Lilli de jong is a 23 year old teacher a quaker whose mothers death a year ago in 1882 has changed her her family her mother a woman whose faith was strong whose words were wise whose life was built on the tenet of compassion. A young woman finds the most powerful love of her life when she gives birth at an institution for unwed mothers in 1883 philadelphia she is told she must give up her daughter to avoid lifelong poverty and shame but she chooses to keep her pregnant left behind by her lover and banished from her quaker home and teaching position lilli de jong enters a home for wronged women to deliver her . Lilli is a full fledged heroine persevering despite seemingly insurmountable odds her voice is distinctive her fierceness driven by a mothers love booklist i loved this novel lilli de jong is deeply moving and richly imagined both tragic and joyous janet benton has an exceptional ability to bring history to life . Longtime editor and essayist janet benton turns her considerable skills to fiction with her debut lilli de jong a beautifully written historical novel set in 1880s philadelphia about pregnancy motherhood and the fight for economic independence twenty two year old lilli discovers she is pregnant . The information about lilli de jong shown above was first featured in the bookbrowse review bookbrowses online magazine that keeps our members abreast of notable and high profile books publishing in the coming weeks in most cases the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication if you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that the
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