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The heartbreaking and uplifting 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.

Based on incredible true events, Keeping Lucy is the searing, heartfelt, and breathtaking story of just how far a mother’s love can take her.

©2019 T. Greenwood (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Don't waste your time.

Predictable plot. Mostly unlikable characters that were never fully fleshed out. Perhaps because the world has changed it's collective attitude toward developmentally delayed folks and we've become at least somewhat compassionate and more inclusive, as a reader I found this story so offensive, and our "heroine" unbelievavle even though the setting was early 70's. Her contidictory emotions and second guessing simply didn't play well for me. Also, I found the performance of the reading to be agravating. Too conspiratorial. Sorry gang, I really didn't like this at all. I only kept listening til the end, in hope that there would be an improvement at some point. Didn't happen.

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A mother caught in the middle.

When a “retarded” baby girl is given away after a parent decides the child’s physically, mental and emotional needs can beat be handled by an institutional environment.
Yet, her young mother yearns for her daughter. When she goes to see her two years later, she in enraged to find the facility nasty, understaffed, unsafe and no place she would put a dog.

A weekend trip leads to a road trip to who knows where. Anywhere other than taking her daughter to that hell hole.

She finds there is a class action lawsuit against the agency and the law firm representing the institution is none other than her powerful father in law who does not take no for an answer.

Torn between the love of a daughter she does not know how to care for and a husband she loves (and works for his dad’s law firm) who can she trust and what will she do????

One of the best stories in a while. I simply love this narrator!

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The 1960s and 70s were no joy ride for women

The 1960s and 70s were no joy ride for women, and Tammy Greenwood captures the excruciating conflicts challenging women of the era who were determined to practice their motherhood as compellingly as their agency, while they struggled with the patriarchy—within their families and in their society. Protagonist Ginny Richardson’s story is as compelling as Mira’s in Marlyn French’s THE WOMEN’S ROOM—maybe more so, because KEEPING LUCY will inform today’s young feminists of what is at risk.

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Exceptional!

I don’t write to many reviews but felt this book needs to be acknowledged. This is a must read.

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Awwww Precious Lucy.

Keeping Lucy was good from the beginning. Her husband and father in law's name kept me thinking about Abbot and Costello (aging myself - saw the reruns). I love hate Abbott because he really needed to pick a side. The strength of Virginia for long was way beyond amazing. She exudes mommy power. I have a mommy like her and it makes you feel safe and invincible. Another soldier was my girl Marsha talk about 'Ride or Live', she was the fuel to Ginny's 🔥 fire. Then my boy, brother a 4 year old w/o a car in the world, ends giving all his love to his baby sister, whom he has no problem claiming.
I thought it would end differently. I actually liked how it ended, which is rare. It was neat and tied up with loose ends.
I recommend.

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Beautiful Story!

This book was recommended to me and I'm so glad it was! I didn't want to put it down.

The writing was beautiful and the narration was wonderful.


I loved it from beginning to end.

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Good book

It was a good read/listen. However it was redundant. Described the feeling in her chest about 100 times. Using the word chest over and over. It was extremely aggravating. Other than that it was good, nice ending.

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Heart Breaking and SO GOOD!

Don't underestimate the strength of a mom. To advocate for my children has been the greatest challenge and joy. This was the best mama warrior story. Narrator's Boston accent was so good and did a great job telling this story.

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This was a very enjoyable book.

I enjoyed this book immensely. I would be interested in a sequel that picked up where this left off.

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Heart Warming

This book took me for a ride on the emotional roller coaster. I was so upset and then happy and then frustrated and so on.

Very good book to listen.

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Compelling, moving, thought-provoking

I could not stop listening! Stunning performance, touching story, a story of love and relationships

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