30 June 2016

The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron

About the Book
★★★★★
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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!

Once again, Kristy Cambron exhibits her ability to bring history to life with her beautiful storytelling and shares an entirely transporting historical story in her latest novel The Ringmaster’s Wife. Fans of historical fiction, I highly recommend this book to you - you won’t be disappointed; I know I wasn’t.

As I read The Ringmaster’s Wife, I was completely captivated and enchanted. Departing from the World-War-II focus of Cambron’s previous books, this novel looks into life around the circus in the early twentieth century. Cambron depicts vividly exquisite scenes from the world of the “Greatest Show on Earth” through the experiences of characters Mable, Rosamund, and Colin, and this detail-rich setting nicely supports the characters’ stories of adventure, friendship, romance, and their hopes for dreams, freedom, and redemption. It’s a lovely read.

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity Group, I received a copy of The Ringmaster’s Wife and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. To read other opinions, be sure to check out what other reviewers think here, and purchase a copy of the book here.

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.


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