Heedless. Stubborn. Disgraced.
Small town Illinois, 1870: "My stepfather was not particularly fond of me to begin with, and now that he'd found out about the baby, he was foaming at the mouth."
Desperate to avoid marriage, Nell Lillington refuses to divulge the name of her child's father and accepts her stepfather's decision that the baby be born at a Poor Farm and discreetly adopted.
Until an unused padded cell is opened and two small bodies fall out.
Nell is the only resident of the Poor Farm who is convinced the unwed mother and her baby were murdered, and rethinks her decision to abandon her own child to fate. But even if she manages to escape the Poor Farm with her baby she may have no safe place to run to.
Pregnancy doesn’t define a woman
I appreciated the fact that while the protagonist does get pregnant, she doesn’t let pregnancy define her. The author portrayed her as a strong, independent character very effectively.
Good story of what it was like to be a unwed mother in Victorian times! The plot of our heroine grabs you and leaves you wanting more! Highly recommend!
I was hooked from the beginning. I enjoyed the strength of Nell and her dedication to her friends and family. The role of a woman at this time was well written. I can’t wait to see where her journey leads.