Keeping Lucy

Keeping Lucy

T. Greenwood / Aug 22, 2019

Keeping Lucy From the author of Rust Stardust comes this heartbreaking story inspired by true events of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter Dover Massachusetts Ginny Richardson s hea

  • Title: Keeping Lucy
  • Author: T. Greenwood
  • ISBN: 1250164222
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the author of Rust Stardust comes this heartbreaking 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 Willowridg From the author of Rust Stardust comes this heartbreaking 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 320 pages Expected publication August 6th 2019 by St Martin s Press More Details ISBN 1250164222 ISBN13 9781250164223 Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Keeping Lucy by T Greenwood Author Release date Aug 06, 2019 From the author of Rust Stardust comes this heartbreaking story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter From the author of Rust Stardust comes this heartbreaking 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.Enter for a chance to win a galley today Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters Historical Fiction New England 74 books 6 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 22, 2018 Mischenko rated it it was amazing This book captivated me from start to finish Very mild spoiler s It s 1969 and Ginny has just given birth to her second child, a baby girl with down syndrome The moment she s born, Ginny s doctor tells her that she won t be able to keep the baby, and that her baby will likely die within a few years from a heart condition or something else Her husband wants to protect the family by sending the baby to a school for children with needs Ginny doesn t agree with her husband Abbott, but she feels s This book captivated me from start to finish Very mild spoiler s It s 1969 and Ginny has just given birth to her second child, a baby girl with down syndrome The moment she s born, Ginny s doctor tells her that she won t be able to keep the baby, and that her baby will likely die within a few years from a heart condition or something else Her husband wants to protect the family by sending the baby to a school for children with needs Ginny doesn t agree with her husband Abbott, but she feels she has no choice and all of it seems to be facilitated by her horrible, controlling, father in law The baby is snatched away while everyone but Ginny seems to forget it ever happened Over the next few years, life moves forward, but Ginny hasn t forgotten about her daughter Lucy It still eats at her as she continues to wonder about the condition of Lucy and if this was the right choice She tries to be a satisfactory mom and wife regardless of all her concerns In 1971 a report surfaces with claims that Willowridge the school where little Lucy lives has been neglecting the children The report is horrible and parents have now filed lawsuits against the school It rips at Ginny s heart and she knows she has to make haste and get to the school to find out the condition of her daughter Against her husband s wishes, she heads on a trip with her friend Marsha to examine the conditions of the school and to check on Lucy It turns out the report is true, and Ginny is shocked She resolves that there s absolutely no way she can allow Lucy to stay at Willowridge any longer What will Ginny do With no job and not much money, how can she fix this situation How can she be the mother Lucy needs and still care for her six year old son without the support of her husband I felt so much emotion with this story because of how well developed the characters were I grew to really love Ginny after her character flourishes and she finally gets enough courage to stand on her own two feet I could even relate to the in law pressure Marsha Ginny s best friend was one of my favorites as well She s the kind of friend everyone wants, one who s there when you need her, and one who would sacrifice anything for you My only issue with her was her irresponsibility when it came to her reckless behavior With that said, there were other characters in the story that I had extreme dislike for and even hate at times I had to reluctantly put the book down than once and ask myself repeatedly What in the world is wrong with these people It felt that real to me At times the book reminded me of one of my favorite movies Thelma and Louise, primarily because of Marsha I couldn t help but think about these two characters and how their trip felt similar I was on edge often, as the book just kept getting better and better I was captivated and it felt believable The writing has a sense of urgency to it and I just couldn t stop until the end I also loved that the author went back into the characters histories so that you learn about their family relationships from the beginning This jumping back and forth between the present 1971 and their past kept it interesting and yet the story remained seamless My absolute only complaint with this book was the ending which felt really rushed after how drawn out the story was, however, I did appreciate the conclusion with how everything turned out I was willing to overlook the rush, but it just seemed like a few of the characters have a change of heart in an instant which isn t impossible just highly unlikely so quickly after how they d been throughout their history It was wrapped up so quickly after all that intensity and just seemed a tad too abrupt Overall, I really enjoyed the book and think I may have found a new favorite author, even with this being my first book by T Greenwood I loved the articulate writing and how I was pulled in to this story There s nothing better than a book you simply can t put down one that you can t wait to gush about to everyone This is that book I couldn t resist spilling the entire story to my mom after I finished With themes of love, friendship, courage, fear, family, and most of all, hope, this is a favorite for 2018 5 Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and publisher for sharing a copy of this book with me in exchange for my honest opinions flag 180 likesLike see review View all 40 comments Dec 25, 2018 Holly B rated it it was amazing Shelves couldn t put down, had to finish, read in 2018, 2019 favorites shelf Amazing writing, amazing story telling and I could not stop reading it Honestly, I was just going to preview a bit of this novel, and planned on reading it next month That never happened I became so absorbed in the story and so invested in the characters that I simply couldn t put the book down It was such a compelling story line and I just fell in love with little Lucy and truly cared about her and her mom, Ginny I had to see the story through to the end.It was 1969 and Ginny s baby Amazing writing, amazing story telling and I could not stop reading it Honestly, I was just going to preview a bit of this novel, and planned on reading it next month That never happened I became so absorbed in the story and so invested in the characters that I simply couldn t put the book down It was such a compelling story line and I just fell in love with little Lucy and truly cared about her and her mom, Ginny I had to see the story through to the end.It was 1969 and Ginny s baby girl, Lucy was born with Down s Syndrome Ginny was tricked by her high and mighty family into committing Lucy to an institution named Willowridge Oh, the horrors that come out about what has been taking place at Willowbridge, prompt Ginny and her bestie, Martha who I also loved to grab baby Lucy and take off on a Thelma and Louise inspired road trip I found myself cheering these ladies on and wanting to cuddle Lucy myself I teared up, I took deep breaths, I whooped, and I delighted in everything Lucy Okay I Loved Lucy xoxoxoHighly recommend you read it and fall in love too.Thanks to St Martin s Press for my ARC to read review flag 115 likesLike see review View all 48 comments Holly B Julie wrote Great review, Holly Can t wait to read this one Hope you love it too Julie Jan 28, 2019 06 50PM Holly B Carol wrote Hope yo read soon.Glad to see your 5 stars Holly Great review Thanks Carol I ll watch for your review xoxo Jan 28, 2019 06 51PM Dec 23, 2018 JanB rated it it was ok Shelves buddy read with marialyce, arc from publisher I very much enjoyed Rust and Stardust, the author s last book, so I was excited at the opportunity to read this one When Ginny s second child is born, a daughter with Down Syndrome, the baby is whisked away by her husband and sent to a residential home, Willowbrook Ginny never laid eyes on her daughter or held her She grieves the baby she never met but is subservient to her husband to a fault and the