About the Book
Two worlds collide when the circus comes to Victorian-era Virginia.
Raised amid the fame and mystique 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 requires his life in exchange for hers, leaving him tarnished by the price of that choice.
As the circus tents are raised on the outskirts of Roanoke, country nurse Ella Beckley arrives to tend to this ill 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 little girl—boldly showing Ella that while her tattered faith is deeply scarred, the only marks that need be permanent are his own.
As always, Bischof proved her writing prowess with this one!
How do you know a story is great?
When it and its characters linger for days in your heart, I say!
This was the case with The Lady and the Lionheart. From the adventurous settings, to the lovable characters, an alluring plot and a poetic love story, all a girl can do after a beautiful read like this is simply sigh in content with a dreamy look on her face…for not less than five minutes, of course! As a huge fan of tales of grace, healing and redemption, I opine that The Lady and the Lionheart is the stuff of stories that not only blow your mind and knock you out of your socks, it will also bless your soul with a seed of faith that believes there is a God who loves you immensely and wants to restore and bless you! It reminds you that you, indeed, are not forgotten, and He has your name written in the palm of His hand. And, even when you’ve lost faith that anything good is possible in your life, He sets Himself on a path to terribly debunk that belief!
Joanne Bischof, this is to you, my dear: God bless your sweet, sweet soul, for pouring out your heart and energy into stories like The Lady and the Lionheart. You, indeed, are a beautiful vessel in the hand of the Lord, and, I deeply believe that in this lifetime and the next, there is a reward for you from God, Himself. God bless you, sweet, beautiful lady—now and always! XO
**Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to the author, Joanne Bischof, for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the Author
A Carol Award and two-time Christy Award-finalist, Joanne Bischof writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the reader’s heartstrings. She was honored to receive the SDCWG Novel of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 was named Author of the Year by the Mount Hermon Writer’s conference. Her 2014 novella This Quiet Sky broke precedent as the first self-released title to final for the Christy Awards. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and their three children. Watch for her 2016 Victorian novel, The Lady and the Lionheart coming this summer!