Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron

The Ringmaster's Wife, by Kristy Cambron

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, 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.

My Thoughts:

"Having a dream is easy. It's being brave enough to walk the journey every day that sets you apart from the crowd."

"Do you know how remarkable, how brave it is that you've stepped forth in spite of all that, risking everything for the reinvention of who you are?"

"And if you can look past the exterior of a dream, what's buried deepest is always the most rewarding. It's the journey we're all after-not the reward." 

The bow caresses the taut strings of a weathered violin and a melody of entrances the world around it-begging, no-enchanting us to close our eyes and drift away ...

And so, too, does the story of The Ringmaster's Wife. Slipping into a bygone era readers are introduced into the whimsy and glamour of the Greatest Show on Earth. Ms. Cambron's literary prose swept me into the romance of the 1920's as Lady Rosamund Easling and Mable Burton Ringling's story unfolded.

I found myself captivated by the vivid setting of life under the Big Top amid the menagerie of circus characters like the bearded lady or the expressive lead elephant, Nora, all while imagining myself as a guest dancing beneath the stars at Ca' d'Zan. 

Normally, a fan of high-stakes, tension-filled, suspense novels-I couldn't help falling in love with the beautiful story of a circus star and a circus queen. This story will touch your heart and soul in a way that won't soon be forgotten long after the curtains draw to a close-or when you turn the last page. 

"It's never too late to be what you might have been."-George Eliot

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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. You can purchase your copy of The Ringmaster's Wife here.


  1. Since the Ringling Brothers once had their headquarters in Baraboo,WI which is only 40 minutes from my home, I was very interested in this book. I enjoyed it a lot but was disappointed that the story did not cover their time in Wisconsin (earlier time than the book)

  2. Is there a museum or anything in Baraboo? I love visiting historical places. Henry Ford wintered where I currently live and there are a few historic buildings with his touch still on them.


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