subject is never discussed in their household Two years later the school is the subject of a I very much enjoyed Rust and Stardust, the author s last book, so I was excited at the opportunity to read this one When Ginny s second child is born, a daughter with Down Syndrome, the baby is whisked away by her husband and sent to a residential home, Willowbrook Ginny never laid eyes on her daughter or held her She grieves the baby she never met but is subservient to her husband to a fault and the subject is never discussed in their household Two years later the school is the subject of an investigative article alleging abuse and neglect Ginny decides to go on a road trip with a friend to rescue her daughter and takes her young son with her.I m sorry to say I found the writing simplistic with tired tropes and eye rolling scenes In addition there were several scenes that were medically inaccurate Simple things that a quick google search could have corrected.Ginny was infuriatingly passive, na ve and clueless It was 1971 people She drove me nuts And her companion was supposed to be her opposite, progressive and liberated How do we know she s such a liberated lady She s promiscuous, smokes, and curses a lot, including in front of the children Oh and she s a nurse How s that for a cliched stereotype full disclosure I am a nurse Reading this book was like reading a Lifetime movie, a bad one I gave up at 75% and just didn t care any I guessed how it would end and my friend Marialyce confirmed that I was correct Heartbreakingly, places like Willowbridge, the school for the mentally disabled did exist An institution in New York, Willowbrook, was the inspiration for this story, a place Robert Kennedy called a snake pit He is quoted as saying the people living in the overcrowded facility were living in filth and dirt, their clothing in rags, in rooms less comfortable and cheerful than the cages in which we put animals in a zoo Thankfully, it closed in 1987 and led to legislation for people with disabilities.I wish the focus of this book had been on facilities like this and the treatment and prejudices that surrounded the mentally disadvantaged Sadly, I can t recommend this one Many thanks to my friend Marialyce for buddy reading this one with me and sending me links to articles about Willowbrook I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review flag 74 likesLike see review View all 65 comments JanB Liz wrote Oh blast, I still have this phone in my TBR queue Thanks for the heads up Liz, sorryperhaps you will like it than I did I hope Liz wrote Oh blast, I still have this phone in my TBR queue Thanks for the heads up Liz, sorryperhaps you will like it than I did I hope so 17 hours, 17 min ago JanB Deanna wrote Great review Thanks Deanna 17 hours, 17 min ago Dec 23, 2018 Marialyce rated it it was ok Shelves net galley, jan mar Let me preface my review by saying I have loved everything this author has written From her Bodies of Water to Rust and Stardust, she has managed to ensnare me into a web of excellent reading, writing, and story telling So, you can imagine my disappointment when reading this book and finding it came up quite short in my expectations.The background of the story is traumatic From the early fifties to the late seventies, children and people with mental disabilities were shunted into institutions Let me preface my review by saying I have loved everything this author has written From her Bodies of Water to Rust and Stardust, she has managed to ensnare me into a web of excellent reading, writing, and story telling So, you can imagine my disappointment when reading this book and finding it came up quite short in my expectations.The background of the story is traumatic From the early fifties to the late seventies, children and people with mental disabilities were shunted into institutions that were oftentimes vile and inhumane The living conditions were deplorable and the people were ultimately abandoned and left to the wiles of the administrators and staff I can well remember the scandal of Willowbrook, Staten Island, New York so when I saw what this book was about I felt such a connection.Unfortunately, this book s presentation left me feeling cold The characters were shallow lending little to the story of young Down s Syndrome child, Lucy, being taken at birth to an institution by her father, at the behest of his father, because this child would cast a pallor over a family that was destined to go into politics.Later when the mother sets out to find her daughter, with her best friend, a foul mouthed side kick, they endeavor to find the child, Lucy, and buck the system, the in laws, and the world that tried to shun our mentally incapacitated people The mother s character was never presented as a strong protagonist She was so intimidated by her husband initially and her father in law, and one had to wonder how she ever let this newborn go and not have any interaction with her for two years The best friend could never seem to utter a few words without some choice four letters words escaping her lips It just didn t work especially because there was another child always present in the car that the ladies used to find and travel together to find and then take Lucy setting into motion the idea that Lucy was kidnapped.So, sorry to say this story just did not work for me The situation, while being like a real life occurrence, just did not have that ultimate kick and emotional interaction that I have always found present in this author s multiple books My thanks to the author, the publishers, and Net Galley for an advanced copy of this bookA special thanks to my book partner and cherished friend, Jan, who read this book with me We both came to an agreement on this book flag 36 likesLike see review View all 37 comments Jan 06, 2019 Erin Clemence rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves first reads, kindle Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel, received in exchange for an honest review After devouring Rust and Stardust and being both infatuated and disturbed by it , I was excited to get the chance to read T Greenwood s newest novel, Keeping Lucy It s 1969 and Ginny Richardson is living the life she always dreamed of She has a loving, wealthy husband, a happy and elegant home, and a young son she adores When she gets pregnant again, her happiness Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel, received in exchange for an honest review After devouring Rust and Stardust and being both infatuated and disturbed by it , I was excited to get the chance to read T Greenwood s newest novel, Keeping Lucy It s 1969 and Ginny Richardson is living the life she always dreamed of She has a loving, wealthy husband, a happy and elegant home, and a young son she adores When she gets pregnant again, her happiness only continues to grow However, when the child is born she is given devastating news her daughter, Lucy, was born with Down s syndrome Her husband, Ab, suggests that they put Lucy into the care of Willowridge, a local school for the retarded , encouraging Ginny that it s for the best Two years later, Ginny starts to hear about atrocities being committed at Willowridge children being abused, starved, neglected, and living in disgusting conditions Soon Ginny and her best friend Marsha are on the road to Willowridge, and when Ginny s worst fears are confirmed, she takes Lucy with her and they are on the run As a fugitive, Ginny is forced to think independently for the first time in her life, and make decisions for herself and her daughter Keeping Lucy reminds us of just how far we have come Less than fifty years ago, women were subservient to their husbands, relying on them to make the large decisions and the money , while they cared for the home and the children It was a time when women having children was expected, when women having full time jobs was rare and disapproved of by society as a whole, and retarded children were shut away in decrepit homes with incompetent caregivers Lucy is a stark reminder of how far society has come in terms of acceptance although yes, of course, we still have a long way to go This story started off strong, and I was addicted from page one The storyline dwindled a lit bit somewhere in the middle, however, but I was so interested in the outcome of this novel that I pushed through I could not help but cheer for Ginny and the adorable, Lucy Greenwood s characters are honest and dysfunctional, from the stuck up Abbott Sr and his elitist dreams, right down to Marsha, the unmarried best friend with loose morals HA The women in this novel all come together to protect each other and keep the children safe, as the men seek to show that