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The Life She Was Given

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 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 to Julia to learn the truth about Lilly's fate and her family's shocking betrayal, and find a way to make Blackwood Manor into a place of healing at last. Moving between Julia and Lilly's stories, Ellen Marie Wiseman portrays two extraordinary, very different women in a novel that, while tender and heartbreaking, offers moments of joy and indomitable hope. PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF ELLEN MARIE WISEMAN COAL RIVER "Wiseman offers heartbreaking and historically accurate depictions.The richly developed coal town acts as a separate, complex character; readers will want to look away even as they're drawn

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 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 to Julia to learn the truth about Lilly's fate and her family's shocking betrayal, and find a way to make Blackwood Manor into a place of healing at last. Moving between Julia and Lilly's stories, Ellen Marie Wiseman portrays two extraordinary, very different women in a novel that, while tender and heartbreaking, offers moments of joy and indomitable hope. PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF ELLEN MARIE WISEMAN COAL RIVER "Wiseman offers heartbreaking and historically accurate depictions.The richly developed coal town acts as a separate, complex character; readers will want to look away even as they're drawn
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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 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 to Julia to learn the truth about Lilly's fate and her family's shocking betrayal, and find a way to make Blackwood Manor into a place of healing at last. Moving between Julia and Lilly's stories, Ellen Marie Wiseman portrays two extraordinary, very different women in a novel that, while tender and heartbreaking, offers moments of joy and indomitable hope. PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF ELLEN MARIE WISEMAN COAL RIVER "Wiseman offers heartbreaking and historically accurate depictions.The richly developed coal town acts as a separate, complex character; readers will want to look away even as they're drawn

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lori Gardner

Length:

13h 10m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

32:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

30:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

52:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

44:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

27:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

46:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

33:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

32:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

45:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

37:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

24:14


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

24:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

37:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

14:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

19:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

35:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

24:52


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

00:29