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Book Review: A Girl Named Connie

"In 1946 being adopted was a social curse and a lifelong sentence. I was born in 1946, but not to business owners Bill and Cloteel Wilson (Wilson Dry Goods) in Edmonton, Kentucky as I had thought. On a crowded elementary playground when I was in the sixth grade, a disgruntled classmate chased me around the swings and slide chanting, "You're A-dopt-ed; You're A-dopt-ed." Instead of rushing to the store and demanding answers, I said nothing. For the next forty years, I kept their secret and they were never aware that I knew. During this time, hints came from unsuspecting customers, teachers, and outsiders. Rumors about me were rampant, but I didn't hear them until later in life. Late one night, I would learn the truth about my birth mother through a shocking phone call. Other "truths" would emerge just as surprising." - Connie
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By Carol Perkins

Connie Wilson and I have lifelong friends since the cradle. For many years now we have organized, researched, and interviewed parties involved in order to write this true story, "A Girl Named Connie." She could not tell her story as long as her parents were living in fear of hurting them, but it is a saga worth telling and one fit to be shared. The book is now available at for Kindle and in paperback.

I remember being told when I was small that Connie was adopted and for me NEVER to say anything about it, so I didn't. Therefore, the day she learned the news and asked her three best friends if we knew, I didn't want to tell her that I had kept this secret from her. All I could say was, "I heard it." I really didn't have any details because all surrounding her origin was "hush, hush" and mysterious.

Connie's story is set in Edmonton, Kentucky against the backdrop of the town she could "watch" from her bedroom window. Bill Wilson, quite a character himself, and his wife, Cloteel, provide a story of their own as you journey with Connie through her years living at home and keeping their secret. This account also includes family in Glasgow, Smiths Grove, and her life in Louisville where she taught for over thirty years.

She tells of her younger years of worrying that her birth mother might be a tramp or a low life. "I knew I was obviously born out of wedlock. Nobody wanted to be born out of wedlock." She tells of feeling unworthy and owing her parents; of her school days, including high school and college, and the obstacles each brought. Even though serious in nature, the pages are filled with fun and adventure from dying her hair "pink" to drag racing on the old Glasgow Road. The story spans most of her life, and at the end of this account, she knows the real story about Connie Wilson.

The writing of this book has taken a year because Connie lives in Louisville, and I live in Edmonton. Much of the story I knew, but other parts were just as surprising to me as they will be to you. We hope you will find it compelling.

The book is now available at and ready for Kindle uploads as well.

*On Tuesday, May 24th you can listen to Connie on 99.1 the Hoss at 10amCT on Susan and Carol-Unscripted.

*We will appear on Midday (channel 13) on Wednesday, May 25th.

*On May 26th, Connie and I will be at the Metcalfe County Library for a book signing from 11amCT-1pmCT.

* On May 26th, Thursday night at BarnLot Theater, we will have a "Book Read" and a "Meet and Greet" that will begin at 6:30pmCT. Connie will be reading from her book, answering questions, and signing copies. Please come out and help make this project a success.

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