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No Names to Be Given by Julia Daily
1965. Sandy runs away from home to escape her mother’s abusive boyfriend. Becca falls in love with the wrong man. And Faith suffers a devastating attack. With no support and no other options, these three young, unwed women meet at a maternity home hospital in New Orleans where they are expected to relinquish their babies and return home as if nothing transpired.
But such a life-altering event can never be forgotten, and no secret remains buried forever. Twenty-five years later, the women are reunited by a blackmailer, who threatens to expose their secrets and destroy the lives they’ve built. That shattering revelation would shake their very foundations-and reverberate all the way to the White House.
Told from the three women’s perspectives, this mesmerizing story is based on actual experiences of women in the 1960s who found themselves pregnant but unmarried, pressured by family and society to make horrific decisions. How that inconceivable act changed women forever is the story of No Names to Be Given, a heartbreaking but uplifting novel of family and redemption.
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Praise“A gorgeous, thrilling, and important novel! These strong women will capture your heart.”-Stacey Swann, author of Olympus, Texas
“A novel worthy of a Lifetime movie adaptation.” Jess Hagemann, author of Headcheese
“An insightful and sympathetic view offered into the lives of those who were adopted and those who adopted them.”-Pam Johnson, author of Justice for Ella
“Readers can expect deep knowledge of the world the characters inhabit.”-Sara Kocek, author of Promise Me Something
“I found myself thinking about Becca, Sandy, and Faith frequently as I went about my day-I was always excited to sit down and find out what happened next.”-Sarah Welch, author of Austin Brown Dogs: The Shelter Dogs Who Rescue Us
About the Author
She has been an educator, Communications Adjunct Professor at Belhaven College, administrator, and Public Relations Director of the Mississippi Department of Education and Millsaps College, a liberal arts college in Jackson, MS. She was the founding director of the Greater Belhaven Market, a producers’ only market in a historic neighborhood in Jackson, and even shadowed Martha Stewart.
As the Executive Director of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi (300 artisans from 19 states) which operates the Mississippi Craft Center, she wrote their stories to introduce them to the public. She is an adopted child from a maternity home hospital in New Orleans.
She searched and found her birth mother and through a DNA test, her birth father’s family, as well. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband Emmerson and two Labrador Retrievers, Memphis Belle and Texas Star.
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Set in a 1960s home for unwed mothers, No Names To Be Given is the story of three young women who gave up their children, and their lives after that. Becca is a wealthy white girl who falls in love with Zeke, who is black. The reaction of Becca’s family to their relationship and Becca’s pregnancy is shocking but very true to the time. Faith is the daughter of a famous Christian minister who is raped by one of her father’s employees. Sandy is an exotic dancer who gets pregnant by a married mobster. All three of them meet at Magnolia Home Hospital and become roommates.
The book follows the lives of all three women and their children. Each chapter has a changing point of view, but is not confusing. The writing is beautifully descriptive and the story is riveting and rich. I would recommend this novel to fans of stories about family and adoption.
I received a free copy of this book via HF Virtual Book Tours. My review is voluntary.