"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."
RT Book Reviews, 5 Star TOP PICK!
"From the moment he bursts onto the pages, Charlie Lionheart splashes color across Ella Beckley's drab, confined world--and along the way he stole my heart."
Lori Benton, Christy-award winning author of Burning Sky
"The best stories are ones where you are torn between the desire to linger or read it all in one sitting because you simply have to know what's going to happen next. The Lady and The Lionheart put me into that delicious agony and held me there until that final page."
Sigmund Brouwer, author of Thief of Glory, Christy Award book of the year 2015
"Absorbing. Emotional. Colorful and clever... Bischof brings the world of the vintage circus to life in The Lady and the Lionheart, with vibrant scenes and deeply poignant characters. It's a masterful portrait of redemption- with faith and hope deftly woven in- that grips the reader until the final page. I was swept away and didn't want to return."
Kristy Cambron, author of The Ringmaster's Wife
"Breathtaking and drenched in grace, The Lady and the Lionheart will sweep you away with the magic of the circus--and the miracle of redemption. This tale is one for the ages; Charlie and Ella will dance into your life with a story to settle deep within your soul."
Amanda Dykes, author of the critically acclaimed Bespoke: a Tiny Christmas Tale
"When it comes to depth and originality, Joanne Bischof delivers and this unique historical is no exception. If you're wanting a story that satisfies heart and soul, this richly woven novel is for you - a keeper you're sure to recommend to friends. Beautiful!"
Laura Frantz, author of The Mistress of Tall Acre
"The Lady and the Lionheart isn't a book to read so much as it is a world to inhabit, a story to relish, a love to cherish. It is lyrical, achingly beautiful, and larger than life. This novel is Joanne Bischof at her very finest." Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series
"One of the best works of historical fiction I have ever read, Bischof's alluring prose perfectly relays the heart-rending stories of Charlie, Ella and a populous of characters who leap from the page. Strewn with threads of redemption not unlike those found in Les Misérables, Bischof perfectly pairs an accessible and engaging historical romance with a deft nod to the classics."
Rachel McMillan, author the Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder
"Only a handful of authors craft stories that leave an indelible mark on my heart - Joanne Bischof is one of them...guaranteed, every single time. The Lady and the Lionheart is simply stunning, from the provocative beginning to its exquisite conclusion, this story is mesmerizing." Rel Mollet, Relz Reviewz & INSPY Award advisory board member
Just then a child in the row behind Ella cried out, "Look, Mama!"
Charlie, dressed in his center ring finery, strode into the arena, as strong and strapping as ever. Face powdered and painted with two jagged teardrops under his eyes, he walked with stoic authority, tall boots forging a fresh trail straight toward his audience. Ella didn't know a single man could hush a packed house with no words, but...then there was Charlie Lionheart.