Category Archives: Circus

The Lady and the Lionheart, by Joanne Bischof 

Where to even begin… 

Although I had heard others raving about it, I was not prepared for how deeply The Lady and the Lionheart was going to affect my heart. That’s an understatement. Majorly.

You know the kind of book that leaves lasting marks after you close the cover? The kind that you can’t stop thinking about? The kind that you find yourself pondering into small hours? 

That’s this book by Joanne Bischof. 

It’s about Ella, a nurse with a torn heart and a broken past. She sees herself as small, not whole, unworthy. Though she is kind, she doesn’t know real joy. 

It’s about Charlie. Charlie the lion tamer. Oh my. Charlie is the epitome of a picture of God’s love. Of giving oneself for another. He’s open and often blunt. He’s vulnerable. And compassionate. 

And it’s about an orphaned gypsy baby named Holland who is more enveloped in a fight between good and evil than she likely will ever fully understand. 

Taking place in Virginia in 1890, this is quite possibly one of the most unique and imaginative storylines I’ve ever read. When Ella and Charlie’s worlds collide, quite literally, their lives become intertwined in ways neither of them anticipate. This tender story of sacrifice and redemption is one I can’t recommend highly enough. There is much raw emotion within these pages, but even more, there is an enormous depth, honesty, and a faith that is almost tangible. 

I’ve come to the conclusion that for a book to truly be Joanne Bischof’s it must evoke tears at some point. This is my third by her, and so far this theory holds true.

Because of its deeply rich story, I’m likening this book to dark chocolate cake with thick peanut butter frosting. There is so much going on in my mind with the sweet taste of this beautiful story lingering on. 

Please read this story. Please let it speak to your heart. Let it change you forever.


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The Ringmaster’s Wife, by Kristy Cambron 

There is so much I want to say about this sweet story. I’m honestly not sure where to begin.. but before telling you about this book, I have to say that I personally wish I could have met Mable Ringling. She was truly an unforgettable lady of wisdom and class, and she left her mark everywhere she went.

The Ringmaster’s Wife is Mable Ringling’s story, well-researched and beautifully written. We meet Mable as a little girl with big dreams of tinkling pianos, far-off places, and (much like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz) finding her heart’s desire. As readers, we witness her kindness and genuineness to everyone she encounters.

Set in the Jazz Age, this book also gives us an insider’s view of the life of circus performer Rosamund and circus manager Colin. Through their eyes, we get to experience the spotlights and applause, the intimidation and drama, the weight of decisions and the hardships that come with constantly being on the road. Because their paths cross with Mable’s, Rosamund and Colin both find that life is forever changed in ways they could never have dreamt…

In their own ways, Mable, Rosamund, and Colin each must discover what it means to really live, to have the courage to take a leap of faith for a dream, and to be who they are beneath all facades.

If you’ve ever longed to chase what you felt like might be a crazy, worthless dream, you need to read this book. If you’ve ever been fascinated by the circus, you need to read this book. If you love historical fiction, you need to read this book. Basically.. no matter who you are and what your situation is, I can come up with reasons you need to read this book!

I’d describe this book as a freshly picked apple. It’s sweet, with maybe a little bit of tartness mixed in, crisp, fresh and unique, and just right.

Kristy Cambron is an imaginative writer who doesn’t shy away from the ugly. Rather, she excels in telling stories of courage, and love, and good triumphing over evil — the beautiful defeating the ugliness that so often comes in life.