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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 listeners 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!
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By Natalee Kinstler on 12-22-16
HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT !!!!
I purchased this book because I was hoping it would contain details about the Big Top back in its hay day. I thoroughly enjoyed Water for the Elephants and all the historical details it provided about life in the circus. If you're looking for that in this story, you'll be severely disappointed. Hardly any interesting details where included although it does follow the life of John and Mabel Ringling. The storytelling was written like a harlequin novel without the bodice wripping effect. This book also contain one cliche after another.... Ridiculously written.
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By Compute on 06-21-16
An excellent book. Well written, intriguing and simply a great read. This book grabbed me from the first page and kept me entertained throughout. Even through it was all about the circus, I thought Kristy Cambron had enough diversity and intrigue to keep the reader thoroughly entertained, while at the same time taking time to lay out the plot in an insightful manner. It was one of those books that I hated to end. Great book! Can't wait for more from this author.
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