Kristy Cambron’s new novel, The Ringmaster’s Wife, is a story set in the Ringling Brothers’ Circus, partially in the early 1900s and partially in the Roaring Twenties. The story shares the lives of Mable Ringling, the enigmatic wife of John Ringling, and Lady Rosamund Easling, a young British aristocrat who leaves her family and society to join the circus in America – and unexpectedly finds love.
This two-perspective story of history and romance is well-researched and brings the early decades of the 1900s to life with such brilliance. This is definitely a book I’ll read again!
Mable dreams of seeing the world for years, and then she gets that dream with John. Watching her explore all the places the Ringling Bros. toured, experience an entirely different world than the one in which she grew up, and yet keep who she was intact, was fascinating. As for Rosamund, her struggle to find independence and her own identity is heartfelt and made me root for her as I read.
These are two strong and unique women, and yet they are so similar – each searching for a place to belong, for something more, for love and acceptance and adventure. Both Mable and Rosamund are wonderfully-developed characters, and while I don’t enjoy the circus (clowns and I don’t get along), I loved this glimpse into the history of the Ringling Bros.
If you like discovering history through fiction, then you’ll love this novel, too. There’s also plenty of romance and faith and intrigue to delight your readerly senses! 🙂
My rating: 5/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Kristy Cambron’s unique voice in historical fiction; those who enjoy Cara Putman’s or Sarah Sundin’s historical fiction; readers who favor a mix of history and romance in their reading choices
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.