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The Home for Unwanted Girls
The Home for Unwanted Girls | Joanna Goodman
102 posts | 86 read | 2 reading | 159 to read
Philomena meets The Orphan Train in this suspenseful, provocative novel filled with love, secrets, and deceitthe 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 civilitymuch like Maggie Hughes parents. Maggies English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that dont include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggies heart is captured by Gabriel Phnix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents force her to give baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life back on track. Elodie is raised in Quebecs impoverished orphanage system. Its a precarious enough existence that takes a tragic turn when Elodie, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Bright and determined, Elodie withstands abysmal treatment at the nuns hands, finally earning her freedom at seventeen, when she is thrust into an alien, often unnerving world. Maggie, married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice. As time passes, the stories of Maggie and Elodie intertwine but never touch, until Maggie realizes she must take what she wants from life and go in search of her long-lost daughter, finally reclaiming the truth that has been denied them both.
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lealakuhl

Very good book

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My.heart.is.lit
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I had all the feels throughout this incredible book. A well written story about the unbroken bond between a mother and child. Time is of no significance in the end as love prevails. In addition, a sad lesson in history - this story is loosely tied to the true story of the Duplessis Orphans, who were falsely certified as mentally ill in the 1950s in Quebec. Highly recommend, especially if you are a mother.

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BookDee
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Pickpick

Sad moments ... but still a good book.

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OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚💔 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Orphanage
#LetsTravelAugust

Tbr !! I‘ve heard that it‘s really good 💔💔

OriginalCyn620 Great cover! 3mo
Soubhiville Yay! I liked it 💜 3mo
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Soulthirsty63
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This book broke me. 5/5

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Soubhiville
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The story of a young mother forced to put her daughter into an orphanage, and the searching, each for the other, that results.

I loved the Canadian setting, resulting in some French dialog. I enjoyed the family seed store business. The combination of farming life and small town culture felt familiar to me, very similar to my upbringing in Northern New England.

Thanks Misty! Another good book!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m glad you enjoyed it!! ❤️❤️ 3mo
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Yesmynameistable

“No one can love you like I do.”
“Or hurt me as much.” Page 185

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aloslibrary
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Officially baptizing these unclaimed babies ❤️📖 #welcomehome #iloveyouall

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘ve got some awesome ones!!! 4mo
aloslibrary @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you! ☺️🌻 4mo
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Jmitchtamu
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Great book!

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Soubhiville
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Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the birthday goodies! (I couldn‘t resist opening them early.) 🎂😁. I don‘t have this book and I have been wanting to read it! I love the bookmarks too! Thanks for everything. #LitsyLove

IamIamIam I almost took this out on audio today. It looks fantastic so I'm excited to see what you think. 😁 Happy birthday!!! 5mo
Soubhiville @IamIamIam thank you! It‘s actually Saturday, but the packages were taunting me, and I couldn‘t resist! 5mo
IamIamIam @Soubhiville Let's settle for birthday week and that gives you a few days on either side. 😉 Haha, enjoy!!! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome!!! I hope you have an awesome birthday 🎂🎊🎉❤️ 5mo
CoffeeNBooks Great book! 5mo
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EveMichele
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Don‘t let her grumpy face fool you; this book is off to a good start!

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great book. Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 5mo
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 5mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗👏🏻 5mo
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Samplergal
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I have a feeling this one will wreck me. #audiobook

JacqMac It will. But it‘s worth it. 6mo
BrieT2016 It‘s a good book! (edited) 6mo
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Kdgordon88
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I listened to this on my commute which is only 20 to 30 minutes each way. Such a sad story. It was a good one to listen to in small chunks at a time.

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Purrfectpages
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I suppose this book was well written enough, but my judgment is probably clouded by how much anxiety it caused me while reading it during an already anxiety ridden portion of my life. I didn‘t even know the story was based on true events until after reading. That only made me sadder. Adoption is never easy, but I can‘t even imagine what it must be like to assume you‘re giving your child its best chance at a good life only to find out otherwise.

