September 29, 2017 by ceresbooksworld
The traveling man by Jane Harvey Berrick
Book on in Traveling series
Publisher: Self Published
Publication date: January 27th, 2015
Source: French eArc via Netgalley.fr
Rating: 4 hearts
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.
I wanted this book for a while because many people have adored it and advised me. When I discovered that he was on netgalley.fr, I tried my luck and here I was finally able to read this little jewel that will land soon, probably for Christmas, in my library.
The synopsis sums up the story fairly well so I will not say anything more. The first part of the book tells us of the meeting between Aimee and Kestrel and their growing and changing friendship, this period is between the 10 and 17 years of Aimee. The second part is 8 years later and I let you discover for yourself why the gap is so important. The book is narrated from Aimee’s point of view only.
Aimée is an adorable girl; she’s all excited by the fair even if her parents and just about all the people of the city think that the fairgrounds are only thieves. Aimee’s father is an authoritarian person; he doesn’t want his daughter to have a phone or even to go alone to the fair. However, Kestrel became the friend of Aimee, they are still together during the two weeks when the fair is in her city. I love Aimee when she is young, she reminds me of memories of my youth, I remember the magic I felt at the time when the fair was coming to my little town and Aimee feels the same. Later Aimee changes a little, she has matured, has a job as a teacher, a nephew whom she adores, a sister with whom she gets along well and her love life is complicated. I found that in the second part Aimee was tapping me a lot more on the nerves than when she was young. Her heart wants something but she is not really psychologically ready to accept that.
Kestrel is a cute little boy, he cannot read or write, but he’s gifted with animals and show. He quickly becomes friend with Aimee and he tries to make her shameless. I find them very cute together, they learn to discover themselves and even if Kestrel has a bad character, I still find him adorable.
The relationship between Aimee and Kestrel starts with a friendship and then evolved at her own pace; I liked to see them learn to know each other, to push each other, to trust each other. We must also put ourselves in the place of the two characters, each living in a different world, Aimee who has a house and who has lived in the same town for ever, goes to school. And Kestrel who lives on the road in a caravan, who prepares shows but cannot read or write. They don’t really understand the world of the other and when Aimee goes to live on the road with Kestrel, she will discover the fairground world, how they are seen from the outside and how they behave between them. They also have to be honest, they have greatly irritated me with their communication problems, it’s not complicated to say things, it’s the basis of any relationship that it’s friendly or loving. Lies are the death of a relationship.
I really liked to discover this magical and extraordinary world, the secondary characters such as Ollo, Zach and Tucker are endearing and I hope to find them in volume two. Besides, I am very impatient to read it to know if Aimee and Kestrel will manage to override their problems of communication and world.
Quick Word: A magical and pleasant story that reads in one go.