A fascinating look into the 1900s that captured the romance of circus life.
The author does not shy away from sin and awkward topics but brings flawed characters with their triumphs and tragedies. It is a marriage of convenience story with secrets on all fronts.
Mabel is grieving her strongman father and she believes she cannot perform without his support. Having learned her mother is not dead but left her family years ago, Mabel sets out for New York City to find her. Her long time friend, Jake proposes a marriage of convenience. Mable wants to protect her reputation; Jake wants to protect his heart. “Love isn’t something you deserve. It is something you are offered.”
Isabella left Mabel and her husband because she was haunted by the shadows of depression. She has secrets aplenty including her real name.
This is a story of tangled emotions, relationships and motives. But through it all the characters find courage, forgiveness and faith. One of the verses from her childhood haunts Isabella: “I can do all things through Christ.”
Put this one on your *to read* list.
Two women--bound by blood, torn apart by circumstance--find together that true strength comes in many forms.
In 1911, Mabel MacGinnis is Europe's strongest woman and has performed beside her father in the Manzo Brothers Circus her entire life. When he dies unexpectedly, she loses everything she's ever known and sets off in the company of acrobat Jake Cunningham in hope of finding the mother she thought was dead.
Isabella Moreau, America's most feted aerialist, has given everything to the circus. But age and injury now threaten her security, and Isabella, stalked by old fears, makes a choice that risks everything. Then her daughter Mabel appears alongside the man who never wanted to see Isabella again, and she is forced to face the truth of where, and in what, she derives her worth.
As Mabel and Isabella's lives become entangled beneath the glittering lights and flying trapeze of Madison Square Garden, their resiliency and resolve are tested as they learn the truth of what it means to be strong.