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
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Home for Unwanted Girls Reviews

  • Amy
    Apr 24, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

    3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read. ...

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proof Fifteen-year-old Maggie Hughes, the daughter of an English father and a French mother living in Quebec, falls in love with Gabriel Phenix. Her parents disapprove; her father believes the poor French boy is not good enough for his daughter. To keep...

    Set in Canada and spanning decades, this story of a teen mother who gives a baby up for adoption and her daughter caught in an orphanage converted to a mental institution is hard to put down. I consider most stories I have read about orphans (and dogs too) to have been poorly done - to...

    The French word Elodie [El-oh-dee] means ?foreign riches?. It is also a quite hardy type of lily; a suitable name for one of the main protagonists in Joanna Goodman?s fourth novel, "The Home for Unwanted Girls". For, you see, Elodie was taken from, Maggie, her 16-year-old mother ...

    Wow. Sobbing. The following is historical fact, which I knew nothing about. In the 1950s in Quebec, unwed mothers were forced to place their children in orphanages. However, the government paid the facilities $1.25 per child. So out of greed and really, hate, the government decided...

    Stayed up until 1:00 a.m. I had to finish this book, couldn?t put it down. This book takes place in the 1950?s and is based on The Duplessis Orphans of Quebec, something I knew nothing about. After finishing the book I read more on what happened during this time and the involvement...

    I absolutely love this book it is intriguing, dynamic and fascinating. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. This is not my go to genre. I normally read urban fiction, love stories and memoirs. My favorite part is the two girls eating at the restaurant. It is so dramatic and I ca...

    WOW! This book covered so many bases! Goodman seamlessly wove in a lot about the history of Canada in the 1950?s through the 1970?s. The divide between the English and the French, the culture of Quebec, and some of the darker history from that time. The book follows 2 families and ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 is a very well-written novel, made all the more riveting since it is based on true events. It takes place in the Canadian province of Quebec in the mid-20th century where there is a long-standing rift between English and French residents. It is also a time when an unwed mother is ...

  • Sandra
    Nov 11, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 Chester
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

  • Nicole Evelina
    Apr 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

    3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read. ...

  • Jackie
    Apr 26, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

    3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read. ...

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proof Fifteen-year-old Maggie Hughes, the daughter of an English father and a French mother living in Quebec, falls in love with Gabriel Phenix. Her parents disapprove; her father believes the poor French boy is not good enough for his daughter. To keep...

    Set in Canada and spanning decades, this story of a teen mother who gives a baby up for adoption and her daughter caught in an orphanage converted to a mental institution is hard to put down. I consider most stories I have read about orphans (and dogs too) to have been poorly done - to...

    The French word Elodie [El-oh-dee] means ?foreign riches?. It is also a quite hardy type of lily; a suitable name for one of the main protagonists in Joanna Goodman?s fourth novel, "The Home for Unwanted Girls". For, you see, Elodie was taken from, Maggie, her 16-year-old mother ...

    Wow. Sobbing. The following is historical fact, which I knew nothing about. In the 1950s in Quebec, unwed mothers were forced to place their children in orphanages. However, the government paid the facilities $1.25 per child. So out of greed and really, hate, the government decided...

    Stayed up until 1:00 a.m. I had to finish this book, couldn?t put it down. This book takes place in the 1950?s and is based on The Duplessis Orphans of Quebec, something I knew nothing about. After finishing the book I read more on what happened during this time and the involvement...

    I absolutely love this book it is intriguing, dynamic and fascinating. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. This is not my go to genre. I normally read urban fiction, love stories and memoirs. My favorite part is the two girls eating at the restaurant. It is so dramatic and I ca...

    WOW! This book covered so many bases! Goodman seamlessly wove in a lot about the history of Canada in the 1950?s through the 1970?s. The divide between the English and the French, the culture of Quebec, and some of the darker history from that time. The book follows 2 families and ...

    Well written tale of a dark period in Canadian history- when the children of unmarried women were considered to bear sin and even worse, were sent from orphanages to asylums because the nuns running the facilities were paid more to care for the mentally ill. Set in 1950s rural Quebec, ...

    I?m an Indigo Employee, and I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music, in exchange for my honest feedback. A surprisingly quick read, I devoured this book in a day - it was unputdownable. Sad and painful, it?s hard to believe (but also unfor...

