Title: The Ringmaster’s Wife
Author: Kristy Cambron
Narrator: Amy Rubinate
Genre: Historical Fiction
Audio Release Date: June 7, 2016
Audio Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 9 hrs 54 min
About the Book:
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!
I really liked the narrator for this one. I think she did a good job of changing up the character voices so it was easier to follow along. Her voice matched the emotion and mood of the narrative and overall I think she did a great performance.
I have enjoyed several of Kristy Cambron’s books so I was excited to finally get to this one. There’s just something about the circus that’s always intriguing. I liked that this one was different from your typical run-away-to-the-circus read because of Rosamund’s position in society. Although sometimes I felt the overall plot fell short, there was certainly no shortage of action and drama either. Trouble seemed to be lurking around every corner and Rosamund’s journey proved a lot more challenging than she expected. It was interesting to see her come into her own–from the girl running from the demands of privilege to being the star act of the circus. I enjoyed this one and once again look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
*While I own a copy of this book myself, I borrowed the audio version from my local library. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.