by Deva Fagan
When her father loses his shoemaking business, Fortunata joins a traveling band of performers as a fortune teller. Though her act is all smoke and mirrors, Fortunata must make her latest outlandish fortune come true for a prince or lose her father forever.
Fagan is great with magical settings and strong characters. This novel is no exception. There is a strong sense of fairy tale magic and enchantment in everythign they encounter.
This is a classic “finding one’s strength” novel and Fortunata does just that. Along the way, she must confront her own weaknesses and those of the people around her to find her way.
There is an element of romance in the story, but it works alongside her journey in a satisfying way that will please most readers.