The Lady and the Lionheart

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What to expect

From self-published author phenomenon Joanne Bischof comes this thrilling romance novel of tragedy healed by love.

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. It is a trade so costly that 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. It is 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.

Critics Review

  • “The sights, sounds, and people of a turn-of-the-century circus come alive in this novel that captivates from word one. Every sentence is pitch perfect, while the characters embed themselves soul deep. Charlie Lionheart is the hero of heroes and a reflection of the fairy tale ‘Beast.’ He is so brilliantly multidimensional that he could easily live outside the pages. The romance between Charlie and Ella is heartachingly beautiful, and the redemption organically sewn into the story’s tent flaps will linger with readers for years.”

    RT Book Reviews (5 gold stars)
  • “From the moment he bursts onto the pages, Charlie Lionheart splashes color across Ella Beckley drab, confined world—and along the way he stole my heart.”

    Lori Benton, Christy Award-winning author
  • “Absorbing. Emotional. Colorful and clever…with vibrant scenes and deeply poignant characters.”

    Kristy Cambron, author of The Ringmaster's Wife

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