By Ellen Marie Wiseman

From acclaimed writer Ellen Marie Wiseman comes a bright, bold novel in regards to the devastating strength of relations secrets—beginning within the poignant, lurid global of a Depression-era touring circus and coming complete circle within the transformative 1950s.

On a summer season night in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lighting from the dirty window of her attic bed room. Lilly isn’t allowed to discover the meadows round Blackwood Manor. She’s by no means even ventured past her slim room. Momma insists it’s for Lilly’s personal defense, that individuals will be afraid in the event that they observed her. yet in this unforgettable evening, Lilly is taken open air for the 1st time—and offered to the circus sideshow.

More than twenty years later, nineteen-year-old Julia Blackwood has inherited her mom and dad’ property and horse farm. For Julia, domestic was once an unsatisfied position jam-packed with strict principles and forbidden rooms, and he or she hopes that returning may erase these painful stories. as an alternative, she turns into immersed in a secret related to a hidden attic room and images of circus scenes that includes a extraordinary younger girl.

At first, The Barlow Brothers’ Circus is simply one other felony for Lilly. yet during this rag-tag, occasionally brutal global, Lilly discovers power, friendship, and a unprecedented affinity for animals. quickly, due to elephants Pepper and JoJo and their handler, Cole, Lilly is not any longer a sideshow spectacle however the circus’s greatest charm. . .until tragedy and cruelty collide. it is going to fall to Julia to benefit the reality approximately Lilly’s destiny and her family’s surprising betrayal, and give you the option to make Blackwood Manor right into a position of therapeutic at last.

Moving among Julia and Lilly’s tales, Ellen Marie Wiseman portrays notable, very diversified ladies in a unique that, whereas soft and heartbreaking, deals moments of pleasure and indomitable hope.



“Wiseman deals heartbreaking and traditionally exact depictions. . .The richly built coal city acts as a separate, advanced personality; readers probably want to glance away at the same time they're drawn right into a robust quest for goal and redemption. . .a strong story.” —Publishers Weekly

“This ebook will allure readers of historic fiction and people searching for robust lady characters.” —VOYA Magazine

“Heartrending and strongly drawn.” —Booklist

“Ellen Marie Wiseman takes readers deep into the politics and hidden atrocities of a 20th-century Pennsylvania mining town.” —


“A nice coming-of-age story.” —School Library Journal

“A nice read!” —The San Francisco ebook Review


“The meticulous handmade aspect and emotional depth of The Plum Tree immersed me in Germany in the course of its darkest hours and the ordeals its voters needed to face. A must-read for WWII Fiction aficionados—and any reader who loves a transporting story.” —Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling writer of Those Who shop Us

“Ellen Marie Wiseman weaves a narrative of intrigue, terror, and love from a viewpoint hardly ever obvious in Holocaust novels.” —Jewish booklet World

“Ellen Marie Wiseman’s provocative and real looking photos of a small German village are beautiful. The Plum Tree will locate reliable corporation at the cabinets of these who liked Skeletons on the Feast, via Chris Bohjalian, Sarah’s Key, by means of Tatiana de Rosnay, and Night, via Elie Wiesel.” —New York magazine of Books

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