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#BookReview: My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley by Andrea Boeshaar

17 Sep

My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley is a lovely tale! Boeshaar brings this unique destination to life, along with the characters who reside there, and I delighted in the vivid descriptions and historical details found in their story. Lillyanna Laughlin finds herself in quite a predicament, facing the possibility of a forced marriage. When McAlister Albright arrives unexpectedly on Lily’s land, a friendship soon begins and a new path unfolds. Brimming with heartfelt emotion, I thoroughly enjoyed Lily and Mac’s journey!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.


About the book:

Captain McAlister “Mac” Albright has purchased land in the Shenandoah Valley. However, the land belongs to Lillyanna Laughlin—or so she erroneously thinks. Mac sets her straight about current laws, and despite a poor start, the two are becoming friends.

Then, while Mac is away on business, Lily is faced with the impossible decision of marrying a man twice her age or she and her brothers becoming homeless, as her late father gambled away their home and acreage. But with debts being called in, will Lily be forced to choose a loveless marriage just when she is discovering what true love could be? What can she possibly do? Will Mac return in time to spare Lily a lifetime of unhappiness?

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#BookReview: The Lady and the Lionheart | Big Top #Giveaway

14 Sep


The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

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Two worlds collide when the circus comes to Victorian-era Virginia.

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. A trade so costly, 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. 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.


My thoughts:

The Lady and the Lionheart is a story to be savored! Joanne Bischof is a magnificent storyteller, and her words never fail to leave an indelible mark on my heart. Such is the case with this tender and touching tale; each and every word engages the senses and stirs the emotions. I loved slipping behind the curtain and experiencing the sights and sounds of the Big Top world. Completely smitten by Charlie and Ella, my heart ached for these special characters and their extraordinary journey. Beautifully poignant, The Lady and the Lionheart is not to be missed!




To celebrate the release of The Lady and the Lionheart, Joanne is giving away a box of Big Top goodies, perfect for a storybook day at the circus!  Click here to fill out the entry form.  Drawing is open through September 22, 2016.



I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.  All thoughts expressed are my own.