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Jun 25, 2021posie12 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
To know that the government paid these churches to run institutes who abused kids is shameful. So many native children died in these places, all for the benefit of the church treasury, makes you think slavery didn't only happen to black…
Apr 28, 2021jeannettekeir rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I could not put this book down. I was not aware of the Duplessis orphans and was often moved to tears many times as I read this story. A vile and shocking story of abuse by the Duplessis government in Quebec and the Catholic Church. Kudos…
Apr 15, 2021
Excellent read, would recommend.
Mar 12, 2021
Really liked this one! Loved the different perspectives and the back and forth.
Jan 26, 2021richibi rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
what should've been a searing condemnation of the abuse of orphaned children during the Duplessis era, by mandate, becomes a sappy love story complete with a fairy tale ending - yech
Jan 04, 2021lilnurse88 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A real page turner. From the moment I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved this book from start to finish.
Oct 20, 2020genepy rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
An incredible story revealing a shameful period of history in Quebec under Duplessis in the 50's. Beautifully written , captivating ,emotional, with two endearing main protagonists :historical fiction at its best. I highly recommend it.
Jul 27, 2020Zoelexi777 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I loved this book from the very first page until the end. I did not know about the orphanages in Quebec in the 1950’s and the transition to mental hospitals. It was certainly an eye opener. I would definitely recommend this book.
Jul 20, 2020ArapahoeKristy rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
After a slow start I thoroughly enjoyed this novel based on true events taking place in Canada in the 1950s. At the age of 16, Maggie is forced to give up her baby. Years pass and orphanages are turned into mental institutions so that they…
Dec 24, 2019peacebenow rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Orphanages of 50'-70's exposed in Canada. Heart wrenching details of the conditions. All too normal that young women are not educated about their bodies or taught how to traverse the hormonal upswing of puberty. Of course the mid 1900's…
Nov 29, 2019catherinejoy rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Captivating from page one straight through to the end. Highly recommend this book.
Nov 27, 2019StrangelyExuberant rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I first heard about the orphanages that changed into mental hospitals and the brutal conditions while attending university a few years ago. This book captured and brought to life the history very well. It brought a life to it that we are…
Sep 17, 2019Aimee M Trudel rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Jan loved this - Quebec story
Aug 13, 2019RustyReader9 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The fact that this book is based on true events makes it especially disturbing. This book was an emotional roller coaster and I could not put it down.
Jul 25, 2019sylviehoffman rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I couldn't put it down. This story moved me and educated me on a very dark chapter in Canadian history. It's a must read.
May 17, 2019wendybird rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A well written, wonderful novel, incorporating some neglected & sad history from Quebec. The final chapters could have been a bit more tightly edited, but a small quibble. Look for appearances of the author, come September 2019, as the…
Apr 09, 2019mpye rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A truly marvellous and beautifully written book. I read it in three days and had tears in my eyes at more than one point. What a gifted Canadian writer we have in Joanna Goodman. I discovered her by accident and now want to read everything…
Jan 20, 2019kathyonpost rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Twenty years in the making, set in Quebec, it's the story of an unwed mother Maggie and the daughter Elodie she is forced to give up to an orphanage run by nuns. Beautifully written it is essentially a love story. Overriding themes of the…
Jan 19, 2019LibraryAccount rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
5 Stars. Excellent historical fiction. Great read for quiet times at home, or as a summer, or beach vacation novel. I learned a lot about the terrible occurrences in the 40's, 50's in Quebec, under the Duplessis provincial government,…
Dec 30, 2018VPAL7 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This is not the usual type of book that I read but the plot intrigued me and I do not regret reading it. It was well written and the more I read about the hardships that each character went through, the more outraged I grew. The political…
Dec 27, 2018
Not a subject that I wanted to explore. I did not finish the book.
Dec 21, 2018Eil_1 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A heart-rending portrayal of 50's through 70's Quebec. The lives of orphans ruined in order for Duplessis, politicians and the Church to profit from the Federal government grants for asylums. Maggie endures years of sadness over the…
Nov 28, 2018SurreyLibraries_Reads rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I just finished reading The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman for my book club and it was a real page-turner. It’s a fictitious novel based on actual events that occurred in the early 1950’s in Quebec. At the time, many babies born…
Nov 27, 2018stephanieanastasia rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book, I finished it in just a few days! It is a great story with elements of history sprinkled within the pages, a part of Canadian history I knew nothing about and was shocked to learn. I would definitely recommend…
Oct 19, 2018LibraryLES rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This was a good one and enjoyed the flow of the story and the characters. Yes, the story is somewhat predictable, but you find yourself being hopeful for each of the characters anyway.