What I Love:
What’s not to love? The starkness of the black and white with just a touch of red; the whimsical stars and swirls; the silhouetted figures in white; the mystery of the black and white circus tent; and the birds – white against black, and black against white. It’s all so elegant and when I first saw this cover I knew I had to have this book, even before I knew anything about it – somehow I just knew the story within would appeal to me. I’ve only just started this novel and so far it’s living up to the promise of the splendid cover!
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.