they know what s best There is no doubt this novel will make you think and self reflect I found the ending to be unrealistic it played out as a Lifetime Movie of the Week would, not as it would in reality , but it was endearing and charming, and left the reader feeling satisfied and content After a novel such as Rust and Stardust , it would be challenging to write another novel with the same passion and connection, but Keeping Lucy is heartwarming and heartbreaking, and the emotions and thoughts evoked in the reader are the same ones that Stardust brought out This novel will make you think, make you cry, and make you cheer, and this seems to be Greenwood s M.O Keeping Lucy is a novel that is worth checking out flag 22 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Deanna Great review Jan 28, 2019 06 05AM Erin Clemence Thank you, Deanna Jan 28, 2019 06 10AM Oct 24, 2018 Cathy Branciforte rated it it was amazing Shelves edelweiss, favorites This was one of the best books that I ve read this year Wow What a wonderful, beautifully written book, with such well developed characters, that I felt as if I knew them by the end of the book I grew to love baby Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, and could almost feel her soft curls and smell her sweet breath I wanted to hold her, as the author perfectly described the feeling of being overcome by love for a child To read about the conditions at the school where Lucy was sent after her birth This was one of the best books that I ve read this year Wow What a wonderful, beautifully written book, with such well developed characters, that I felt as if I knew them by the end of the book I grew to love baby Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, and could almost feel her soft curls and smell her sweet breath I wanted to hold her, as the author perfectly described the feeling of being overcome by love for a child To read about the conditions at the school where Lucy was sent after her birth, just tore at my heart and brought me to tears This was one of those books that I couldn t wait to find out the ending, yet, I didn t want it to end The story takes place mostly in 1971, and having lived in that era, I can relate to the times and women s place in the world Times and attitudes were very different than today.While I wasn t reading it, I kept thinking about it I m not sure if it was based on a true story or a place says it was inspired by true events , it was heart wrenching to think those types of places existed This would make a great book club book and I highly recommend this to just about anyone who likes a good story T Greenwood is my new favorite author I decided to read this almost a year before it is released next August 2019, since I read and loved Rust and Stardust this past summer and couldn t wait to read her next book Her writing is perfect Thanks to Edelweiss and St Martin s Press for the advanced digital review copy flag 21 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Feb 01, 2019 Mackenzie PhDiva Books rated it it was amazing Shelves womens fiction This heart warming tale of motherhood, families, and the female voice is so beautiful it captured my heart About the BookThis past week I finished reading T Greenwood s novel Keeping Lucy, which tells the story of a mother who is learning to rediscover her voice and follow her instincts Set in the 1970s, Ginny is advised to send her second child Lucy to a home for children born with downs syndrome She ll need special care, particularly because of a heart defect that likely means Lucy won t li This heart warming tale of motherhood, families, and the female voice is so beautiful it captured my heart About the BookThis past week I finished reading T Greenwood s novel Keeping Lucy, which tells the story of a mother who is learning to rediscover her voice and follow her instincts Set in the 1970s, Ginny is advised to send her second child Lucy to a home for children born with downs syndrome She ll need special care, particularly because of a heart defect that likely means Lucy won t live out of childhood.Two years later, Ginny reads a shocking news story about the home they sent Lucy to, speaking of unclean living conditions and poor care of the children there Ginny checks Lucy out for a weekend trip, and the she discovers about Lucy s mistreatment, the certain she is that she can t bring her daughter back But Ginny s husband Ab isn t exactly on the same page Ginny follows her instincts as a mother, crossing state lines and falling in love with the daughter that she once allowed to be taken from he, and who now may no longer be hers to keep ReflectionThis book was such a beautiful story Ginny s life and struggles really spoke to the feminist in me What I loved most about her story was that Ab wasn t a bad guy or even a bad father It would be easy to take the story there, to make it how Ginny realizes who Ab truly is But the fact remains that Ab is filled with love for Ginny and his family And like her, Ab is doing his best to make good decisions for the family I loved learning about Lucy through Ginny s eyes It was easy to fall in love with Lucy Despite her illness, Lucy is filled with love, curiosity, and light Ginny herself is questioning her path in life Did she make the right decision to marry and stay at home with the kids Despite how much she loves Ab, Ginny is on the cusp of the women s movement, and she s questioning whether she slipped into the traditional gender role that she admittedly was happy with But in doing so, maybe she lost her voice a bit.I ll have a full review this summer closer to publication date, but I wanted to celebrate this book now while I just experienced it Thank you to St Martin s Press for my copy to review flag 24 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Paula Kalin Beautiful review, Mackenzie 18 hours, 38 min ago Angela M Terrific review, Mackenzie 10 hours, 32 min ago Jan 01, 2019 Martie Nees Record rated it it was ok My Rating 2 out of 5Genre General FictionPublisher St Martin s PressPub Date August 6, 2019The latest novel by T Greenwood, author of Rust Stardust, is about a heartbroken mother who gave up her baby girl born with Down Syndrome That sounds too harsh Let me clarify The year is 1969, when women gave birth while under anesthesia While still under the influence of the ether, and pressure from her doctor, husband, and father in law, the baby, who she named Lucy, is taken from her My Rating 2 out of 5Genre General FictionPublisher St Martin s PressPub Date August 6, 2019The latest novel by T Greenwood, author of Rust Stardust, is about a heartbroken mother who gave up her baby girl born with Down Syndrome That sounds too harsh Let me clarify The year is 1969, when women gave birth while under anesthesia While still under the influence of the ether, and pressure from her doctor, husband, and father in law, the baby, who she named Lucy, is taken from her Her husband tells her she is going to a boarding school for the developmentally disabled and that visitations are not recommended since it would confuse the child She believes this is what is best for her daughter Two years later she learns through the newspapers that the school is actually an institution currently under investigation for all sorts of abuse the author does a good job with visuals of the abused children Still, there is lots of pulling on the heartstrings type of drama that simply didn t feel real It didn t feel believable, at least to me, because the mother does a complete one eighty She and her friend go on a Thelma and Louise sort of adventure to kidnap Lucy They go on the run with a broken down car and nowhere to go This is done to save Lucy from going back to the fictional Willowridge School I am sure that the author chose that name on purpose for its similarities to the infamous Willowbrook State School Do you remember that downright evil school located in Staten Island, NY I do because as a teen I went to demonstrate against the place The horrors endured at the Willowbrook State School will never be forgotten Built for developmentally disabled children and adults in the 1930s, the school became an institution where the borough s most vulnerable residents were abused, starved and neglected January 17, 2017, the mother character learns the true nature of the school, her maternal instincts kicks in I want to know where those feelings have been for the past two years of Lucy s life I believe that the story is about a depressed woman, totally under her husband s thumb, who finally learns to think and do for herself But the writing is not up to par with the author s last novel, which was a historical fiction There are so many clich s