September 20, 2021

GIVEAWAY & Review: No Names to Be Given (Audiobook)

 


Join us for this tour from Sep 20 to Oct 8, 2021!


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Book Title:  No Names to Be Given
CategoryAdult 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 RatingPG + MNo bad language, but mature subjects like suicide and a rape scene. These are both mild and not explicit. Fade to black kind of scenes. 

"A gorgeous, thrilling, and important novel! These strong women will capture your heart.” Stacey Swann, author of Olympus, Texas.

“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.
 

 
Today’s young women will not understand how our families made us feel shame so intensely; we surrendered our first-born children to strangers. Faith Reynolds, No Names to Be Given 
 
The widely anticipated debut novel by Julia Brewer Daily is a glimpse into the lives of women forced by society to gift their newborns to strangers. Although this novel is a fictional account, it mirrors many of the adoption stories of its era. 
 
When three young unwed women meet at a maternity home hospital in New Orleans in 1965, they are expected to relinquish their babies and return home as if nothing transpired. Twenty-five years later, they are brought back together by blackmail and their secrets threatened with exposure—all the way to the White House.
 
Told from the three women’s perspectives in alternating chapters, we are mesmerized by the societal pressures on women in the 1960s who found themselves pregnant without marriage.
 
How that inconceivable act changed them forever is the story of No Names To Be Given, a novel with southern voices, love exploited, heartbreak and blackmail.  
 

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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.

 

 

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How did you determine the plot of your book? I am an adopted child from a maternity home hospital and searched and found my birth mother and by DNA results, my birth father’s family. This debut novel has the same thread running through it. 


There are many books out there. What makes yours different? Forty years ago, when I had the idea for this book there were few stories about adoption. Today that is no longer the case. However, I lived the adoption story and can give glimpses into all aspects, from the birth mothers, adopted children and adoptive parents’ points of view.


What is your next project? I have begun a second novel set in Texas where I now live. I want to return to it, as soon as I launch my debut novel. 


What is the best place you have found to write? I love writing retreats where I can escape the daily routine of cooking, cleaning, and walking the dogs. I set a word count and just hammer away until I reach my goal every day. 


Anything your readers don’t know about you? I shadowed Martha Stewart when she was beginning her business and I trained for a marathon and completed it at age 60. 


What time of day do you write? I feed and run my dogs in the morning, ride my bike for 20 miles and then I sit down to write. I listen to audiobooks while riding my bike and although they are not similar to my own book, an idea is always triggered during the ride.


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 Julia Brewer Daily is a Texan with a southern accent. She holds a B.S. in English and a M.S. degree in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

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.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook  goodreads


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8 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for such a great review of my debut audiobook!

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  2. The books really sounds good, thanks.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your review and the book and author details, this sounds like an excellent read

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  4. Wow..this sounds amazing! I must read this.

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  5. this looks like exactly my kind of book!

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  6. This sounds really interesting and I'd like to read it!

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