The Ringmaster's Wife
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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MY THOUGHTS-Kristy Cambron is an author I have really enjoyed. Her books delve into a whole different world and bring the readers along for the ride. This one was no different and just might be my favorite, though I would be hard pressed to decide between this one and The Butterfly and the Violin. While she pens a novel set in a certain time period, she also swaps timelines, normally going back and forth between two stories set many years apart.
In this one we have Rosamund, a princess in her own right, who wants something more than just marriage and the boring life that has been laid out for her. So when the opportunity arises to leave it all behind and go on a journey she grasps at the hand of the one who offers it, Colin. It isn't always exciting or thrilling, being a trick rider in the circus, and her life has its ups and downs, but she finds fulfillment and enjoyment.
I found myself totally enthralled with this story. After all, who doesn't enjoy a story about the Big Top and it's early days. Lots of history enclosed in these pages! The plot reminded me of Water for Elephants and the characters are realistic. It made me fall in love with both story lines, how they weave in and out, only to all end up together at the final chapter. What a wonderful novel from Kristy!! Loved it so much!
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