The Life She Was Given

The Life She Was Given

Large Print - 2017
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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
1683245032
Characteristics: 527 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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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.

AL_TATYANA 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.

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AL_TATYANA 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".

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