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What She Left Behind
What She Left Behind | Ellen Marie Wiseman
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 the 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 1929, 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. Praise For Ellen Marie Wiseman's The Plum Tree "Ellen Marie Wiseman's provocative and realistic images of a small German village are exquisite. The Plum Tree will find good company on the shelves of those who appreciated Skeletons at the Feast, by Chris Bohjalian, Sarah's Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay, and Night, by Elie Wiesel." --NY Journal of Books "The meticulous hand-crafted detail and emotional intensity of The Plum Tree immersed me in Germany during its darkest hours and the ordeals its citizens had to face. A must-read for WWII Fiction aficionados--and any reader who loves a transporting story." --Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us "Wiseman eschews the genre's usual military conflicts of daily life during wartime, lending an intimate and compelling poignancy to this intriguing debut." --Publishers Weekly "Ellen Marie Wiseman weaves a story of intrigue, terror, and love from a perspective not often seen in Holocaust novels." --Jewish Book World "A haunting and beautiful debut novel." --Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August
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tdrosebud
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#7days7covers #covercrush #day4

@quietjenn would you like to play? 7 days, 7 covers, no explanations. Tag a new friend each day.

@Lynnsoprano @vonnie862

quietjenn Sure, I‘ll give it some thought and jump in soon! 2mo
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Allthingsbooks
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Excellent sorry....from start to finish.

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Crazeedi
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I got halfway through this very sad story. I guess I just can't read about the horrors of insane asylums of the early 1900s. And I couldn't deal with a perfectly same woman being incarcerated by her father. I had to stop. It was just bothering me way too much

TheEllieMo Aww, sorry you had to bail on this. I have to admit, the premise sounds interesting, I‘m tempted to give it a go. 4mo
Crazeedi @TheEllieMo it was just breaking my heart, maybe I have too much in my heart right now to add this. It hurts to read. I may try to finish at some point 4mo
TheEllieMo It‘s not good to read books that cause you hurt, you did right to set it aside 4mo
Crazeedi @TheEllieMo that's how I think too, let me know what you think when you read 4mo
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tdrosebud
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love The Help 💛💛💛 7mo
tdrosebud @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Help is such a great book. 7mo
vkois88 Beautiful! 7mo
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Meglet
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I actually stayed up late and finished this one - I was able to finish it in 2 days, which is rare for me. So it was a good balance of easy to read, fast-moving, and interesting enough to keep me engaged. I did think many of the schoolmates were one-dimensional and too conveniently used as plot devices instead of being interesting characters in their own right. Worth a read though, if the summary sounds interesting to you at all.

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LiteraryinLititz
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Finally finished the September #lmpbc selection and will mail it to @Mem_ugh tomorrow. I think that the author is a gifted descriptive writer. The book focuses on a woman living in an insane asylum in the 1930s and then a teenager researching it in the 1990s. It highlights parent-child relationships and madness vs sanity. Parts of it were pretty brutal to read, as you might expect. 💔 Between a Pick and So-So for me.

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LiteraryinLititz
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I‘ve been spending the week with my family as my dad had some major surgery. I brought lots of books with me including this one (my #lmpbc book that is overdue to my next group member), but I haven‘t had much attention for reading. My dad seems to be getting stronger every day, so I hope to keep going on this book this afternoon. It has my interest so far! @ErinSueG @Mem_ugh @kstadt929

AlaMich Glad to hear his recovery is going well! 😊 13mo
Mem_ugh Glad to hear that he‘s doing well! Don‘t worry about it being overdue, I‘m a quick reader and spending the time with your family is much more important! 13mo
mcipher Glad your dad is doing well! Major surgery is rough. We are hoping to take my son home tomorrow after his surgery on Monday! 13mo
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kstadt929 Glad your dad is doing better! Hopefully you can get lost in this book for a while to get your mind off things ❤️ 13mo
mabell Good to hear your dad is doing well after surgery! 13mo
Velvetfur Good for Dad getting stronger! 💜 13mo
RenePenn I have this one on hold. 13mo
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kstadt929
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I don‘t want to say too much because the rest of my #LMPBC group will be getting this after me, but this book gave me all the feels. I was completely invested in the story and finding out about Clara and Izzy‘s lives. This was very different from other books I have read recently, I loved the view points switching off and if you are reading this you should read this book! It will be on its way to you tomorrow @LiteraryinLititz Great pick @ErinSueG

