Keeping Lucy is not non-stop action and excitement. What it is, is gripping.
Ginny Richardson’s 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.” But two years later, when Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth she knows she can’t leave her daughter there. For the first time, Ginny must test her own strength as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy.
Greenwood has written a compelling story of one mother’s love. Leaving this reader asking herself “What would you do for your child?” Would you do anything for your child? For Ginny, that answer is a resounding yes! I’d like to think that myself and all mothers out there would respond similarly.
While the story slowed in the middle and the ending was abrupt, I still found this story satisfying. The characters have depth and believability and I spent a good deal of time cringing and sick to my stomach over the circumstances. Greenwood made me feel as if I were right there, that Lucy was my child. I wanted to be Ginny, I wanted to make it right.
Keeping Lucy doesn’t release until August. Can you wait that long to read it? I think the wait will be worth it.
Thank you St. Martin’s Press for the advanced copy of this book.
Rating: 4 stars
Title: Keeping Lucy
Author: T. Greenwood
Release Date: August 6, 2019
April 16, 2019 at 11:56 pm
This novel sounds really sad. It’s awful how people with disabilities and mental health problems were treated back in the day. For instance, with Autism doctors used to immediately urge parents to institutionalize right after diagnosis and they’d blame the mother for how the child turned out using the bullshit ‘refrigerator mother’ theory. As somebody who’s suffered from a long-term mental illness I sometimes think about what would have happened to me if I had been born in a different era. I’s definitely like to read this book! 🙂