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The Home for Unwanted Girls
The Home for Unwanted Girls | Joanna Goodman
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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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Home
#BeginsWith

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Eggs Why are shoes so heartbreakingly powerful😢👞❤️‍🩹👠 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs they represent miles and places someone has been, the stories they could tell 💔 4mo
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I am trying to read more so I downloaded this app to post the books I am reading. I am extremely forgetful and tend to pick up a book, get about 1 chapter in then realize I have already read the book. I am here so I can document what I have read and don't make this mistake as often.

I just finished this book today and couldn't put it down.

megnews Welcome to Litsy! Check out @LitsyEvents to see all the buddy reads and fun going on. Some fun people to follow are @sblbooks @Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger @BarbaraJean @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TheBookHippie @Librarybelle 4mo
megnews I‘m glad to hear you liked this book. I‘ve had it in my tbr for awhile. 4mo
Chrissyreadit Welcome to Litsy! 4mo
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LitsyEvents Welcome to Litsy. 4mo
sblbooks Welcome! I loved this book too! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Welcome to Litsy! I use this App and Goodreads to keep all my books straight! 4mo
Librarybelle Welcome to Litsy, @tara_ashley ! And thanks for the tag, @megnews ! 4mo
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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

Some parts of this are tough because of what is going on in the story and some parts of this are tough because this was a bit longer than it should have been.

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mirnass
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The novel is based on a true story. 1950s in Québec, 15 year old Maggie is forced by her parents to give her newborn daughter to adoption. She spends next 20 years looking for her... Didn't know about Duplessis orphans before reading this. Great book, I've read it in a day!

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MsMelissa
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The first half of this novel fell a little flat for me. It largely focused on Maggie‘s story, which was a little too melodramatic for my tastes. By the halfway point, however, Elodie‘s story becomes more prominent. It is this story - Eloise was a Duplessis Orphan - that is the most compelling, and the most shocking. I‘ve studied a lot of Canadian history but had never heard of the Duplessis Orphans prior to the release of this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MsMelissa #ReadCanada Quebec ✅ 1y
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MsMelissa
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Switching up books so that I can easily read in bed via my Kobo. @Penny_LiteraryHoarders brought it to my attention that this week is #IReadCanadianDay 🇨🇦 and I simply must participate 😊 This book is set in Quebec, and is by a Canadian author.

It was @Bakingbookworm ‘s recent review of the follow-up to this novel, The Forgotten Daughter, that has nudged me to read this one.

#ReadCanada #Quebec

Bakingbookworm Awesome! I hope you enjoy it. I think I‘ve decided to read Genevieve Graham‘s upcoming book Letters From Across the Sea for my #iteadcanadianday pick. Or maybe Marissa Stapley‘s Lucky. Lots of great Canadian reading choices. 1y
MsMelissa @Bakingbookworm I‘m looking forward to the Graham book. It‘s sounds right up my alley. I wasn‘t a fan of her first novel, but loved At The Mountain‘s Edge. I have a couple more of her books sitting on a shelf that I need to get to one of these days. 1y
Bakingbookworm @MsMelissa Genevieve is such a lovely woman. I met her last winter during a book event for The Forgotten Home Child. That was an eye-opening read about Canadian history. 1y
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MsMelissa @Bakingbookworm That is the one book of Graham‘s that I don‘t own. Yet. I think I need to learn how to speed read 😕 With the exception of WWI-era historical fiction my reading interests have tended to lie in the periods before the mid-19th century and in Europe. I have only recently started to gravitate to historical fiction set in more recent times. 1y
Bakingbookworm @MsMelissa I enjoy Historical Fiction and have been on quite a Hist Fic focus this year. Many WWII era. 1y
Prairiegirl_reading I didn‘t realize this one is Canadian! 1y
candority This one has been sitting on my Kobo for a couple of years now. Maybe I need to bump it up the TBR too! 1y
Cathythoughts I must look it up ... Im way behind on my read Canada challenge ... 👍🏻❤️ 1y
MsMelissa @Prairiegirl_reading It sure is 🇨🇦 1y
MsMelissa @candority It‘s pretty good based on the 25% I‘ve read so far 👍🏻 1y
MsMelissa @Cathythoughts I think you would like this one, Cathy. PS - I‘m behind, too. 1y
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Consider this one crushed! I spent the day putting up my Christmas decorations while flying through this one. What a beautifully written touching story. I'm so mad at myself for waiting so long to read this one. Definitely a 5 star read for me. #bookspinbingo #CrushTheRush

@TheAromaofBooks @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That's fantastic! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. 1y
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aperfectmjk
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I started this one last night. This has been on my TBR for a while. I recently won the follow-up to this in a Goodreads Giveaway so this became a 2020 Must Read for me. This will be my first for the #CrushTheRush readathon.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Glad you're joining us! You're going to crush it. 1y
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TamTracy
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Such an amazing story. I loved the different perspectives and loved all the characters. So beautifully written to convey the situation as well as the emotions. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Tove_Reads Is it just me or does the cover look like 2y
LiteraryinLawrence @Tove_Reads Oooh, it totally does! 2y
Eggs 💞Friends💞 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tove_Reads it does!! I don‘t like when authors do that!! @LiteraryinLititz 😫 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs always!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👠 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs I love you ❤️😘 2y
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GypsyKat
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Today‘s #AudibleDailyDeal looked too good to pass up.

