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Pregnant, abandoned by her lover, and banished from her Quaker home and teaching position, Lilli de Jong enters a charity for wronged women to deliver her child. She is stunned at how much her infant needs her and at how quickly their bond overpowers her heart. Mothers in her position have no sensible alternative to giving up their children, but Lilli can't bear such an outcome. Determined to chart a path toward an independent life, Lilli braves moral condemnation and financial ruin in a quest to keep herself and her baby alive.

Confiding their story to her diary as it unfolds, Lilli takes listeners from an impoverished charity to a wealthy family's home to the perilous streets of a burgeoning American city. Lilli de Jong is at once a historical saga, an intimate romance, and a lasting testament to the work of mothers. "So little is permissible for a woman," writes Lilli, "yet on her back every human climbs to adulthood."

©2017 Janet Benton (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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informative and depressing

I enjoyed the historical setting and the culture of the Friends. The writing was good . The story was interesting but way too sad. The dwelling on the sad events and the constant description of nursing babies made me fast forward sometimes.

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Truth in this book was too real. I couldn't finish

This story resonated with verity, which is why I couldn't finish it. It pulled me down so low, I couldn't see the light. I am hopeful that it had some type of saving grace. I commend all the readers who did finish, and respect the high marks given it. The failure lies with me, not with Benton.