in this book, compete with an ending tied up in a bow, that I often rolled my eyes Maybe my own experience with such an institution is the reason why I found the story unbelievable Parents who left their children in such a horrible place were not the type to look back I am sure others may enjoy this novel, but it wasn t for me.I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.Find all my book reviews at flag 16 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 16, 2018 Wendi Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, read dec 2018 This is EASILY the best book I ve read this year When Ginny has her baby daughter, she s immediately taken away from her Her husband and father in law spirit baby Lucy away to a school, insisting that it s the best thing to do because Lucy has Down Syndrome Ginny is heartbroken, but she learns to live without her daughter, believing that she s in good hands.Two years later, Ginny learns that Willowridge, the special school, is criminally neglecting their children wards She travels there wi This is EASILY the best book I ve read this year When Ginny has her baby daughter, she s immediately taken away from her Her husband and father in law spirit baby Lucy away to a school, insisting that it s the best thing to do because Lucy has Down Syndrome Ginny is heartbroken, but she learns to live without her daughter, believing that she s in good hands.Two years later, Ginny learns that Willowridge, the special school, is criminally neglecting their children wards She travels there without her husband s knowledge and finds that the situation is even worse than she thought She and her best friend, Marsha, take Lucy for a weekend visit, but soon Ginny resolves never to let her daughter return to that asylum of horrors.What happens next is an epic road trip with young children in tow, threatened by kidnapping charges and the wrath of Ginny s father in law What kind of monster would submit their flesh and blood to those conditions What kind of man is Ab, Ginny s husband There are so many questions and so many decisions to make for Ginny, naive SAHM Ginny, who has been shuttled into a lifestyle she doesn t want, away from what she really needs I loved Ginny, and Marsha too I felt a little bit of a Thelma and Louise vibe with their road trip And baby Lucy stole my heart from the first scene at Willowridge All in all, I thought this was a perfectly plotted, written, and executed novel.T Greenwood s Rust Stardust was heartbreaking, and this novel will break your heart too, yet fill you with equal measures of hope I think that Greenwood is easily becoming one of my favorite authors, and I look forward to what she writes next.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC flag 9 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 08, 2019 Giulia rated it it was amazing T Greenwood has done it again, she brings the pages to life for me when I read her books However, this book was not a happy page turner for me Ginny s major struggles begin when her baby is born with Down s Syndrome and the story centers on what happens to that baby, Lucy It is hard to read about at times It is also hard to believe how close minded and self centered some people are when it comes to supposed disabilities Further, it is not easy to read about it as you get so frustrated a T Greenwood has done it again, she brings the pages to life for me when I read her books However, this book was not a happy page turner for me Ginny s major struggles begin when her baby is born with Down s Syndrome and the story centers on what happens to that baby, Lucy It is hard to read about at times It is also hard to believe how close minded and self centered some people are when it comes to supposed disabilities Further, it is not easy to read about it as you get so frustrated at how Ginny s bond with her daughter is almost destroyed.I highly recommend to anyone T Greenwood is an author to watch Thank you to Net galley and the publisher for a chance to read and review flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Janet rated it it was amazing Shelves zz 2018ng when i read, kindle, book club picks I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it One of PopSugar s 30 Must Read Books of 2019From the author of Rust Stardust comes this heartbreaking 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 I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it One of PopSugar s 30 Must Read Books of 2019From the author of Rust Stardust comes this heartbreaking 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.I loved T Greenwood s Where I Lost Her so I was ecstatic to get this book to review and make my eight book clubs read Yes, I run eight book clubs and we buy retail The book just sucked me in and kept me enthralled until the last page reluctantly came I am not sure what real story inspired this but it was a travesty to take that baby away, but that was the times they also did it with Autistic children at an older age Side story my husband lost his father at age two and they tried to get his mom to give him up as he was still young and would not remember her Family and Children s Services Children s Aid sucks This book is expertly written and made me alternate between crying and serious anger with the occasional laugh along the way The story is wonderful, but I wish that it wasn t true so much anger This is a perfect book for your reading group to dissect and argue over I am putting it on all eight of my clubs September 2019 reading lists I could not just give it , I had to give it flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Olga Fry rated it it was ok Many thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for this ARC.I think it might just be me but I realized afterward that T Greenwood wrote Rust Stardust, which I did not enjoy, so it may be that I do not like the writer s writing style In this story inspired by true events, a mother will go to any lengths to protect her young daughter and ensure a good quality of life her I didn t enjoy this book While I don t doubt that institutions in that day and age, even now, mistreated and abused Many thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for this ARC.I think it might just be me but I realized afterward that T Greenwood wrote Rust Stardust, which I did not enjoy, so it may be that I do not like the writer s writing style In this story inspired by true events, a mother will go to any lengths to protect her young daughter and ensure a good quality of life her I didn t enjoy this book While I don t doubt that institutions in that day and age, even now, mistreated and abused children, the writing style felt littered with cliches and tropes I also didn t like Grace and didn t feel any sort of maternal connection between her and Lucy The end felt too neat and convenient as well flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 05, 2019 Genevieve Trono rated it it was amazing Wow After reading a few books that were just okay I was feeling like I was in a little bit of a reading rut during these last few weeks I started Keeping Lucy with high hopes and it was everything I hoped it would be It was my first book by T Greenwood and certainly won t be my last I was immediately drawn into this story and the characters Greenwood s storytelling was wonderful and her attention to detail made me easily picture the scenes and the amazingly well developed characters that Wow After reading a few books that were just okay I was feeling like I was in a little bit of a reading rut during these last few weeks I started Keeping Lucy with high hopes and it was everything I hoped it would be It was my first book by T Greenwood and certainly won t be my last I was immediately drawn into this story and the characters Greenwood s storytelling was wonderful and her attention to detail made me easily picture the scenes and the amazingly well developed characters that were based in the 1960s and early 1970s I have been wanting to read a book that just captivated me and this one did from the start I felt emotionally connected to the characters and was rooting for them all in different ways Within the very powerful main storyline that was based on real events were smaller ones that also were very timely and powerful in their own right Although it doesn t seem that long ago, the last 1960s were shockingly different in many ways and I was impressed at how Greenwood could bring me there with such vividness in her writing This book was filled with themes of fear, persistence, friendship, hope and the most wonderful thing of all, the power that we can all learn and change The ending of the book all came together for me in a very