Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show; Frank Delaney
(audio book read by the author- he's terrific too)
In this coming of age, historical novel set in 1930s Ireland, Narrator Ben MacCarthy, now an elderly man, tells the story of Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show, and how it impacted his life and that of his father Harry, and mother, Louise. When the traveling show came into town, his family's life in the rural farmlands of Ireland were forever changed.
When Ben was just 18, his father took him to see a performance of the "traveling show" when it arrived in their town. When his father, Harry sees Venetia perform (she's an actress and ventriloquist), Harry becomes mesmerized by Venetia, and sends his son Ben home without out him.
When Harry does not comes home, Ben's mother demands that he go and find his father and bring him home. When he finally does find the mysterious Venetia and his father, Ben too begins to fall under her spell.
Part history, part mystery, plenty of political intrigue, myth and legend and some twists and turns as well, Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show has something for every reader to enjoy. It is not always an easy story to follow, as there is a lot going, but it is a story that holds your interest. Early on I was trying to figure out where this story was going, and who Ben was telling this story to, but in the end my question was answered.
Frank Delaney is a first time author for me; he did a wonderful job entertaining me with this story. Audio book fans, this one is RECOMMENDED.
4/5 stars (Library Book)