Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood, Top Shelf Review
Review by Michelle DeVries (Main-a-Dieu Library)
‘Keeping Lucy’ is a heartbreaking and uplifting story, inspired by incredible true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter.
In Dover, Massachusetts, in 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 Willow
ridge as a hell-on-earth, its squalid hallways filled with neglected children. Ginny 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 enjoyed this book, though it was heart wrenching. Ginny’s character experienced every emotion it is possible for a woman to feel – betrayal, confusion, anger, fierce maternal love, loyal friendship, fear, courage and the consequences of making good and bad choices. I also rode on this emotional roller coaster with every page I read, as I prayed for a happy ending for Mom and her children. You will read this book with your heart.