The Lady and the Lionheart
The Lady and the Lionheart  -     By: Joanne Bischof
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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Mason Jar Books
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 0997513705
ISBN-13: 9780997513707

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"Heartachingly beautiful" - RT Book Reviews, 5 Star TOP PICK 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.

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  1. Bessybear
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Lady and the Lionheart
    September 15, 2017
    Bessybear
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Hard to describe how wonderful this book is. This is the first I've read of this author but it will not be the last. Highly recommend!
  2. Crystal
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    If You Pick One Book To Read, This Should Be It!
    September 4, 2017
    Crystal
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    Although Charlie Lionheart receives resounding applause every night as the handsome and daring lion tamer in the traveling circus, his heart belongs to sweet little Holland- his infant niece. For you see, Charlie paid a dear personal price to protect precious Holland from being exploited as a sideshow attraction knowing full well his choice would leave him isolated and alone for the rest of his life. However, after Holland becomes ill and a local nurse, Ella Beckley, shows compassion and cares for the ailing infant, he tentatively invites her into his mysterious world under the big top and sees a possible thread of hope that he may be able to find love after all. As their worlds collide, past wounds surface, and the future seems insurmountable, Charlie and Ella wonder if love can conquer all or is simply a pipe dream out of their reach.

    Once in awhile a book will come along that is so rich, so deep that it makes you speechless. This is one of those books for me. I am not even certain that I could do this book justice in my review, but I will try to convey the immense value this book offers the reader. First, I have to address Charlie's absolute passion and purity of love for those he cares most deeply for- Holland, Ella, and his lion "brothers". Charlie loves without abandon and gives of himself so freely and unselfishly it's just breathtakingly beautiful. Next, I love the literary metaphor of Charlie's sacrifice paralleling Jesus's. When faced with Holland's future plight, Charlie willingly offered himself as a substitute even with the foreknowledge that he would be rejected, shunned and isolated for his choice just as Jesus willingly came and took our place so that we could be redeemed. There are so many beautiful moments threaded throughout this book that it will surely become a classic. At the least, it will be read over and over by this girl. I can definitely understand why it is an INSPY award winner. Bravo, Ms. Bischof!

    This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated in any way by the publisher or author.
  3. Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Magnificent!
    July 23, 2017
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In the words of the author herself; "the story of a man, who through pain, bore darkness so that others could have life."

    Charlie Lionheart braves a cold, snowy Roanoke evening to seek medical help for his extremely ill infant daughter. Literally running into a nurse on his way up the hospital stairs, he finds that her genuine concern and peaceful demeanor calms his troubled spirit, especially when the other hospital staff are reticent to assist, knowing that Charlie hails from the circus, stranded in town due to the poor weather conditions.

    Ella Beckley risks her emerging career as a nurse to care for Holland Lionheart, a beautiful child, who is very sick. Following both father and daughter onto the circus grounds to continue her supervision brings Ella closer to the enigmatic lion tamer with the wild hair, olive skin, broad shoulders, and gentle spirit. How could she have known that crossing paths with Charlie Lionheart would change her heart forever, for he has already given his life for another; what might be required of Ella?

    "A fictional resonance of a very true account: the Gospel. Has there ever been a greater love story than that one?"

  4. taralynee
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a MUST read.
    June 3, 2017
    taralynee
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Where to even begin...

    Although I had heard others raving about it, I was not prepared for how deeply The Lady and the Lionheart was going to affect my heart. That's an understatement. Majorly.

    You know the kind of book that leaves lasting marks after you close the cover? The kind that you can't stop thinking about? The kind that you find yourself pondering into small hours?

    That's this book by Joanne Bischof.

    It's about Ella, a nurse with a torn heart and a broken past. She sees herself as small, not whole, unworthy. Though she is kind, she doesn't know real joy.

    It's about Charlie. Charlie the lion tamer. Oh my. Charlie is the epitome of a picture of God's love. Of giving oneself for another. He's open and often blunt. He's vulnerable. And compassionate.

    And it's about an orphaned gypsy baby named Holland who is more entangled in a fight between good and evil than she likely will ever fully understand.

    Taking place in Virginia in 1890, this is quite possibly one of the most unique and imaginative storylines I've ever read. When Ella and Charlie's worlds collide, quite literally, their lives become intertwined in ways neither of them anticipate. This tender story of sacrifice and redemption is one I can't recommend highly enough. There is much raw emotion within these pages, but even more, there is an enormous depth, honesty, and a faith that is almost tangible.

    I've come to the conclusion that for a book to truly be Joanne Bischof's if it must evoke tears at some point. This is my third by her, and so far this theory holds true.

    Because of its deeply rich story, I'm likening this book to dark chocolate cake with thick peanut butter frosting. There is so much going on in my mind with the sweet taste of this beautiful story lingering on.

    Please read this story. Please let it speak to your heart. Let it change you forever.
  5. Mandy
    Virgie, KY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I fell in love!!!
    May 12, 2017
    Mandy
    Virgie, KY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have fallen in love with the writings of Joanne Bischof! I have only just discovered her books and I'm so glad I did! I read this book because I heard it recommended so often and so adamantly. Normally, the setting of the circus would not have appealed to me. I gave it a shot anyway. It is a decision I don't regret.

    Joanne sucks you into her stories in such a way that you don't realize it's happening. In this one, the characters did it for me. Ella is sweet and kind, but lost in this world. Although she has friends, she is a lonely soul. Charlie, is charismatic and outgoing, but he also lives with darkness in his heart.

    When they are together two worlds collide in wonderful and marvelous ways! Joanne has knit this story together in a way that will have you thinking of it long after you have stopped reading.
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