Welcome to my website! I truly appreciate you stopping by and hope you’ll explore a little to learn more about me and my books. I’m Ellen Marie Wiseman and my debut novel, THE PLUM TREE, was released by Kensington Publishing Corp. in 2012. Inspired by my mother’s childhood in Nazi Germany, The Plum Tree follows a young, working-class German through the chaos of WWII as she struggles to save the love of her life, a Jewish man.
THE PLUM TREE received five-star reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, New York Journal of Books, Jewish Book World, and RT Book Review. It was a Books-A-Million Book Club Pick, and a Top Pick in the RT Book Review Magazine January Issue. It also became a Kindle #1 Historical Fiction Bestseller on Amazon, and since it’s release, has hovered between #1 and #2 in the Jewish Literature & Fiction Category.
My second novel, WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND, also released by Kensington, debuted at #189 on Amazon on December 31st, 2013. Merging the past and present, WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND follows a young museum worker as she discovers a decades old journal inside a shuttered state asylum and is compelled to piece together the journal owner's fate—with shocking and unexpected results. WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND also received five-star reviews from New York Journal of Books and RT Book Review. It was named a Top Pick in the January issue of RT Book Review Magazine, one of Ten Best Books of Summer 2015 by the Huffington Post, and has been a Kindle Top #100 Bestseller for over six months. I hope you’ll check it out!
My third novel, COAL RIVER, released November 24th 2015, and is available for purchase now. It follows a young woman as she battles strikers and corrupt mine bosses to put an end to child labor in an early 20th-century Pennsylvania mining town.
My fourth novel, THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN, comes out July 25, 2017 and is available for pre-order now. Set during the depression, it follows a young girl whose mother keeps her hidden in the attic for the first ten years of her life before selling her to a circus sideshow.