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The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wise­man “With a ho-hum week­end on the hori­zon, I was look­ing for an ex­cit­ing book to dive into,” says Melissa Sor­rells, FIRST se­nior ed­i­tor. “And this whim­si­cal novel was packed with so many un­ex­pected twists, I barely looked up from the pages!” In 1931, Lilly Black­wood’s cruel par­ents sell her to the cir­cus. Then in 1956, a woman named Ju­lia in­her­its the fam­ily manor where Lilly grew up. In al­ter­nat­ing chap­ters, the lives of both women un­fold as they strug­gle to come into their own and carve out their place in the world. “I lit­er­ally couldn’t put this book down,” shares Melissa. “As de­tails of Lilly and Ju­lia’s lives were re­vealed, I was both shocked by the sur­pris­ing turns in the plot, heart­bro­ken by the tragedy that un­folds and heart­ened that hope can truly carry us through any­thing.” (Kens­ing­ton, 2017; Paper­back $15, Kin­dle $10, Nook $10)

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