I was a little disappointed in this book. Before reading it I figured that it would be located in Niagara Falls, New York but it took place mostly in New York City, Amanda Barratt introduced me to a new word, funambulist. The story takes place in 1870 and shows the reader a love that spans the dictates of society and people aren't who they seem to be.
Adele and Drew try to help each other with their problems and try not to become closer because they know they're not social equals, all the while falling in love with each other along the way. They show that you can be the richest person or the poorest one and still keep your honor and self-respect if you just follow the plan that God has set forth for you. Adele embarks on a journey of love, guilt, and finding her way back to God all the while trying to save her beloved family estate in England. Drew is a funambulist otherwise known as a tight rope walker and works at Niagara Falls when Frank Conway sees him and wants him to continue with his financial support.
Because of their differences in class and goals to survive, both Adele and Drew have to give into God's will who does work in mysterious ways at times.
Journey now to Niagara Falls, New York, of 1870 where... She avoids danger at all costs. He makes his living by rushing headlong into it.
Outwardly, Adele Linley’s trip to visit her American cousins is nothing more than a summer vacation. In reality, she’s the daughter of an English aristocrat with barely a penny to her name seeking a rich American husband.
Having grown up in an overcrowded orphanage, Drew Dawson is determined to make a name for himself. He’ll take any honest job to provide for his sister--even crossing Niagara Falls by tightrope.
On a sightseeing trip to the Falls, Adele meets several eligible suitors. Incredibly wealthy and pompous, Franklin Conway takes an immediate fancy to her. But Adele would truly like to marry for love. When she encounters the mysterious Drew in the garden, Adele is confused by her feelings for someone who is everything she is NOT looking for. Will they both stay the course they have chosen for themselves?