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 determination to get her child back when all odds are stacked against her.
Virginia, 1927: All Ruth Ann Riley wants is a chance to have a family. But because she was poor and unwed when she became pregnant, she was sent to an institution and her child was given to another woman. Ruth Ann 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. And now they want to take away her right to have any other babies? She is not going to let that happen.
All the rich and fancy folks may call her feebleminded, 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. She just never expects her battle will go to the U.S. Supreme Court, or that she’d find unexpected friendships . . . and even the possibility of love along the way.
"A Mother's Promise just became a new classic that all readers should have on their shelves."—Urban Book Reviews
"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
“An extraordinary debut novel . . . one of those must-read books.”—Historical Novel Review
"A compelling read! This book will stay with you for a long time."—The Book Review Crew
"An emotional read that will leave you thinking long afterward."—Homeschool on the Range
"Haunting and beautifully written."—Let's Get Booked Away
"An emotional, heartbreaking, masterfully woven tale by Alden that immerses you so thoroughly into the lives, feelings, and personalities of the characters you never want it to end."—What's Better Than Books?
"Emotional and thought-provoking."—Just Reading Jess