satisfying way and I was sad it was over which is a sign of a book you really loved Thanks to NetGalley, T Greenwood, and St Martin s Press for sharing a copy of this book with me in exchange for my honest opinions flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 16, 2018 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 A look at a mother s pain of losing a child, but her child is not dead, just taken from her, and we are on a journey to find her.There is a reason all of those homes have closed, a place for unwanted children, but as you read this book, you may want the tissues handy, you quickly realize that this is something that you are not going to get over This is a mother that two years later still has empty arms, and yes, she has a little boy to raise, but when you learn what happened to the lost child y A look at a mother s pain of losing a child, but her child is not dead, just taken from her, and we are on a journey to find her.There is a reason all of those homes have closed, a place for unwanted children, but as you read this book, you may want the tissues handy, you quickly realize that this is something that you are not going to get over This is a mother that two years later still has empty arms, and yes, she has a little boy to raise, but when you learn what happened to the lost child you are going to cringe.This book quickly became a page turner, and the story just kept getting better and better, but the possibility of jail is always in the back of your mind.What will be the solution here, and will Lucy have to go back to that horrible place There are answers here, but there are also so surprises, a little boy that finds a sister, and a mother who has her arms filled, but will this last, or will big brother have its way Once the last page is turned here it will not go away, this one lingers.I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher St Martin s Press, and was not required to give a positive review flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 C Purtill rated it it was amazing review of another edition In 1971, a time when women were navigating the waters of independence apart from their children and husbands, Ginny Richardson wife of attorney Ab and mother to son, Peyton learns that the institution where her disabled daughter Lucy was committed is being accused of abuse and neglect Ginny and her best friend Marsha a woman who, in the parlance of the day, is loose , as well as unmarried and possibly pregnant take off for the institution to sign the child out for a long weekend This is In 1971, a time when women were navigating the waters of independence apart from their children and husbands, Ginny Richardson wife of attorney Ab and mother to son, Peyton learns that the institution where her disabled daughter Lucy was committed is being accused of abuse and neglect Ginny and her best friend Marsha a woman who, in the parlance of the day, is loose , as well as unmarried and possibly pregnant take off for the institution to sign the child out for a long weekend This is the first time Ginny has visited her daughter with Down syndrome and she is horrified to see the conditions Her feelings of maternal neglect for two years are made even greater when she realizes her daughter is a beautiful, sweet child who has likely been subject to physical abuse She and Marsha and Peyton abscond with the child to Florida, at first unaware that the little girl is a ward of the state of Massachusetts and that, thanks to her husband s controlling father, Ginny is not legally Lucy s parent.I absolutely loved this book Of course we are meant to sympathize with Ginny and her innocent daughter, and we do, but we also feel for her husband, who was himself bullied by his father into forgoing the life he truly wanted in favor of following in his father s footsteps I appreciated the nuance in character development and the authenticity of details for the time period for instance, the fear that Ginny has when she uses her husband s charge card for the first time, or when she admits to not knowing much about local news because she spends her time ironing pajamas and so on Ginny doesn t drive and she doesn t have her own bank account, all things we will take for granted just a couple of decades later Greenwood does a terrific job with the details for the Sixties and early Seventies it all feels genuine and real, especially the characters.A story like this mother kidnaps disabled daughter after being overcome by her maternal love could easily have been cliche or filled with tropes that would have made me roll my eyes and put it down but it wasn t It was heartfelt yet heartbreaking We truly feel for Ginny And neither does Greenwood shy from the facts about raising a disabled child Ginny makes it very clear that the kind of money her husband s family has will make it possible for her daughter to have the care she needs while others without her affluence will suffer The limitations of a child with Down syndrome, as well as the genetic problems like being born with a hole in the heart, are also explored Life with Lucy will not be easy.Thanks to NetGalley for the arc to review I highly recommend this book to others who enjoy contemporary fiction flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Jennifer rated it really liked it This book was heart wrenching It was the kind of story that will make any parent stop in their tracks and be awe struck by the pain that Ginny Richardson has to endure and that s all within just the first few chapters It s about a mother whose daughter, born with Down s Syndrome, is taken from her against her will and put into a home It s 1969 and no one understood the gravity of their decisions in regards to those born with developmental disabilities When Lucy is taken from her, Ginny is d This book was heart wrenching It was the kind of story that will make any parent stop in their tracks and be awe struck by the pain that Ginny Richardson has to endure and that s all within just the first few chapters It s about a mother whose daughter, born with Down s Syndrome, is taken from her against her will and put into a home It s 1969 and no one understood the gravity of their decisions in regards to those born with developmental disabilities When Lucy is taken from her, Ginny is devastated but she s at the mercy of her husband, who convinces her it s best to let their daughter go When she hears of terrible conditions at the home they ve placed their daughter in, she decides nothing can stand between a mother and her daughter, no matter the cost This book is based on true stories from a home for disable children that existed in the 1960s and the fact that it s based on things that may have actually happened make it that much poignant Ginny s devotion to her husband is challenged, her bravery is tested and everyone she has ever trusted is going to be put into question, but nothing is a match to her sheer determination when she decides that she will get her daughter back It was a very fast read, it did get a little long when the author brought in many extra characters but that didn t take anything away from the center of the story, thankfully I definitely recommend it This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review but all opinions are my own flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Donna Hines rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, netgalley How far will one go to save the life of their own child Lucy is a beautiful young girl born with down syndrome who was sent away for feeble minded to live out her life.Ab made that decision all those years ago against Ginny s better wishes and now they both are taking a second look as the school if a place of filth and squallor.Ginny will be damned if she spends one day being neglected so she sets off to save her daughter with her son in tow and her best friend Marsha.As they embark on t How far will one go to save the life of their own child Lucy is a beautiful young girl born with down syndrome who was sent away for feeble minded to live out her life.Ab made that decision all those years ago against Ginny s better wishes and now they both are taking a second look as the school if a place of filth and squallor.Ginny will be damned if she spends one day being neglected so she sets off to save her daughter with her son in tow and her best friend Marsha.As they embark on this life saving journey they encounter the other side of Ab and his domineering father and the fight for their daughters rights and the right to keep Lucy.Hell have no fury like a woman scorned but this mama bear refuses to sit back and take no for an answer.Love is a beautiful thingThank you to T