Carnival of Illusions
by Aubrie Dionne
Vira’s crystal ball only shows bleak and harsh truth. Visions of her own destiny haunt her, an inevitable night where ecstasy and horror are intertwined. In her future, she is reunited with her long lost love and then viciously murdered, her limp form stained in blood. Logic screams at her to flee the carnival and challenge fate, but her heart keeps her on a steady path, longing for a last chance with the man she loves, even if it means her own demise. Can Vira change her fortune?
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Vira is a fortune teller at a carnival who works very hard at persuading people to accept the reality of their future instead of wishing for something else. Which is exactly what she does with the visions she has of her own life.
Bravian is the man of her dreams, who offered her a different fate years ago, and she refused. He left her and the carnival to make his own way in the world. Now he’s back.
Will Vira’s vision play out as fate foretold? Or will they find the courage to love again, and face their destiny together, no matter the odds?
Ms. Dionne’s vivid imagery paints such a grand picture of carnival, I swear I could feel the summer heat, and smell the popcorn. I could almost hear the laughter and noise of the crowd as they traverse the midway.
Vira captured me right away, she’s such a realist and that’s refreshing for a woman in her position. However, like the rest of us, she refuses to give up on her dream of love, no matter what it might cost her. She swept me into the story and before I knew it, I was cheering her on to reach her goals, and holding my breath right along with her.
Bravian stole my heart right from the first because he’s not perfect, but he’s a hero, through and through.
If you are looking for pure entertainment, this is the story is a must read. Ms. Dionne has done a brilliant job of weaving unexpected twists and turns into the plot which will keep you riveted until the very last page.
Fortunately, it’s part of a series, and I’m thrilled that there are more stories to read.