Oh this book pulled at so many heartstrings. I can’t imagine being in a situation where my husband and his family choose to take my child away from me because she has down syndrome. I can’t imagine being lied to by the people I trust the most. This book will bring on so many emotions but also shows that there is nothing a mother won’t do for her child. I loved this book so much and would highly recommend it. While there are a few things in this book that are far-fetched, the story as a whole is absolutely beautiful. It’s a quick read but it will stay with you days after reading it. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. This story is based on true events which makes it even more moving. It will be published August 6th. Thank you to Net Galley and St Martin’s Press for the ARC to read and review
Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on. But two years later, when Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth–its squalid hallways filled with neglected children–she knows she can’t leave her daughter there. With Ginny’s six-year-old son in tow, Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves. What they find sets their course on a heart-racing journey across state lines—turning Ginny into a fugitive. For the first time, Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head-on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy. Racing from Massachusetts to the beaches of Atlantic City, through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to a roadside mermaid show in Florida, Keeping Lucy is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take her.