Lilli de jong has 2541 ratings and 504 reviews debbie said 5 holy cow starsno thank you very much i do not want to start another book i want t. 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 . 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. Lilli de jong reminds us that there is no formula to being a good mother love is the essential ingredient and only it gives everlasting life to our legacies love is the essential ingredient and only it gives everlasting life to our legacies. A young quaker woman struggles to keep her out of wedlock child in 1880s pennsylvania at the books opening lilli de jong is a former schoolteacher committing her story to paper from the confines of a philadelphia charity for unwed mothers
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