    A very emotional book, simply written. It is fiction, based on facts, partly relevant to the author's mother. Mid 20th century unmarried pregnant girls had committed a sin, the baby was taken away and placed in an orphanage. Because of the Quebec government at that time (mid 1950's) th...

    Although I was mesmerized by this book and couldn?t put it down, I?d give it a 3.5. Hence the 4 stars. An absolutely heartbreaking account of the tragedy that played out in The Orphanage system during the 50?s & 60?s in Canada under the Catholic Church via a government pr...

    Perfect read for fans of ORPHAN #8, BEFORE WE WERE YOURS and THE ORPHAN TRAIN. Shocked that I never learned of the "Duplessis Orphans" before now. Would make for an interesting book discussion based on the historical period/events alone. ...

  • Joan
    Mar 18, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

    3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read. ...

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proof Fifteen-year-old Maggie Hughes, the daughter of an English father and a French mother living in Quebec, falls in love with Gabriel Phenix. Her parents disapprove; her father believes the poor French boy is not good enough for his daughter. To keep...

  • Kim Overstreet
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

    3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read. ...

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proof Fifteen-year-old Maggie Hughes, the daughter of an English father and a French mother living in Quebec, falls in love with Gabriel Phenix. Her parents disapprove; her father believes the poor French boy is not good enough for his daughter. To keep...

    Set in Canada and spanning decades, this story of a teen mother who gives a baby up for adoption and her daughter caught in an orphanage converted to a mental institution is hard to put down. I consider most stories I have read about orphans (and dogs too) to have been poorly done - to...

  • Di
    May 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

    3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read. ...

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proof Fifteen-year-old Maggie Hughes, the daughter of an English father and a French mother living in Quebec, falls in love with Gabriel Phenix. Her parents disapprove; her father believes the poor French boy is not good enough for his daughter. To keep...

    Set in Canada and spanning decades, this story of a teen mother who gives a baby up for adoption and her daughter caught in an orphanage converted to a mental institution is hard to put down. I consider most stories I have read about orphans (and dogs too) to have been poorly done - to...

    The French word Elodie [El-oh-dee] means ?foreign riches?. It is also a quite hardy type of lily; a suitable name for one of the main protagonists in Joanna Goodman?s fourth novel, "The Home for Unwanted Girls". For, you see, Elodie was taken from, Maggie, her 16-year-old mother ...

    Wow. Sobbing. The following is historical fact, which I knew nothing about. In the 1950s in Quebec, unwed mothers were forced to place their children in orphanages. However, the government paid the facilities $1.25 per child. So out of greed and really, hate, the government decided...

    Stayed up until 1:00 a.m. I had to finish this book, couldn?t put it down. This book takes place in the 1950?s and is based on The Duplessis Orphans of Quebec, something I knew nothing about. After finishing the book I read more on what happened during this time and the involvement...

    I absolutely love this book it is intriguing, dynamic and fascinating. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. This is not my go to genre. I normally read urban fiction, love stories and memoirs. My favorite part is the two girls eating at the restaurant. It is so dramatic and I ca...

    WOW! This book covered so many bases! Goodman seamlessly wove in a lot about the history of Canada in the 1950?s through the 1970?s. The divide between the English and the French, the culture of Quebec, and some of the darker history from that time. The book follows 2 families and ...

    Well written tale of a dark period in Canadian history- when the children of unmarried women were considered to bear sin and even worse, were sent from orphanages to asylums because the nuns running the facilities were paid more to care for the mentally ill. Set in 1950s rural Quebec, ...

    I?m an Indigo Employee, and I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music, in exchange for my honest feedback. A surprisingly quick read, I devoured this book in a day - it was unputdownable. Sad and painful, it?s hard to believe (but also unfor...

    A very emotional book, simply written. It is fiction, based on facts, partly relevant to the author's mother. Mid 20th century unmarried pregnant girls had committed a sin, the baby was taken away and placed in an orphanage. Because of the Quebec government at that time (mid 1950's) th...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

  • Stacie Allen Gosiene
    Apr 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

  • Colleen
    May 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

  • Deb Hicks
    May 02, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

    3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read. ...

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proof Fifteen-year-old Maggie Hughes, the daughter of an English father and a French mother living in Quebec, falls in love with Gabriel Phenix. Her parents disapprove; her father believes the poor French boy is not good enough for his daughter. To keep...

