Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton

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Read Lilli de Jong Online Free - 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 a life of poverty and shame. But she chooses to keep her.

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 readers 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."

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Debbie rated it ★★★★★

November 16, 2017

5 holy-cow stars!!! No, thank you very much, I do not want to start another book. I want the taste of this morsel to stay on my tongue. I don’t want to blink away the dirty streets of Philadelphia in the late 1800s; I want the whole scene to stay vivid in my mind’s eye. I want the feeling of Lilli...

Jen rated it ★★★★☆

June 16, 2017

It never seizes to amaze me the double standards held about women in centuries past. It enrages me. I'm so grateful for not having been alive during those years as I'm sure I would have been gagged and institutionalized. It's the late 1800's. Lilli becomes pregnant out of wedlock and has the baby...

Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

May 14, 2017

One of of things brought to light in this novel is what it must have been like for young women to be pregnant and unwed in the 1880's, disowned by their families and communities, and in Lilli de Jong's case having to seek shelter and assistance in a place called the Philadelphia Haven for Women...

Cheri rated it ★★★★★

June 23, 2017

”My time of shame began in glory.” Lilli de Jong is a 23 year-old teacher, a Quaker whose mother’s 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. Lilli can’t help but wonder...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

April 26, 2017

What an intensely emotional and powerful book. The latter part of the eighteen hundreds, options are few for unmarried women in the family way. This is the condition in which Lillie a Quaker, finds herself. Though educated to be a teacher, Quaker woman did receive an education, she finds herself...

Candi rated it ★★★★☆

March 11, 2018

"I can be considered free only if I can choose." Pregnant and unwed, Lilli de Jong takes a journey of discovery of self and spirit during the 1880s, when she must choose her course in order to protect the new life she holds within her. Shunned by family, her fellow Quakers, and society in general,...

Lindsay rated it ★★★★★

June 12, 2017

4.5 stars! This was an intense and emotional book that resonated so deeply with me about motherhood. This novel tells the story of Lillian “Lilli” De Jong who, in 1883, gives birth at an institution for unwed mothers. It is a story of survival, love and desperation. It is an example of just how de...

Karen rated it ★★★★★

June 20, 2017

Lilli de Jong was an unwed, pregnant Quaker girl in 1880's Philadelphia. Lilli had just one intimate night with her love, before he left to another town to find a better job before they were to marry, and the pregnancy occurred. This is her story of being shamed and being outcast from her home, a...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

June 09, 2017

"To love is to risk. To risk is to suffer." The purest form of love is that between mother and child. And the circumstances surrounding the onset of that innocent love determines the here, the now, and the prospect of a future for them both. Philadelphia in 1883 closes the door tightly on any unwed...

Dem rated it ★★★★☆

September 30, 2017

A Mother's Love is a blessing A powerful tale, Beautifully written and deeply moving. A story of motherhood set in 1883 philadelphia and the trials of a young pregnant woman alone and her fight to be a mother to her child. A young woman finds the most powerful love of her life when she gives bi...

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