Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

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, 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 wa...

Details Keeping Lucy

TitleKeeping Lucy
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Keeping Lucy

  • Mischenko
    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 does...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...Once 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 ...
  • Holly B
    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...
  • Debra
    When Ginny Richardson's daughter, Lucy, is born with down syndrome, her husband has her taken to Willowridge, a school for the "feeble minded” Ginny is heartbroken, but her husband convinces her that Lucy being in Willowridge is in everyone's best interest - including Lucy's. Ginny was expected to grieve and move on. But then Ginny's friend Marsha find a newspaper article detailing neglected children, despicable living conditions and poor treat...
  • Jaline
    Update: Today, August 6th 2019 - happy publication day for this novel.I have been a fan of T. Greenwood’s writing for quite some time. I have also been disappointed once before, but never to the degree that I was disappointed in this novel.For me, the pacing was off completely. As I was reading, I felt like someone sat a half-dozen young women at a table with several open bottles of wine and glasses all around, then gave them an exercise to com...
    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 was...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Enjoyable, unputdownable, fascinating!Oh 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 recommend!Thank 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.
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    3.5 stars for Greenwood's story of betrayal, love and forgiveness. It's 1969 and Ginny Richardson's daughter, Lucy, is born with Down Syndrome. This is a time where institutionalizing children with Down Syndrome was common and the genetic disorder was stigmatized and widely misunderstood. Lucy is taken from her mother at birth and left at Willowridge School where unbeknownst to her mother she and all the other children are living in horrific cond...
  • Liz
    For those of us of a certain age, 1969 can seem like forever ago and recent history. But a lot has changed in the last fifty years, especially when it comes to the treatment of Down’s Syndrome children. Even the name. I remember when they were called Mongoloids and that shunting them away was the normal practice. This gripping book deals with Ginny, who gives birth to such a child. Initially, she goes along with her husband and his family, who ...
  • JanB
    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 hou...
  • marilyn
    Ginny, wife of wealthy lawyer Ab, gives birth to a Down Syndrome baby girl and barely gets to touch her before the baby is whisked off to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded." Ginny has no say in the matter and is heavily medicated so she can't even give voice to the fact that she wants to keep and raise her baby. Ab's rich, big time lawyer dad manipulates the entire situation so that the problem of Lucy is swept under the rug ...
  • Felicia
    After reading the synopsis for this book I thought "YESSSSSS... she's going to do with the story behind Willowbrook that she did with the Sally Horner story in Rust and Stardust".Yeahhhhhh... that'd be a big nope. Instead, the most interesting aspect of this story, Willowbrook State School (aka Willowridge in this story) is barely explored. Instead we get melodramatic unrelatable characters in predictable situations. I want to know about Lucy! I ...
  • Toni
    A captivating and thought-provoking read. It is difficult to imagine that the time when women were powerless to this extent is not that far away (in some places or in some aspects it is still here with us).Ginny Richardson is told that her newborn daughter Lucy has Down Syndrome and a heart condition that will not permit her to live long. Ginny's husband Ab, under pressure from his overbearing wealthy lawyer father, agrees to place Lucy in an ins...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    2 stars. In 1969, Ginny and Ab Richardson’s second child, a daughter named Lucy, is born with Down Syndrome. Explaining that she will have major health issues and need specialized care, Abs’ wealthy and powerful parents convince Ginny to send her daughter to live at Willowridge, a school for the “feeble-minded”. Ginny is tormented by this heart-wrenching decision, aching for her daughter every single day. Two years after giving Lucy up, G...
  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    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 b...
  • Erin
    Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. In the same vein as other reviewers, I was completely captivated by the author's previous novel, Rust and Stardust and had selected this book as one of my most eagerly anticipated reads of 2019. It DID NOT disappoint. Keeping Lucy shows how far a mother will go to protect the children that she loves. It's 1969 and main protagonist, Ginny is devast...
  • Carol
    UNPUTDOWNABLE! Heartbreaking. horrifying. Intense. The first thing I did after reading KEEPING LUCY was Google Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York and was almost sorry I did. Conditions of the so-called school were appalling, the treatment and photos of the forgotten children sickening. I was so glad T. Greenwood's work of historical fiction kept the horrors to a minimum while still bringing to light the unimaginable history of th...