    Set in Canada and spanning decades, this story of a teen mother who gives a baby up for adoption and her daughter caught in an orphanage converted to a mental institution is hard to put down. I consider most stories I have read about orphans (and dogs too) to have been poorly done - to...

    The French word Elodie [El-oh-dee] means ?foreign riches?. It is also a quite hardy type of lily; a suitable name for one of the main protagonists in Joanna Goodman?s fourth novel, "The Home for Unwanted Girls". For, you see, Elodie was taken from, Maggie, her 16-year-old mother ...

    Wow. Sobbing. The following is historical fact, which I knew nothing about. In the 1950s in Quebec, unwed mothers were forced to place their children in orphanages. However, the government paid the facilities $1.25 per child. So out of greed and really, hate, the government decided...

    Stayed up until 1:00 a.m. I had to finish this book, couldn?t put it down. This book takes place in the 1950?s and is based on The Duplessis Orphans of Quebec, something I knew nothing about. After finishing the book I read more on what happened during this time and the involvement...

    I absolutely love this book it is intriguing, dynamic and fascinating. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. This is not my go to genre. I normally read urban fiction, love stories and memoirs. My favorite part is the two girls eating at the restaurant. It is so dramatic and I ca...

    WOW! This book covered so many bases! Goodman seamlessly wove in a lot about the history of Canada in the 1950?s through the 1970?s. The divide between the English and the French, the culture of Quebec, and some of the darker history from that time. The book follows 2 families and ...

    Well written tale of a dark period in Canadian history- when the children of unmarried women were considered to bear sin and even worse, were sent from orphanages to asylums because the nuns running the facilities were paid more to care for the mentally ill. Set in 1950s rural Quebec, ...

    I?m an Indigo Employee, and I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music, in exchange for my honest feedback. A surprisingly quick read, I devoured this book in a day - it was unputdownable. Sad and painful, it?s hard to believe (but also unfor...

    A very emotional book, simply written. It is fiction, based on facts, partly relevant to the author's mother. Mid 20th century unmarried pregnant girls had committed a sin, the baby was taken away and placed in an orphanage. Because of the Quebec government at that time (mid 1950's) th...

    Although I was mesmerized by this book and couldn?t put it down, I?d give it a 3.5. Hence the 4 stars. An absolutely heartbreaking account of the tragedy that played out in The Orphanage system during the 50?s & 60?s in Canada under the Catholic Church via a government pr...

  • Kathleen Gray
    Apr 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

    3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read. ...

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proof Fifteen-year-old Maggie Hughes, the daughter of an English father and a French mother living in Quebec, falls in love with Gabriel Phenix. Her parents disapprove; her father believes the poor French boy is not good enough for his daughter. To keep...

    Set in Canada and spanning decades, this story of a teen mother who gives a baby up for adoption and her daughter caught in an orphanage converted to a mental institution is hard to put down. I consider most stories I have read about orphans (and dogs too) to have been poorly done - to...

    The French word Elodie [El-oh-dee] means ?foreign riches?. It is also a quite hardy type of lily; a suitable name for one of the main protagonists in Joanna Goodman?s fourth novel, "The Home for Unwanted Girls". For, you see, Elodie was taken from, Maggie, her 16-year-old mother ...

    Wow. Sobbing. The following is historical fact, which I knew nothing about. In the 1950s in Quebec, unwed mothers were forced to place their children in orphanages. However, the government paid the facilities $1.25 per child. So out of greed and really, hate, the government decided...

    Stayed up until 1:00 a.m. I had to finish this book, couldn?t put it down. This book takes place in the 1950?s and is based on The Duplessis Orphans of Quebec, something I knew nothing about. After finishing the book I read more on what happened during this time and the involvement...

    I absolutely love this book it is intriguing, dynamic and fascinating. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. This is not my go to genre. I normally read urban fiction, love stories and memoirs. My favorite part is the two girls eating at the restaurant. It is so dramatic and I ca...

    WOW! This book covered so many bases! Goodman seamlessly wove in a lot about the history of Canada in the 1950?s through the 1970?s. The divide between the English and the French, the culture of Quebec, and some of the darker history from that time. The book follows 2 families and ...

