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Aving him tarnished by the price of that choiceAs the circus tents are raised on the outskirts of Roanoke nurse Ella Beckley arrives to tend to this Gypsy girl All under the watchful eye of a guardian who not only bears a striking resemblance to the child but who protects the baby with a love that wraps around Ella’s own tragic past awakening a hope that goodness may yet reign When their forbidden friendship deepens Charlie dares to ask for her heart bringing her behind the curtain of his secret world to reveal the sacrifice that gave hope to one li Only a handful of authors craft stories that leave an indelible mark on my heart Joanne Bischof is one of themguaranteed every single time The Lady and the Lionheart is simply stunning from the provocative beginning to it s exuisite conclusion this story is mesmerising Delicate and sententious prose immerses the reader in the sights sounds and aroma of the circus with a tale that leaves jagged edges upon your soul for a time then binds the wounds with healing and hope Charlie Lionheart is the most attractive of heroes handsome and charismatic yet it is his life changing sacrifice that will render your heart than once Ella Beckley s heart shines gently but her compassion and courage stemming from her wounded past is the perfect foil for Charlie s magnetic appeal as both lion tamer and man of faith Joanne writes with such nuanced spiritual depth this tale captivates heart mind and soul its themes reverberating for a good while to come

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The Lady and the Lionheart

Ttle girl boldly showing Ella that while her tattered faith is deeply scarred the only marks that need be permanent are his own Just then a child in the row behind Ella cried out “Look Mama”Charlie dressed in his center ring finery strode into the arena as strong and strapping as ever Face powdered and painted with two jagged teardrops under his eyes he walked with stoic authority tall boots forging a fresh trail straight toward his audience Ella didn’t know a single man could hush a packed house with no words butthen there was Charlie Lionheart With a touch of Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast along with an analogy to the life of Christ this new to me author swept me away through this wonderful story Set in a circus in 1890 when sideshow freaks were the one of the main attractions Charlie Lionheart was not only the lion tamer but also one of the freaks He is also caring for his dead sister s baby daughter Holland Ella is a nurse he meets when he takes Holland who has a very high fever to the local hospital Charlie has a deep devotion to God while Ella has wandered away due to an incident in her past But Charlie is suffering through something that he has been forced to do Can they help one anotherBischof s characters were uniue and interesting and each of the circus people helped build the story line as they supported and cared for one another in every day life This story was so well crafted and flowed beautifully I look forward to reading from this author

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Two worlds collide when the circus comes to Victorian era Virginia Raised amid the fame and mystiue of the Big Top Charlie Lionheart holds the audience in the palm of his hand But while his act captivates thousands it’s away from the spotlight where his true heart lies Here he humbly cares for his pride of lions as if they were his brothers a skill of bravery and strength that has prepared him for his most challenging feat yet freeing an orphaned infant from the dark bondage of a sideshow A trade so costly it reuires his life in exchange for hers le Seriously just one of the best works of historical fiction I have ever readBischof is a master Put this on your to read list yes but mostly put it on your must BUY list because you will want to visit Charlie and Ella again and againBischof is the type of writer that has a voice so uniuely and poignantly her own that you couldn t compare or emulate it if you tried


10 thoughts on “The Lady and the Lionheart

  1. says:

    I've been letting this story nestle in my brain for a couple days trying to figure out how to review it But maybe the best thing to note is that a I read it in one evening legit could not stop and b only two days later I'm ready to re

  2. says:

    The Lady and The Lionheart had me from the 1st page It's hard for me to pen how much I loved this book because it

  3. says:

    Seriously just one of the best works of historical fiction I have ever readBischof is a master Put this on your to read list yes but mostly put it on your must BUY list because you will want to visit Charlie and Ella again and againBischof is the type of writer that has a voice so uniuely and poignantly her own that you couldn't compare or emulate it if you tried

  4. says:

    I could cry I don't know when I've last read something so achingly beautiful Is it possible to rate Joanne Bischof's books less than five stars I don't know because so far I haven't been able to She writes with suc

  5. says:

    Only a handful of authors craft stories that leave an indelible mark on my heart Joanne Bischof is one of themguaranteed every single time The Lady and the Lionheart is simply stunning from the provocative beginning to it's exuisite conclusion this story is mesmerising Delicate and sententious prose immerses the reader in the sights sounds and aroma of the circus with a tale that leaves jagged edges upon your

  6. says:

    Well I really did want to give it five stars because the characters are so vivid and the descriptions so lush the incredible amount

  7. says:

    Re Read July 2018Have you ever met a book that changed you and your outlook on life One that resonated with you moved you to the point of tears and spoke truth to your soul This is that kind of bookI have no sufficient words to review this; all I have to say is that I needed to reread this book right now It came at the perfect time in my l

  8. says:

    With a touch of Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast along with an analogy to the life of Christ this new to me author swept me away through this wonderful story Set in a circus in 1890 when sideshow freaks were the one of the main attractions; Charlie Lionheart was not only the lion tamer but also one of the freaks He is also caring for his dead sister's baby daughter Holland Ella is a nurse he meets when he takes Holland who has

  9. says:

    The Lady and the Lionheart isn’t a book to read so much as it is a world to inhabit a story to relish a love to cherish It is lyrical achingly beautiful and larger than life This novel is Joanne Bischof at her very finest

  10. says:

    5 GOLD STAR TOP PICK