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This story is inspired by the real life experiences of Carrie Buck, the girl at the epicenter of the Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell.  The moment I heard Carrie's voice on an old recording, I felt this story begin to rush through me--though I had never before written an historical novel. It was surreal ... I felt almost compelled to write it.

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A Mother's Promise

ISBN: Paperback: 9781538718179
ISBN: Ebook: 9781538718186


She'd do anything to hold her baby one more time ... 

Virginia, 1927: All Ruth Ann Riley wants  is a chance to have a family. But because she was poor and unwed when she was 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 seeing 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. 

Based on the true story behind a landmark court case, K.D. Alden's debut is a rich and moving story of one woman's courage and strength at a pivotal point in U.S. history. 


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