Novelist Timothy Schaffert’s newest piece The Swan Gondola brings the 1898 Omaha’s World Fair back to life and adds a bit of magic, mystery, and of course, romance to the delightful setting. Readers are taken back in time to when Omaha still bore the marks of being part of the ‘Wild, Wild West’ and Chicago was the height of both grandeur and respectability.
Ferret Skerrit, who works at the fair as a ventriloquist but used to be a con man back in the day, crosses paths with a young actress named Cecily, who is part of a traveling acting troupe. While the two are instantly attracted to one another, it’s obvious the young woman is hiding something in that worn down carpetbag she’s always carrying around with her. Sadly, much to Skerrit’s chagrin, after the fair closes, Cecily takes off without even giving him so much as a second glance. However, a romantic ride in the swan gondola under the bright moonlight may just be what Skerrit needs to win the woman of his dreams back to her side, especially after he sees her cavorting with a well-to-do rival.
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