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!
“Vibrant with the glamour and awe that flourished under the Big Top in the 1920s, The Ringmaster’s Wife invites the reader [into] the Greatest Show on Earth.” —Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of The Lady and the Lionheart
|About the Contributor(s)||Kristy Cambron
Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, was named to Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014 and nominated for RT Book Reviews’ Choice Awards Best Inspirational Novel of 2014 and for the 2015 INSPY Awards for Best Debut Novel. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journal’s Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction) for February 2015 and a Top Pick for RT Book Reviews. Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three young sons. Website: www.kristycambron.com Twitter: @KCambronAuthor Facebook: Kristy-Cambron-Author.
|Publish Date||Jun 7, 2016|
- Review by Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Ms. Cambron exhibits a new height in her writing, as she moves away from the World War II-era storylines of her previous novels. Instead, The Ringmaster’s Wife captures the Jazz Age and the glitter of early-twentieth-century show businesses.
Overall, I was absolutely delighted with The Ringmaster’s Wife and the new direction of Ms. Cambron’s books. While her previous work on The Butterfly and the Violin and A Sparrow in Terezin must be applauded, their subject matter regarding World War II concentration camps could be seen as admittedly depressing by readers. In comparison, The Ringmaster’s Wife presents itself as a fantastic and glamorous story, filled with fascinating characters. The novel is a wonderfully engrossing, in part due to the relative uniqueness of its characters and overall story development. Ms. Cambron masterfully juggles two intertwined storylines, while remaining firmly in their respective historical periods. After reading her previous books, I was thrilled to see Ms. Cambron’s growth as a writer, especially in her ability to utilize the two storylines and broader cast of characters to develop a stronger overall plotline. Additionally, she brings her keen eye for artistic detail to the pages of her novel, utilizing her writing style to fully capture the sparkle of circus life and the Ringling’s home in Sarasota, Florida. Based on the incredible caliber of The Ringmaster’s Wife, I am very eager to read Ms. Cambron’s future novels, including The Illusionist’s Apprentice, which will be released in March 2017!
Special thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the advanced copy of The Ringmaster’s Wife!
Brittany at BooksandBiscuits.com
(Posted on 6/21/2016)
- Review by Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader
It is 1926 in Linton, North Yorkshire, England and Lady Rosamund Easling is rushing home. She ends up with her car in the lake and she is trapped inside. Colin Keary rescues Rosamund from the car that is quickly filling up with water. Rosamund hurries off, but they are destined to meet again. Colin and his friend, Ward Butler show up at Easling Park that evening. Rosamund comes down to the dinner party and there he is. Thankfully, Colin does not mention rescuing her from the lake. During dinner Rosamund finds out that her father is selling her black Arabian horse, Ingénue, given to her by her brother, Hendrick (he died during the war). Colin is there to finalize the purchase. Colin works for John Ringling and his circus. Lord Denton (her father) has to sell the horse to pay his gambling debts, and he is also forcing Rosamund to marry Lord Oliver Brentwood (for money). Rosamund uses Ingénue to do trick riding and bareback riding (her brother taught her) at local fairs and such. Rosamund has a choice to make. She can stay and do what her parents expect of her or she can run off and join the circus! Read The Ringmaster’s Wife to find out what choice Rosamund makes. Will she follow her dreams?
The Ringmaster’s Wife takes us from 1889 through 1929. We get to see how Mable and John found each other and lived their lives, how Rosamund joined the circus, and how the Ringling’s found and helped Colin. It was interesting to see how the Sarasota estate came about (it is now the John and Mabel Ringling Museum). The book was interesting, well-written, and held my attention. There were a few slow bits (like when Rosamund doubted herself), but overall a good book to read and enjoy. It has a Christian theme but it is very light (focuses on forgiveness, trusting in God and his plan for our lives, redemption). I found the second half of the book more entertaining than the first (it focuses on the circus). At the end of the book it provides information on the Ringling Circus (how it came about, the brothers, and the history). I give The Ringmaster’s Wife 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).
I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book. I will always provide an honest and forthright review no matter how I obtain the novel.
(Posted on 6/20/2016)
- Review by ASC Book Reviews
Songs: "Jesus Loves the Little Children" by Paul Eakins' Mortier Belgian Band Organ, "God Gave Me You" by Dave Barnes, "Roses of Picardy" by Janice Weber, and "Hurricane" by Natalie Grant
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC
*I requested and received a copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Ringmaster's Wife. ~ASC (Posted on 6/10/2016)