Greenwood, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Carolyn rated it it was ok I was unable to become invested in this story as much as many readers I thought the plot was compelling, but did not care for the writing style which seemed to me to be melodramatic, simplistic and with cliches I am old enough to remember the horrific conditions in institutions similar to the one in which Lucy was placed In fact, as a young student, I worked for part a summer in such a place, which in some ways was even worse than the neglectful and atrocious conditions described here The pl I was unable to become invested in this story as much as many readers I thought the plot was compelling, but did not care for the writing style which seemed to me to be melodramatic, simplistic and with cliches I am old enough to remember the horrific conditions in institutions similar to the one in which Lucy was placed In fact, as a young student, I worked for part a summer in such a place, which in some ways was even worse than the neglectful and atrocious conditions described here The plot to rescue Lucy, a child with Downs Syndrome had great appeal I did not connect with, or care for the characters I had sympathy for Ginny, Lucy s birth mother, but found she was too passive, lacked assertiveness, and had a poor self image She was completely under the control of her husband, Ab, was given an allowance, and spent her days in a comfortable home caring for their son, Peyton Ab, himself, was controlled by his dominating father, a prominent and wealthy attorney When Lucy was born Ab and his father relinquished Lucy to the State without Ginny s knowledge or permission Ginny was told that Lucy was in a school to meet her special mental and medical needs and was dissuaded from visiting her It was not until someone made Ginny aware of a series of newspaper articles exposing dreadful conditions at the institution that Ginny decided to act Ginny sees the squalid conditions and the neglect of Lucy and others when she visits the institute with her friend, Marsha She signs Lucy out for the weekend, and is determined to never bring her back to the wretched place Due to Ginny s lack of decisiveness, she and Marsha start out on a badly planned road trip It is difficult to believe these two woman could ever be friends in real life Whereas Ginny has become an isolated and devoted mother to Peyton and housewife, Marsha is single, impulsive,hard living by partying, drinking and flitting from man to man She packs a gun and frequently swears in front of children They start out in a dilapidated car, without much forethought or money in order to rescue Lucy from authorities and Ab s family When Lucy is not returned on time, Ginny could now be considered a kidnapper and fugitive Peyton should be starting first grade but is now in the car and staying with Marsha s friends or in sleazy motels Many stops are made to change Lucy s diapers, with much description of what is discovered about her neglected condition I felt that this was a story about Ginny s personal growth with a fierce love of her daughter she was rescuing, and a sudden courageous development of self assertiveness Most of the characters end with admirable, if unbelievable, changes in their beliefs and lifestyle Many thanks to NetGalley and Saint Martin s Press for an ARC in return for an unbiased review I don t think prospective readers should be dissuaded by my misgivings, and feel it is a story which will grip their emotions and that many will enjoy flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Authentikate rated it really liked it A powerful, heart wrenching tale of an ugly time in our recent history 1971 Gin Virginia and Ab Abbott jr are a picture perfect young couple Gin is a stay at home mom caring for their young son while Ab is a high power attorney working for his father s firm When Gin and Ab give birth to their second child, a daughter named Lucy, their idyllic life is shattered Lucy, born with Down Syndrome is removed from the hospital shortly after birth and placed in a school that comes highly recom A powerful, heart wrenching tale of an ugly time in our recent history 1971 Gin Virginia and Ab Abbott jr are a picture perfect young couple Gin is a stay at home mom caring for their young son while Ab is a high power attorney working for his father s firm When Gin and Ab give birth to their second child, a daughter named Lucy, their idyllic life is shattered Lucy, born with Down Syndrome is removed from the hospital shortly after birth and placed in a school that comes highly recommended to the couple via Ab Sr Gin is prevented from visiting her daughter but when she reads of a current lawsuit in the paper, her heart sinks and she rushes to see her daughter for the first time at age 2 What follows is an aching portrait of love, guilt, grief and resilience You will smile You will cry You will get mad really mad But in the end your heart will be made whole again Thank you to NetGalley for arc in exchange for an honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways 4.5 starsI won this as a giveaway What a privilege to read yet another wonderful novel by T Greenwood From the very first pages, she pulls you to the characters and takes you on a journey of heartache, struggle, and promise Her attention to detail and the research of real life events is embedded into her writing, as if every page contains an exact imprint of what happened with Ginny, Ab, and Lucy This paper moon shines brightly T Greenwood please keep writing so that I can cont 4.5 starsI won this as a giveaway What a privilege to read yet another wonderful novel by T Greenwood From the very first pages, she pulls you to the characters and takes you on a journey of heartache, struggle, and promise Her attention to detail and the research of real life events is embedded into her writing, as if every page contains an exact imprint of what happened with Ginny, Ab, and Lucy This paper moon shines brightly T Greenwood please keep writing so that I can continue to devour your work flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Cindy H rated it liked it Thank you to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for gifting me with a review copy of T Greenwood s newest novel, Keeping Lucy In exchange for the ARC I offer my unbiased opinion Set during the late 1960 s and into the early 1970 s, mixing fact and fiction this novel tells the story of a determined mother who will fight her powerful family for the protection of her child When Ginny delivers a baby girl who shows signs of Down Syndrome her wealthy father in law decides it best for the family na Thank you to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for gifting me with a review copy of T Greenwood s newest novel, Keeping Lucy In exchange for the ARC I offer my unbiased opinion Set during the late 1960 s and into the early 1970 s, mixing fact and fiction this novel tells the story of a determined mother who will fight her powerful family for the protection of her child When Ginny delivers a baby girl who shows signs of Down Syndrome her wealthy father in law decides it best for the family name to put the child in a home for special needs Ginny is saddened by this decision but believes it s only temporary and reluctantly accepts the circumstance Told the home is a private facility with the best care softens Ginny s fears Fast Forward to two years later when a friend of Ginny s discovers the home where her daughter is living is being investigated for neglect, abuse, and other terrible accusations Ginny demands her husband drive her out to the facility and see for themselves how their daughter is faring When her husband refuses, Ginny finally takes matters into her own hands and goes looking for her baby girl, Lucy What Ginny discovers is absolutely heartbreaking No longer willing to remain silent, Ginny with the support of her friend will risk everything to keep Lucy safe.This book really pulled at my heartstrings and I felt the story was mostly compelling I did find parts repetitive, or somewhat cliche and several chapters felt like page filler than actual plot points I had the pleasure of reading another novel from this author last year and for some reason that book worked better for me Perhaps had I not had a previous book to compare with, I might have enjoyed this one I think plenty of readers will embrace this historical fiction novel Perfect for fans of Beatriz Williams , Pam Jenoff and Christina Baker Kline flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Jypsy marked it as to read Keeping Lucy is a sad depressing story Ginny,a model wife and mother in the 60s era, gives birth to Lucy She is told that Lucy