Aʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ Aᴜᴅɪᴏʙᴏᴏᴋ
Book Title: No Names to Be Given
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +)
Genre: Vintage Women's Fiction
Publisher: Admission Press Inc
Release date: 08/2021
Format available for review: audiobook ( MP3 audio )
Tour Dates: Sep 20 to Oct 8
Content Rating: PG + M. No bad language, but mature subjects like suicide and a rape scene. These are both mild and not explicit. Fade to black kind of scenes.
“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.
“A novel worthy of a Lifetime movie adaptation.” Jess Hagemann, author of Headcheese.
“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.
No Names to Be Given is such a unique book telling the stories of three pregnant and unwed young women who were forced by 60s society to place their babies up for adoption. Though different life experiences, circumstances, and upbringings, their three troubled lives collide at the Magnolia Maternity Home in New Orleans, where they develop friendships, reveal personal stories, and share the pain of never meeting their child. Sandy, Faith, and Becca are intriguing characters who are easy to empathize and sympathize with.
Sandy has a rough life with a tough exterior and a hidden soft heart. She confuses lust for love and finds herself in an unexpected pregnancy and a man unwilling to go the distance.
Becca experiences a pure yet forbidden love and once her parents find out she is pregnant and that her lover is black, they are outraged and send her away to hide their shame.
And then there’s Faith. Young Faith is a sweet and innocent preacher’s daughter, singing praise songs in hopes of sharing her joy of the Lord with the world, when a wolf in sheep’s clothing forces his way with her.
This is the first book I’ve read (listened to) written by Julia Brewer Daily. She’s a wonderful storyteller, engaging readers with the lives of these interesting and memorable characters. These stories are revealed through three unique perspectives and cover over twenty years of their lives.
Reagan Boggs, the audiobook narrator, does a fine job with the varying personalities, accents, and inflections, even with the male characters. Her voice is pleasant and engaging.
I am moved and wounded by these young women’s heartbreaking stories and how the cruel, prejudiced, and judgmental societal pressures of the 60s changed their lives forever. Racism, rape, forced adoption, politics, and blackmail are themes in this book. Though each are dealt with in a sensitive and sympathetic way, these are potential triggers to some readers.
Dɪsᴄʟᴏsᴜʀᴇ: I ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴍᴇɴᴛᴀʀʏ ᴄᴏᴘʏ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ʙᴏᴏᴋ. Mʏ ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ ᴡᴀs ɴᴏᴛ ɪɴғʟᴜᴇɴᴄᴇᴅ.
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Aʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ Aᴜᴛʜᴏʀ
She has been a Communications Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi, 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.
Daily 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. A lifelong southerner, she now resides on a ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband Emmerson and Labrador Retrievers, Memphis Belle and Texas Star.
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