Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Lady And The Lionheart by Joanne Bischof & FLASH GIVEAWAY


The Lady and The Lionheart by Joanne Bischof
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 Thoughts:

Wow!!! This book came to my shelf by way of raving reviews from my fellow book nerds and you know that feeling like you're being left out of the loop on something pretty major... well, of course, I had to find out if the hype I was reading was in fact, true.

Upon the opening pages I was transported back to the Spring of 1890 and the allure of life in the circus. But before I can live amid the earthy scent of the animal's menagerie and the buttery aroma of freshly popped corn, Ms. Bischof thrusts me into the lives of Ella Beckley and Charlie Lionheart.

Ella, a young woman with a dream to become a nurse and help others is thwarted only by the nightmare of one tragic event in her past that stalls her courage to believe God has a plan for her life.

Charlie Lionheart, is the lion tamer enslaved by a single sacrifice of love to save a life. When Ella enters into his tormented existence, Charlie begins to believe his future may not be such a burden.

Oh, ya'll, this book made me cry--TWICE!! Obviously, with all of the chatter my expectations for this book was high and I was critical. Ms. Bischof took great efforts to draw me into a story that I was skeptical of at first and in the first couple of chapters my initial reaction was, "Eh, it's good." But I still wasn't seeing what was drawing such strong accolades from my bookish peers.

And then it happened. All at once I began to fall in love with the characters and anxiously turned page after page until I forced (literally forced) myself to close the book so I could get some sleep only to find myself dreaming about these characters and this story world. Ms. Bischof's detailed description had me walking right along Ella as we entered the grounds of a secret world filled with exotic people. It was these people-these characters-who entered my life and my heart with their heartache, tainted pasts, and longing to know the kind of love that sees beyond the scarred and painted sins keeping them from living in purpose and freedom.

These characters spoke to my soul. Spoke truths in the very best way a story can and by the time I reached the beautiful ending I knew that what others were saying about this amazing story were true. If you're looking for a story that will change your heart-this is your book!!

🎉 Now for the fun part! I'm giving away FIVE (Yes, you read that right FIVE!!!) eBook copies (Kindle) of The Lady and the Lionheart AND a fun temporary Scripture tattoo from Armed With Truth 🎉

All you have to do to enter is:

🎪 Have you ever been to the circus? Tell me your favorite part! Leave your answer in the comment section below and DON'T FORGET to leave your email address for winner notification. (Comments without email address will be disqualified because it's simply too hard for me to find you if you win-sorry 😔)

 ❗THIS IS A FLASH GIVEAWAY ❗
Giveaway ends 7/28/17 at 11:59 EST.

**This giveaway is not affiliated with anyone but me. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED and open to U.S. Residents only. If you're under the age of 18 you MUST have parental permission to enter.

11 comments :

  1. I have been to the circus and my favorite part is the ladies that twirl and spin on the large hanging rings! They look so majestic!! Thank you for this chance! Reenie0429@yahoo.com

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    1. That sounds mesmerizing! It reminds me of the Cirque Du Soleil-I can never get over their acrobats!

      Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

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  2. I have never been to the circus because while growing up my mother for some odd reason would never take us but if I had gone the elephants would have probably been my favorite! I wish I could go back in time when the circus was at it's peek!! Kea_walters@yahoo.com

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    1. Your mother is probably very smart and took you to a lot of other places to see animals 😉 Thanks for stopping by and good luck 😘

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  3. My dad loved Ringling Bros and we always went when I was young but it bothers me to see the animals now and I worry for their welfare mrsmouse61@gmail.com

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    1. My parents took me at least once or twice when I was little but even then I worried about the animals-especially after I watched Dumbo!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck!

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  4. I've only been to a circus once or twice that I can remember; the tightrope walkers were always most intriguing to me. Also the dirt bike riders who got in the sphere and rode around magically without wrecking amazed me as well!
    -Akdeaton17@gmail.com

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    1. Oh yes!! I forgot about the motorcycle guy!! Reminds me ofnone of my favorite movies, Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken 🐴 ♥️

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  5. I can only remember going to the circus once and I remember that it was the first time I ever had cotton candy! I remember it was a big bag of pink cotton candy; so delicious!

    saru6425@gmail.com

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    1. I love cotton candy!!! It's definitely a childhood indulgence that I should probably take part in more often 😂

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