    Well written tale of a dark period in Canadian history- when the children of unmarried women were considered to bear sin and even worse, were sent from orphanages to asylums because the nuns running the facilities were paid more to care for the mentally ill. Set in 1950s rural Quebec, ...

  • Lana Shupe
    Apr 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

  • Ameema Saeed
    May 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

    3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read. ...

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proof Fifteen-year-old Maggie Hughes, the daughter of an English father and a French mother living in Quebec, falls in love with Gabriel Phenix. Her parents disapprove; her father believes the poor French boy is not good enough for his daughter. To keep...

    Set in Canada and spanning decades, this story of a teen mother who gives a baby up for adoption and her daughter caught in an orphanage converted to a mental institution is hard to put down. I consider most stories I have read about orphans (and dogs too) to have been poorly done - to...

    The French word Elodie [El-oh-dee] means ?foreign riches?. It is also a quite hardy type of lily; a suitable name for one of the main protagonists in Joanna Goodman?s fourth novel, "The Home for Unwanted Girls". For, you see, Elodie was taken from, Maggie, her 16-year-old mother ...

    Wow. Sobbing. The following is historical fact, which I knew nothing about. In the 1950s in Quebec, unwed mothers were forced to place their children in orphanages. However, the government paid the facilities $1.25 per child. So out of greed and really, hate, the government decided...

    Stayed up until 1:00 a.m. I had to finish this book, couldn?t put it down. This book takes place in the 1950?s and is based on The Duplessis Orphans of Quebec, something I knew nothing about. After finishing the book I read more on what happened during this time and the involvement...

    I absolutely love this book it is intriguing, dynamic and fascinating. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. This is not my go to genre. I normally read urban fiction, love stories and memoirs. My favorite part is the two girls eating at the restaurant. It is so dramatic and I ca...

    WOW! This book covered so many bases! Goodman seamlessly wove in a lot about the history of Canada in the 1950?s through the 1970?s. The divide between the English and the French, the culture of Quebec, and some of the darker history from that time. The book follows 2 families and ...

    Well written tale of a dark period in Canadian history- when the children of unmarried women were considered to bear sin and even worse, were sent from orphanages to asylums because the nuns running the facilities were paid more to care for the mentally ill. Set in 1950s rural Quebec, ...

    I?m an Indigo Employee, and I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music, in exchange for my honest feedback. A surprisingly quick read, I devoured this book in a day - it was unputdownable. Sad and painful, it?s hard to believe (but also unfor...

  • Lisa
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

    3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read. ...

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proof Fifteen-year-old Maggie Hughes, the daughter of an English father and a French mother living in Quebec, falls in love with Gabriel Phenix. Her parents disapprove; her father believes the poor French boy is not good enough for his daughter. To keep...

    Set in Canada and spanning decades, this story of a teen mother who gives a baby up for adoption and her daughter caught in an orphanage converted to a mental institution is hard to put down. I consider most stories I have read about orphans (and dogs too) to have been poorly done - to...

    The French word Elodie [El-oh-dee] means ?foreign riches?. It is also a quite hardy type of lily; a suitable name for one of the main protagonists in Joanna Goodman?s fourth novel, "The Home for Unwanted Girls". For, you see, Elodie was taken from, Maggie, her 16-year-old mother ...

    Wow. Sobbing. The following is historical fact, which I knew nothing about. In the 1950s in Quebec, unwed mothers were forced to place their children in orphanages. However, the government paid the facilities $1.25 per child. So out of greed and really, hate, the government decided...

  • Eden Church
    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...

    Joanna Goodman has written a beautiful novel containing the entire range of emotions experienced by the human heart. The Home for Unwanted Girls tells the story of Quebec in the 1950s-1970s, but more specifically of Maggie, a young girl living in the Townships with an English-speak...

  • Lynn Gionette
    May 02, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

  • Shannon Dyer
    Mar 21, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

  • Nevada
    May 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

    3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read. ...

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proof Fifteen-year-old Maggie Hughes, the daughter of an English father and a French mother living in Quebec, falls in love with Gabriel Phenix. Her parents disapprove; her father believes the poor French boy is not good enough for his daughter. To keep...

    Set in Canada and spanning decades, this story of a teen mother who gives a baby up for adoption and her daughter caught in an orphanage converted to a mental institution is hard to put down. I consider most stories I have read about orphans (and dogs too) to have been poorly done - to...

