Author: K.D. Alden
Publication Date: January 19, 2020
Based on the true story behind a landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision, K.D. Alden’s debut is a rich and moving story of one woman’s courage and determination to get her child back when all odds are stacked against her.
Virginia, 1927: All Ruth Ann Riley wants is a chance to have a family. But because she was poor and unwed when she became pregnant, she was sent to an institution and her child was given to another woman. Ruth Ann can’t stand the thought of never seeing little Annabel’s face again, never snuggling up to her warmth or watching her blue eyes crinkle with laughter. And now they want to take away her right to have any other babies? She is not going to let that happen.
All the rich and fancy folks may call her feebleminded, but Ruth Ann is smarter than any of them have bargained for. Because no matter how high the odds are stacked against her, she is going to overcome the scandals in her past and get her child back. She just never expects her battle will go to the U.S. Supreme Court, or that she’d find unexpected friendships…and even the possibility of love along the way.
A Mother’s Promise by K.D. Alden is an emotional story about how far a mother would go to get her baby back and stand up for herself.
After a teenage pregnancy, Ruth Ann is sent to an institution for the feebleminded. Ruth Ann is trying to find a way to get her baby, Annabel, back. Then, Ruth Ann finds out she is going to be sterilized soon so won’t be able to have any more children. All Ruth Ann has ever wanted is to have a family. A lawyer approaches her to help her fight for the legal right to prevent the doctor from sterilizing her. Ruth Ann makes friends and figures out who she can trust while fighting for her freedom.
I loved A Mother’s Promise. My only problem with it was that I didn’t want to put it down. A Mother’s Promise is emotional and thought provoking. Reading about what Ruth Ann is going through because she is labeled as “feebleminded” is heartbreaking. As the story goes on the reader finds out Ruth Ann is more intelligent than anyone gives her credit. Ruth makes friends along the way. Ruth Ann doesn’t give up even when everyone tells her to. She is always looking for a solution. Clarence is a great friend to Ruth Ann. He will do anything for her without worrying about the consequences. Glory is a kind person that is trying to be there and help Ruth Ann from the moment they meet. Glory and Ruth Ann both are lonely so I enjoyed watching their friendship develop. A Mother’s Promise is about a difficult concept that seems crazy now but was normal in the past. I had so much empathy for Ruth Ann and all of the characters in A Mother’s Promise. Alden did a great job developing realistic characters with flaws but don’t give up or lose hope. I highly recommend A Mother’s Promise.
Thank you Forever Publishing and NetGalley for A Mother’s Promise.
About the Author
K.D. Alden is the award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty-five novels for major publishers. While she’s created hundreds of characters under multiple names, she herself has only one personality!
She grew up in Austin, Texas, is a graduate of Smith College
and resides in south Florida with her husband and two rescue greyhounds. This is her first historical novel.