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Keeping Lucy

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  157 reviews

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 Willowridg

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Expected publication: August 6th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 doesn't agree with her husband Abbott, but she feels s
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 through to the end.

It was 1969 and Ginny's baby
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-completed
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 come up with ideas for a road trip – and to just write whatever came into their heads. Then, several of these ideas were scoo
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 treatment at Willowridge, Ginny knows she must do somethi ...more
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 household.

Two years later the school is the subject of a
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 mean, her name is in the title after all. The star
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
This heart-warming tale of motherhood, families, and the female voice is so beautiful–it captured my heart!

About the Book

This 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 because of a heart defect that likely means Lucy won’t li
Norma * Traveling Sister
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.

A thoroughly enjoyable, unputdownable and fascinating read! 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.

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Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, jan-mar
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 mental disabilities were shunted into institutions
Erin Clemence
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
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 young son she adores. When she gets pregnant again, her happiness
Cathy Branciforte
This was one of the best books that I've read this year. Wow! What a wonderful, beautifully written book, with such well developed characters, that I felt as if I knew them by the end of the book. I grew to love baby Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, and could almost feel her soft curls and smell her sweet breath. I wanted to hold her, as the author perfectly described the feeling of being overcome by love for a child. To read about the conditions at the "school" where Lucy was sent after her birth ...more
Martie Nees Record
My Rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: General Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub. Date: August 6, 2019

The latest novel by T. Greenwood, author of "Rust & Stardust," is about a heartbroken mother who gave up her baby girl born with Down Syndrome. That sounds too harsh. Let me clarify. The year is 1969, when women gave birth while under anesthesia. While still under the influence of the ether, and pressure from her doctor, husband, and father-in-law, the baby, who she named Lucy, is taken from her
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Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
T. Greenwood has done it again, she brings the pages to life for me when I read her books. However, this book was not a happy page turner for me. Ginny's major struggles begin when her baby is born with Down's Syndrome and the story centers on what happens to that baby, Lucy. It is hard to read about at times. It is also hard to believe how close minded and self centered some people are when it comes to supposed disabilities-Furthermore, it is not easy to read about it as you get so frustrated a ...more
Sherri Thacker
Really enjoyed this one!! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the book for an honest review.
Wendi Lee
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is EASILY the best book I've read this year.

When Ginny has her baby daughter, she's immediately taken away from her. Her husband and father-in-law spirit baby Lucy away to a "school," insisting that it's the best thing to do because Lucy has Down Syndrome. Ginny is heartbroken, but she learns to live without her daughter, believing that she's in good hands.

Two years later, Ginny learns that Willowridge, the special school, is criminally neglecting their children wards. She travels there wi
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

One of PopSugar's 30 Must-Read Books of 2019

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
Olga Fry
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this ARC.

I think it might just be me but I realized afterward that T. Greenwood wrote "Rust & Stardust," which I did not enjoy, so it may be that I do not like the writer's writing style. In this story inspired by true events, a mother will go to any lengths to protect her young daughter and ensure a good quality of life her.

I didn't enjoy this book. While I don't doubt that institutions in that day and age, even now, mistreated and abused
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keeping Lucy begins with the birth of a baby girl in 1969. I was immediately captivated, because I could see myself in the young mother. Her world, her time was familiar because I also gave birth to a daughter in 1969. Like Ginny, I stayed at home every day with my children while my husband went away to work. Like Ginny, I didn't drive and my husband made all the decisions about our family. Fortunately. my daughter was "normal" when she was born. I don't know what I would have done if she came i ...more
Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

Rating: 3/5
Pub date: August 2019
Publisher: St Martin Press
Genre: fiction, historical fiction

I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley and St Martin Press in exchange for an unbiased review.

This is a very heart wrenching and disturbing story which appears to based on a true event.


Virginia “Ginny” and Abbott “Ab” Richardson live a comfortable life in a toney neighborhood of Dover, Massachusetts when Lucy is born in Oc
Genevieve Trono
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! After reading a few books that were just "okay" I was feeling like I was in a little bit of a reading rut during these last few weeks. I started Keeping Lucy with high hopes and it was everything I hoped it would be. It was my first book by T. Greenwood and certainly won't be my last.