kstadt929 I ran out of characters but @Mem_ugh is in our #LMPBC group too 😁 1y
ErinSueMreads I was the same way by the end! Definitely a good read! 1y
ErinSueMreads Essie is coming your way Wednesday too! 1y
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LiteraryinLititz I‘m excited to read it! (edited) 1y
LiteraryinLititz In spite of all the rain, the book just arrived nice and dry! @kstadt929 @ErinSueG @Mem_ugh 1y
kstadt929 So glad to hear it @LiteraryinLititz !! I hope you enjoy it !! And hope your rain stops soon ☀️ 1y
LiteraryinLititz I‘m starting the book tonight! @ErinSueG and @kstadt929 , which of you used the blue and which one used the pink? I was trying to compare the handwriting to your notes at the beginning, and then I was like, just ask them. 😋 1y
ErinSueMreads Nice! I used pink! @LiteraryinLititz @kstadt929 Essie is going out this weekend. Late as usual. I‘m the worst book group partner ever but it‘s a good quick book with big font 🤣🤣 when do you get married??? 1y
kstadt929 @ErinSueG It‘s okay!! I haven‘t had much time to read lately because it is the final countdown and I feel like I‘m running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to finish last minute wedding stuff!!! I get married September 29!! 😁❤️ 1y
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kstadt929
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Finally getting to start my #LPMBC book along with my delicious strawberry açaí refresher ? @ErinSueG @LiteraryinLititz @Mem_ugh I‘ve been so busy the last few weeks with my bachelorette party, bridal shower and other wedding prep I haven‘t had much time to read, but I‘m going to see how much I can relax/read this weekend!! ?

LiteraryinLititz Enjoy! It‘s exciting that the big day is so close. How are you feeling? 1y
kstadt929 @LiteraryinLititz So very excited!!! It‘s crazy it is getting so close now - we‘ve been engaged since April 2017 so it seemed far away for so long. But it is also stressful with last minute details, trying to organize rsvps, finishing up decorations and favors. Love all the crafty projects I‘m working on for it 😊 Hard to believe our wedding day is almost here !!!!! 29 more days is crazy to me 1y
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kstadt929
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Your #LPMBC book arrived today @ErinSueG !! I love the adorable bookmark 😍🌵 I probably won‘t get to start it until next week because I‘m leaving tomorrow for my bachelorette party weekend, but I wanted to let you know it arrived!! Looking forward to this one!! @LiteraryinLititz @Mem_ugh

ErinSueMreads No wonder you are so booked up! Sorry it took so long! I‘m already halfway through the book of Essie so that one will for sure be on time! 1y
kstadt929 @ErinSueG Yeah! And next week Saturday is my bridal shower...in another town. Plus we have stuff on some of the weeknights. I‘ll try my best to fly through this one though and get it on its way 😊 1y
ErinSueMreads It‘s such a quick read. Once I got through the first forty pages I read the rest in three days 1y
LiteraryinLititz Have a great weekend, @kstadt929 !! 1y
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ErinSueMreads
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Setting aside Guernsey and Hearts in Atlantis for a minute to start on my #LMPBC book! What day are we swapping books @Mem_ugh @kstadt929 and @LiteraryinLititz ?

