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The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof



About the book:

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.

My Review:

I knew that the theme of this story was the circus, which intrigued me. Other than that, I had no idea what to expect.
I was in a mood where I needed something to immediately grab my attention as I sat in a very hot car waiting for over an hour, and this book did the trick. I was transported into another place beyond the car, to experience life with Charlie and Ella.
This book, I would not classify as a romance, but more a story with love being a theme of the book. The main themes of the book, I would say, would be mercy, sacrifice and healing. These characters do not fit into any box you might have imagined, but in the end, you will fall in love with all of them, primary and secondary.
This is a book you will not want to miss if you love a book outside the ordinary.

You can find it for purchase in print or eBook form. The Lady and the Lionhearted  It is only $4.99 on Kindle, and $14.99 in paperback.

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Though my heart is torn by Joanne Bischof

Though my heart is torn

By Joanne Bischof

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

From back cover:
Gideon O’Riley has two wives—but he doesn’t know it.

Settling into a simple life in the majestic Blue Ridge mountains, Lonnie and Gideon O’Riley have finally found happiness after the rocky start to their marriage. The roguish bluegrass musician has fallen in love with his gentle wife and the God she serves, and Lonnie rests secure in his tenderness for her and their young son. A heartless ruse interupts their peace, bringing them back to Rocky Knob—and forces them to face the claims of Cassie Allan, a woman who says she is Gideon’s rightful wife.

As Gideon wades into the depths of his past choices, Lonnie is stunned by the revelations. She has no choice but to navigate this new path, knowing that surviving the devastating blow will take every ounce of strength she has.

While Gideon’s guilt and his bitterness towards Cassie threatens to burn up his fledgling faith, Lonnie wrestles to find the courage to trust the God who brought them together in the first place. Will their hard-earned love be able to conquer all?

Lonnie only wanted her husband’s love. Now that he belongs to another, can she surrender Gideon to a God with a bigger plan?

My Review:

I read Be Still My soul last year (Review for Be Still my Soul) and really enjoyed it. It was one of those stories where you could have hope that the really horrible person came around, changed their life and made good, positive changes.

When I started this book, I had read the back cover and was confused, but remembered Gideon was kind of a horrible person and here, it came the time to pay the piper.

I felt like the story moved a little slowly in places, I wanted more explanation as to how this could have happened, a little more explanation in the beginning, but instead felt like it was the middle of the book and I still didn’t have the answers. That frustrated me a bit, but I realized that similar to real life, Ms. Bischof demonstrated the frustration that Lonnie and Gideon would have been feeling as well.

Gideon had worked hard to be a different person, but the past has a way of knocking on our doors when we pretend it isn’t there. In his case, it was lack of follow up to make sure he really divorced the first wife, before being forced to marry the second wife. The culture of that time gave him little choice, and I finished the book wanting the next one to be on hand, to finish out the story.

That is one way to get people to read the next book!! = )

This is not really a feel good, happy book, but more a real life, book about people with major issues. It is well written, engaging and will keep you reading! -Martha

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books.

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