Girls in her condition don’t have a say.

Lorraine Delford has it all – an upstanding family, a perfect boyfriend, an idyllic home complete with a white picket fence, and the ambition to become an astronaut – until she finds herself pregnant out of wedlock and is sent away to a maternity home to hide her secret shame.

The Girls We Sent Away is a timely novel set in the 1960s during the intersection of the Baby Scoop Era and Space Race. This powerful and affecting story explores autonomy, belonging, and a quest for agency when the illusions of life-as-you-know-it fall away.

Coming March 5, 2024.

Praise for The Girls We Sent Away

[A]n important and vital story. With exquisite writing, Church exposes a murky little pocket of history, and a reprehensible practice that surely had a generational impact on families. Through her captivating and thought-provoking scenes, I became wholeheartedly invested in the outcome of her remarkable heroine, Lorraine Delford, cheering for her all the way.”
Donna Everhart, USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of The Saints of Swallow Hill

“Church’s story gets deep inside Lorraine’s head with tenderness and compassion… This is a heartbreaking tale of prejudice, shame and secret-keeping within families, and a sincere and moving account of one teenager’s personal grief and inner strength…” — Historical Novel Society

“In this engaging, shocking, heart-wrenching story, readers are pulled along with Lorraine through the ups and downs of her pregnancy, optimistic for her future but saddened by its likely outcome. Fans of Church’s The Last Carolina Girl will be clamoring to read this one.” — Library Journal


Some folks will do anything to control the wild spirit of a Carolina girl…

Set in North Carolina in 1935, The Last Carolina Girl  follows Leah—a girl growing up wild and free in her idyllic coastal setting when tragedy strikes. She is orphaned, sent away from the only home she has ever known, and is placed in a home with strangers whose upstanding facade hides dark secrets that threaten Leah’s future.

Can Leah, with the odds stacked against her, fight for the future she wants or will the prevailing voices of society win in the end?

Set against the very real backdrop of a recently formed state eugenics board, The Last Carolina Girl is a powerful and heart-wrenching story of fierce strength, forgotten history, autonomy, and the places and people we ultimately call home. 

Now available in stores and online.

Praise for The Last Carolina Girl

[A] dynamic and wrenching tale of family secrets and eugenics. Church effectively dramatizes historical injustice in this searing tale… This author is off to a strong start.

Publishers Weekly

[A] stirring debut, … An affecting and excellent depiction of family corruption and lies, THE LAST CAROLINA GIRL challenges Leah to remember who she is, where she came from, and get where she wants to go–back home.” 

Shelf Awareness STARRED review

[A] heart-wrenching and authentically rendered glimpse into the portal of a state’s secret dark culture, family ties, and the fierce strength of a young girl’s grit and resilience… Unforgettable, this is a powerful debut to savor.

Kim Michele Richardson, New York Times bestselling author of THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK

About the Author

Meagan Church is the author of The Last Carolina Girl and The Girls We Sent Away. She writes to tell grounded stories that explore the complexity of human nature. Her historical fiction chronicles the plight and fight of unheard voices of the past. After receiving a B.A. in English from Indiana University, Meagan built a career as a storyteller and freelance writer for brands, blogs and organizations. A Midwesterner by birth, she now lives in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart, three children and a plethora of pets.

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