kstadt929 Yay! (Also I love that you are using pink because I was really excited to use my fancy blue pen!) I think we are supposed to read our own book in July and send it on to the first at the end of July?? I could be wrong because this is the first time I‘ve done this 😁 1y
ErinSueMreads My first time too! I‘m trying to get a head start because I‘m doing #nanowrimo! But that sounds right.... 1y
LiteraryinLititz @kstadt929 That‘s what I thought too! I haven‘t started mine yet but I‘m excited to. I have a go-to purple pen! 1y
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kstadt929 @LiteraryinLititz Do you always send to the same person when you mail the books?? I‘m guessing she emails out a list with addresses for us?? 1y
WhiskeyMistress @ErinSueG you will have to let me know how it is! 1y
LiteraryinLititz @ErinSueG Good luck with Nanowrimo! I‘ve never done it before but I have so much respect for people who do. 💜 1y
ErinSueMreads @kstadt929 traditionally it is a challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The idea is that you complete a novel (roughly the length of the great gatsby) 1y
ErinSueMreads @LiteraryinLititz thanks!! It‘s so tough but super rewarding! 1y
ErinSueMreads @WhiskeyMistress will do! It is so hard for me to write in books so this is going to be a challenge for aure 1y
kstadt929 @ErinSueG Awesome! Good luck! That would be a challenge for me for sure 😁 1y
Crazeedi This was a good book 1y
ErinSueMreads @Crazeedi good to hear! I‘m enjoying it so far 1y
LiteraryinLititz @kstadt929 @ErinSueG @Mem_ugh On June 13th I got an email from Suellen with all of our addresses. Did you guys get that too? Once we decide an order, we will always send the books in that order. Do we want to do it geographically? Or we could do it in the order that she sent, which is Katie to Zulema to me to Erin and back to Katie. 1y
ErinSueMreads I don‘t have a preference on mailing order. Is everyone in the US? I didn‘t agent the address email @LiteraryinLititz 1y
kstadt929 Oh!! I did get the email, but didn‘t see the addresses in a link at the bottom...We are all in the US @ErinSueG Do you want me to forward the email to you?? Geographical could be fun! It looks like we have WI, PA, CO, and OR! But I‘m up for whatever 😁 1y
Mem_ugh Yay!! I haven‘t started my book yet, way to get a jump on things!! I got a nice green pen for all my markings up!! I‘m fine with whatever order we chose for sending, I‘m just excited to see all the opinions and notes! @kstadt929 @ErinSueG @LiteraryinLititz 1y
kstadt929 What if we do OR➡️CO➡️WI➡️PA ? (Zulema➡️Erin➡️Me➡️Allison) @Mem_ugh @ErinSueG @LiteraryinLititz 1y
LiteraryinLititz @kstadt929 @Mem_ugh @ErinSueG I‘m good with that order! So I‘ll always send my books to Zulema. 1y
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Pelican71
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Fascinating story told from the perspective of Clara in the 30‘s and Izzy in the present. I couldn‘t imagine enduring what Clara went through, being committed. Interesting how people were treated in regards to mental health.

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bookkeeper26
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This book was excellent page turning and heart-felt pounding left me wanting more all the way to the end and a big twist awesome!

Cincinnatus Good story, however it was hard for me to overcome the gory details. What do you think about writing itself? 2y
bookkeeper26 @Cincinnatus I actually liked how author wrote both that story and also the life she was given, it made me feel like I knew the characters and I couldn't wait to find out more lol..but yes very graphic.. 2y
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mowayv6899
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Another beautiful novel

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Well, this is why you don‘t judge a book until you‘re done. It started out good-not great-with 2 parallel storylines. Many times the main characters made decisions which caused me to yell (in my head), “Don‘t do that!! Make a different decision!!” But then, between plot twists and the historical authenticity about asylums, I was hooked. And at the end, a satisfying conclusion! Full disclosure: it is pretty dark and depressing.

TommieMarie74 You had me at asylums! Lol 2y
MiyakoBunny I loved this book it was so horribly tragic 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Well I didn‘t finished this one last night-but I did watch the last 2 episodes of Victoria! It‘s so good!! Hoping to get a few minutes before the #neveradullmoment school day to read a few pages. #4moredays😊😊

