So even though I'm supposed to read this book for the month of September, for a book club, I'm in, I couldn't resist finishing it in one sitting AND sharing my thoughts. So here goes!
First, let's talk about the 'lady', Ella Beckley. Ella wants to be a nurse, to heal those in need. Little ones have a special place in her heart. If it weren't for Ella's nurturing spirit this book would have stopped before it began and we would have all lost out because of it. Ella decides to offer care to 'the Lionheart's' niece when no one else wants to.
And oh man, does Charlie Lionheart, have the heart of a lion. Strong, steady, and ferociously loyal to those he calls family. Both Ella and Charlie have scars that run deep. Some visible, some not. It's those scars that intertwine their stories, spark romance, and forge a relationship between two unlikely people who need each other very much.
This book had me breaking out tissues, closing the book for brief moments (because really I did finish it one day) to reflect on the beauty of the story. The writing, the moments that we all long for in life. . . those are in this story, wrapped up in Ms. Bischof's writing style. It's magical, the story and the characters. It transports you to a time you can see so vividly you almost reach out to touch it. This story touches you deep in your heart.
If you haven't read it, please do, you won't be sorry.
You can connect with Ms. Bischof via her Website, Facebook, and/or Goodreads. Also, go buy The Lady and the Lionheart at Amazon and/or Barnes&Noble.
*I give this 5 out of 5 stars!