The Life She Was Given
On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom. Lilly isn’t allowe…more
The author describes two young girls who lived at Blackwood Manor at different times.In 1931, Lilly was a young girl locked up in her bedroom in the attic for the difference in her appearance. Lilly winds up being part of the Circus. During these depressive times, there were rules to follow and consequences. Lilly has a way of bonding with animals. It’s almost like she is an “Animal Whisperer”. The crowds can be dangerous, and the managers of the Circus were ruthless. There was much cruelty and no compassion.
Around twenty years later we meet Julia who ran away from her parents at Blackwood Manor. Her parents didn’t provide love and emotional support. Julia is almost homeless, when a man looking for her informs her that she has inherited Blackwood Manor. Both of her parents have died, and have left Julia the mansion, the horse farm, and a tremendous amount of money. Julia finds that she has a special way relating and working with the horses. She discovers that her parents had many secrets.
The author describes some of the characters as mean, evil, and unlikeable Most of the characters are complex and complicated. I like the way the author describes the themes of family and friends, betrayal and secrets, love and hope.