Cinfhen I‘m still fixated on that venti 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @Cinfhen That‘s coffee #1 of 2 😂😂 #4schooldaysleft #survivalmode 2y
NoahReadsBooks ☕️ 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Hoping to finish both of these tonight. . . I might be a little too ambitious but I‘m going to be happy trying!! #currentlyreading

goodbyefrancie I have What She Left Behind on my TBR. Is it good? 2y
ElishaLovesBooks It started out good and got even better! @goodbyefrancie (edited) 2y
RiotMom @goodbyefrancie I liked it a lot! I think I read it in a day and a half. 2y
AngelErin Have fun trying! Good luck 😀 2y
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Callemarie
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This book made me soooo angry because I would not be the least shocked if this is how people were treated who were involuntarily committed to psychiatric institutes. I have a hard time reading books when the characters are unlike able. But what that being said this was still a really good book. Heartbreaking at times but so good.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Finished the errands and already have dinner started! No recipe hearty vegetable soup 🍅🥒🍠🥔🥕#husbandwhocooks #icutuptheveggies

I want to read. . . but I should go for a run. . . and get some work done. . . #decisions

laurenbescoby I love making soups without a recipe. Just chucking what I fancy in and seeing how it turns out. Made some of my best soups that way! 2y
robinb Yum! 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker Looks delicious! 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks @miralunasbooknook I agree! So easy and hopefully tasty! 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Thanks @robinb and @That-Bookish-Hiker I hope it is!🤞 2y
SilversReviews That soup looks yummy. 2y
APLitlife Absolutely loved this book! 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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I was hoping to be farther along in this book but today had other plans. #fivekids #someonealwaysneedstobedrivensomewhere 🚙🚙

It‘s interesting so far but not as engrossing as I thought it would be.

SilversReviews Love the cover...I hope the book gets better. 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Hoping to start this today! I had to bring a different book than My Favorite Thing Is Monsters because that book is too big and heavy to carry around- even I have to draw the line somewhere!!😆
I‘ve heard good things about this book! I‘m trying to make my way through my library stack. 📚📚#canonlyrenewsomanytimes

bookishunicorn I've never heard of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, but it sounds like my kind of book! Gonna have to check that one out. 2y
Bourriquet76 This one was good! (Since we keep picking the same books, I thought you'd want to know. 😂) 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @bookishunicorn it‘s a very adult graphic novel. It‘s pretty dark and twisted. 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks @Bourriquet76 Yay! I‘m one page in so far. . . 😆😂 2y
bookishunicorn @ElishaLovesBooks Yep.....sounds like my kinda book 😋 2y
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Bourriquet76
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Family reading time--the girl has The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the boy has Swindle, and I'm on my Kindle with this one.

Beckys_Books The family that reads together... 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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After my target run, I stopped at the library to pick up the tagged book that I had on hold. I have #noselfcontrol and of course had to bring the other two books home! A Column of Fire is due Friday- 300+pages left! I always love a good challenge!

Thanks @Cinfhen for posting about The Devil and Webster! It looks good!

Cinfhen I‘m liking it, it‘s pretty snarky but it‘s a slow going read...I‘m curious to hear your thoughts when you get to it, keep me posted 2y
Cinfhen WindFall was fun☺️ 2y
Reviewsbylola The Windfall is hilarious! 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks @Reviewsbylola hilarious is good!😊☺️ 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @Cinfhen I‘m having a hard time managing my TBR😂😂 If only I didn‘t have a life!!! Hopefully, I can get a lot of reading done in the next few days!🦃🙌 2y
Bourriquet76 I just got What She Left Behind from my library for my kindle. It's been on my to-read list for a bit. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @Bourriquet76 it looks good!😊 2y
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PurpleyPumpkin
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While this audiobook is a pick for me, I'm having a hard time explaining why. I liked the author's use of concurrent narratives. But I found myself, often at first, annoyed with Izzy, whose story was told in the present day. I wanted to hear more from Clara and her life in 1929. Later, I found Clara's storyline taking a very disturbing turn of events, and I was glad to return to Izzy's world. 🤔Both stories were sad but compelling. 3/5⭐️

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I really liked this one. Def worth this price!!