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“In spite of everything, Maggie has managed to turn out all right. She is a mother of three children- all of them here tonight in the house she loves so much; she is a wife, a lover of seeds and language, a French woman with English blood, an English woman with French blood. She is neither fully one thing nor another, as she‘s always wanted to be. She is arrogant and humble, audacious and timid, alive. She is still growing and always will be.”

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Purrfectpages
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Next up for May‘s book club pick!

baes I loved this. 7mo
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Exterminate1977
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5/5. This book was heart wrenching.

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JacqMac
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Being Acadian, I have always been aware of the tensions between the English and the French in Canada. The attempts at ethnic cleansing and the extreme prejudices that existed. Not to mention the issues with religion. But I have never heard of the Duplessis Orphans until now. This book is beautifully written. It brings you on an emotional ride from start to finish. Read it with tissues. You will love it and you will learn things. 5⭐️

Slajaunie I find it interesting that you are Acadian. I live in the middle of “Cajun” culture here in Louisiana. My husband is Cajun. 8mo
JacqMac @Slajaunie I was born and raised in Nova Scotia. I don‘t live there anymore, but it‘s still “home” to me. My husband visited Louisiana and he said I would love it there. He thinks I‘d fit right in. Lol 8mo
Slajaunie You probably would! 😁 8mo
RadicalReader What‘s Acadian? 7mo
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GlitterGirl
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Some liquid courage (all the way from Belgium😍😎) to continue reading this horribly sad and heart breaking book. The atrocities people do to each other!!!😳😥😳😥😳😥

SW-T Delirium Tremens is tasty 😋 (edited) 8mo
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GlitterGirl
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1. Beautiful and sunny South Africa ??☀️
2. Probably somewhere warm and sunny.
3. Quebec
4. Braaivleis (meat prepared over and open fire) / braaibroodjies (also toasted over the same fire as the meat) potjiekos (also open fire food) / mieliepap and biltong & droëwors
5. All the love the all the South Africans here and abroad!

@SailorMoon #frideas

(And thank you, no I want to braai?)

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 really interesting to hear about your local food! They sound like Dutch names, though... I mean, do you speak a German-like language in South Africa? I really have no idea, sorry for my ignorance!!! 8mo
BooknerdsLife Hello there 👋 📚🙌🏼💕and those food looks delicious! 😋 8mo
mrsmarch One of my best girlfriends is from ZA! She lives in London now. 😂 8mo
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CouronneDhiver Love to you too! In Canada, but from a South African family 8mo
Crazeedi Our exchange student Margot was from SA. She was the best! 8mo
GlitterGirl @SailorMoon the official language of these terms are Arikaans, a very dutch language. Afrikaans is a very young language and consists of words from across the globe. We have an interesting history. And Afrikaans is a unique language...one of 11 official languages spoken in South Africa...and we have weird terms that will make no sense to others. 😎😍😂 (edited) 8mo
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GlitterGirl
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Delicious fresh fruit, yoghurt and icy water and a book! Happiness!!!😊😊😊

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TheBookKeepers
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An excellent historical fiction read. I loved everything about this book! I enjoyed learning about the French/English social climate of Quebec during this time period. The characters were all very complex and felt real.

kellyann28 I LOVED this one! I'm glad you liked it too! 8mo
TheBookKeepers Yes!! I soooo wanted them to reunite sooner tho 😭. Great book @kellyann28 8mo
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paigecon
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I really enjoyed this book. Joanna Goodman did a great job in drawing the reader in early, a huge deal for me when it comes to reading. I have been reading a lot of historical fiction recently based during WW2 so this was a nice break from that! I never knew about this point in history in Quebec and the divide between the English and the French Canadians. Must read!

VioletBramble Welcome to Litsy! 9mo
ValkyrieAndHerBooks Welcome to Litsy!🎉📚💕 9mo
paigecon Thanks! 9mo
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Mynameisacolour Hi @paigecon 🖐 welcome to Litsy 😊 9mo
BridgetteM Welcome to Litsy! 9mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 9mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 9mo
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤩 8mo
CoffeeNBooks Great book! 📚 Welcome to Litsy! @LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyWelcomeWagon 8mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 8mo
Megabooks Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻📚 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a great community and I hope you enjoy it here. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts!😉👍🏽 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 8mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸🤗 8mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you are enjoying it here! 8mo
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GlitterGirl
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Our March #readingwithfriends book. I love the cover!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Excellent book! 9mo
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Soulthisty63
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This book was well written and heartbreaking, I highly recommend it.

