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Title:What She Left Behind
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Publisher:Kensington
ISBN:0758278454
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Number of Pages:336
Category:Historical fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Historical, Mental illness

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC What She Left Behind In this stunning new novel the acclaimed author of THE PLUM TREE merges the past and present into a haunting story about the nature of love and loyalty and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most .

Ten years ago Izzy Stone s mother fatally shot her father while he slept Devastated by her mother s apparent insanity Izzy now seventeen refuses to visit her in prison But her new foster parents employees at a local museum have enlisted Izzy s help in cataloging items at a long shuttered state asylum There amid piles of abandoned belongings Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters a decades old journal and a window into her own past .

Clara Cartwright eighteen years old in is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage Clara s father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash he can no longer afford her care and Clara is committed to the public asylum .

Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning Clara s story keeps drawing her into the past If Clara was never really mentally ill could something else explain her own mother s violent act Piecing together Clara s fate compels Izzy to re examine her own choices with shocking and unexpected results .

Illuminating and provocative WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND is a masterful novel about the yearning to belong and the mysteries that can belie even the most ordinary life

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In this stunning new novel the acclaimed author of THE PLUM TREE merges the past and present into a haunting story about the nature of love and loyalty and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most br br Ten years ago Izzy Stone s mother fatally shot her father while he slept Devastated by her mother s apparent insanity Izzy now seventeen refuses to visit her in prison But her new foster parents employees at a local museum have enlisted Izzy s help in cataloging items at a long shuttered state asylum There amid piles of abandoned belongings Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters a decades old journal and a window into her own past br br Clara Cartwright eighteen years old in is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage Clara s father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash he can no longer afford her care and Clara is committed to the public asylum br br Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning Clara s story keeps drawing her into the past If Clara was never really mentally ill could something else explain her own mother s violent act Piecing together Clara s fate compels Izzy to re examine her own choices with shocking and unexpected results br br Illuminating and provocative WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND is a masterful novel about the yearning to belong and the mysteries that can belie even the most ordinary life, A deeply moving and masterfully written story of human resilience and enduring love The Plum Tree follows a young German woman through the chaos of World War II and its aftermath br br Bloom where you re planted is the advice Christine Bolz receives from her beloved Oma But seventeen year old domestic Christine knows there is a whole world waiting beyond her small German village It s a world she s begun to glimpse through music books and through Isaac Bauerman the cultured son of the wealthy Jewish family she works for br br Yet the future she and Isaac dream of sharing faces greater challenges than their difference in stations In the fall of Germany is changing rapidly under Hitler s regime Anti Jewish posters are everywhere dissenting talk is silenced and a new law forbids Christine from returning to her job and from having any relationship with Isaac In the months and years that follow Christine will confront the Gestapo s wrath and the horrors of Dachau desperate to be with the man she loves to survive and finally to speak out br br Set against the backdrop of the German home front this is an unforgettable novel of courage and resolve of the inhumanity of war and the heartbreak and hope left in its wake, In this vibrant new historical novel the acclaimed author of i The Plum i Tree and i What She Left Behind i explores one young woman s determination to put an end to child labor in a Pennsylvania mining town br br As a child Emma Malloy left isolated Coal River Pennsylvania vowing never to return Now orphaned and penniless at nineteen she accepts a train ticket from her aunt and uncle and travels back to the rough hewn community Treated like a servant by her relatives Emma works for free in the company store There miners and their impoverished families must pay inflated prices for food clothing and tools while those who owe money are turned away to starve br br Most heartrending of all are the breaker boys Emma sees around the village young children who toil all day sorting coal amid treacherous machinery Their soot stained faces remind Emma of the little brother she lost long ago and she begins leaving stolen food on families doorsteps and marking the miners bills as paid br br Though Emma s actions draw ire from the mine owner and police captain they lead to an alliance with a charismatic miner who offers to help her expose the truth And as the lines blur between what is legal and what is just Emma must risk everything to follow her conscience br br An emotional compelling novel that rings with authenticity i Coal River i is a deft and honest portrait of resilience in the face of hardship and of the simple acts of courage that can change everything, i From acclaimed author Ellen Marie Wiseman 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 s i br br On a summer evening in Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom Lilly isn t allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor She s never even ventured beyond her narrow room 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 br br 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 full of strict rules and forbidden rooms and she hopes that returning might erase those painful memories Instead she becomes immersed in a mystery involving a hidden attic room and photos of circus scenes featuring a striking young girl br br At first The Barlow Brothers Circus is just another prison for Lilly But in this rag tag sometimes brutal world Lilly discovers strength friendship and a rare affinity for animals Soon thanks to elephants Pepper and JoJo and their handler Cole Lilly is no longer a sideshow spectacle but the circus s biggest attraction until tragedy and cruelty collide It will fall to Julia to learn the truth about Lilly s fate and her family s shocking betrayal and find a way to make Blackwood Manor into a place of healing at last br br Moving between Julia and Lilly s stories Ellen Marie Wiseman portrays two extraordinary very different women in a novel that while tender and heartbreaking offers moments of joy and indomitable hope