Book Review,  Historical Fiction

The Weight of Air by Kimberly Duffy


What a delightful read, it’s like running away with the circus!

Kimberley Duffy weaves an irresistible story appealing to every child and the child within who wanted to run away with the circus.

The oddities and the ordinary live alongside each other in this wonderful blend of characters who struggle to see themselves through the eyes of those they love. It’s a struggle for self-worth and a search for belonging, each taking a different path to get there.

Mabel is such a wonderful character. There were times that I was giggling at the characters and other times I was shedding a tear alongside them. This colorful and vivid story will not soon be forgotten. Another extraordinary winner for Duffy. Highly recommended.


I received a copy through Netgalley from Bethany House Publishers. My opinion is my own.



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Two women–bound by blood, torn apart by circumstance–find together that true strength comes in many forms.

In 1911, Mabel MacGinnis is Europe’s strongest woman and has performed beside her father in the Manzo Brothers Circus her entire life. When he dies unexpectedly, she loses everything she’s ever known and sets off in the company of acrobat Jake Cunningham in hope of finding the mother she thought was dead.

Isabella Moreau, America’s most feted aerialist, has given everything to the circus. But age and injury now threaten her security, and Isabella, stalked by old fears, makes a choice that risks everything. Then her daughter Mabel appears alongside the man who never wanted to see Isabella again, and she is forced to face the truth of where, and in what, she derives her worth.

As Mabel and Isabella’s lives become entangled beneath the glittering lights and flying trapeze of Madison Square Garden, their resiliency and resolve are tested as they learn the truth of what it means to be strong.

“Kimberly Duffy not only delivers a beautiful escape, but she also adds layers of emotional depth to build a captivating story readers will love.”–JULIE CANTRELL, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials


Author Kim Duffy


Kimberly Duffy is a Long Island native currently living in Southwest Ohio. When she’s not exploring places that require a passport, homeschooling her four kids, or stuffing just one more thing into her carry-on, she writes historical fiction that takes her readers back in time.

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Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Word Guild. She is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. Her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep released, Jan 21, 2020.

Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband and their young adult children.

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