Book Event

Thursday, March 22, 2018

April 17th at 6:30 p.m. – Meet the Author/Evening Book Discussion: The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Ellen Marie Wiseman
Join us on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. as we discuss The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman. From this acclaimed author 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 is never allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor. Yet, 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, and she hopes that returning might erase painful memories. Instead, she becomes immersed in a mystery involving a hidden attic room and photos of circus scenes featuring a striking young girl.

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