Regular price: $24.47
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for $24.47
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.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Patiotoole on 06-02-18
This is definitely a keeper - one of the best books I've read. So unique in every way. I loved Charlie and I empathized with Ella, especially when I thought of the time period of the story and her personal history. There's so much beauty here even amidst the heartache...and it was intriguing to think of a life so different from mine and from anything Ella had ever experienced.
And, ultimately, as I read the Author's Note at the end, I cried as I read the one line: "The story of a man who, through pain, bore darkness so that others could have life." This continues to resonate with me today.
Read this and be blessed.
Another Note: The audiobook narration on this was beautiful and perfectly done by Gail Shalan and Joel Clarkson.