I just want to say this – did you know I lived in Sarasota, Florida when you asked me to read this book? Probably not but you know I was totally interested the very second I saw this book about the circus! I couldn’t wait to get it and I couldn’t wait to read it! And let me start out by saying I was not disappointed at all!
The circus never ceases to amaze me – every time I’ve gone I catch myself trying to see which show was up next or how they were setting up and that probably explains why I liked The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron so much. The story itself goes behind the scenes of “the greatest show on earth”.
The story centers around Mable Ringling who has a chance meeting with showman, John Ringling at the Chicago World’s Fair and that chance meeting triggers her destiny – marriage to John and life with him as one of the founders of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Mable is a very kind woman and she touches the lives of people around her as well. When the circus buys a beautiful horse from Rosamund Easling’s father, she travels with the horse to the circus and takes a job as a trick rider.
Colin Keary is the man who runs the “day to day” operations of the Ringling Brothers Circus and he takes Rosamund under his care to help teach her the ropes. Rosamund finds herself ready to share her love and her heart with Colin but then suffers a tragic accident. Mable Ringling encourages Rosamund and through her kindness, she is able to find her way back to living her life and fulfilling her dreams.
It is really great how this book is written based on real people and I found that the author did a great job of making them come to life for readers. The descriptions of the bright lights, the exotic animals and the Big Top felt very authentic, and her description of the Ringling’s estate, the Ca’D’Zan, was awesome! I loved Ms. Cambron’s attention to details in this book. This was a very interesting (and great) read, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who has any interest in the circus!
Kristy Cambron has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the author of The Ringmaster’s Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10 and set for release on June 7, 2016 from HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson). Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists, and received a 2015 INSPY Awards nomination for best debut novel.
Kristy is a Speaker and Design Manager at TheGROVEstory.com, and holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.
I received a paperback copy of this book without cost from the publisher through The Fiction Guild, a Thomas Nelson/Zondervan book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own – well, they are my mother’s and for that, I am responsible.