JULIA BREWER DAILY
Categories: Women’s Fiction / Vintage Fiction / Adoption / 1960s
Publisher: Admission Press Inc.
Pub Date: August 3, 2021
But such a life-altering event can never be forgotten, and no secret remains buried forever. Twenty-five years later, the women are reunited by a blackmailer, who threatens to expose their secrets and destroy the lives they’ve built. That shattering revelation would shake their very foundations—and reverberate all the way to the White House.
Told from the three women’s perspectives in alternating chapters, this mesmerizing story is based on actual experiences of women in the 1960s who found themselves pregnant but unmarried, pressured by family and society to make horrific decisions. How that inconceivable act changed women forever is the story of No Names to Be Given, a heartbreaking but uplifting novel of family and redemption.
PRAISE FOR NO NAMES TO BE GIVEN:
A gorgeous, thrilling, and important novel! These strong women will capture your heart.—Stacey Swann, author ofOlympus, Texas.
An insightful and sympathetic view offered into the lives of those who were adopted and those who adopted them.—Pam Johnson, author ofJustice for Ella.
A novel worthy of a Lifetime movie adaptation.—Jess Hagemann, author ofHeadcheese.
Readers can expect deep knowledge of the world the characters inhabit. —Sara Kocek, author ofPromise Me Something.
This book is a relevant read and one that will keep readers guessing page after page until the very end.—The US Review of Books
Today’s young women, especially, need to absorb No Names to Be Given.—Midwest Book Review, D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer
This book had me interested before the first page. How is that possible, you may ask? The dedication had such a poignant message that alone was enough for me to jump into the book.
The book embraces the latest trend to give you a dramatic and engaging scene and then, in the next chapter, take you back in time to allow you to discover how the characters reached that scene and even carries you beyond.
I have dear friends who have gone through the adoption process from both sides and two who have experienced open adoptions with a continuing relationship with the birth family. This gave me a curiosity as to the adoption process at the time period when I was born.
The author captured each woman’s experience with delicacy. Even though they were all going through unplanned pregnancies, each had a different story and background that directly impacted the way they handle their situations.
I really enjoyed getting to know all three women and felt their angst as they went through this incredibly difficult plight. As the story carries on the reader gets a view of the next generation and the continuing ripple effect adoption has on all their lives.
While there is a bit of an idealistic view of the character’s lives, it is an enjoyable read.
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.
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