Historical Fiction

The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron


My Thoughts

Spanning from 1885 to 1929, Kristy Cambron’s latest title The Ringmaster’s Wife, pulls back the curtain of glamour and glitz to reveal the true nature of life under the Big Top. Readers are in for a treat as Cambron has penned a great adventure with a touch of mystery and a whole lot of heart.

In this immersive story I developed a great respect for Mabel Ringling. Her relationship and subsequent marriage to Circus King John Ringling came across as one of mutual love and respect. I admired Mabel’s wisdom and how her focus always seemed to be on people rather than the business. Mabel’s story is interwoven with that of a fictional character named Lady Rosamund Easling. From the moment Rosamund is recruited into the circus by Colin, the two share a special chemistry. Cumulatively their stories speak of bravely pursuing our dreams, forgiveness, and the freedom that is found in love.

With her departure from WWII historical fiction, Kristy Cambron offers fans another side of herself. The Ringmaster’s Wife struck me as more contemplative than her first two works. While at points it felt somber, the overall message is inspiring. The author deftly captures the vintage mystique of the Ringling Circus and infuses it with poignant interpersonal stories. Like the scenes that played out in my mind, I believe a movie adaptation would be stupendous! See for yourself by pre-ordering The Ringmaster’s Wife today (releases June 7th).

I received this book from the author for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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An ounce of courage. A split-second 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 confines of a quiet life on the family farm. With little more than her wit and a cigar box of treasures to call her own, 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 of Yorkshire, England, boards a ship to America as a last adventure before her life is planned out for her. There, the twenties are roaring, and the rich and famous gather at opulent, Gatsby-esque parties in the grandest ballrooms the country has to offer. 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, instead choosing 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!


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