Jun 27, 2012

{Book Tour: Review} of The Carny by Brooke Moss

The CarnyThe Carny by Brooke Moss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance/Family Drama
RECEIVED: Review for Tour
AUTHORS BLOG: Brook Moss' Site

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.

First off this book in every way is one of my favorite romance books that I’ve read all year. After I finished reading it I immediately went back and read a couple of pages over that I loved, especially the epilogue which was fantastic. The Carny is about two people who have a love that is undeniable but many obstacles stand in their way especially their unstable families. Brooke Moss wrote a book that I will read over and over again.

The Carny follows Charlotte; she is one of three daughters to the very wealth Davenport family. While in high school a young Charlotte falls for a boy who works at the carnival, whom kisses her and then disappears. Ten years go by and after looking for him each year the carnival comes, Charlotte is about to give up on her young crush. But one day the carnival comes back in town and the boy, now a very good looking man is finally there. His name is Vin and he too has been hoping to meet Charlotte again. Thus begins a story about the love of two people and how together they must overcome their past fears to be together.

Charlotte is a girl who is shy but so smart and determined to make everyone else around her happy but herself. But once she meets Vin again he fills that void she’s always needed and becomes a stronger person. I really enjoyed watching Charlotte grow, she goes through a lot of heart ache, a lot to do with her family but in the end it makes her a more independent woman. Even though her family frustrated me to death because they couldn’t see that they weren’t the most important people in the world, I really enjoyed every scene, bad and good, they all were in. I loved how Charlotte stood out and was so loving and accepting to everyone even though she had money.

Vin, the carny and young crush all grown up. He comes from a Native American background and in every way makes a girl’s heart beat a little faster. I loved how bold he was as a young teen, no matter his background he doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. His compassion and adoration for Charlotte is sweet and absolutely perfect. He too has suffered like she has, but in such a different way. In a way they both heal each other from the damages of their families. The chemistry of these two was amazing and though they had their ups and downs that frustrated me, I loved every minute of them together.

Overall this is one of my favorite love stories, it has everything you need: family, drama, challenges, romance, and growth for each character. And even though this is a romance story it does focus on both characters families, who each are struggling with something. I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to share this book with others. The characters are unforgettable; there is humor that will definitely put a smile on the readers face, and of course the romance.

This is an adult novel with some mature content and lots of family drama. Fans of one of my other favorite romance books Beautiful Disaster by Jaime McGuire and Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles should read The Carny Brooke Moss.
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Brooke Moss lives in beautiful eastern Washington state, with her nerdy husband, four dirty-faced children, and one dim-witted dog. When she’s not changing diapers and spinning tales, Brooke often changes the color of her hair, fancies herself a cheese aficionado, and as the mother of a child on the Autism Spectrum, enthusiastically supports autism awareness. She loves to write stories that are equal parts hilarious and heart-wrenching, and enjoys finding the love story in every ordinary couple’s past. Now…if she could just climb out from under that pile of dirty laundry.
Find Brooke elsewhere on the web at www.brookemoss.com and on Twitter at @BrookeMoss4.
PURCHASE: The Carny by Brooke Moss


  1. I get your emails and got this one, and I saw that it was about a carnival. My mind went back to when I was a teenager and was just a little scared of the people from the carnival and I deleted your email. Just as I was scrolling and had pushed delete, I saw it was from Brooke Moss! I loved her "The What If Guy" and promptly undeleted your message and now after reading your review and loving brooke moss's writing it is on my tbr list! thanks

  2. Glad you added this one to your tbr list! I really enjoyed this book and I hope you do too!