    The French word Elodie [El-oh-dee] means ?foreign riches?. It is also a quite hardy type of lily; a suitable name for one of the main protagonists in Joanna Goodman?s fourth novel, "The Home for Unwanted Girls". For, you see, Elodie was taken from, Maggie, her 16-year-old mother ...

    Wow. Sobbing. The following is historical fact, which I knew nothing about. In the 1950s in Quebec, unwed mothers were forced to place their children in orphanages. However, the government paid the facilities $1.25 per child. So out of greed and really, hate, the government decided...

    Stayed up until 1:00 a.m. I had to finish this book, couldn?t put it down. This book takes place in the 1950?s and is based on The Duplessis Orphans of Quebec, something I knew nothing about. After finishing the book I read more on what happened during this time and the involvement...

    I absolutely love this book it is intriguing, dynamic and fascinating. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. This is not my go to genre. I normally read urban fiction, love stories and memoirs. My favorite part is the two girls eating at the restaurant. It is so dramatic and I ca...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

  • June J. McInerney
    Apr 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

    3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read. ...

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proof Fifteen-year-old Maggie Hughes, the daughter of an English father and a French mother living in Quebec, falls in love with Gabriel Phenix. Her parents disapprove; her father believes the poor French boy is not good enough for his daughter. To keep...

    Set in Canada and spanning decades, this story of a teen mother who gives a baby up for adoption and her daughter caught in an orphanage converted to a mental institution is hard to put down. I consider most stories I have read about orphans (and dogs too) to have been poorly done - to...

    The French word Elodie [El-oh-dee] means ?foreign riches?. It is also a quite hardy type of lily; a suitable name for one of the main protagonists in Joanna Goodman?s fourth novel, "The Home for Unwanted Girls". For, you see, Elodie was taken from, Maggie, her 16-year-old mother ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

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

  • Cat
    Jul 28, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

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    Apr 26, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    What a tough, depressing, but oh-so-fantastic book. ...

    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 ...

    Received this book from Harper Collins as an Advance Readers Copy. Another part of Canada's history, this time in the province of Quebec, that I did not know about. Shocking to learn about the change in orphanages to mental institutions - all for the sake of money. The orphans th...

    Sad but lovely. Review to come at AAR. ...

    this book was terrific. Sad, I cried reading this. its based on the truth. I really love the authors writing. ...

    Too sad a story. Doesn't say much for the older generations and their intolerance, religion, society , etc... does it? They messed up so many innocent lives. Just gummed up their whole family- and over what?- a simple, sweet baby! So stupid and hurtful. ...

    Maggie is a 15-year old girl growing up in small-town Quebec in the early 1950?s. Her father is Anglo, her mother is French; she tends to fall under her dad?s influence more so than her mother?s, at least until she is swept off her feet by Gabriel, the off-limits French boy next ...

    I loved this book. I cried a few times. ...

    3.5 stars rounded up. Good book but the sheer brutality of the subject matter makes it hard to give it more stars. I tough but important read. ...

    Review of Advance Uncorrected Proof Fifteen-year-old Maggie Hughes, the daughter of an English father and a French mother living in Quebec, falls in love with Gabriel Phenix. Her parents disapprove; her father believes the poor French boy is not good enough for his daughter. To keep...

    Set in Canada and spanning decades, this story of a teen mother who gives a baby up for adoption and her daughter caught in an orphanage converted to a mental institution is hard to put down. I consider most stories I have read about orphans (and dogs too) to have been poorly done - to...

    The French word Elodie [El-oh-dee] means ?foreign riches?. It is also a quite hardy type of lily; a suitable name for one of the main protagonists in Joanna Goodman?s fourth novel, "The Home for Unwanted Girls". For, you see, Elodie was taken from, Maggie, her 16-year-old mother ...

    Wow. Sobbing. The following is historical fact, which I knew nothing about. In the 1950s in Quebec, unwed mothers were forced to place their children in orphanages. However, the government paid the facilities $1.25 per child. So out of greed and really, hate, the government decided...

    Stayed up until 1:00 a.m. I had to finish this book, couldn?t put it down. This book takes place in the 1950?s and is based on The Duplessis Orphans of Quebec, something I knew nothing about. After finishing the book I read more on what happened during this time and the involvement...