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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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Incredible!
    March 2, 2017
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I've heard chatter about this book all across cyberspace. Can't count how many people said, "Oh, you must read The Lady and the Lionheart!" And it made the rounds on people's top reads of 2016 lists. The buzz kept getting louder and I was beginning to feel like I was the last person on the planet to read this book! Not for lack of trying but for some reason it was either sold out or unavailable to ship to my country ('cause Canada is so exotic and all!) But finally...FINALLY...I understand the hype and I'm eager to chime in.

    I can sum it all up in one word. Charlie. Seriously swoonworthy. Tough and determined. Gentle and kind. Passionate. Committed. Loyal. Fierce. And oh so tender! His faith is his anchor, his desire to share the power of God's grace touched me in ways no other hero has. He has a servant's heart and his powerful example of sacrificial love is mind-blowing. Sigh.There's just something about Charlie. If I was into making lists and composed a Best Hero Ever in the History of the World one Charlie would be right at the top.

    And then there's Ella. The perfect foil for such a noble hero. She hides a tragic past behind her cool professional demeanor. She doesn't know what to make of Charlie. Truthfully, he doesn't make the best first impression but she does find him intriguing and it isn't long before she finds herself entangled in his world. There's an exquisite Beauty and the Beast quality to their love story. I savored every single word. It's not the kind of novel you want to hurry through because I happen to agree with Charlie: "If you're passionate about something, why rush?" (p 123) And I am passionate about this book. I might just have to read it again.
  4. BookwormMama14
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Easily one of the BEST books I have ever read!
    January 31, 2017
    BookwormMama14
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is easily one of the BEST books I have ever read. Very rarely has a book pulled on my heart and soul so strongly. I TRIED not to rush through this book, I really did. I wanted to savor it. Let the story surround me and captivate me. Let it permeate my soul. Even now, hours after reading the final words, the message is reverberating through my heart.

    Charlie Lionheart is officially one of my favorite heroes of all time. His bravery, his sacrifice, his love...swoon...for those he cares about is not just something to admire, but to learn from. Ella Beckley is someone that I want to be best friends with! Her compassion and curious spirit makes her stand out. Yet, she has a past that haunts her. Will she learn that her freedom must come from God and not man?

    This is a story of healing, of salvation, of freedom...of pain. Being damaged, unclean, scarred, can be a heavy burden to carry. But the Lord says to come to Him and He will give us rest, "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30) In Him, is our freedom and in Him, we will find wholeness. The parallels of this story to Christ and His sacrifice for us is breathtakingly beautiful. You will find threads of The Beauty and the Beast within these pages as well. I believe THAT combination is one reasons that this book is so unique. The setting and characters are vividly painted for your imagination to explore, and makes it so very easy to fall in love with it all.

    This is the first book of Joanne's that I have read. And I can't believe it took me SO long to get to it. Be prepared for an exciting adventure filled with the wonders of the circus and the tender love that Christ bestows upon us. Love, true love, is a common thread throughout this book. The love of a father, the love between a man and woman, the love of friends and family. The pureness and wholeness of this love is beautiful to behold.

    Joanne Bischof captures the essence of the circus and the era in words that are so captivating you will struggle to put this book down. THIS, is one of those books that deserves multiple readings! Bottom line, if you haven't read it, read it! Get this book into your hands. I pray that it touches your heart and that if you are seeking freedom and wholeness, that you will find it in our Lord, Jesus Christ.
  5. Heda
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of those books I MUST own in paperback!
    January 14, 2017
    Heda
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Everyone remarks upon what a beautiful cover this is, and to be sure, it is. But the CONTENTS of this book are more beautiful still. Themes of freedom, forgiveness, and redemption flow through this unforgettable story, merging into a modern-day beauty and the beast tale that goes so much deeper than the original.

    Charlie Lionheart. Holland. Ella Beckley. These names will not be forgotten to readers, as they join the traveling circus, seeing the sights and experiencing it in a whole new way. With emotional nuance and threads that effortlessly tie together, Bischof has crafted a novel that will stand the test of time.

    This is one of those rare books that cross that "Christian fiction" divide--it is something I would feel comfortable recommending to believers and nonbelievers alike. Universal themes, tied together with the hope of Christ. Not heavy-handed, but the story speaking the truths of the Bible more loudly than wordy monologues.

    This is one of those rare books I feel I MUST own in softcover so I can loan it out to everyone. Beautiful cover, beautiful writing, and beautiful story. A masterpiece.
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