Synopsis: At a town fair on the coast of Oregon, handsome Native American carny, Vincent Youngblood, bestows an unforgettable kiss on shy, awkward teenager, Charlotte Davenport. Then he disappears without another word, leaving her baffled and enamored.
Ten years later, Charlotte is still living in the small fishing town of Astoria, while being trained to–reluctantly–take over for her philandering hotelier father when he retires. After all, who else will do it? Her two perfect sisters are busy being married to their flawless husbands and having cookie cutter children, while Charlotte remains single, childless, and every bit as mousy as she was a decade ago.
As Charlotte struggles to climb out from underneath her judgmental parents thumb, the carnival rolls back into town, and Charlotte finds herself face to face with Vin again. He’s back to run his father’s carnival, walking away from a promising career in medicine he started in Chicago. Will her biased and judgmental family accept her relationship with a man who is not only a Native American, but works as a carny for a living? And what unsavory secrets bind the well-educated and seemingly superlative Vin to that ramshackle carnival?
After all, you can’t judge a carny by its cover.
The First Line: “The first time I saw him, I was a senior in high school.” Oh, a long standing crush. I’m interested.
The Good: Charlotte goes through an amazing change throughout this entire novel. The character development is well written and I found myself cheering her on. And Vin… Yum. J
I love the setting. It enhances the story and I felt like I was there while I read. Love it when that happens.
The Bad: Charlotte sometimes seems too naïve for someone her age.
Recommendation: This is a great beach read for lovers of romance.