Friday, February 24, 2023

THE WEIGHT OF AIR by Kimberly Duffy, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Why you think it is so much more important for me to learn to work alone than for you to learn to work with others is beyond me."

Circus performer Mabel MacGinnis had struggled with stage fright her entire life. Having performed alongside her father for years, the two of them provided a perfect match for their adoring fans, but following his death . . . fear threatened to strangle her. Sensing her need for change, a fellow performer and family friend Jake Cunningham offered to accompany Mabel from Europe to New York, Mabel was determined to locate her elusive mother whom she had been led to believe was dead.

Along the way, for propriety's sake Mabel's relationship with Jake underwent change. Complicated, but necessary. Upon recognizing the famed aerialist Isabella Moreau as the woman she is seeking, Mable thinks her problems might be solved, her future secured, her questions answered . . . instead . . .the exact opposite is her new reality. The two women, and the men that love them, fight fear in the face of love, and weakness in the face of strength. Thankfully, it is light that prevails.
Unbelievable, really. This story defies all explanations, descriptions, expectations; its scope is certainly much bigger than one review can encapsulate. Expertly using the spotlight of performance, the author gently, but firmly probes the shadows of darkness, which so many experience, but ashamedly feel the need to shroud. Thank the Lord above, "darkness flees in light, and it's worth flipping the switch".

"Love isn't something you deserve. It's something you're offered."
*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.


BackCover Blurb:
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.

Bethany House Publishers, February 7, 2023
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