The Ringmaster*s Wife by Kristy Cambron

Title:  The Ringmaster's Wife
Author: Kristy Cambron
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date:  June 7, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

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 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.

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!

Do you love the cover of The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron? Well, if you love the cover, you'll love this magical story of the world of "The Greatest Show on Earth."  From the very first line, I knew I would like this story.

"We only see what we want to see - in people, in love, and in life.   
What we see is a choice, as is what we offer the world in return.  And it's only behind the costumes and the masks that we can be who we truly are." (1)

From these first words, I know I can expect a range of depth and intensity, and I was not disappointed. I love all the emotional aspect of this story. Rosamund took the story and drove it.  Along with a refreshing backdrop, great characters and a message of dreams, faith, change and redemption, I was entertained and educated.  This is the first of Kristy's books I've read, and I'm loving her writing style.  It has a sense of serenity to it that I find surprising, even during ardent times. It's not to say I'm not affected by the emotions, but that her writing calms me because I enjoy it. In The Ringmaster's Wife, I was hit early, yet it was the fluency afterwards, gradually introduced me to this world and Rosamund's life changes and choices that kept me reading.  I am certain, this will not be the last book I read of Kristy Cambron's.

"Having a dream is easy.  it's being brave enough to walk the journey every day that sets you apart from the crowd." (157)
And The Ringmaster's Wife is set apart.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



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. 

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  1. Oh I LOOOVE this book. Excellent review! Kristyhas long been a favorite of mine, even though thisbwasnthe first book of hers I read.

  2. I love Kristy's books! I am so excited to read this one! :)

  3. Beautiful review! Congrats, Kristy - this cover is stellar! I'm certain the story matches the cover! :-)


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