Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron (Book Review)

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are 100% my own. 

About the book-

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.

My thoughts-

I have been waiting patiently for Kristy Cambron's newest book to come out. I love WWII fiction so her first two novels are favorites of mine. When I heard her newest book was going to be about the circus, I was interested to see what this new novel, so different from her previous two, would be like. It is still historical fiction and that will be the genre I reach from 9 times out of 10. If you have ever been captivated by the splendor of the circus, you will appreciate Cambron's imagining of Ringling Bros. Circus in the early days. Complete with a English lady who runs away to join the circus, her horse, and of course, a little romance, Kristy Cambron has vividly brought to life what it might be like to be a part of the Greatest Show on Earth. I absolutely recommend The Ringmaster's Wife to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or romance. 

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