What is revealed when you draw back the curtain of the Greatest Show on Earth?
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.
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Meet the Author:
Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, was named to Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014 and nominated for RT Book Reviews’ Choice Awards Best Inspirational Novel of 2014 and for the 2015 INSPY Awards for Best Debut Novel. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journal’s Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction) for February 2015 and a Top Pick for RT Book Reviews.
Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three young sons.
"Home can move ", he answered,"as long as your heart goes with it."
In this book Rosamund, daughter of an earl and a lady of means, leaves all she has to accompany her horse to his new life in the circus. The horse was given by her brother, who died in the war, and she is not ready to part with it, even though her parents feel that she spends way too much time riding and doing things a well bred lady shouldn't be doing. They are ready to marry her off, for her benefit and theirs.
But Rosamund is a free spirit and wants to find her own way in the world. She is not ready to be strapped into a loveless marriage simply for the sake of money. As she follows her horse and her dream to a whole new world, life changes drastically. But through it her courage, faith and sense of fulfillment grow. So does her relationship with a man, she never would have took as husband material.
This book was incredible. I learned so much about Ringling Brothers circus, and time period surrounding it. The author captivated me with descriptive observations, historical facts, and much more. I was enthralled throughout the whole thing. In the beginning it took me a few chapters to really grasp the characters, locations, and time frame as she jumped back and forth from different characters and years. But once it got going, I absorbed it like a sponge.
This was my first book by this author, but I will definitely be looking for more!
I received this book from Fiction Guild free to read. I was not required to review positively and all opinions are my own.