is retarded and will never live a normal life Lucy has downs syndrome Thanks to her father in law who has friends in high places, her baby is immediately taken away to live in a home Two years later, Ginny reads an expose about the deplorable living conditions in the home where her baby Lucy lives Ginny goes to this terrible place and sees her baby She knows every Keeping Lucy is a sad depressing story Ginny,a model wife and mother in the 60s era, gives birth to Lucy She is told that Lucy is retarded and will never live a normal life Lucy has downs syndrome Thanks to her father in law who has friends in high places, her baby is immediately taken away to live in a home Two years later, Ginny reads an expose about the deplorable living conditions in the home where her baby Lucy lives Ginny goes to this terrible place and sees her baby She knows everyone lied because Lucy is beautiful Ginny also sees the truth about the living conditions It s filthy and disgusting Ginny takes Lucy on the run It s terrible to think of this actually happening I know doctors had less knowledge of downs syndrome at that time, but this type of situation is intolerable Ginny is strong intelligent and intuitive She knows the truth It s a sad story about a mother s love I do find it depressing despite the possibility of hope Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Carolyn rated it it was amazing Keeping Lucy begins with the birth of a baby girl in 1969 I was immediately captivated, because I could see myself in the young mother Her world, her time was familiar because I also gave birth to a daughter in 1969 Like Ginny, I stayed at home every day with my children while my husband went away to work Like Ginny, I didn t drive and my husband made all the decisions about our family Fortunately my daughter was normal when she was born I don t know what I would have done if she came i Keeping Lucy begins with the birth of a baby girl in 1969 I was immediately captivated, because I could see myself in the young mother Her world, her time was familiar because I also gave birth to a daughter in 1969 Like Ginny, I stayed at home every day with my children while my husband went away to work Like Ginny, I didn t drive and my husband made all the decisions about our family Fortunately my daughter was normal when she was born I don t know what I would have done if she came into the world with Down Syndrome I don t know what I would have done if my husband had told me we had to send her away to an institution and pretend she was stillborn If she were already gone before I woke up after her birth, would I have stayed with my husband and my older child Would I have tried to put my daughter from my mind, to make the best of it like Ginny did Ginny might seem shamefully weak and submissive to most of today s readers, but I knew that young woman She was like me and most of my friends When she began to take charge of her own life, to make decisions for herself and her children, I knew how hard it was for her Ginny was lucky to have a lifelong girlfriend, Marsha, who had a car and a decidedly un submissive attitude Keeping Lucy is a road trip story about female friendship and the strength and power of a mother s love Beautifully written flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Debi Hawkes rated it it was ok A favorite novel of the main character was Peyton Place That book wasnt for me either.Two stars since I did finish it, complaining to myself all the way.I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 17, 2018 Anne rated it really liked it This is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel about Ginny and her husband Ab who are forced to give up their newborn, Lucy after she is born with Down Syndrome Ab s controlling father convinces his son that she would be better off institutionalized as she may have heart problems and developmental difficulties And while it was difficult to read as people are so callous and refer to her with derogatory language not acceptable any, I loved seeing Ginny and her friend, Marsha as they attempt to This is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel about Ginny and her husband Ab who are forced to give up their newborn, Lucy after she is born with Down Syndrome Ab s controlling father convinces his son that she would be better off institutionalized as she may have heart problems and developmental difficulties And while it was difficult to read as people are so callous and refer to her with derogatory language not acceptable any, I loved seeing Ginny and her friend, Marsha as they attempt to rescue Lucy after several newspaper articles expose the injustices and poor living conditions in the institute It s a tribute to parenting and the lengths to which one will go to keep a family together Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC flag 2 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 14, 2018 Laurie rated it it was amazing A well written,heart wrenching story People did not know what to do with not perfect babies that were born in the 1960 s Families felt shame and blame as they placed these little ones into facilities to live out their days They were called residential schools aka institutions Parents went on and tried to forget The children were better off, weren t they Lucy was born with Down s Syndrome Her Dad gave up parental rights the day she was born and she was placed into an institution It wa A well written,heart wrenching story People did not know what to do with not perfect babies that were born in the 1960 s Families felt shame and blame as they placed these little ones into facilities to live out their days They were called residential schools aka institutions Parents went on and tried to forget The children were better off, weren t they Lucy was born with Down s Syndrome Her Dad gave up parental rights the day she was born and she was placed into an institution It was the right decision, wasn t it This is a story of a mom who could not forget her little girl Ginny had always wondered about Lucy Was she happy, healthy and receiving adequate care When she learns that there have been deficiencies in the Home Lucy lives in, Ginny sets out on a mission to right the wrongs Ginny will not stop nor will she ever give up fighting for her child.It is a novel of hope, love, courage, despair, tragedy and yet inspiration flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Kim Bruce Daniel rated it it was amazing Such a good read I felt for Ginny and Lucy, got mad at Ab his Dad So many emotions going on but I could put the book down So glad a was lucky to receive this ARC I highly recommend this book flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Carla Suto rated it it was amazing KEEPING LUCY by T Greenwood is beautifully written and heart wrenching story of the power of a mother s love and how far she will go to protect her children It is set in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the affluent suburbs of Boston where Ginny Richardson has married into her husband Ab s powerful family They have a young son, Peyton, who is the apple of Ab s eye When Ginny goes to the hospital to deliver their second child, something goes horribly wrong She awakens to learn that her daug KEEPING LUCY by T Greenwood is beautifully written and heart wrenching story of the power of a mother s love and how far she will go to protect her children It is set in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the affluent suburbs of Boston where Ginny Richardson has married into her husband Ab s powerful family They have a young son, Peyton, who is the apple of Ab s eye When Ginny goes to the hospital to deliver their second child, something goes horribly wrong She awakens to learn that her daughter was born with Down Syndrome and based upon the recommendation of her controlling father in law, baby Lucy has been taken away and committed to a school for impaired children Over time, Ginny tries to live the life that is expected of her, but she is always haunted by the memory of the baby girl she never got to see Two years later, Ginny s best friend, Marsha informs her that there has been a shocking expos written about the institution where Lucy was sent Confronted with evidence of the horrifying conditions under which the children at Willowridge exist, Ginny sets out to visit her daughter and see for herself When she sees the deplorable abuse and neglect at the facility, Ginny takes Lucy and vows never to return with her What follows is a wildly suspenseful journey to escape her husband and father in law s attempts to force her back home without Lucy Ginny discovers an inner strength and independence she has never had as