The Home for Unwanted Girls - Joanna Goodman

The Home for Unwanted Girls

By Joanna Goodman

  • Release Date: 2018-04-17
  • Genre: Family
  • Size: 1.63 MB
Score: 4.5
From 215 Ratings

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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 English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don’t include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggie’s heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents force her to give baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life ‘back on track’.

Elodie is raised in Quebec’s impoverished orphanage system. It’s a precarious enough existence that takes a tragic turn when Elodie, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Bright and determined, Elodie withstands abysmal treatment at the nuns’ hands, finally earning her freedom at seventeen, when she is thrust into an alien, often unnerving world.

Maggie, married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice. As time passes, the stories of Maggie and Elodie intertwine but never touch, until Maggie realizes she must take what she wants from life and go in search of her long-lost daughter, finally reclaiming the truth that has been denied them both.


  • What a novel!! ❤️

    By Adriano Cavalcanti
    This novel has been one of the most interesting ones that I have thus far read! I will never forget about all read and all the insights that I learned from reading this book! Can’t wait for the follow-up!
  • Beautifully written, a must-read

    By Kimbergevin
    This wonderfully written story about Quebec orphans in the 50's has made me appreciate how lucky my family has been. My mother was a Quebec orphan in the 40's. She had the good luck to be adopted by her biological mother's sister, whom I grew up loving as my grandmother, shortly before her first birthday. This story has made me realize how different our lives could have been had they not chosen to go get my Mom from that orphanage. This story is beautifully written and I thank you, Joanna, for making me aware of how much I owe my grandparents. It's difficult to accept that people can be as evil as they are. Together, let's spread goodness around!! Kim
  • Excellent

    By H.carr
    The Home for Unwanted Girls is the best book I’ve read in years! Beautifully written and engaging from the first few pages. Goodman’s character development, plot, and pacing are stellar. The layering of Maggie and Elodie’s chapters added the depth and connection in a book that I love. This story will stay with me for a long time. Joanna Goodman, thank you for pouring your heart into this book and sharing it with the world. Bravo!
  • Review!

    By peaceful.pia
    This novel was amazing❤️
  • Extraordinary

    By eljcee
    This a exceptional read.