Litfuse Blog Tour: The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron
|The Ringmaster's Wife|
by Kristy Cambron
Thomas Nelson Publishers
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!
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It's been a while since I've read a book through so quickly. Even when I put it down, I was still thinking about what was going to happen next in The Ringmaster's Wife. Even though a romance, it's not like there was a ton of action or super hot chemistry, it was just that the story was so interesting!
I love everything about the 1920s, so to find this gem of a book set during the Jazz Age was a stroke of luck. The lives of nomadic circus performers and glittering costumes, of course I was hooked! English nobility, bearded ladies, high flying acrobats -- they were all there. Even though it wasn't a lengthy story, I thought that Ms. Cambron did a lovely job at connecting the reader with the story and leading me to care about not just the main characters, but the many minor characters. Stories often become bogged down by too many people distracting from the narrative, but that is not the case here!
Kristy has penned a compelling story that has earned her a fan for life in this reader! As soon as I finished reading it, I was off searching for details on her next book! Is it 2017 yet? I'm ready to read The Illusionist's Apprentice!
~ My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ~
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