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The Ringmaster's Wife

Kristy Cambron
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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 confi nes 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!

"Vibrant with the glamour and awe that flourished under the Big Top in the 1920s, The Ringmaster's Wife invites the reader [into] the Greatest Show on Earth." -Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of The Lady and the Lionheart



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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 confi nes 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!

"Vibrant with the glamour and awe that flourished under the Big Top in the 1920s, The Ringmaster's Wife invites the reader [into] the Greatest Show on Earth." -Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of The Lady and the Lionheart


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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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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 458866
  • Product Code 9780718041908
  • ISBN 0718041909
  • EAN 9780718041908
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Jun 2016
  • Sales Rank #49966
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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