The Home for Unwanted Girls

The Home for Unwanted Girls

Philomena meets Orphan Train in this suspenseful, provocative novel filled with love, secrets, and deceit?the story of a young unwed mother who is forcibly separated from her daughter at birth and the lengths to which they go to find each other. In 1950s Quebec, French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility?much like Maggie Hughes? parents. Maggie?s Englis Philomena meets Orphan Train in this suspenseful, provocative novel filled with love, secrets, and deceit?t...

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Title:The Home for Unwanted Girls
Author:Joanna Goodman
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Home for Unwanted Girls
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Home for Unwanted Girls Reviews

  • Lesley
    Jun 21, 2018
    I am sorry but this wasn't a great book. Way to melodramatic. The love story (lust story) of Maggie and Gabriel was terrible and never fully developed. It read like a cheesy romance novel. I would have liked more story about their child and less about them. I gave up half way through. ...
  • Pat
    Mar 16, 2018
    This is a very well-written novel, made all the more riveting since it is based on true events. It takes place in the Canadian province of Quebec in the mid-20th century where there is a long-standing rift between English and French residents. It is also a time when an unwed mother is ...
  • Sandra
    Nov 11, 2017
    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...
  • Kristen Beverly
    Mar 11, 2018
    The first part of this book is pretty tough to read- because of the content. An important story to be told, for sure. It?s just a tough one to finish and say ?I loved it!?, again because of the content. Would be great for bookclubs though, as there is plenty to discuss. ...
  • Betty
    Apr 08, 2018
    During the 1950s in Quebec, teenagers Maggie Hughes and Gabriel Phénix fell in love. Their romance comes to an abrupt end when Maggie's parents find out their fifteen-year-old daughter is pregnant. When her daughter, Elodie, is born, Maggie is forced to give her up for adoption. A few...
  • Libby Chester
    May 09, 2018
    3.5 stars ?The Home for Unwanted Girls? by Joanna Goodman is based upon a tragic occurrence in Canada?s history. Duplessis orphans were sent to mental institutions as their reclassification would provide higher subsidies. They were called Duplessis orphans because this occurred w...
  • Maureen Timerman
    Mar 15, 2018
    This story takes place in rural Canada, near Montreal, and during a different period, the 1950?s. We are shown a family where there isn?t really a lot of love shown, the parents don?t seem to like one another, he is English and she is French, and like the Province they are like o...
  • Danielle
    May 27, 2018
    This was an interesting story but it lacked an emotional connection for me. I felt like the whole thing was happening at a remover, rather than being immersed and invested in the story. ...
  • Diane S ☔
    May 20, 2018
    3.5 An emotional roller coaster of a journey, a young fifteen year old mother, Maggie forced to give up her newborn daughter. We follow Maggies journey, her life, and eventually her struggle to find and reunite with her daughter. Elodie, in an orphanage, finds harshness, but never outr...
  • Anna
    May 19, 2018
    Maggie Harper lives in a rural community in Quebec during the 1950s. Her father is English and her mother is French. Their marriage is complicated and not particularly happy. Her father runs a Seed Store, and Maggie dreams of one day running it herself. But when she falls in love with ...
  • Angela M
    Apr 06, 2018
    3.5 stars rounded up. Joanna Goodman does not shy away from focusing on some controversial things that happened in Canada?s history in this moving novel. She presents the divide between English and French in Quebec in the 1950?s both from a family perspective as well as a societ...
  • Suzanne
    Jun 03, 2018
    3.5* Was not a bad story at all but I honestly did not warm up to any of the characters except Elodie. Most of the other characters were not very likable. The writing was great but the characters I could not warm up to. I had pretty good expectations for this book because my grandm...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    Jun 11, 2018
    This book is going to get people talking. Is it a riveting story about a horrible time in Canadian history? Yes. Does it deal with sensitive and emotional subject matter? Yes. Will it give readers a lot to talk about in their book clubs. Undoubtedly. The story is told in alternatin...
  • Eileen
    Aug 07, 2018
    A satisfying though wrenching read at times, this novel was based on a tragic state of affairs in Quebec during the 1950s. At that time children born out of wedlock were nearly always surrendered for adoption or placed in orphanages. During this dark chapter, it was mandated that the o...
  • Donna Lewis
    May 21, 2018
    Very interesting book. A lot of drama, about love and loss, anger and redemption, all against a backdrop of a terrible history of the 1950s conversion of orphanages to mental institutions in Canada. Of course there are duplicitous nuns, reminiscent of the nuns in Ireland who took babie...
  • Shilpa
    Jan 30, 2018
    Greed is the ugly underbelly which society cannot toss aside, and with the choice placed before them, the impoverished orphanages in Quebec see their opportunity for getting a slice of that pie. This of course comes at a cost. Young orphans who are already in these homes, find themselv...
  • Carolyn
    Jul 11, 2018
    Well, this book does NOT look good for Canadians or Catholics (both of which are part of who I am), so that blows. But seriously, how eye-opening! I had NO idea this ever happened - probably because I grew up in a Canadian Catholic school system. The Home for Unwanted Girls is beau...
  • Kate
    Jun 14, 2018
    Canada is an amazing country, but like any country we are not one without blemishes in our past. I was aware of some of these, but I had no idea about the atrocities that occurred in Quebec in the 1950s when orphanages were converted into mental institutions and children were told that...
  • William Koon
    May 25, 2018
    I have now officially read a girly -romance novel. Silly me! I thought this was a serious work about orphans in Quebec in the 1950?s. Because the Church ran the orphanages, they changed the orphanages into asylums because they were paid a per diem of 100% more. The orphans were decla...
  • Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
    Apr 20, 2018
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Trigger warning for rape It's 1950's in Quebec and Maggie is the daughter of the local seed store owner. The French and the English ...
  • Lana Shupe
    Apr 04, 2018
    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...
  • Adrea Pierce
    Jul 11, 2018
    I don?t get it. This book had such a high rating so I expected so much more from it. I found it to be a monumental letdown. It starts with a young teenager (Maggie) who falls in love with someone (Gabriel) that her parents do not approve of. They send her away to stay with her au...
  • Eden Church | The Required Reading List
    Feb 04, 2018
    Joanna Goodman has written a beautiful novel containing the entire range of emotions experienced by the human heart. The Home for Unwanted Girls tells the story of Quebec in the 1950s-1970s, but more specifically of Maggie, a young girl living in the Townships with an English-speak...
  • Lynn Gionette
    May 02, 2018
    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...
  • Shannon Dyer
    Mar 21, 2018
    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...
  • Bookworm
    Jul 19, 2018
    This was a fantastic book! One of those stories that grabs a hold of you from the start and doesn't let go. The writing, the plot, the character development, everything is superb! The story focuses on Quebec orphanages that were converted into mental hospitals in the 1950's as a way...
  • Rissa
    May 16, 2018
    Home for unwanted girls 5 thousand stars! ????? But she is wanted. This was beautiful and gripping! There is so much that unfolds and it will pull at your heart! *****Spoilers**** A bit of the way in (about 50 pages) is when everything starts to take off. ...
  • Joelle Baugher
    Apr 09, 2018
    Honestly I couldn?t put it down. I wanted to keep being immersed in Maggie?s life and felt like I was living it with her. Beautifully written. ...
  • Jen from Quebec :0)
    Jun 08, 2018
    Wow. This book gets ALLLLL THE STARS! I *will* be returning to this space to write the proper review this book deserves, just as soon as my emotions have calmed down a wee bit. --Jen from Quebec :0) ...
  • joyce g
    Apr 29, 2018
    Choices made, good or bad. This story flew by. ...