A Girl Named Connie – Book Review

Miss Connie was my 7th grade teacher. She was young, fun, energetic and pretty. She was everything I wanted to be when I grew up and I loved her dearly. When she decided to leave our school district at the end of the year to teach in Louisville I remember being devastated. We gave her a going-away party and I cried then and later at home. I couldn’t imagine my world without her in it.

Decades Later:

One of the joys of growing up in a small town is that everyone really does know your name. One of the sorrows of a small town is that they also know everything else about you and what they don’t know, sometimes they make up.

I understand now why Miss Connie had to leave, especially after reading this book.

A Girl Named Connie

Her story is heart wrenching and it brought home to me how one decision (In this case the decision was made by Connie’s parents not to tell her she was adopted) affected not just Connie’s life but everyone around her. Her friends knew, but their parents had told them not to talk about it. The whole town knew, everyone except Connie. How different her life might have been if her family had been honest with her.

This book is not a “feel sorry for me” book. In fact, it’s the opposite. It gave me a chance to know Connie the person and not just Connie my elementary school teacher and guess what? I love her even more now than I did in seventh grade.

An added plus to this book is that it was written by another one of my favorite teachers, Carol Perkins. Carol is a Renaissance woman. There’s no job or project she’s afraid to tackle and she and my other favorite high school teacher, Susan Chambers, have inspired more students from our little community than they will ever know.

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Here’s the blurb on the back of the book: In 1946, being adopted was a social curse and a lifelong sentence. I was born that year, but not to prosperous business owners, Bill and Cloteel Wilson as I had thought. When I was six weeks old, they brought me to their rural Kentucky town, and I would not know I wasn’t theirs until I was in the sixth grade. A disgruntled classmate announced during recess that I as adopted. Even though shocked, I did not have the nerve to confront my parents, who could be quite volatile. For the next forty years, my life was one performance after another, and I played their daughter well. I struggled with thoughts of my birth mother, wondering why she had given me up, and if I had siblings elsewhere. Was she a tramp, a prostitute, or a victim of incest or rape? No doubt, I was illegitimate, and no one wanted to be the illegitimate child of anyone. My friends knew I was adopted, but when I ask them, they would tell me nothing. They did not want to cause trouble in my home. My dad was a kind business owner, but he was also a powerful man and one most people found intimidating. My mother was not much different. No one would ever think of asking them where they “got” me, including me. Many other secrets, rumors, and speculations about my birth emerged over the years, and in time, I would find out the truth. It would come in the form of a phone call late one night from an unlikely source.

I have never reviewed a book before written by someone I know and about someone I know. Normally you would think I might not be able to tell if it was a good book or not because of that. You would be wrong. I read enough books that I can safely say everyone and anyone will find this book interesting. It can be purchased on Amazon.com and I promise you, this book will intrigue you. You can thank me by leaving a comment on Amazon for Carol and Connie. I know they will appreciate it as much as I will. 

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Comments

  1. Nice review and I like the photo 🙂

  2. NanaHood 30 May, 2016

    Thank you!

  3. aquariann 30 May, 2016

    That’s wonderful you had two teachers that inspired you so. I’m glad we live in a time where Connie is now able to share her story with people outside your small town.

  4. I agree. Small towns can be in your business all the time. The gossip mill can run wild.

  5. agrandjourney 31 May, 2016

    Wow! How closed minded our society is sometimes. Taking a precious infant into your home and raising them should not be a social stigma for the parents or the child! I am glad you reconnected with someone who was so inspiring in your life.

  6. NanaHood 31 May, 2016

    Thank you so much for commenting!

  7. NanaHood 31 May, 2016

    Yep, that’s just the way it is!

  8. NanaHood 31 May, 2016

    Me too!

  9. I come from one of those small towns. It can be suffocating.

  10. Every part of our story counts in some way. But we do get a chance to say how it’s going to continue to play out once we decide we have the power. Thanks for the review of what seems to be a great story.

  11. Sounds like a very good read, I love getting new book suggestions!

  12. NanaHood 31 May, 2016

    And I love hearing from you! Please keep in touch!

  13. NanaHood 31 May, 2016

    Thanks Jane. It is a great story.

  14. pioneerpat1 31 May, 2016

    Sounds like an interesting book-since I am adopted also.

  15. Wow. What a great story (your connections I mean). Would definitely be worth a read!

  16. LydiaCLee 31 May, 2016

    It’s very hard – we parents are told to do one thing when the other might be better….and every person is different.

  17. Family secrets are a crime. I know a woman who celebrated two days with her adopted daughter– her birthday and gotcha day.

  18. NanaHood 31 May, 2016

    Good for her!

  19. NanaHood 31 May, 2016

    It is a great story!

  20. NanaHood 31 May, 2016

    I loved it. I think you will too.

  21. Merlinda Little 1 Jun, 2016

    Seeing how things are before, reading about it made me so glad that me and my son is living now. I know that there are still so many things that are not good on earth now but we are better than before in so many things isnt it like acceptance of so many issues.

  22. teresak 1 Jun, 2016

    I understand Merlinda!

  23. disqus_Nyh3AClEeF 1 Jun, 2016

    Wow, what an amazing post. How strange to find these things out later. It just shows how much better it is to be open at all times. Thank you for sharing.

  24. Nina Lewis 2 Jun, 2016

    It’s so sad that adoption had such bad connotations! I’ve to to read the book to find out how she found out she was adopted!

  25. Impulsive Artistry 2 Jun, 2016

    This is a nice reminder that we rarely know the whole story in life. Thank you for linking up at: http://impulsiveartistry.blogspot.com/2016/05/walk-in-woods-photos-set-linky.html

  26. teresak 4 Jun, 2016

    So true. Thanks for commenting!

  27. teresak 4 Jun, 2016

    Thanks Nina! You will enjoy the book!