PopSugar’s 30 Must-Read Books of 2019
Good Housekeeping’s 25 Best New Books for Summer 2019
Better Homes & Gardens 13 New Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer
The heartbreaking and uplifting story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter.
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.
Based on incredible true events, Keeping Lucy is the searing, heartfelt, and breathtaking story of just how far a mother’s love can take her.
Ginny has given birth to a down syndrome little girl, Lucy. Her father-in-law makes sure Lucy is sent away. Then a series of articles come out about the neglect at the facility Lucy has been placed. Ginny makes a decision! This decision changes everyone’s life.
Ginny is a mother struggling to understand and remedy a situation she had no part in. All of the decisions were made before she was in her right mind after the birth of her daughter. Her husband is basically ruled by his father. And Ginny just follows along. There are many times in this story which I question Ginny’s decision making skills. It was a different time and she had another child to take care of, BUT….to not even check on your daughter for 2 years…..hmmm. There are other places I question her ability as well…but this is the BIG one. I should not judge because who knows what one will do in this situation. But, I think I would check and not just follow my husbands decisions blindly.
This book is hard to read in places. I had to take a break or two. I could not read it straight through. When it talked about the mistreatment of the children, my heart just broke. This is an emotional, rip your heart out story and everyone needs to read it.