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    Dark & Disturbing stor y of two women

    When I first started reading I wondered if I would enjoy the book. The story was being “told” of Lilly, her life in the attic, her thoughts as she looked forward to her tenth birthday. When her mother swept in, took her to the circus and sold her it was heartbreaking and from that point on her life, though in some ways better, wasn’t filled with happiness and light. From that introduction to Lilly I was then introduced to Julia. Again, I had trouble relating to her and her situation but picked up that both Lilly and Julia were raised by and called the same woman mother. And, Mother did not treat either of her daughters well. In fact, she was abusive and a horrible person with a husband that was rather weak and unlikable, too. Lilly’s story begins in 1931 and unfolds in chapters that alternate with those of Julia’s that begins in 1956. The two women’s life stories eventually interconnect with a twist that I am not sure I was expecting. And, I felt sad for both of them in more ways than one. Some of the words that came to mind while reading include: * Thought provoking * Informative * Sad * Dark * Twisted * Unsettling * Disturbing Did I like the story in the end? Yes Would I recommend it? Yes – BUT I will caution you that this is not a romance though there is a bit of romance AND the life in the circus is not a happy story for the animals or the people. SO, if you are interested in a book that may make you think and wonder and be grateful you are who you are as you explore the lives of two women you will be glad you are not then…definitely pick up this riveting read and settle in for a while because the book is definitely worth reading. 4-5 Stars
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    Great book

    I have to sat that Ellen Marie Wiseman has outdone herself this time!!! I couldn't sto reading until I finished. And shame on you for making me cry, thought my heart was breaking! Thank you for this awesome book.
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    Was a good read, but felt that the ending was very rushed, like the author ran out of story and just wanted the novel finished. Left a lot of unanswered questions and the the reader is left hanging.

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