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Mindyrecycles
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🙂🙂🙂#bookclub

RebL One day I will see you around town & yell, “Hey, Litten!” And we will both laugh & laugh—& then compare our current reads. 10mo
Mindyrecycles @RebL fingers crossed! 10mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I posted the same one! Have you read it? 10mo
CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes! I really liked it! Have you read it? 10mo
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CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It's really good- once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CoffeeNBooks I loved The Finishing School by this author! Have you read it? 10mo
CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks No, I haven't. This is the only book of hers that I've read. I'll have to check it out! 10mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I haven‘t gotten to this one yet, but I really want to! I may move it up!!

#Unwanted
#ANewChapter

Littlestbookshelf I loved that one! I read it after Before we were yours and wanted more like it. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Littlestbookshelf I‘ve read that one and loved it!! 10mo
Eggs This was recommended to me as well... 10mo
sblbooks This was one of my favorites for 2018. I highly recommend it. 10mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We used the same one!! 10mo
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Mindyrecycles
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Pickpick

My #bookclub will discuss this Wednesday. I liked it but had some quibbles with the characters and the plot, enough that I changed my GR rating to 3 stars from 4 after I thought about it awhile. 😂 Still, I had never heard of this piece of Quebec history and I‘m glad I know it now. I want to read some non fiction about it but I can‘t find any that isn‘t in French.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego An excellent book. 10mo
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Bourriquet76
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Book 3 of 2019, so good!
And fun to read a Canadian author again.

CoffeeNBooks I really liked this book! 10mo
Bourriquet76 @CoffeeNBooks I did too! 10mo
MinDea I LOVED this book 10mo
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JenFowler
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This is based on the true history of Quebec orphanages in the 1950s. Orphanages were changed into mental institutions because they received more money for mental patients than for orphans. 😥 Very sad situation for so many young children.

Very riveting book! Kept you wanting to know how it would all turn out.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I couldn't put it down! Very good. 10mo
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Bourriquet76
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Ski weekend in Vail, so I‘m enjoying the fireplace in our condo.

AmyG Have fun! I live in Vail. Conditions are great for skiing. (edited) 10mo
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sblbooks
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My favorite books of the year, did anyone else enjoy these?
#18in18
#favorites

Crazeedi Nightingale, before we were your, both excellent 11mo
Judybskt The Lake House 11mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This made my list too. It was very good 11mo
Mindyrecycles Love Teribithia and Wonder and Time Traveler‘s Wife. Home for Unwanted Girls is my book club‘s pick for January but I haven‘t started yet. Glad to see the positive review. 🙂 Happy new year to you. 11mo
sblbooks @Mindyrecycles I hope you enjoy it. Happy New Year to you too. 11mo
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AmyG
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Thank you so much @WriterAtHeart for the book (I can‘t wait to read this as I have heard great things) and the wonderful chocolate which I put in a bag to hide in my drawer. No sharing for me. 😝 Have a wonderful holiday!
#jolabokaflodswap @MaleficentBookDragon

WriterAtHeart You are very welcome! Enjoy your reading! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
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That last line of chapter 11! “I will get you back and make it right.” This book is getting good fast!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This book is so good! 11mo
Libby1 I love your biographical tag line! I can relate, although we are finished with nap time and have moved on to school time. 😊 11mo
Littlestbookshelf @Libby1 I am hoping mine will nap forever 🤣 but once they go to school I will be going back to work so I am living it up now! 11mo
Littlestbookshelf @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego it was really good! I was sad to finish it! 11mo
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Littlestbookshelf
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Excited to start this today!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Excellent book! 11mo
CoffeeNBooks I read this recently- great book! 11mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 😊🎈🎈 11mo
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kellyann28
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HOLY COW! This was simply an amazing book. I devoured it. If you are a fan of historical fiction (although this is based or inspired by true events) then you NEED to read this. This is definitely going on my list of favorite books I've read this year. The characters were all very multidimensional and well developed. The story of Maggie and Elody was just captivating. Seriously, do yourself a favor and read this!