  • Jonetta
    It’s 1969 and Ginny Richardson goes into labor with her second child at the baby shower hosted by her mother-in-law. After a hazy delivery, she’s informed that her baby daughter, Lucy, has serious health issues and has Down syndrome. Still in a fog aided by sedatives heaped upon her, husband Ab convinces her that the child needs to be institutionalized and isn’t expected to live very long. Ginny only has a few moments with her daughter befo...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    It’s the late 1960s in Dover, Massachusetts, when Ginny Richardson’s beloved daughter, Lucy, who has Down Syndrome, is taken away from her. Her husband does the taking, sending little Lucy to Willowridge, a school for those with disabilities (though it wasn’t worded quite this way back then).Ab, Ginny’s husband, tells her to grieve for Lucy as if she has died, and they need to move on. That completely broke my heart.Two years go by, and s...
  • Karen
    When I saw that this author had a new book, I hurried to request it, as I am a fan of a couple of her previous books.This one was just mediocre for me.A young married couple, quite well off, have a young son and the second child, Lucy, is born with Down’s Syndrome and at this time in history, 1969... many were institutionalized. This is NOT what Ginny, the mother wanted.. her husband signed the child over to the state, under pressure from his o...
  • Lisa
    A heartwarming story of a mother’s love and redemption.SUMMARYGinny Richardson‘s was devastated when her newborn infant girl that she named Lucy, was ripped away from her just minutes after her birth. It was October 1969 and Lucy had been born with Down’s Syndrome. The doctor, Lucy’s husband, Ab and Lucy’s powerful father-in-law thought it was for the best that Lucy be taken away to Willowridge immediately, a special school for the “f...
  • Marialyce
    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 ...
  • Jenny
    In 1969 we landed men on the moon and safely returned them to earth. The realm of science and knowledge was greatly enlarged. Unfortunately knowledge was not expanded in all areas of our lives.In 1969, it was common practice for children born with Down’s syndrome to be placed from birth in an institution for the “feeble minded”.Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood is a story of one family who must face this issue when young mother, Ginny, gives bir...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! Dover, Massachusetts October 1969 ”Later she would blame the moon. That full, blood moon that pierced the night sky like a bleeding bullet hole.” ”Fall arrived early that year she was pregnant with Lucy, the heat of summer gone overnight, frost lacing the windows like Mother Nature’s curtains.” It was a few weeks before Halloween, the air had that chill to it, and the leaves were changing, falling to the ground i...
  • Judy Collins
    Check out my special Q&A Elevator Interview with T. Greenwood! Meet the master storyteller, learn more about the inspiration behind this extraordinary novel, KEEPING LUCY, down syndrome, plus fun facts about the author and more! Sparked by the horrific conditions at Belchertown State School for the Feebleminded, a state-run institution in Belchertown, Massachusetts. A perfect blending of fact and fiction. I loved KEEPING LUCY! Many of you have...
  • Mackey
    Keeping Lucy is the first T Greenwood novel that I have read and it is one that grabbed me, pulled me in and still will not let me go. It is heart breaking and heartwarming, historical and timely all at once. It’s a book that I highly recommend.Keeping Lucy begins with Ginny Richardson giving birth to her daughter, Lucy, who is born with Down Syndrome, known as ” a mongoloid” at that time. Ginny’s husband and father in law make the decisi...
  • Erin Clemence
    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 youn...
  • DeAnn
    4 compelling stars to this taleIn 1969, our main character, Ginny, gives birth to Lucy. The doctor and her husband and father-in-law all thought it best to ship this Down Syndrome baby off to an institution, so Ginny was forced to leave the hospital without her baby. As a mother, I thought this was an appalling reaction, but I think this happened a lot. Ginny was never on board with the decision, but as a woman, her opinion was not considered.Fas...
  • Lisa-Books Smiles
    4.5 Stars!Keeping Lucy, started with an intense and horrifying story of Lucy, just hours after being born with down syndrome was ripped from her mother’s arms and taken to an institution. As this novel unravels you will find yourself gasping for breath, on the verge of being sick, but ultimately leaving your heart full with love for these characters. Thank you, T. Greenwood for another heartwarming and very well written novel.*I received an ear...
  • Lindsey Gandhi
    What a crazy emotional roller coaster ride I just went on reading this book!!! The story and writing starts off extremely strong, there's a little lull around the 50-60% mark and then picks back up and finishes strong. This story will tug at your heart strings. It was really interesting reading this as a woman today with all my rights and my voice and my backbone. Women in that time period didn't have any of those or the luxury of having a backbo...