I’m going to start off with this: This is absolutely my favorite novel from Kristy! That was no easy task, especially since I loved her Hidden Masterpiece series, but y’all I enjoyed this so so much!!
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.
I absolutely loved what Kristy did with this book! She brought to life such a fascinating world (which I didn’t know much about, so even better!) and the characters…you couldn’t help but become so invested. I liked how the book started out with two different times (Mabel’s early years and Rosamund’s) and then how she seamlessly merged their lives later in the novel.
I loved learning more about the real life people in this story, like John and Mabel, and what it looked like to run such a circus. I can only imagine how much different and majestic it was back in the 1920s.
Not only did the storyline of both Mabel and Rosamund have me completely involved, I really enjoyed how different it was. Not only because it was in the life of the circus, but Cambron also surprised me with the unexpected and I loved that! It was a great way to see characters grow and develop.
I heart both Colin and Rosamund equally – each of their journeys, both separate and together, were enjoyable to read and I will never ever tire of stories of redemption and the journey it takes to get there.
If you’re looking for a summer read, I highly suggest this one! What other summer reads do you have?
(Thank you to Thomas Nelson for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)