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The Ringmaster's Wife

The Ringmasters Wife
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The Ringmaster's Wife

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It's the aftermath of the Great War, and hard times have befallen Rosamund Easling's family estate in Yorkshire. When her father sells her beloved horse, she follows it to its new owner in the US, John Ringling. As she pursues circus life, Rosamund experiences the awakening of faith.

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It's the aftermath of the Great War, and hard times have befallen Rosamund Easling's family estate in Yorkshire. When her father sells her beloved horse, she follows it to its new owner in the US, John Ringling. As she pursues circus life, Rosamund experiences the awakening of faith.
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What is revealed when you pull back the curtain of the greatest show on earth?

Rosamund Easling is no stranger to opulence. As the daughter of an earl, she's grown up with all the comforts money can buy. But when hard times befall the family's Yorkshire estate in the aftermath of the Great War, the stage is set for a series of events that change her world beyond even her wildest dreams.

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. When her father sells her beloved horse, 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. Knowing she has much to learn, Rosamund agrees to a bareback riding apprenticeship in the shadow of the Ringlings' home-the Ca'D'Zan. In what would become the last days of the enigmatic Mable Ringling's life, Rosamund finds a deeper sense of purpose in her new life and begins to experience the awakening of faith.

With a mysterious and dazzling supporting cast of characters, Rosamund journeys far from the traditions of the English countryside to the last days of the Roaring Twenties-a journey that forever changes what her life might have been.


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Meet the Author

Kristy Cambron

Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII era since hearing her grandfather's stories. She holds an Art History degree from Indiana University. Kristy writes WWII and Regency fiction and has placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests. She is a finalist in the 2013 Laurie contest. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons. Twitter: @KCambronAuthor Facebook: Kristy-L-Cambron-Author

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Encore!
5 stars By Katie Donovan, Aug 16 2016
This novel is such a treat.  Its lyrical prose transported me effortlessly to the vibrant and energetic world of the Ringling Brothers' Circus, capturing not just the sights and sounds, but also the personalities and the emotional highs and lows that made up this fascinating world. Mable Ringling may be the ringmaster's wife but it is the story of Lady Rosamund Easling and circus manager and recruiter, Colin Keary, that takes centre ring in the novel.  As their story unfolds, the reader is given glimpses into Mable's past in a way that parallels and influences Rosamund's own journey.  Although from very different backgrounds, both women made a deliberate choice to leave behind the world they knew and embrace an unconventional life with the circus. This is one of those stories where I'm hesitant to say much about the plot, because so much of the enjoyment comes from getting to know the characters and sharing their journey as the story unfolds.  And I really loved these characters!  Every scene felt like I was spending quality time with them; getting to know them, experiencing their world, glimpsing their strengths and their vulnerabilities, sharing their struggles and triumphs, watching their friendship develop, and, particularly in Colin's case, learning a little more of their stories. A truly beautiful reading experience. Encore!
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Solid with flashes of brilliance
4 stars By Iola, Jun 18 2016
The four main characters meant I did find The Ringmaster's Wife a little difficult to get into. It started in 1929, then moved back to 1926, then to when Mable was twelve, then to when she was in her late teens (and had changed her name, so I did have to flick backwards and forwards a bit to confirm Armilda was Mable. Because, you know, that didn't exactly jump out as being obvious. At least not to me. Overall, it wasn't so much split timeline (as were Kirsty Cambron's previous novels) as it was all over the place. 

But some of the writing was lacklusture at best, and goes against every modern writing rule at worst (well, goes against all James Scott Bell and Margie Lawson's writing rules. I'm not sure whether they would have bothered a reader who wasn't also a freelance fiction editor, but they certainly bothered me).



The underlying theme of The Ringmaster's Wife was going behind the mask in the search for self (or perhaps the search for the person God meant us to be). This was mostly played out by the character of Lady Rosamund aka The English Rose, but it was also important for Mabel and for Colin. It's a timeless theme, one that resonates as much today as in 1929. 

Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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  • Catalogue Code 441791
  • Product Code 9780718041540
  • ISBN 0718041542
  • EAN 9780718041540
  • Pages 368
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Jun 2016
  • Sales Rank #48678
  • Dimensions 213 x 139 x 24 mm
  • Weight 0.322kg

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