I’ve always been fascinated with circus in fiction. The Ringmaster’s Wife (I first had to laugh at the title, there are so many ‘Wife’ in title these days) being set in the glam 1920s added an extra sparkle to the glamorous light circus acts performed under. The novel did not disappoint as it weaves an enchanting world of the show, there was also an undercurrent of a dark mystery with touches of romance and ended with sweet hope.
Whilst the main narrative is about Rosamund Easling, there is an additional perspective by Mable Ringling and the lessons Rosamund is learning from her & her story. Rosamund is struggling with her family’s financial difficulties and to marry someone of her parents’ choosing despite of her personal preference. Despite being groomed to as a lady, she is most happy on her horse. When her father sells her beloved horse, she decides to follow her horse over the seas and to see what other things life has to offer her.
The Ringmaster’s Wife is a lovely light read. It is marketed as Christian fiction so it’s clean romance but it wasn’t preachy in any way. There was just mentioned of “higher powers” out there etc but nothing very specific. It is a wonderful story of discovering yourself, of following your dreams, and taking the risk for a future of your own choosing.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for copy eARC via NetGalley in exchange of honest review