Monday, February 22, 2016
The Ringmaster's Wife
Rosamund Easling is no stranger to opulence. As the daughter of an earl, she’s grown up with every comfort money can buy. But when hard times befall the family’s Yorkshire estate in the aftermath of the Great War, Rosamund’s father sells her beloved horse, setting the stage for a series of events that would extend beyond even her wildest dreams.
Though expected to marry for a title instead of love, Rosamund feels called to a different life – one of adventure outside the confines of a ladies’ parlor. She abandons all she’s known and follows in pursuit as her horse is shipped to the new owner – an American entertainer by the name of John Ringling. Once introduced to the Ringling Brothers’ circus and knowing she has much to learn, Rosamund agrees to a bareback riding apprenticeship in the shadow of the Ringlings’ winter home—Ca’D’Zan. It is at that mansion, in what would become the last days of the enigmatic Mable Ringling’s life, that Rosamund finds a deeper sense of purpose in the life she’s been given, and the awakening of faith in her heart.
With a supporting cast of characters as mysterious and dazzling as the Ringlings’ big-top world, Rosamund’s journey takes her from the tradition of the English countryside to the last days of America’s Roaring ‘20s—a journey that forever changes what one life might have been.
My thoughts: Kristy does a fabulous job of bringing to life the Ringling's circus in the early 1900's! I loved finding out about Mabel Ringling, since she sounds like she was a kind person in real life. Kristy does a wonderful job of putting together what is known about Mabel and John while filling in the gaps seamlessly with some delightful details.;) I love that there are two couples in this story, one based on facts and the other on fiction.
While I would of loved more details when it came to Mabel's courtship and the time in between her chapters, this book is well written and an excellent read! It's a new favorite.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.