A Mother’s Promise by K.D. Alden Review


Publication Date: January 19, 2021
Forever/Grand Central
Paperback & eBook; 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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 strength at a pivotal point in America’s history.

Virginia, 1927. A chance to have a family. That’s all Ruth Ann Riley wants. But because she was unwed and pregnant, she was sent away and her baby given to another woman. Now they’re trying to take Ruth Ann’s right to have another child. But she 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. Good thing she has a plan.

All the rich and fancy folks may call her feeble-minded, 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—and along the way, she just may find unexpected friendships and the possibility of love in the most unlikely of places.

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


My Thoughts

This book took me through a range of emotions. It is difficult to believe that this story is based on something that happened in history and that forced sterilization is still legal and occurring today (along with other forms of eugenics that are even worse).

The story takes place in the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feeble Minded and focuses on Ruth Ann, a young lady who is living in the institution because she became pregnant out of wedlock. The doctor at the colony informs her that she will be having an operation so that she can “no longer breed”. Some of the things that the doctor said about the people at the institution were so vile and wicked, they turned my stomach.

This book is written extremely well and I stayed up way past my bedtime on a work night to finish it because I had to know how it would end. Because it is based on true accounts, the ending is not as satisfying as I would have liked (but reality usually isn’t).

This ranks in my top 5 favorite books of 2021. The characters were rich, the writing was very strong and the author described the scenes in a way that I felt like I was right beside Ruth Ann in the institution.

I highly recommend this book, not only is it an extremely interesting read, it also raises a lot of moral questions and could prompt many discussions.

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating

About the Author

K.D. Alden is the pseudonym of an award-winning author who has written more than twenty novels in various genres. She has been the recipient of the Maggie Award, the Book Buyer’s Best Award, and an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. A Mother’s Promise is her first historical novel.

K.D. is a graduate of Smith College, grew up in Austin, Texas, and resides in South Florida with her husband and two rescue greyhounds.


Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 17
Review at Nursebookie
Excerpt at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Tuesday, May 18
Review at Booking With Janelle

Wednesday, May 19
Review at Amanda in PA

Thursday, May 20
Review at Niki Loves to Read

Friday, May 21
Interview at Jathan and Heather

Tuesday, May 25
Interview at Books & Benches

Friday, May 28
Review at Two Bookish Babes


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