Friday, May 5, 2023

Looking For Jane

In 1971 Evelyn and Maggie become friends under the harshest of circumstances. They have been sent to a home in Toronto for unwed “fallen” women. These two young ladies are barely out of their teens when they become pregnant and their distressed families have them spend their months prior to delivery in a horrific home run by the church. Evelyn and Maggie cling to each other for comfort during the hardest days of their lives. With no contact to the outside world the girls are shamefully coerced to repent, put their babies up for adoption and keep this experience a secret. In 2017 Angela finds a sealed letter in the antiques shop she manages. Buried deep in a drawer the tearful saga details a dying mother’s wish to tell her adopted daughter the truth of her birth and reveal what little information she has hidden all these years. Angela, who is currently struggling through infertility procedures and is knowingly adopted, feels deeply for these strangers who apparently never received the news. Although it would be easier to step back and not get involved, Angela begins researching all of these names and events and in the process discovers a terrifying part of women’s history. Loosely based on actual events, this devastating truth is hard to read about especially due to the recent changes in abortion legislation. Although I admire this debut author’s courage covering such a difficult subject, there were too many characters to follow and the writing didn’t pull me in as much as I hoped it would. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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