Friday, July 15, 2016

The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

From the publisher:
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, 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 little girl--boldly showing Ella that while her tattered faith is deeply scarred, the only marks that need be permanent are his own.

RT Book Reviews says, "Heart achingly beautiful."  I couldn't agree more.

Joanne Bischof has a way with words that is just beautiful.  It is a poem written into a story.  Her writing is lyrical as it is deep and profound.  I have never been more surprised in reading a book as I was in this one scene and it filled my eyes with tears and my heart with such joy and hope it almost burst. 

Not only is her writing astounding but she does her research! I learned a lot about the circus world and reading this book really gave me more a glimpse into what those in the circus went through and how they might have interacted with those outside of the circus.

This book is rich with spiritual depth and truth.  The scars of our body and souls are all there to be healed by God and His love.  And as Joanne shows us in this story, He often does His healing through the lives of His people. 

I know that this review is not going to do justice to the story, it was just stunning.  I could read Bischof's writing over and over.  Her way with words is soothing and deep.  I just encourage you to read this book and be drawn into Charlie and Ella's world. 

I highly recommend this book!

I received this ebook free in exchange for my honest review.

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