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The Life She Was Given By Ellen Marie Wiseman The Life She Was Given From acclaimed author Ellen Marie Wiseman comes a vivid daring novel about the devastating power of family secrets beginning in the poignant lurid world of a Depression era traveling circus and comi

  • Title: The Life She Was Given
  • Author: Ellen Marie Wiseman
  • ISBN: 9781617734496
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Life She Was Given By Ellen Marie Wiseman From acclaimed author Ellen Marie Wiseman comes a vivid, daring novel about the devastating power of family secrets beginning in the poignant, lurid world of a Depression era traveling circus and coming full circle in the transformative 1950s On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom Lilly isn t alloweFrom acclaimed author Ellen Marie Wiseman comes a vivid, daring novel about the devastating power of family secrets beginning in the poignant, lurid world of a Depression era traveling circus and coming full circle in the transformative 1950s On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom Lilly isn t allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor She s never even ventured beyond her narrow room Momma insists it s for Lilly s own protection, that people would be afraid if they saw her But on this unforgettable night, Lilly is taken outside for the first time and sold to the circus sideshow More than two decades later, nineteen year old Julia Blackwood has inherited her parents estate and horse farm For Julia, home was an unhappy place full of strict rules and forbidden rooms, and she hopes that returning might erase those painful memories Instead, she becomes immersed in a mystery involving a hidden attic room and photos of circus scenes featuring a striking young girl At first, The Barlow Brothers Circus is just another prison for Lilly But in this rag tag, sometimes brutal world, Lilly discovers strength, friendship, and a rare affinity for animals Soon, thanks to elephants Pepper and JoJo and their handler, Cole, Lilly is no longer a sideshow spectacle but the circus s biggest attraction.until tragedy and cruelty collide It will fall
    The Life She Was Given By Ellen Marie Wiseman

    The Life She Was Given A Moving and Emotional Saga of Ellen Marie Wiseman gathers potent Gothic elements in The Life She was Given to examine the impact of child abuse across generations A sumptuous plot balances horror and tenderness to reveal lesser known facets of historyThe Life She was Given is a vibrant maze of desires. The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN by ELLEN MARIE WISEMAN was a moving, haunting, and heartbreaking tale with an intriguing and engaging storyline that I thoroughly enjoyed I have a fascination for circus themed books and this one kept me entertained and spellbound right to the very end. The Life She Wants A Novel eBook Carr, Robyn The Life She Wants is slightly different from Robyn Carr s normal small town romance stories It s a fabulous story written in that lovely familiar voice that Robyn Carr has perfected Truthfully I can read pages in one go and not even look up when it comes to her writing. The Life She Left Behind An absolutely gripping and The Life She Left Behind is a heartbreaking, emotionally charged story of one family going through something so terribly evil and yet at the same time so heartwarming to see how abuse doesn t define you as a person it can only make you stronger I highly recommend this book A definite stars from me Review of The Life She Was Given Jun , Ellen Marie Wiseman gathers potent Gothic elements in The Life She was Given to examine the impact of child abuse across generations A sumptuous plot balances horror and tenderness to reveal lesser known facets of history In the s, Lilly, a daughter held captive in Blackwood Manor s attic, is sold to the circus. The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr She has a rich, successful husband, life among the glittering ton of New York City and one as far as removed from her hometown in Sonoma County Then it all crashes down on her with the indictment of her husband in a ponzi scheme that had him making millions off of others and Emma is devastated by the lie that was her life.

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    1. Crumb on said:

      If I could give this book a million stars, I would It was THAT good My insides felt like they would rip apart and I wanted to scream and cry And THAT is what makes a GREAT book This book had me emotionally charged, to say the least.It is the 1930 s We meet Lilly She is a young girl kept locked in the attic by her parents for her own good, they believe The reason God forgot to give me color, says the little girl My heart broke at this remark Nowadays being an albino is not a big deal, but back in [...]

