Once Upon A Book Club Box: September
The Once Upon A Book Club Box experience continues to be one of delight and unique immersion into the story.
While the September box was delivered a little later than usual due to circumstances outside thecompany's control, it didn't in any way change my wonderful opinion of the box and those who put it together.
The book for the month was "The Ringmaster's Wife," a tale that is deeply rooted in historical fact while providing fictional flourishes for the Ringling family and those in their orbit.
Again, like the previous OUABC selections, this isn't a book I would select for myself, and admittedly some of the content felt a little too schmaltzy for my taste, but overall the combination of the exploration of circus life, and the gifts that felt like real magic; pulling tangible items from the descriptions in the pages, was a truly delightful experience.
The Ringmaster's Wife
by Kristy Cambron
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.
The gifts in this box included:
A cigar box: styled similarly to what would have been popular at the time, the box is a replica of box that held the aspirations of one of the main characters, Mable. Included inside is a postcard size print of a Ringling Brothers advertisement.
A pocket watch: inspired a similar watch that played an important literal and allegorical role in the story.
A jeweled hair barrette and thimble: both are in an important scene between two female characters
An envelope with a scrap of fabric: Rosamund receives threatening notes, this is one of the threats she receives
An advert poster: in the book these posters mark an important turning point
If you are interested in your Once Upon A Book Club experience, visit their website and sign up for November's box.