Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Lady and the Lionheart A Must Read


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, 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. (Goodreads)

 My Thoughts

I knew this book would be wonderful but I was not prepared for the beauty within its pages. This book. This story. These characters. Bischof is so talented and this is by far the best book of the year. It is very rare for me to read a book and laugh out loud and cry, this story made me do both. Everything in this story was wonderful, but the Gospel message blew me away. Bischof wrote what many can't and that is a realistic Gospel message that isn't fluffed up or just thrown out there to add a quick Christian perspective. It was woven throughout the book and written with such raw honesty and heart.
If you haven't read anything by Joanne Bischof you must! Her books are my favorite and this story touched my heart. 

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