    2. Angela M on said:

      I ve said before that I m fascinated by what it is that prompts an author to write a story and I appreciate that Wiseman in an interview at the end of the novel tells us how idea for the story came about e idea started with the image of an old camera hidden inside a mansion Then I imagined a little girl locked in the attic, which probably stemmed from my love of Flowers in the Attic and my fascination with stories about people hiding their less than perfect children in a back bedroom This is har [...]

    3. Norma on said:

      THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN by ELLEN MARIE WISEMAN was a moving, haunting, and heartbreaking tale with an intriguing and engaging storyline that I thoroughly enjoyed I have a fascination for circus themed books and this one kept me entertained and spellbound right to the very end ELLEN MARIE WISEMAN delivers a vivid, descriptive, and well written read here with some uncomfortable and cringe worthy scenes that were difficult to read at times The story is told in alternating perspectives of two very di [...]

    4. Susan Peterson on said:

      The Life She Was Given is a riveting, heart wrenching story, a book unlike anything I ve ever read My heart was racing from the very first page my heart was pulled in a million different directions The Life She Was Given runs the gamut of emotions tender and terrifying, heartbreaking and hopeful Julia and Lilly, two young women, decades apart, who grew up unloved, victimized and mistreated can they overcome their dismal childhoods, and find a path to resilience, strength, love, and happiness Thi [...]

    5. Marialyce on said:

      In this book, life seemed to give nothing but lemons to Lilly Blackworth She was hidden away in an attic for ten years and then sold to a circus by a cruel and heartless mother Lilly is an albino and in the circus she becomes part of the freak show which is run by another heartless soul, Merrick Making friends among the freaks , Lily grows into womanhood seemingly escaping one form of captivity for another She meets and falls in love with the young elephant trainer Cole, and they marry and have [...]

    6. Avid on said:

      This review is based on an advance reading copy I downloaded from NetGalley in May, 2017 Please be advised that the few items quoted below may change in the final published copy, but needed to be included in order for me to leave a meaningful review Since I only read the first half of the book, I m not really sure if anything below can be considered a spoiler, but there are some references below to people and events that occur throughout the first half Read on at the risk of learning that all yo [...]

    7. Brenda on said:

      It was 1931 and Lilly Blackwood had spent her entire short life in the attic bedroom of her parent s house Never allowed outside or even downstairs in case someone saw her she was told by her Momma that she was an abomination But things changed the night her Momma took her across the paddock of their land to the lights and tents of a circus which had arrived only a couple of days previously The sights and sounds, even the smells, were frightening to Lilly the sky big and vast She had no idea out [...]

    8. Dorie on said:

      Circus themed books are a hit or miss for me so I was slightly wary when starting this book It had received some great reviews from my friends and so I thought I d give it a go.The novel is told from two points of view We first meet Lilly, in the early 1930 s who is a little girl living locked in an attic for 10 years with nothing known of the outside world except what she reads in books and the little that she can see out of her window She was told over and over throughout her life that she was [...]

    9. Stacey on said:

      4.5 I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Life She Was Given I felt my heartstrings pulled as I read about the harrowing tale of Lilly being locked in a room and her mother selling her to the circus And then in alternating chapters we re introduced to Julia set a least 20 years apart from Lilly We know that Julia was anxious to escape the strict and cold environment she grew up in and distances herself from her family Then one day at work in a diner she receives unexpected news that turns her life in [...]

    10. Maureen on said:

      I ve read every novel Ellen Marie Wiseman has written, and although they were all wonderful, none touched me quite like The Life She Was Given In the 1930 s, six year old Lilly had no idea why she spent her life locked in the attic In the 1950 s, nineteen year old Julia knew she had to escape her overly religious mother upon the death of her father The story of these two girls is woven together with grief and heartache It has all the beauty of Water for Elephants The Life She Was Given is a fabu [...]

