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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Joanne Bischof (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Wonderful listen

I really liked this book. The story was different and the narration was fantastic! I really enjoyed the man and a woman narrators. I look forward to more from this author.

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Excellent, clean, enjoyable and well narrated

I sincerely enjoyed this story, more than others that I have also loved. it is 100% clean which is always something I look for. It kept me wanting to hear more, intrigued and even a little teary a couple times. Loved, loved, loved!

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Loved the whole story.

I love that Ella stood up to the doctor because of her values. Charley also followed his heart and paid the price for his family and future life. Very good story

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What True Love Looks Like. Saint Maries Idaho

In the beginning of this book I had a problem with the narrators. It seemed slow and depressing. But as I continued to listen the narrators were appropriate for this story.

What an in-depth love story of acceptance and forgiveness. How a scarred man was able to show the depth of real love, through his devotion of, Holland and assisting a young ,woman who had been violated as a young girl the love of God and His tender mercies.
Well written. I will look for other books by this author.

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Great story!

I really enjoyed this book that was part of the included catalog. The reading was very slow, but sped up to 1.1 sounded normal. I do enjoyed many aspects of this story, time period, circus, lions, a baby , and very likable heroine and hero. Only well written stories can stand up to being read aloud well and this one did. The only thing I didn’t enjoy, and it was a minor thing, was that it felt like the author milked every emotional moment for all it was worth and then some. It wasn’t a big deal though!

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Fabulous story

My four kids will be dancing in a production recreated from this story. This is such a wonderful story about love, forgiveness, and redemption.

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Good Story

This is a tale of lost innocence, hardship, fortune, love and how wonderful life can be. If you enjoy happy endings then you will love this story

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One of the best love stories I’ve ever read!

Such a beautiful love story. I was captured from the beginning. Get it, you won’t regret it!

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Beautiful story

Going back and forth between narrators was a great idea but I didn’t think the male speaker fit the feel of the story well. However, I’ve listened to this more than twice so certainly it isn’t a deal breaker!

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love and forgiveness in many ways

how doing the right thing is offing the hardest thing to do. dealing with the past to be able to go on.

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Took my breath away

Absolute ly beautiful writing! I loved every minute. I especially loved the metaphor of Charlie as Christ when he paid the price for Holland.