she fights against all odds to keep both her children with her The character development is excellent and the descriptions of the societal norms of the time period are spot on I found the story even compelling because it was based on true events This is a book that will not soon be forgotten and I highly recommend it Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read an early copy flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Holly Mangiante rated it liked it After reading and enjoying Rust Stardust in 2018, I was excited to get another ARC by T Greenwood I enjoy how Greenwood s writing take the reader back in time Ginny gives birth to her second child in 1969 and is devastated to learn her daughter has Down Syndrome As a homemaker and wife to a powerful and wealthy lawyer, she s convinced that the best course of action is to send her baby, Lucy, to a school for the feeble minded Ab, her husband, first convinces her that they shouldn t After reading and enjoying Rust Stardust in 2018, I was excited to get another ARC by T Greenwood I enjoy how Greenwood s writing take the reader back in time Ginny gives birth to her second child in 1969 and is devastated to learn her daughter has Down Syndrome As a homemaker and wife to a powerful and wealthy lawyer, she s convinced that the best course of action is to send her baby, Lucy, to a school for the feeble minded Ab, her husband, first convinces her that they shouldn t see Lucy for 30 days, and when that comes, convinces her that they should grieve for Lucy as though she were dead That it s the best thing for their son, their family, and even Lucy Fast forward a couple of years when Ginny s best friend Marsha, a spit fire nurse, calls Ginny to share an expos written in the paper about the atrocities of the school, Willowridge Marsha and Ginny jump into action going to the school to see if it s really that bad, even though Ab says it s been sensationalized While Ginny is allowed to sign Lucy out for the weekend, she quickly learns the true depravity of the situation and simply can t take her back Thus begins Lucy s kidnapping and a long trip on the run, from Ab, AB s family, the school, and authorities I enjoyed this book, but felt like it slowed significantly part way through around half way flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Greta Samuelson rated it really liked it I received this book from St Martin s Press as an ARC The following review is not related to the free copy that I very much appreciate This is the story of Ginny and her family Husband, Ab 6 year old Son, Peyton 2 year old daughter, Lucy who has Down Syndrome This book is set in the late 60 s through 1971 and unfortunately tells us the story of how we treated children born with disabilities during that time period in addition to the very limited freedom of choices that women resigned the I received this book from St Martin s Press as an ARC The following review is not related to the free copy that I very much appreciate This is the story of Ginny and her family Husband, Ab 6 year old Son, Peyton 2 year old daughter, Lucy who has Down Syndrome This book is set in the late 60 s through 1971 and unfortunately tells us the story of how we treated children born with disabilities during that time period in addition to the very limited freedom of choices that women resigned themselves to Lucy could have been me with just a tiny change in my chromosomes born during the same time in history I don t think my parents would have agreed to institutionalize me many children were subjected to neglectful situations and raised without love or even basic health care Without giving too much of the story away, Ginny finds out about the poor treatment of someChildren at the school their daughter was admitted to when she was born and goes there to find out for herself What she finds is worse than she imagined and a fugitive road trip ensues Lovely light and easy read just touching the surface on some heavy subjects This story is very nicely wrapped up at the end 4 stars for T Greenwood flag 1 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        T Greenwood is the author of twelve novels She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, the Maryland State Arts Council She has won three San Diego Book Awards Five of her novels have been BookSense76 IndieBound picks BODIES OF WATER was finalist for a Lambda Foundation award Her T Greenwood is the author of twelve novels She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, the Maryland State Arts Council She has won three San Diego Book Awards Five of her novels have been BookSense76 IndieBound picks BODIES OF WATER was finalist for a Lambda Foundation award Her twelfth novel, RUST STARDUST, will be published in August 2018.She teaches creative writing for San Diego Writer s Ink and online for The Writer s Center She and her husband, Patrick, live in San Diego, CA with their two daughters She is also a photographer.More information on T Greenwood can be found at her websites and


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    1. This book captivated me from start to finish Very mild spoiler s It s 1969 and Ginny has just given birth to her second child, a baby girl with down syndrome The moment she s born, Ginny s doctor tells her that she won t be able to keep the baby, and that her baby will likely die within a few years from a heart condition or something else Her husband wants to protect the family by sending the baby to a school for children with needs Ginny doesn t agree with her husband Abbott, but she fee [...]


    2. Amazing writing, amazing story telling and I could not stop reading it Honestly, I was just going to preview a bit of this novel, and planned on reading it next month That never happened I became so absorbed in the story and so invested in the characters that I simply couldn t put the book down It was such a compelling story line and I just fell in love with little Lucy and truly cared about her and her mom, Ginny I had to see the story through to the end.It was 1969 and Ginny s baby Amazing wri [...]


    3. I very much enjoyed Rust and Stardust, the author s last book, so I was excited at the opportunity to read this one When Ginny s second child is born, a daughter with Down Syndrome, the baby is whisked away by her husband and sent to a residential home, Willowbrook Ginny never laid eyes on her daughter or held her She grieves the baby she never met but is subservient to her husband to a fault and the subject is never discussed in their household Two years later the school is the subject of a I v [...]


    4. Let me preface my review by saying I have loved everything this author has written From her Bodies of Water to Rust and Stardust, she has managed to ensnare me into a web of excellent reading, writing, and story telling So, you can imagine my disappointment when reading this book and finding it came up quite short in my expectations.The background of the story is traumatic From the early fifties to the late seventies, children and people with mental disabilities were shunted into institutions Le [...]


    5. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel, received in exchange for an honest review After devouring Rust and Stardust and being both infatuated and disturbed by it , I was excited to get the chance to read T Greenwood s newest novel, Keeping Lucy It s 1969 and Ginny Richardson is living the life she always dreamed of She has a loving, wealthy husband, a happy and elegant home, and a young son she adores When she gets pregnant again, her ha [...]


    6. This was one of the best books that I ve read this year Wow What a wonderful, beautifully written book, with such well developed characters, that I felt as if I knew them by the end of the book I grew to love baby Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, and could almost feel her soft curls and smell her sweet breath I wanted to hold her, as the author perfectly described the feeling of being overcome by love for a child To read about the conditions at the school where Lucy was sent after her birth This w [...]


    7. This heart warming tale of motherhood, families, and the female voice is so beautiful it captured my heart About the BookThis past week I finished reading T Greenwood s novel Keeping Lucy, which tells the story of a mother who is learning to rediscover her voice and follow her instincts Set in the 1970s, Ginny is advised to send her second child Lucy to a home for children born with downs syndrome She ll need special care, particularly because of a heart defect that likely means Lucy won t li Th [...]


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