This fascinating story was very unique and picturesque. I loved the beautiful combination of historical mixed with fictional. I felt like I was reading a real-life story. Each scene was painted so delicately that I found myself wishing I was standing there taking in the sights and sounds next to Mable and Rose. 🙂 The circus setting was so interesting and fun.
The characters were all realistic and likeable. Each of them worked hard to overcome the obstacles from their past and their determination and faith are inspiring. The romantic and spiritual moments were more subtle, but they still added their sweetness to the overall tale.
I love the split time-line, just as I have in the author’s previous novels, but I did find myself lost a few times and needing to flip back and see “what year I was in”. 😉 It pulled me out of the story momentarily, but I never had a hard time jumping back in. Every chapter was an adventure.
As I neared the end, I slowed my reading down to savor the finish. It was surprising, but beautiful. Just as I would have hoped.
Once again, this author has won me over to her way with words and creativity. I’m always thrilled to pick up a novel by Kristy Cambron and this book did not disappoint. Can’t wait to read the next in the series!
Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publisher and the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut historical novel, The Butterfly and the Violin (Thomas Nelson), was named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books of 2014, Family Fiction’s Top Ten Novels of 2014, and received nominations for RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best Inspirational Novel of 2014 and the 2015 INSPY Awards for Best Debut Novel. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journal Reviews’ Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction, starred review) for February 2015 and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews for April 2015. This second book in the Hidden Masterpiece series will release from Thomas Nelson in April, 2015.
Kristy is an Art/Design Manager and co-founder of The GROVE storytelling ministry. She holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University, and has nearly 15 years of experience in instructional/graphic design and corporate 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.
The last and most important thing? Everyone has a story– you can read Our Story here. In ours, we’ve found one truth: Jesus Christ is faithful. I’d love to tell you about Him sometime. <><