Review & Giveaway: A Mother's Promise by K.D. Alden

A Mother's Promise by K.D. Alden

Publication Date: January 19, 2021
Forever/Grand Central
Paperback & eBook; 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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 strength at a pivotal point in America’s history.

Virginia, 1927. A chance to have a family. That’s all Ruth Ann Riley wants. But because she was unwed and pregnant, she was sent away and her baby given to another woman. Now they’re trying to take Ruth Ann’s right to have another child. But she 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. Good thing she has a plan.

All the rich and fancy folks may call her feeble-minded, 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—and along the way, she just may find unexpected friendships and the possibility of love in the most unlikely of places.

"A Mother's Promise is a powerful, heart-wrenching, ultimately uplifting novel about the bonds of family and one woman's courage in the face of adversity. K.D. Alden brings history to life with rich storytelling and deep emotion."―V.S. Alexander, author of The Magdalen Girls

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Emotional, captivating, and unforgettable, A Mother's Promise is an excellent work of Historical Fiction that grabbed me from the start.

Ruth Ann Riley is a young woman living at The Colony Home for Epileptics and Feeble-minded after getting pregnant out of wedlock. Her daughter was taken from her and given to a local family to care for.

Ruth Ann is the daughter to one of the most infamous patients at The Colony - her mother is known for her violent episodes and manic behavior. Ruth Ann knows she is not like her mother and is definitely not feeble-minded.
Between cruel nurses and inhumane treatment, the only kindness Ruth Ann finds at the Colony is Ruby and the handyman that works there, Clarence. I just adored Clarence! The scenes with him and Ruth Ann were my favorite.

Dr. Price, who runs The Colony, believes that the madness in their family will continue to pass down to other generations, so he wants to sterilize Ruth Ann. The case is eventually taken to the Supreme Court and decided in a landmark ruling.

While tough to read at times, I truly enjoyed A Mother's Promise! K.D. Alden's writing is fantastic - I can't wait to pick up more of her backlist. Highly recommended!

About the Author

K.D. Alden is the pseudonym of an award-winning author who has written more than twenty novels in various genres. She has been the recipient of the Maggie Award, the Book Buyer’s Best Award, and an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. A Mother’s Promise is her first historical novel.

K.D. is a graduate of Smith College, grew up in Austin, Texas, and resides in South Florida with her husband and two rescue greyhounds.

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  1. Thank you for reviewing this one. It sounds like a good period book from a time that I have unfortunately not read enough from. I have added it to my Goodreads list.

  2. Thank you so much for this review!


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