The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron

Garden Of Dreams

Ringmasters WifeThe Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron is a Christian historical romance set between 1885 and 1929. The action moves from Yorkshire to America. Within the novel fact meets fiction in a wonderful story from an incredible author.

The novel shows the importance of following our hopes and dreams. Dreams are no good if all we do is look at them. One needs to have the courage to make them happen. “She’d need the courage to walk away from everything… and step out with hopes.”

The theme of hope continues throughout the novel. There is hope not only in ourselves but in the goodness of others. Hope sees what one can become.

Linked in to the theme of hope is that of trust. There is trust that people, given the choice, will do the right thing. There is also trust in the circus animals, that they will behave in the way they have been trained.

There is a wonderful bond between Rosamund and her horse which persists throughout the novel. They are so in tune that at times they move as one.

The circus animals in the book really tug at the reader’s heart. I particularly loved the elephant called Nora. There were some very touching scenes and I am not ashamed to say that I shed a tear at times.

Covering the whole novel is the theme of love – love as described in 1 Corinthians: 13. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is gentle and a great motivator. There is a wonderful gentle love story that develops in the story.

There is a lovely motif of a flower garden with roses that bloom. This reminds the reader that we are like flowers who have the potential to bloom under Jesus, our master gardener.

There is the theme of being broken. People have pasts. Sometimes they are not pretty and it takes courage just to keep going. The reader is reminded that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. If Jesus did not condemn us, then we shouldn’t either.

Linked in to the broken theme is that of forgiveness. It is important to forgive others. However it is equally important to forgive the face in the mirror.

The importance of family can be seen in the story. Family is not just a blood tie but there is the circus family and included in that are the animals.

There is the theme of jealousy within the novel. Characters who are insecure will lash out if they feel threatened.

Once again Kristy Cambron has written a marvellous novel. I could not put it down and read it in just two sittings. The reader was drawn into not only the world of the circus but also the world of music. Music is important as it can evoke memories within us. Certain songs can transport us back through the years and across the miles.

The Ringmaster’s Wife was a literary masterpiece, as are all Kristy Cambron’s novels. I cannot urge you strongly enough to give yourself a treat and pick up The Ringmaster’s Wife today and transport yourself to another time and place. Immerse yourself in this wonderful novel.

I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.  No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.

JULIA WILSON

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