    11. Krystal on said:

      THIS BOOK, OMG Lilly was born an albino in the early 1930s during the depression to a family that was fairly well off during that time, the family owned Blackwood Manor and horse farm Lilly s mother kept her locked up in the attic until Lilly was ten years old before selling her to the Circus where she became a member of the freak show All the time Lilly was locked up in the attic, hidden away from the outside world, her mother told her she was a monster and an abomination Her mother was a relig [...]

    12. Genia Lukin on said:

      Water for Elephants with AlbinosAs Reviewed by an Actual AlbinoIf you google the term albinism Google, very obligingly, opens a brief summary paragraph for you at the very beginning of the search entry listing, taken from The paragraph says, in or less layman s terms Albinism in humans is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes Albinism is associated with a number of vision defects, such as photophobia, nystagmus, and amblyopi [...]

    13. Sherri Thacker on said:

      I wasn t sure how I was going to like this book about a circus But after reading all the reviews on , I decided to get it as soon at came into my library There are a lot of very uncomfortable things that go on like child abuse and animal abuse in the circus A lot of family secrets throughout and the ending SHOCKING I was not expecting the ending at all This book grabbed me from page 1 and kept me totally hooked from beginning to end I did not want to put this book down and I read it in one day T [...]

    14. ♥ Sandi ❣ on said:

      4.5 starsI enjoy the writing of Wiseman She is articulate and carries a story very well She takes the time to lay her characters out and explain their importance Her books are diversified and well researched She is easily becoming one of my favorite authors.This particular book deals with loss, loneliness and acceptance It starts out with a forlorn child being sold into the world of a traveling circus in the early 1930 s Then, by alternate chapters, it moves to the 1950 s and a young girl inheri [...]

    15. Cindy Burnett on said:

      3.5 4 starsThe Life She Was Given is one of the saddest books that I have read in a long while The book is beautifully written, but I had a hard time reading portions of it because the story line is so depressing The Life She Was Given is written in a dual timeline format Lilly s story takes place mainly in the 1930 s, and Julia lives in the 1950 s Having children of my own, I found it so disheartening to read about the parents that raised Lilly and Julia With respect to Lilly, I do not want to [...]

    16. Stephanie Anze on said:

      Lilly Blackwood has never left the attic At ten years old, she is told by her mother that her appearance scares others and thus, its safer for her to stay hidden All that changes one fateful night when Lilly is told to don her best dress and then taken to the circus There her mother meets with a strange man, money is exchanged and Lilly is left behind in the custody of said man Fastforward a few years, Julia Blackwood is moving back to her childhood home Unknown to her, its a home that harbors m [...]

    17. Rhonda Ruff on said:

      Such a heartbreaking story I flew through the pages wanting to find out what happened All I can say is parents from hell Can t imagine what some people do to others.

    18. JT Belangela on said:

      I m finding it nearly impossible to write a review of Ellen Marie Wiseman s The Life She Was Given This remarkable book completely shattered my heart, moved me and kept me glued to the pages I absolutely loved it But this impossible to put down book that I read in two sittings has so many plot twists, I don t want to give any away It s just too good Here s what I ll say The book weaves together the stories of two young women each in an impossible situation Lilly Blackwood in the 30s and Julia B [...]

    19. LaMesha on said:

      THIS BOOK RIGHT HERE This is historical fiction my friends How can a book be heartbreakingly beautiful Yep I totally made that word up If you do not mind your heart being trampled on over over again Read this book If you love well written characters Read this book If you love a good PLOT TWIST Read this book If you have EYES lol Read This Book I loved it Well done Ellen Marie Wiseman Well done

    20. Lynn on said:

      This is an amazing book that just sucked me in from the very beginning It is the story of two girls Lily, aged 9 who has been kept locked in her parents attic since she was born around 1922 with a deformity that her mother determined was an abomination , it wasn t and about 20 years later, Julia, aged 19, a runaway, who has just inherited her parents estate and horse farm, so she returns to the home she hated The story starts with Lily s mother finally leading her out of her attic prison one nig [...]

