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    Keeping Lucy

    Keeping Lucy is the latest novel from author T. Greenwood, and the first story I've read by Ms Greenwood. I read Keeping Lucy in less than 24 hours, simply had a difficult time putting it down. This story may bring you to tears....both the sad and happy kind. I was given an early copy to review.
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    Heartbreaking and Uplifting

    A couple of reading friends have recommended T. Greenwood as a favorite author, but this is the first of her books I've read. It won't be the last. I'm a sucker for books set in the 60s/70s, having been born at mid-century myself. Often books set then show both the good and bad of that time period, and this is no exception. While there are the fun nostalgic elements, there are also the grim realities of how the mentally challenged were so frequently treated at that time. And then there's the reminder of how far women have come in the last 50 years. (It's still difficult to go "on the run" these days, the challenges are just different when trying to exist off the grid, as opposed the the challenges faced by a young mother on the run in 1969.) Both heartbreaking and uplifting, I loved the writing. I loved the characters and watching the challenges Ginny faced and overcame with a little help from friends both old and new, not the least of which is bonding with a baby she gave birth to but didn't meet until she was 2. It's horrifying to know that it's based on a real events, and that institutions like Willowridge existed even in my lifetime. And all that considered, I'll definitely be looking for more books from T. Greenwood. My thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy for an unbiased review.
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    An excellent read

    This is a very special work. It is hard, in our iPhone, WorldWideWeb world with every conceivable question answered at our fingertips, to imagine just how limited the knowledge that parents were exposed to in the 1960s when their child was born with complications. There was no foreknowledge - no prenatal testing, no ultrasounds, to time to get prepared, to research choices. Lucy is the second child of Ginny and Ab Richardson, a comfortably situated family with resources who are good, caring, loving parents to their 4-year-old son Peyton. Their home is in suburban Dover, Massachusetts, and Ad works in his father's law firm in Boston, a 45-minute train ride away. Lucy is born with Down Syndrome. Within twenty-four hours, Ginny still groggy from the anesthesia, Lucy has been removed from the hospital of her birth after her parents were counseled by both their doctor and Ab's family to place Lucy in Willowridge Children's Home in Amherst. They were told repeatedly that they would not be able to care for Lucy themselves, that her needs were more than could be handled at home, that she would never speak, never walk, never learn even basic life skills and the stress of caring for her would destroy their family, would rob Peyton of his youth. This was a safe children's home, they were told, well run by social friends of Abbott Sr. But visiting was not encouraged - not recommended at all as Lucy's probable health problems would more than likely take her within a couple of years and further contact would only break their hearts. Especially Peyton's heart. Ginny is never content with this plan but other than mentioning occasionally that she really wants to visit Lucy, see the world she inhabits, she allows herself to be distracted. Ab is frantically busy working in the city for his father's law firm and life is set in a pattern that doesn't allow time for a trip to Amherst. Genny doesn't drive, doesn't have a sitter for Peyton, is afraid to expose Peyton to a sister he will have to face losing to death before she has a chance to live. Until Ginny's old friend Marsha, a nurse in Amherst, calls with the breaking news about the atrocious conditions, neglect, and abuse, at the Willowridge Children's Home where Lucy, now almost two years old, lives. Martha drives over to Dover and picks up Ginny and Peyton, and they make the trip to find that the newspaper articles are more than true. There is a class action suit being prepared by many of the parents which Ginny could join - until she finds out that her father-in-law is representing the Home in said suit. And that her husband gave up their parental rights to Lucy at her birth. The only thing she can think to do is grab her children, and run... I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, T. Greenwood, and St. Martin's Press. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work.

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