The Lost Girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman #5stars #fiction #bookreview @suzyapbooktours @ellenmariewise

About The Book:

Sage Winters always knew her sister was a little different even though they were identical twins. They loved the same things and shared a deep understanding, but Rosemary—awake to every emotion, easily moved to joy or tears—seemed to need more protection from the world.

Six years after Rosemary’s death from pneumonia, Sage, now sixteen, still misses her deeply. Their mother perished in a car crash, and Sage’s stepfather, Alan, resents being burdened by a responsibility he never wanted. Yet despite living as near strangers in their Staten Island apartment, Sage is stunned to discover that Alan has kept a shocking secret: Rosemary didn’t die. She was committed to Willowbrook State School and has lingered there until just a few days ago, when she went missing.

Sage knows little about Willowbrook. It’s always been a place shrouded by rumor and mystery. A place local parents threaten to send misbehaving kids. With no idea what to expect, Sage secretly sets out for Willowbrook, determined to find Rosemary. What she learns, once she steps through its doors and is mistakenly believed to be her sister, will change her life in ways she never could imagined . . .


Sage has just discovered her twin sister is missing. She has thought for years that her twin, Rosemary, died. But Sage has now discovered her mother placed her in Willowbrook School and kept it a secret from Sage. Well, Sage is going to help. She tells no one she is leaving to go help with the search of her sister. Little does Sage know, but this is going to turn into a nightmare.

Sage is mistaken for her missing twin Rosemary and she is committed to Willowbrook herself. All her efforts fail to convince the powers that be that she is, in fact, Sage. But, what she discovers is a nightmare. The residents are living in inhumane conditions and neglect. Sage is powerless.

This book wore me out. Talk about intense! I just kept reading faster and faster…I had to get Sage out of danger! And to know this is based on a real place…You can read about it here. I cannot fathom! I do not understand how people can mistreat other people to this extent.

This is a book you will not soon forget! Sage’s difficult situation just kept getting worse as the story went on. You finally think she is out of the woods…but life turns on a dime and she is back in a mess!

Need a book you can’t put down…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

About The Author:

A first-generation German American, Ellen Marie Wiseman discovered her love of reading and writing while attending first grade in one of the last one-room schoolhouses in NYS. She is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have been translated into twenty languages. Her debut novel, THE PLUM TREE, is loosely based on her mother’s stories about growing up in Germany during the chaos of WWII. Bookbub named THE PLUM TREE One of Thirteen Books To Read if You Loved ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE. Ellen’s second novel, WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND, was named a Huffington Post Best Books of Summer 2015. Her third novel, COAL RIVER, was called “one of the most “unputdownable” books of 2015″ by The Historical Novel Review. THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN, was named A GREAT GROUP READS Selection of the Women’s National Book Association and National Reading Group Month and a Goodreads Best Book of the Month. THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR was an instant New York Times Bestseller. Ellen lives on the shores of Lake Ontario with her husband and a spoiled Shih-tzu named Izzy. When she’s not busy writing, she loves spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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Twitter: @EllenMarieWise

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2 Responses to The Lost Girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman #5stars #fiction #bookreview @suzyapbooktours @ellenmariewise

  1. Perfect review!!

    It definitely is a book you won’t forget.

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