The Life She Was Given

The Life She Was Given

Large Print - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
1931. Lilly Blackwood isn't allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor. 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, Julia Blackwood has inherited her parents' estate and horse farm, an unhappy place full of strict rules and forbidden rooms. She discovers a hidden attic room and photos of circus scenes featuring a striking young girl. In learning the truth about Lilly's fate, can Julia find a way to make Blackwood Manor into a place of healing at last?
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, [2017]
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781683245032
Characteristics: 527 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Oct 15, 2018

This was a very good book

Aug 01, 2018

What a great read!! It sucked me in within the first few pages. You will not be disappointed.

skbauer0512 May 11, 2018

This was a great read that really put your emotions on a roller-coaster! It gives you another glimpse of the reality of Circus life back in the 1930's-40's the way "Water for Elephants" did, with the same kind of sometimes shocking cruelty among life with the big does a good job of weaving the past and the future together. I highly recommend it but know you are going to probably share some tears at some point.

Mar 18, 2018

I enjoyed this book. Dual time lines that complimented each other. Great characters, interesting plot development, particularly involving the early circus days. The plot surrounding the circus reminded me a bit of Water for Elephants (an absolutely great book).
Overall, very bleak and sad, but enough light to keep you reading for hope of a happy ending.... I'll have to let you read it to find out for yourself.....

Feb 26, 2018

A family saga and a twisted tale of suspense and horror......alternating chapters which gave
us past and present reveled issues of religious fanaticism, human physical
disabilities, animal treatment and the deepest family secrets .....highly recommend!!!!!!!!

It is frustrating to read a novel that bounces back and forth from one to the other sister and different eras in every chapter. It is an artificial construction and makes for an unsatisfying read. However the story is very interesting and worth the effort to plough through the book.

Feb 13, 2018

A heartbreaking story of a young girl sold to the circus, by her mother who looked at her daughter’s “aberration” as a sin. Life in a circus wasn’t easy, in fact, it could be downright scary, but Lilly discovers that the circus family is family and she found support and love as well as hard work. I was hoping for a fairy-tale ending, but I appreciate an author who writes honestly.

CRRL_MegRaymond Nov 17, 2017

A little girl sees circus lights from the exile of her attic room. That circus becomes her home when she is sold to the sideshow.

ArapahoeTatyana Sep 07, 2017

It's a shocking and heartbreaking story about a girl sold to the circus by her mother and "the life she was given" so to speak. The novel is not only about the "devastating power of family secrets". It's also about cruelty, superstitious beliefs and ignorance of the people who lived in the Depression era.
A good read. Would recommend it to adults and young adults.


Add a Quote

ArapahoeTatyana Sep 07, 2017

"The excitement of the audience felt like electricity running through her body, and instead of the fear of ridicule she felt nothing but adoration from the rubes".


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at DPL

To Top