This is the true story of lost love between a mother and daughter. In 1925, a rural Kansas teenage girl found herself in the "family way" and unmarried. She was sent to The Willows Maternity Sanitarium, a home for unwed mothers, and gave up her baby to be raised by strangers. She was devastated but had to promise to never look for her baby. Though kept a secret, she never forgot and always hoped her baby girl was happy. Adopted and raised by a wonderful Kansas farm family, the daughter always wonders the who and why about her birth mother. After 66 years they are reunited and this is their story.
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About the Author
KelLee has enjoyed many different careers. He is a former agricultural and literacy missionary in Guatemala, county extension agricultural and 4-H agent, third grade teacher, Reading First literacy coach, and adjunct professor. He has worked for publishers of academic materials in mathematics and science in both management and sales. Currently he helps with writing science curriculum for elementary students. KelLee is a graduate of Kansas State University and is an ardent fan of their football and basketball teams. From his rural roots, he loves the beauty of the Flint Hills and resides in Manhattan, Kansas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The love of family and the intricacies of rural Kansas in bygone days flow through Parr’s first story. Based on the events of his mother and his grandmother’s lives, this is a story of undying love, heartbreak, adoption and connection. It is the story of how a good son fits the pieces of a puzzle spanning decades together to fulfill his mother’s one wish, to find her biological mother. As a lover of Nicholas Sparks’ books, I found this one to be much in the same vein, warm and wonderful with suspense and a few emotional roller coasters, keep the tissues handy! It is a great read and a great first novel. If you are looking for a book to enjoy and that inspires hope, this is a good weekend read and also one to share with friends. I’m very much looking forward to Mr. Parr’s next book.
This is a great story about a son helping his mother search for her birth mother. She not only finds her birth mother but an extended family. It conveys all of the excitement and anxiousness that one would expect doing a search for a birth family. It tells the story of why the adoption occurred including the societal pressures of the time. It was a great, smooth flowing story. I did not want to put it down once I started reading.
A touching story, lovingly told about finding his grandmother who had given his mother up for adoption --and their wonderful reunion.