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Carolyn11215
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A heartwrenching piece of historical fiction. I am horrified and enraged about what happened to the Duplessis orphans. And outraged that the Catholic Church has not been forced to make amends for their complicity. For those who want to learn a little more ... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duplessis_Orphans

Bklover That‘s AWFUL!! Thanks for sharing the article. 2y
Carolyn11215 @Bklover I was shocked that I had never heard about this. It hit awfully close to home for me. Really shook me up! 2y
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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.

Nute Nice review! 2y
My.heart.is.lit @Nute thank you!! 2y
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BookDee
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Pickpick

Sad moments ... but still a good book.

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CoffeeNBooks
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OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚💔 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Orphanage
#LetsTravelAugust

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

OriginalCyn620 Great cover! 3y
Soubhiville Yay! I liked it 💜 3y
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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!! ❤️❤️ 3y
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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!!! 3y
aloslibrary @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you! ☺️🌻 3y
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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!!! 3y
Soubhiville @IamIamIam thank you! It‘s actually Saturday, but the packages were taunting me, and I couldn‘t resist! 3y
IamIamIam @Soubhiville Let's settle for birthday week and that gives you a few days on either side. 😉 Haha, enjoy!!! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome!!! I hope you have an awesome birthday 🎂🎊🎉❤️ 3y
CoffeeNBooks Great book! 3y
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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! 📚 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great book. Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 3y
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 3y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗👏🏻 3y
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I have a feeling this one will wreck me. #audiobook

JacqMac It will. But it‘s worth it. 3y
BrieT2016 It‘s a good book! (edited) 3y
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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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Mehso-so

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. 3y
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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. 3y
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 3y
Slajaunie You probably would! 😁 3y
RadicalReader What‘s Acadian? 3y
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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) 3y
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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!!! 3y
BooknerdsLife Hello there 👋 📚🙌🏼💕and those food looks delicious! 😋 3y
mrsmarch One of my best girlfriends is from ZA! She lives in London now. 😂 3y
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CouronneDhiver Love to you too! In Canada, but from a South African family 3y
Crazeedi Our exchange student Margot was from SA. She was the best! 3y
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) 3y
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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! 3y
TheBookKeepers Yes!! I soooo wanted them to reunite sooner tho 😭. Great book @kellyann28 3y
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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! 3y
ValkyrieAndHerBooks Welcome to Litsy!🎉📚💕 3y
paigecon Thanks! 3y
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Mynameisacolour Hi @paigecon 🖐 welcome to Litsy 😊 3y
BridgetteM Welcome to Litsy! 3y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 3y
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 3y
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤩 3y
CoffeeNBooks Great book! 📚 Welcome to Litsy! @LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyWelcomeWagon 3y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 3y
Megabooks Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻📚 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a great community and I hope you enjoy it here. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts!😉👍🏽 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 3y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸🤗 3y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you are enjoying it here! 3y
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GlitterGirl
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Our March #readingwithfriends book. I love the cover!

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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. 3y
Mindyrecycles @RebL fingers crossed! 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I posted the same one! Have you read it? 3y
CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes! I really liked it! Have you read it? 3y
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CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It's really good- once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CoffeeNBooks I loved The Finishing School by this author! Have you read it? 3y
CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks No, I haven't. This is the only book of hers that I've read. I'll have to check it out! 3y
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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. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Littlestbookshelf I‘ve read that one and loved it!! 3y
Eggs This was recommended to me as well... 3y
sblbooks This was one of my favorites for 2018. I highly recommend it. 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We used the same one!! 3y
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Mindyrecycles
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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. 3y
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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! 3y
MinDea I LOVED this book 3y
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ItsAnotherJen
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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. 3y
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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) 3y
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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 3y
Judybskt The Lake House 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This made my list too. It was very good 3y
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. 3y
sblbooks @Mindyrecycles I hope you enjoy it. Happy New Year to you too. 3y
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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! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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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! 3y
Libby1 I love your biographical tag line! I can relate, although we are finished with nap time and have moved on to school time. 😊 3y
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! 3y
Littlestbookshelf @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego it was really good! I was sad to finish it! 3y
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Littlestbookshelf
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Excited to start this today!

CoffeeNBooks I read this recently- great book! 3y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 😊🎈🎈 3y
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