By Deborah Ann Davis
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars
Second in the Love of Fairs series, this book even
surpasses the very good Fairly Certain
which began the series.
Here the prologue introduces readers to
eleven-year-old William in 1938 at a carnival.
“The lure of the unfamiliar drew the young
trespasser deeper into the commotion. Abandoning the concealment of the tent,
William crept deeper into the magnificent foreign world.”
Chapter one brings readers to 1998 to Lenny’s Livery
to meet 21-year-old Jacob Kent, a driver, as well as an older William, looking
to book a limousine and driver for a trip to Massachusetts.
This simple encounter sets Jacob and William on a
course that will intertwine their divergent lives unpredictably. As to be
expected, various fairs are the backdrop to a compelling and mystifying journey
for the two of them.
The writing is superb, the plot intricate and
compelling, and the characterizations throughout this fast moving story will
pull at readers’ hearts.