books where you really feel part of the story. We start off when Aimee is ten years old and for the first time ever, to the disparage of half of the community, the carnival is coming to her small town of Fairmont. It is her birthday wish and manages to persuade her parents to take her to see the wonders of the fair. Here she meets Kes, a carnie boy and her life is changed forever.

“I couldn’t tell you why the carnival lured me with its sticky fingers and bright, whirling colors, except to say that it was different, and that excited me.”

They form a connection straight away, Kes is free and wild and hard-working, Aimee just feels ordinary but she has a heart of gold and refuses to judge the new people she has met. For two weeks every year in summer when Kes comes to town, they have adventures and Aimee learns that life beyond her boring house with her strict parents and the small minded townspeople, can be full of colour and laughter and fun.

As they get older, it’s clear that their childhood feelings are turning into something stronger and we experience the turmoil they face when they have to leave each other again, but when they turn 16 they make a decision that doesn’t work out quite how they expected it to.

This leads us into the second part of the book in which they are adults. This is where the tension and angst really kick in and you are rooting for their second chance. Kes is an enigma, one minute he can be broody and frustrated with the world, and the next he can be the sweetest sexiest man that you can’t help but fall in love with. I can’t wait to find out more about his secrets because we really are left wondering what makes him tick.

This is book 1 in a duet, with a cliffhanger that is quite HUGE but the name of book 2 gives me a little peace of mind. The Traveling Woman will be out sometime in the Spring 2015. Can a townie and a carnie live happily ever after?

About the Author


I lived in London for over 10 years and have a love affair with New York. It’s only since I have moved to the countryside, that the words have really begun to flow. I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas. Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.

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More in this Series

The Traveling Man (Traveling #1) The Traveling Woman (Traveling #2) Roustabout (Traveling #3)

26th January 2015

The Traveling Man by Jane Harvey-Berrick REVIEW