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The Life She Was Given
The Life She Was Given
Author: 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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781617734496
ISBN-10: 1617734497
Publication Date: 7/25/2017
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Kensington
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN is the first book by ELLEN MARIE WISEMAN that I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories of Lilly and Julia, how they were raised and how it affected their lives. I give it 4.5 stars because I felt that the ending was a bit rushed and somewhat vague. But I just found another author to add to my favorites list.
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Along the lines of "Water for Elephants" a look at long hidden family secrets and the dark side of carnival life in the 1930's. Lilly was locked in her family's attic all her life because she wasn't "normal or perfect". Unbeknownst to her father, she is sold to the traveling circus by her mother. The abuse and humiliation and friendship she finds among the carnies is hard to read at times. The focus on animal cruelty, while I'm sure is true, is also difficult. Overall, a good read.
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A book that kept me up late devouring the story. Could be because it was a circus plot, and I love those books. Bit of a mystery, easily seen, but that didn't matter. A well-written, interesting tale with mostly likeable characters. (Obviously, except for the villains.)