Tonawanda News — On the trapeze, the grown-up Alfredo “had no peers.” His fame, too, was growing and he had his sights set on a feat that everyone said was impossible. He married a fellow troupe member, but he never forgot his first love.
And then, eighteen years after their last kiss, Alfred Codona found himself working beneath the same roof as his beloved Leitzel.
So you say you love a good romance filled with drama. Add 1920s intrigue, period settings, elephants and a dash of OMG, and you’ve got “Queen of the Air.”
Author Dean Jensen, in fact, makes Leitzel and Alfredo’s story seem more like a novel, with rich settings and good character shaping. But it’s no novel, and in his afterword, Jensen explains how he researched this “epic” story. Long before you get that far, though, you’ll be treated to a few hours of stupendous feats under the Big Top, and back to an innocent time that wasn’t so innocent after all.
I could barely tear myself away from this book, and I think you’ll love it, too. For anyone who knows that stardust can be tarnished and magic is an illusion, “Queen of the Air” absolutely soars.
Terri Schlichenmeyer reviews books from her home in LaCrosse, Wis. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.• WHAT: "Queen of the Air" • BY: Dean Jensen • PUBLISHER: Crown • GRADE: A++