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  • Keeping Lucy
  • T. Greenwood
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  • 07 August 2017
  • 9781250164223

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Summary ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ T. Greenwood Characters · Keeping Lucy 107 Hat 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 sualid 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 cour. Virginia Ginny Richardson worked in a library when she met Abbot Jr Ab He came from money because his father led a very successful law firm Abbot Sr had designs set on his son he wanted him to go to Harvard Law school and follow in his footsteps But Ab had other ideas about joining a group of aid workers for six months in Vietnam When Ab brought Ginny to his family s sparkling and imposing mansion Abbot Sr made it clear that she wasn t an ideal candidate for his son s future wife But Ab had already secreted his grandmother s 3 carat diamond engagement ring out of the family safe and proposed to Ginny which she accepted Then Ginny got pregnant which helped decide how things were going to go Despite the less than ideal timing Ab was elated when he learned Ginny was pregnantso much so that he began dancing with Ginny s mother in celebration upon hearing the news Now compromises were to be made with Ab s family Ab would indeed go to law school Ab s family would provide a high society country club wedding and honeymoon when Ginny had dreamed of a uiet small affair and a small starter home would be provided for the newly minted familyThe dueling chapter timelines are 1969 and 1971 which serve to weave the story along to its poignant conclusion I grew up in the sixties and seventies so I am uite drawn to this setting As the book begins Ginny already the mother of 4 year old son Peyton is heavily pregnant with her second child She s at the baby shower her mother in law Sylvia has thrown for her at the mansion As the affair is ending her water breaks and she s on her way to delivery at the hospital Back then women were still being put out to give birth and when she wakes up all is not as it should be What should be a celebratory atmosphere of elation is instead a somber and extremely tense situation with furtive glances Ginny wants to hold her baby girl and the nurse reluctantly lets her do so Ginny takes in the gorgeous dark lashes and marvels over her beautiful baby girl but is told that her child has a severe developmental disability In blunt terms Ginny is told Lucy is mongoloid retarded and will have heart problems In accurate medical terms Lucy has Down Syndrome a genetic disorder The next day when Ginny is discharged from the hospital and is looking to hold her baby Ab sheepishly tells her that Lucy s already been taken away to Willowridge School where that facility can handle the many challenges Lucy will face Four year old Peyton has been told that his little sister went to the angels For Ginny it s a dichotomy where she s in deep mourning but her baby girl didn t actually die Ginny broaches the subject with Ab about visiting Lucy but is told that visitation is discouraged before two years have passed So Ginny plods through her daily life as a mother and wife ironing and starching Ab s shirts caring for Peyton and their newer elaborate home another perk from the in laws Then Ginny s best friend Marsha descends upon the home with explosive newspaper articles about Willowridge There are photos depicting neglect with unsanitary and inhumane living conditions at this so called school Now Ginny is off the rails with concern and immediately wants to visit Lucy To give away too many details would be a disservice to the future reader as they should be discovered and savored on their own for this is an exuisitely written story Let me just say that Ginny and Marsha take off in Thelma Louise like fashion if you haven t seen that movie I highly recommend it on a mission to find Lucy There are a multitude of lessons of love told in the pages of this book In 1972 investigative reporter Geraldo Rivera did an expose about the Willowbrook school that shocked the nation and ignited change in federal civil rights legislation for people with disabilities Undoubtedly this book was based on Willowbrook Today we see people with Down Syndrome living with their families not shut away in institutions On a personal note my brother in law who is in his fifties lives with my husband college age son and I He used to live downstairs with my mother in law but when she passed away we gladly took him into our home He does not have Down Syndrome but has other mental disabilities as well as a profound speech impediment He is a handsome gentle loving well mannered and very well liked individual in our community He loves to crochet blankets do puzzles paint by number and play video games He used to be a diaper changing assistant when my mother in law watched our infant son He keeps busy with regular parks and recreation activities our town provides for ability challenged residents He also has won too many ribbons and trophies to count participating in Special Olympics He goes on many wonderful trips with these programs He s also a great help around the house with vacuuming and other home improvement projects where my husband engages his enthusiastic assistance Not to mention his mastery of the Keurig coffeemaker when he gladly makes me a perfect cup of coffee I digress from the book but in summation the interaction between Lucy and Ginny where she first received real love was a conduit to learning My heart is full after reading this book I read it within two days which is unheard of for me It is probably the best book that I ve read this year and I highly recommend itThank you to St Martin s Press who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley

