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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Choices made, good or bad. This story flew by. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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) ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Kristen Beverly
    Mar 11, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Choices made, good or bad. This story flew by. ...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    Jun 11, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Shilpa
    Jan 30, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Choices made, good or bad. This story flew by. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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) ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Sep 19, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Choices made, good or bad. This story flew by. ...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Choices made, good or bad. This story flew by. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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) ...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Choices made, good or bad. This story flew by. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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) ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Adrea Pierce
    Jul 11, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Eden Church | The Required Reading List
    Feb 04, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Choices made, good or bad. This story flew by. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Choices made, good or bad. This story flew by. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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) ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Choices made, good or bad. This story flew by. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Choices made, good or bad. This story flew by. ...

  • Chris Mara
    Aug 19, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

    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...

    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 Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at th...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...