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The Illusionist’s Apprentice, by Kristy Cambron

This Jazz Age story sparkling with enchanting descriptions and believable characters makes my heart smile. 

The Illusionist’s Apprentice has many dark places… but at each turn and shadow, there lives the promise of light and the reminder that darkness and evil cannot win. In spite of brushes with death and hatred, main characters Wren and Elliott are determined to keep a hold on hope.

Rooted in history, well-researched truth mingles with fiction. Though the majority of the book takes place in the late 1920s, there are flashbacks of sorts throughout, giving us as readers bits of backstory. I at first thought I wanted more of that background early on… but as I really delved into the heart of the story, I changed my mind. Each look back gives a very timely peek into Wren’s locked-tight past, each glimpsing a little deeper than we’d seen before — until we really understand this complex young woman who is as adept an illusionist off the stage as she is on it. 

Kristy Cambron did an excellent job with this latest release, and I very much recommend it. 

I want to compare this one to vanilla bean scones. There is much assuredness of hand-in-hand in this book, of “I’ll be right here no matter what”, and of hope anchored in the midst of life’s storms… and there is such comfort in that. Vanilla bean scones just seem to speak of that kind of familiarity and constantness to me that I found in these pages, so they seem to fit well. 

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The Ringmaster’s Wife, by Kristy CambronĀ 

There is so much I want to say about this sweet story. I’m honestly not sure where to begin.. but before telling you about this book, I have to say that I personally wish I could have met Mable Ringling. She was truly an unforgettable lady of wisdom and class, and she left her mark everywhere she went.

The Ringmaster’s Wife is Mable Ringling’s story, well-researched and beautifully written. We meet Mable as a little girl with big dreams of tinkling pianos, far-off places, and (much like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz) finding her heart’s desire. As readers, we witness her kindness and genuineness to everyone she encounters.

Set in the Jazz Age, this book also gives us an insider’s view of the life of circus performer Rosamund and circus manager Colin. Through their eyes, we get to experience the spotlights and applause, the intimidation and drama, the weight of decisions and the hardships that come with constantly being on the road. Because their paths cross with Mable’s, Rosamund and Colin both find that life is forever changed in ways they could never have dreamt…

In their own ways, Mable, Rosamund, and Colin each must discover what it means to really live, to have the courage to take a leap of faith for a dream, and to be who they are beneath all facades.

If you’ve ever longed to chase what you felt like might be a crazy, worthless dream, you need to read this book. If you’ve ever been fascinated by the circus, you need to read this book. If you love historical fiction, you need to read this book. Basically.. no matter who you are and what your situation is, I can come up with reasons you need to read this book!

I’d describe this book as a freshly picked apple. It’s sweet, with maybe a little bit of tartness mixed in, crisp, fresh and unique, and just right.

Kristy Cambron is an imaginative writer who doesn’t shy away from the ugly. Rather, she excels in telling stories of courage, and love, and good triumphing over evil — the beautiful defeating the ugliness that so often comes in life.