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Mrsmjones
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Love all the feels this book gives

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
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Born.A.Reader
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Not nearly as many as the last couple months but this month has been rough. Hopefully I'll make up for it next month. I am halfway through my Goodreads Challenge, however, and I have only 9 left to go on #LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia. Now to create my April TBR list!
#bestofmarch #marchintoreading

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Born.A.Reader
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I've fallen into a happy niche of books that weave past history with present day and have loved every one of them so far. This one is no exception. The present day MC volunteers for a museum, doing research on past patients at an asylum, by reviewing luggage and records left in the crumbling building. This while sorting through her own life history and troubles. 🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2

TNbookworm I'm reading this right now! Really liking it so far. 3y
Born.A.Reader @TNbookworm I started it at the beginning of my 10 hour shift and finished it before it ended -I couldn't put it down! 3y
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Born.A.Reader
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I don't have a snow picture to share, but as it was in the 20s this morning here (in the middle of March in Florida -which is ridiculous), my scarf and heavy pea coat came in very handy. Since I can't be at home, snuggled under a blanket, reading, I'll make the most of being at work. And try to stay warm. Brrr. ❄❄⛄📖

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Judybskt
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Loved this!!

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Judybskt
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So far so good.

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Cristinemack
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Engaging story about 2 very complex families.

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thereadingowlvina
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A poignant novel of hope, love, and freedom. Story was told from a duel timeline (1920s-1940s and 1995). Love the two main characters, Izzy and Clara. Thoroughly enjoys the writing, and I think how the author weaved the stories of these two women together (eventhough from different eras), was brilliant and flawless. Overall, it's a well written novel and I highly recommend it!
#poignantnovel #asylum

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thereadingowlvina
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Just started reading this book. It's engaging. Can't wait to find out what happens next!
#historicalfiction

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Mcoun
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Although the book was overwhelmingly sad, it did have a happy ending! I really liked the character of Clara and was feeling miserable right alongside her.

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Wojie
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I can't stop listening to this!! #audible

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clconn17
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What a good book! It was a quick and easy read. Sad but happy at the same time.
It switches POV every chapter between a young girl living with foster parents and a girl from the 1920's who is put into an insane asylum by her parents. It kept me interested the entire time.

Yournewfriendsams I really liked this one too! 3y
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Yournewfriendsams
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Two young girls, one in present day - one in the past, tell their stories of love lost and family tragedy through their experiences with an insane asylum. It gave me anxiety throughout, my maternal instincts were enraged and while I was busy not loving it- I was also recommending What She Left Behind. Be in the right head space when you start this one; it's not a feel good story.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's a great review! 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I agree. Great review that conveys a lot. I have this one somewhere. Need to go look for it. 3y
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Yournewfriendsams
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Just started and already so into it! The whole asylum theme is intriguing and creepy. The first book that got me interested in mental hospitals was, It's Kind Of A Funny Story. Anyone know of similar reads?

Hreynolds If you're into nonfiction check out Gracefully Insane about the McLean asylum in MA. Interesting story of an upscale mental hospital where the likes of James Taylor and Sylvia Plath received treatment. 3y
Yournewfriendsams Oo sounds intriguing. Thanks, @Hreynolds !!! 3y
Julsmarshall This one was really intriguing, fascinating and something I didn't know much about. Highly recommend! 3y
Library-Belle Omg I love books on asylums!!!! 3y
Alfoster Yes, this was fascinating! Enjoy!! 3y
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MaeMaeLu
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2 hours of reading down in my #24in48

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MelissaS
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Such a good read! Interesting characters, conflict, resolution. @Kedavis53, I even liked the tidy ending!

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MaeMaeLu
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Spending time reading today

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MelissaS
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Got this from the library yesterday and it looks like it's been well-read! Thanks, @Kedavis53

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Kedavis53
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I needed a "can't put it down" book. This was it totally engrossing, fleshed out characters, great weaving of the stories. Only issue was a little too neatly tied up, but since it had to end, might as well tie it up in a bow.

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MirandaJean
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This was the best book I've read in a long time! A young woman overcomes the struggles she's faced, while bonding with her foster mother and learning some deeply buried secrets about a shut-down insane asylum in their town. Captivating, powerful, and inspiring!

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Simone
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Loved the book, couldn't put it down!

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Bornwithabookinmyhand
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"The world was full of broken people, and all the hospitals and institutions and jails could never mend their fractured hearts, wounded minds, and trampled spirits."

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