The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron – Atmospheric Jazz Under the Big Top
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Publication Date: 2016
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Rating: 5 out of 5
grabs hold of your reader’s heart, and
refuses to let go long after a well-designed
opening. Such was the case with Kristy
Cambron’s marvelous gem of a novel. Beginning with the “end” and tumbling
back three years prior to the prologue, I
don’t think there is ever a dull moment in this novel. Before I step further
into my thoughts of ‘Ringmaster,’ let me introduce you to the characters you’ll
small-town America home to chase her dreams, as the 20th Century
approaches, feeling content continues to elude Mable.
she meets the charismatic John Ringling.
later, Lady Rosamund Easling is facing a
difficult decision. Her family is pressuring her to marry well, but the life
she was born to holds little appeal. Then an American Irishman, Colin, walks into her life. A man she meets by chance when one of her father’s business dealings
brings him to their estate. Through a series of events, Rosamund leaves for
America with Colin where she becomes a part of the circus family Colin feels so
closely connected to. But will she find peace in these dreams?
So you see, it’s the journey we’re after – not the reward. – Kristy Cambron
this novel met and surpassed my expectations is impossible. Every once in a
while (and with greater frequency each new book season), there is that one
story that, as a book blogger, you find a challenge to write about. Mere words
cannot seem to properly convey or
compliment the beauty inside their pages. One such novel is The Ringmaster’s
Wife. Kristy’s eye for detail and marriage of the two genres
(semi-autobiographical and fiction) work effortlessly in a timeless fashion of
joy and exotic experiences. The characters are equal parts complex,
compassionate and passionate people who are all unforgettable. I loved the way
Rosamund searches for her dreams; Collin’s steadfast friendship and support;
and the gentle wisdom Mable uses to help support them both.
preferring the “present” story in duel generation stories. That said the
romance of Mable’s story is priceless and beautiful. Both are strong women who
I admired greatly not only for who they were, but for the manner in which they
faced their fears and challenges. Though
once a blank canvas that was but an inkling of an idea for this talented
author, the rich tapestry filling in that blank space is remarkable. Everything
within these pages proves this novel’s subtle beauty time and again.
costume dramas (like The Great Gatsby,
Downton Abbey or the like) a-la the visual appeal of Water for Elephants or
historical fiction in general must read The
Ringmaster’s Wife. It’s an absorbing and atmospheric story with the intoxicating age of jazz as its backdrop,
all of which takes place under the mesmerizing “big top.”
Greatest Show on Earth?
Rosamund Easling is no stranger to
opulence. As the daughter of an earl, she’s grown up with every comfort money
can buy. But when hard times befall the family’s Yorkshire estate in the
aftermath of the Great War, Rosamund’s father sells her beloved horse, setting
the stage for a series of events that would extend beyond even her wildest
Though expected to marry for a title instead of love, Rosamund feels called to
a different life – one of adventure outside the confines of a ladies’ parlor.
She abandons all she’s known and follows in pursuit as her horse is shipped to
the new owner – an American entertainer by the name of John Ringling. Once
introduced to the Ringling Brothers’ circus and knowing she has much to learn,
Rosamund agrees to a bareback riding apprenticeship in the shadow of the
Ringlings’ winter home—Ca’D’Zan. It is at that mansion, in what would become
the last days of the enigmatic Mable Ringling’s life, that Rosamund finds a
deeper sense of purpose in the life she’s been given, and the awakening of
faith in her heart. – Goodreads
Boston, 1926. Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric—even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.
In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.
Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her. – Goodreads, March 2017
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