An ounce of courage.
A leap of faith.
Together, they propel two young women to chase a new life—one that’s reimagined from what they might have become.
In turn-of-the-century America, a young girl dreams of a world that stretches beyond the confi nes of a quiet life on the family farm. With little more than her wit and a cigar box of treasures, Mable steps away from all she knows, seeking the limitless marvels of the Chicago World’s Fair. There, a chance encounter triggers her destiny—a life with a famed showman by the name of John Ringling.
A quarter of a century later, Lady Rosamund Easling boards a ship to America as a last adventure before her arranged marriage. There, the twenties are roaring, and the rich and famous gather at opulent, Gatsby-esque parties. The Jazz Age has arrived, and with it, the golden era of the American circus, whose queen is none other than the enigmatic Mable Ringling.
When Rosamund’s path crosses with Mable’s and the Ringlings’ glittering world, she makes the life-altering decision to leave behind a comfortable future of estates and propriety, choosing instead the nomadic life of a trick rider in the Ringling Brothers’ circus.
A novel that is at once captivating, deeply poignant, and swirling with exquisite historical details of a bygone world, The Ringmaster’s Wife will escort readers into the center ring, with its bright lights, exotic animals, and a dazzling performance that can only be described as the Greatest Show on Earth!
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Before I write my thoughts on this book, can I just say how much I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on this story and immersing myself in the pages? The synopsis had me intrigued, the cover enchanted, and I had so much confidence that Kristy Cambron would once again weave a splendid tale. And I was not disappointed!
The Ringmaster’s Wife weaves together a couple of stories. One of which is quite fictional, that of a bareback rider in the circus. The other, seems to have a bit more of a foundation in history as it is the story of Mable Ringling. Spanning a few years and jumping back and forth, the novel weaves together these two women in a story about faith and love. And I adored every moment I could escape into the circus world.
The novel is incredibly well written and I loved getting to know all of these characters. The setting had be spellbound and thoroughly captured some of the magic that comes from seeing the circus. All in all, this book was fabulous, and one that I can’t reccommend enough.
“Having a dream is easy. It’s being brave enough to walk the journey every day that sets you apart from the crowd.”
-Sally, The Ringmaster’s Wife
About the Author:
Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut historical novel, The Butterfly and the Violin (Thomas Nelson, 2014), was named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books of 2014, Family Fiction’s Top Ten Novels of 2014, and received nominations for both the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best Inspirational Novel of 2014 and 2015 INSPY Awards for Best Debut Novel. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin (Thomas Nelson, April 2015), was named Library Journal Reviews’ Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction) for February 2015 and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews for April 2015.
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