    21. Judi Anne on said:

      Even though I love Ellen Marie Wiseman s books I was hesitant to read her latest novel I don t like circuses or zoos for that matter because I think it is cruel to keep animals out of their natural habitat I decided to read the book because I loved Water for Elephants I also have a love for of the altruistic behavior of elephants who are so much like humans I ve found if the characters and the stories are well written, then reading something out of my comfort zone can be pleasant and quite enter [...]

    22. Courtney on said:

      I always consider it a windfall of epic proportions when I am able to read an ARC by one of my favorite authors This book was no exception the latest from Ellen Marie Wiseman did not disappoint I have been in love with Ellen s work since her first novel, The Plum Tree, and every time I read her latest book I think and announce that it s my favorite Well, in keeping with that tradition, this is my favorite of Ellen s books But really, it is And here s a few reasons why Story lineThis is a sweepin [...]

    23. Karen on said:

      The story has a dual timeline Lilly Blackwood in the 1930 s and Julia Blackwood over 2 decades later Both characters experience deplorable childhoods largely at the hands of their mother The story premise was interesting, but the writing wasn t stellar I never got a sense of the 50 s in Julia s story There was too much inner dialogue throughout, especially from Julia What was she supposed to do now And what about the horses Were they okay Would Claude show up to take care of them Most of the hor [...]

    24. Kathryn on said:

      Fantastic book I was really looking forward to this one and I finally got a copy of the ARC through the publisher and NetGalley, I was not disappointed at all It was a very engaging story that made me hate to put the book down to do things one must do in life If it had been possible, I would have loved to read this in a couple sittings, but that s not realistic for me unfortunately The characters are well developed and the plot is told in two points of view from Lilly in the 1930s and Julia in t [...]

    25. Debra on said:

      I just finished THESTOK.EVER The Life She Was Given is Ellen Marie Wiseman s fourth novel and in my opinion her bestd that speaks VOLUMES because I have loved each and every one of the other three books she has written Ellen writes with details and descriptions that bring the reader to the time and place of her story and make each and every character so real From the very beginning, my heart was aching for both of the main characters, Lilly the young girl who was hidden in the attic by her paren [...]

    26. Kayleigh on said:

      It s taken me than a week to come up with the words that can accurately describe this book and the way it made me feel, without scaring other readers away because it s definitely MUST READ I was immediately drawn in, needing to know about Lily, and poor hand of life she d been dealt, and how Julia fit into to it all, how did these women connect I could not put this book down and when I had to, I was desperately wishing I could get back to it Very few books take my breath away, and keep me think [...]

    27. Barbara White on said:

      What a beautiful, heart breaking and heart warming story Tissues are a must, but you will fall in love with the two female leads strong, capable women whose actions rise above horrific circumstances over which they have no control I m a huge fan of Ellen Marie Wiseman s books, but this might be my favorite The characters, the historical detail of life in a Depression era traveling circus, the world of elephants, the darkest of family secrets, and ultimately, the redemption all make this a grippi [...]

    28. Karen on said:

      I received this ARC from netgalley in exchange for a review Written in dual timelines, Lilly Blackwood 1930 age 10, is sold to the circus by her mother who says she is damaged and an abomination Current day, Julia Blackwood inherits her family estates after her parents die Along with the estate is a horse farm and many deep, dark secrets that threaten to consume Julia.Wow, good book I ve read a couple of the author s books and have greatly enjoyed them Well written, interesting characters, and s [...]

    29. Jeannie on said:

      While reading this book, I found myself checking to see if it was a young adult book It isn t but it reads like one Minus the many spelling and grammar errors it has, the writing isn t very sophisticated The characters aren t well developed so as a reader, I didn t really feel a connection with anyone in the story The only characters that I could relate to happen to be the animals in the background of the plot I have always despised the circus ever since I saw the Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey [...]

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