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Summary ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ T. Greenwood Characters · Keeping Lucy 107 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 T. My reviews can also be seen at again T Greenwood has written a story that kept me riveted as I flew through the pages Ginny Richardson had always wanted a simple life Her husband Ab had said he wanted the same thing They were going to live in a little cabin in the woods with their children enjoying nature and each other Unfortunately those dreams were shattered early on They didn t know that there would be a whole series of roadblocks on that road less traveled all of them put up by his father Now they live in a fancy house not far from her in law s fancy house Ginny is pregnant with her second child when her water breaks during her baby showerAfter giving birth Ginny can tell something is wrong She doesn t hear the baby crying and everyone is ignoring her She hears them whispering Heart defects hearing and vision problems Thyroid malfunctions They finally let her hold her daughter and Ginny looks at her overwhelmed with nothing but love She thinks Lucy is perfect She may never talk She will never ever live on her own She will never be a normal girl Mrs Richardson The doctor won t answer her uestions and just tells her to rest Ginny wonders where Ab is as they plunge yet another syringe into her arm The next time she wakes Ab is finally there His eyes are sad Ginny asks where Lucy is as Abbott Senior walks in Ab tells her that his father has found a place for Lucy at Willowridge He says it is a place where Lucy will be loved and cared for Ginny is furious WE will care for her I will care for her She begs her husband to come to the nursery with her but Ab tells her that Lucy s not there Ginny honey she s already gone Two years later there is a hole in Ginny s life and in her heart Her husband has grown distant and is usually home late Ginny and six year old Peyton often eat aloneBut a phone call one evening changes EVERYTHINGHer best friend Marsha tells her about an expos a local reporter has written It s Willowridge The next day Marsha brings Ginny the newspaper articles Ginny can t believe what she s reading What the reporter saw sounds horrific Ginny tells her husband that he needs to fix this Your father was wrong about this place She is shocked by Ab s reaction Ginny decides she must go to Willowridge to see if what she read is true What she sees there is appalling She doesn t know what to do next But one thing she does know is that she will not abandon her daughter againGinny will be in for the fight of her life Keeping Lucy is a well written gut wrenching story that I couldn t put down I read it with my heart in my throat The story takes place over many years We learn about the early years of Ginny and Ab s relationship and marriage as well as the two years after Lucy was taken away The story continues after the awful truth about Willowridge is revealedThis novel was filled with many well developed characters Some devious and some that stole my heart The children s characters were especially wonderful and I LOVED Ginny s best friend MarshaIn my opinion Keeping Lucy is a fascinating and moving book about family guilt loss betrayal and a mother s unconditional love I m excited to read from this talented author I d like to thank St Martin s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel All opinions are my own

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Summary ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ T. Greenwood Characters · Keeping Lucy 107 Se on a heart racing journey across state lines turning Ginny into a fugitiveFor 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 he. Enjoyable unputdownable fascinatingOh my goodness This book was so good and so beautifully written T Greenwood is one of my absolute favourite authors and I never hesitate in picking up one of her novels A totally absorbing and captivating read from start to finish Would recommendThank you so much to NetGalley St Martin s Press T Greenwood for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book in exchange for a review Oil Painting into a fugitiveFor 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 Putin's Russia in Florida Keeping Lucy Seducida Esclava victoriana #3 is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take he. Enjoyable unputdownable fascinatingOh my goodness This book was so good and so beautifully written T Greenwood Essential Juices and Smoothies is one of my absolute favourite authors and I never hesitate Buttermilk Graffiti A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot Cuisine in picking up one of her novels A totally absorbing and captivating read from start to finish Would recommendThank you so much to NetGalley St Martin s Press T Greenwood for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book Vengeance Road Torpedo Ink #2 in exchange for a review