No Names to Be Given by Julia Brewer Daily
Narrated by Reagan Boggs
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +) : Genre: Vintage Women's Fiction
Publisher: Admission Press Inc : Release date: 08/2021
Format available for review: audiobook ( MP3 audio )
Tour Dates: Sep 20 to Oct 8
Content Rating: PG + M. No bad language, but mature subjects like suicide and a rape scene. These are both mild and not explicit. Fade to black kind of scenes.
Today’s young women will not understand how our families made us feel shame so intensely; we surrendered our first-born children to strangers. Faith Reynolds, No Names to Be Given
The widely anticipated debut novel by Julia Brewer Daily is a glimpse into the lives of women forced by society to gift their newborns to strangers. Although this novel is a fictional account, it mirrors many of the adoption stories of its era.
When three young unwed women meet at a maternity home hospital in New Orleans in 1965, they are expected to relinquish their babies and return home as if nothing transpired. Twenty-five years later, they are brought back together by blackmail and their secrets threatened with exposure—all the way to the White House.
Told from the three women’s perspectives in alternating chapters, we are mesmerized by the societal pressures on women in the 1960s who found themselves pregnant without marriage.
How that inconceivable act changed them forever is the story of No Names To Be Given, a novel with southern voices, love exploited, heartbreak and blackmail.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
When I began reading No Names To Be Given, I was slightly skeptical. I felt that this might be a confusing book to follow. However, I was wrong. The story related about three Girls and their separate experiences, was well-planned and was easy to follow. thee stories began in the three women's teen years. They were roommates at a "half-way house" type facility. Then the story progresses gradually into their adult years. It even, partially, brings in their children's lives.
The book is in four parts. as it sets the foundation in the first part, with each additional part, the story builds, and so does the intensity of it. You will need a box of Kleenix near by for this one!
The story was great! The characters and events seem very real. The reader can easily feel like he/she is there. There are a couple of very unexpected twists.
The Narrator, Reagan Boggs, did a very good job in her narration.
The Title was okay. The Cover image was "fitting". Neither would attract most "Browsers" attention. I feel it would draw in more readers if the Title and Cover image were better.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This audiobook was gifted me with n pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
A Child of the ‘50s
Growing up in the 1950s and ‘60s now seems like an idyllic time for childhood.
Every child in my town complained about the lack of things to do, but children were rarely in their homes, after school. Everyone engaged in war games against the boys, riding Shetland ponies bareback with just bridles and manes to cling to, visiting the local drug store for popsicles, glass bottles of soda, or a treat from a candy counter. Children reached for their snacks and called, “Charge it” to the employees who kept records and sent their parents a monthly statement.
The drug store had a magazine stand where children sat and read comic books, instead of buying them.
Trees were climbed and views from rooftops were coveted. The sweet scents of magnolia trees in bloom or the cloying wisteria blossoms lingered in the hot summer days.
Back at home, parents had vinyl record stereos and after the children were in bed, danced to the tunes of Nat King Cole, the Supremes or even Chubby Checker, when in the 60s and 70s, the dances included The Twist.
There was an old sleeping porch at my grandmother’s where the overflow of visiting relatives would sleep. The single iron beds were lined up under the screened windows and had thick feather mattresses. In the winter, the children who slept there were under mounds of heavy quilts and heated bricks wrapped in newspapers were placed at their feet to warm them. In the summer time, the attic fan in the house would turn on and sound like an airplane taking flight. I always wondered if it would fly through the house and slice us all into ribbons while we slept.
I hope my grandchildren will think their childhoods just as idyllic.
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Meet the Author:
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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