The Ringmaster's Wife
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Pace: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ⑦ 8 9 10
Quality of Writing: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ⑧ 9 10
Characters Development: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ⑨ 10
Ease of Reading: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ⑧ 9 10
Publication Date: 2016
Number of Pages: 340
Summary on back cover:
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, 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!
I had very high expectations for the Ringmaster's Wife. Not only is the cover amazing (yes, I know… don’t judge a book by its cover) but I absolutely loved the Hidden Masterpiece series by Kristy Cambron. I can’t really say if this book met my expectations or not. After I read it, I was a little disappointed. I think I set the bar so high that it was never going to reach it. I honestly don’t think that this book compares to her other ones. I was quite confused at some parts. Since she writes in a way that has two stories in one book, it felt crammed and rushed. I know it sounds like I hate this book but that’s not the case! Other than the fact that it seemed rushed, it was a great read. The storyline was great and the characters were very well done. I love how Kristy Cambron’s stories seem like they could come alive at any minute, so realistic yet so breathtaking.
At the end, it has some historical facts about Mable Ringling and the Ringling brothers. I thought they were so interesting. I absolutely love the circus and I am glad that she did her research beforehand. It just made it that much more realistic.
I would encourage you to read this book if only to lose yourself in the bright lights and the stunning performances of the circus.