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

  • Wendy
    Oct 30, 2018
    Set in rural Quebec in the 1950's The Home For Unwanted Girls, by Joanna Goodman, is an incredibly well-written novel that is not a true story but is based on real life events. The author depicts a shameful part of Canadian history when the children of unmarried women were thought to...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Libby
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • K.A. Tucker
    Jul 05, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is unique and the fact that it is based on true events of 1940s and 1950s Quebec makes it especially disturbing. While it?s not an easy read, it?s definitely worth picking up. ...
  • 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...
  • Jonetta
    Aug 27, 2018
    Maggie Hughes is the 15-year old daughter of an English speaking Canadian father and a French mother living in Quebec. Despite her father?s admonishments to not cavort with French boys, Maggie?s young heart is captured by Gabriel Phnix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...
  • 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...
  • DeAnn
    Aug 25, 2018
    This heartbreaking tale earns 5 stars from me. And I love that cover! This is a relationship- and character-driven novel that I really enjoyed. Set in Quebec, It was interesting to learn more about the animosity between the French and English speaking communities here. The book cent...
  • Antoinette
    Nov 12, 2018
    Two things drew me to this book: location and time. I grew up in Montreal and I was born 5 years after Elodie, so was a very young child when this true historical atrocity was occurring. I never knew anything about this, so was definitely interested in learning about it. Briefly, thi...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Sep 19, 2018
    The Home for Unwanted Girls is the compelling story of Maggie (based on the author?s mother) and her family set in 1950s Canada. At that time orphanages were being converted to hospitals for financial benefit. The Quebec government saved money changing the educational facilities to m...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Sep 09, 2018
    Traveling Friends Group Read When I saw that beautiful, intriguing and haunting cover I knew I had to read this one. Just looking at the cover brought on some emotion. Not really knowing what the story was about it did take me a while to finally read it, but I have to say that i...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Aug 27, 2018
    3.5 stars rounded up Maggie is girl living in a rural area in Quebec. Maggie's father is English and her mother is French but still her father forbids her from seeing the French boy on the next farm, deeming him less than suitable for her. Maggie, however, does not head her father's...
  • Ivana - Diary of Difference
    Nov 07, 2018
    This book is officially on my Birthday wish :D ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Aug 21, 2018
    THE HOME FOR UNWANTED GIRLS by JOANNA GOODMAN was such a moving, heart-wrenching, and riveting historical fiction novel that had quite the emotionally gripping story. This book literally crushed me and made me feeling so many different emotions while reading it. Some of the subject...
  • Lyn
    Sep 01, 2018
    3.5 stars The reunion was way too short. I hope the author considers continuing the story. After reading this book, I looked up Duplessis Orphans. I didn't think it was possible, but I'm left even more disgusted by the catholic church. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Chris Mara
    Aug 19, 2018
    I?m emotionally torn with this story: Young love between Gabriel and Maggie with the harsh disapproval by Maggie?s father of Gabriel. Maggie and her father have a very special family bond, which will soon be horribly broken. There is an underlying current of dissension betwe...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    Aug 22, 2018
    5 stars! I truly loved this novel! This story ripped my heart out. It made me angry, hopeful, frustrated. It had me rooting for these characters, holding my breath and crossing my fingers for a positive outcome. It exhausted me emotionally (in the best way possible). Simply stated ?...
  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    Sep 12, 2018
    SPOILER: IT WAS AN ABSOLUTELY PERFECT BOOK! "Maggie begins to drift off, lulled by the rain battering the windows. In that place between sleep and alertness, the name comes back to her. She whispers it into the night.Elodie." Don't worry, there are no spoilers here. This book w...