The Ringmaster's Wife

The Ringmaster's Wife

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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!"-- Provided by publisher.
"What is revealed when you pull back the curtain of the greatest show on earth?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee :, Thomas Nelson,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780718041540
0718041542
Characteristics: 359 pages : illustration ; 22 cm

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Oct 09, 2016

I really am enjoying this book and don't have problem with time line as I have in other books written like this. I highly recommend it. Being from an era where the circus still was "King!" I LIKED THE PART AT Beginning set in the 1893 Chicago Expedition being an IL. native. Deeanne Gist has done several around "the fair"!

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genepy
Aug 03, 2016

A story “ cousue de fil blanc “ , utterly predictable. Ms. Cambron fails to intrigue the reader although the subject of the novel (the backstage workings of the Ringling Brothers travelling Circus) could have been a mine of interesting discoveries but the characters are stereotypes , the events too melodramatic . Also the timeline doesn’t help, this going back and forth between 1906 & 1929 is confusing and totally unnecessary.

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