{review} The Ringmaster’s Wife

About the book:

ringmasterThe Ringmaster’s Wife (Thomas Nelson, June 2016)

An ounce of courage. A split-second 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 confines of a quiet life on the family farm. With little more than her wit and a cigar box of treasures to call her own, 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 of Yorkshire, England, boards a ship to America as a last adventure before her life is planned out for her. There, the twenties are roaring, and the rich and famous gather at opulent, Gatsby-esque parties in the grandest ballrooms the country has to offer. 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, instead choosing 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!

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About the author:

Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journal Reviews’ “Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction)” for February 2015.

Cambron is an art/design manager at TheGROVEstory.com storytelling ministry. She holds a degree in art history from Indiana University and has nearly 15 years of experience in instructional design and communications for a Fortune-100 company. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good Christian fiction read.
My Thoughts:
The Ringmaster’s Wife is different from many other books I read. I loved reading the parallel stories of Roseamund and Mable’s lives, how they finally intersect, and how they grew together. The historical elements to this book are fascinating, especially after reading of the facts about Mable’s life and how she did indeed carry her dreams with her. The vivid way the author creates images of the lavish lifestyles and bigger than life circus performers is beautiful. I did feel as though the book ended abruptly, with the final chapters seeming to be rushed. I would have rather had a Book 2, where Roseamund’s story is more clearly played out, than the rushed ending of this book. The details were too beautiful and the history too fascinating to have been rushed, in my opinion.
Overall, this is a good book. I loved reading about young women in this time, as they were experiencing a bit more freedom and independence. If you want to read more reviews about The Ringmaster’s Wife, go here.

{I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and no guarantees were made.}

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