CoffeeNBooks I loved this book!! 11mo
MinDea This is my favorite book of the year! 11mo
TheBookKeepers Wow!!!! Gonna have to get my hands on this one soon! 😍 11mo
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Littlestbookshelf I‘m starting this one today and I am so excited! 11mo
kellyann28 @Littlestbookshelf I hope you love it too! 11mo
kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers Yes you need to bump this up and read it, I know you'll like it too! 11mo
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kellyann28
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Today is a good day to stay in bed and be sickly. Bleh! This cold needs to go! Starting a book I got from #kindlitsy 💕

JoScho Feel better ❤️ 11mo
kellyann28 Thank you @JoScho ! Hopefully this crud is on it's way out. 11mo
Eyelit Take good care and hope you feel better soon! 11mo
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kellyann28 Thank you Eyelit 🤗🤗 11mo
TheBookKeepers Ugh feel better! Excited to see what u think of this one! I‘ve been curious about reading it! 11mo
kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers I am about 20% in and LOVE it. It's definitely my kind of book! 11mo
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kellyann28
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Thank you so much @TG789 for this book! I have heard it's a good one, I may have to jump in and read it now while I have a lull in my books before the new year! Merry Christmas to you! #kindlitsy

TG789 I guess you can‘t see my emojis on there lol 🐍😂 Merry Christmas! 11mo
kellyann28 @TG789 How dare Amazon hide my house symbol! 😂🐍🐍 11mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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November Stats!

Total - 8
Female Authors - 6
Fave - The Home For Unwanted Girls
Least Fave - Uprooted

Christmas took up a lot of my reading time in November, I'm a little concerned for December. Oh well, I love the Christmas season!

Pricel101 😃📚🙌 12mo
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Loric
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Such an unconscionable, heart wrenching and empathically written story of a young girl, Maggie, forced by societal values of a 1950s Quebec to give up her baby for adoption, and Elodie, the daughter she left behind.

An historical atrocity, this was a poignant journey of a mother‘s search for the daughter she lost full of injustice, cruelty, hypocrisy, hopelessness, longing, adversity and perseverance. The power of story, history is never lost.

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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A riviting and engrossing read. I'm very surprised that I never knew this had happened here. Then again I don't know as much about French Canadian history as I probably should.

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A young unwed mother in 1950 Quebec has an agonizing choice forced upon her by her family. Based on true events, this story of loss and longing will leave you angry, happy, and shaking your head at the depths of cruelty suffered by orphans.

I‘ve honestly never wanted to slap a nun until now!
Great read. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

CoffeeNBooks This was such a great book! I just finished it a few weeks ago. 13mo
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I couldn't put this down until I finished it! Such a good book- a story of mistakes, regrets, a search for truth, and redemption. It made me teary-eyed, but it was worth it.
@MinDea @Robothugs - again, thanks to both of you for this book!!

MinDea I am so glad that you enjoyed this book! We were going to do a Buddy Read of this but life has gotten a little busy for both of us. However, the author is available for a Q&A. If you have any questions you'd like us to ask her please feel free to email them to me and I'll include it with other questions! (Again) I'm so happy you enjoyed this book! It is my favorite book read this year 💙 13mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Relaxing and enjoying this peaceful evening. I've been waiting all day to get back to this book! @MinDea @Robothugs

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I can‘t wait to read this one!!!

#ComeLittleChildren
#OctoberPutaSpellOnYou

SilversReviews Love this photo. 13mo
tammysue Great photo as always!! 🧡 13mo
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vkois88 Beautiful ❤ I want to read this one too! 13mo
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kstadt929
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Made it home from the week at our cabin and was so excited to find this waiting for me! Thanks so much for this giveaway @MinDea and @Robothugs I cannot wait to start this one!! It has been on my TBR for a long time!! 😁

CoffeeNBooks I've been reading this for the past few hours and can't put it down!! 13mo
kstadt929 @CoffeeNBooks I can‘t wait to start it!! Glad to hear it‘s one of those books you can‘t put down 😁 13mo
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