I was immediately drawn into this story and the characters. Greenwood's storytelling was wonderful and her attention to detail made me easily picture the scenes and the amazingly well-developed characters that
Caroline Bertaud
It’s the first time I read T. Greenwood, but it won’t be the last. Keeping Lucy captivated me from beginning to end. It’s very well written, it’s intricate and flows wonderfully in a way that each flashback chapter gives a great hindsight on the characters, so well developed.
It’s also Women Fiction as readers dive into what life was like for women back in the 60-70s and therefore what it took for Ginny to take back control. As a mother, you’ll feel for her, you’ll feel for her precious little Lu
Maureen Timerman
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
A look at a mother’s pain of losing a child, but her child is not dead, just taken from her, and we are on a journey to find her.
There is a reason all of those homes have closed, a place for unwanted children, but as you read this book, you may want the tissues handy, you quickly realize that this is something that you are not going to get over. This is a mother that two years later still has empty arms, and yes, she has a little boy to raise, but when you learn what happened to the lost child y
Kasa Cotugno
The trouble with reading a book that pulls the reader in is inevitable comparisons when a book isn't as compelling. The book I read previously was rich in character and substance, but this one lacked both. Too much filler concerning clothing and a situation that neither propelled nor intrigued me. Disappointing because her earlier book did both.
Donna Hines
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
How far will one go to save the life of their own child?
Lucy is a beautiful young girl born with down syndrome who was sent away for 'feeble minded' to live out her life .
Ab made that decision all those years ago against Ginny's better wishes and now they both are taking a second look as the school if a place of filth and squallor.
Ginny will be damned if she spends one more day being neglected so she sets off to save her daughter with her son in tow and her best friend Marsha.
As they embark on t
C. Purtill
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In 1971, a time when women were navigating the waters of independence apart from their children and husbands, Ginny Richardson -wife of attorney Ab and mother to son, Peyton - learns that the institution where her disabled daughter Lucy was committed is being accused of abuse and neglect. Ginny and her best friend Marsha- a woman who, in the parlance of the day, is "loose", as well as unmarried and possibly pregnant - take off for the institution to sign the child out for a long weekend. This is ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was heart-wrenching. It was the kind of story that will make any parent stop in their tracks and be awe-struck by the pain that Ginny Richardson has to endure and that's all within just the first few chapters.

It's about a mother whose daughter, born with Down's Syndrome, is taken from her against her will and put into a home. It's 1969 and no one understood the gravity of their decisions in regards to those born with developmental disabilities. When Lucy is taken from her, Ginny is d
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was unable to become invested in this story as much as many readers. I thought the plot was compelling, but did not care for the writing style which seemed to me to be melodramatic, simplistic and with cliches. I am old enough to remember the horrific conditions in institutions similar to the one in which Lucy was placed. In fact, as a young student, I worked for part a summer in such a place, which in some ways was even worse than the neglectful and atrocious conditions described here. The pl ...more
Jennifer Shanahan
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-giveaways
THIS book was SO good! I loved it. I am the mother of a severely autistic young man so I can totally relate to Ginny's feelings towards her daughter Lucy when she is born with Downs. This is the story of Ginny a suburban housewife in the early 70's who has a son and then has a daughter who has Down's syndrome. Apparently in that era children with downs were immediately labeled handicapped with zero expectations for any semblance of a normal life and put in institutions at birth. Ginny's husband ...more
A powerful, heart wrenching tale of an ugly time in our recent history (1971). Gin (Virginia) and Ab (Abbott jr) are a picture-perfect young couple. Gin is a stay-at-home-mom caring for their young son while Ab is a high-power attorney working for his father’s firm.

When Gin and Ab give birth to their second child, a daughter named Lucy, their idyllic life is shattered. Lucy, born with Down Syndrome is removed from the hospital shortly after birth and placed in a “school” that comes highly recom
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T. Greenwood is the author of twelve novels. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, the Maryland State Arts Council. She has won three San Diego Book Awards. Five of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks. BODIES OF WATER was finalist for a Lambda Foundation award. Her ...more
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