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The Home for Unwanted Girls

Auteur(s): Joanna Goodman
Narrateur(s): Saskia Maarleveld
Durée: 9 h et 58 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (271 évaluations)
Prix: CDN$ 38,59
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Description

Philomena meets The 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 15, 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 17, 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.

©2018 Joanna Goodman (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Au global
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Love story unimaginative

While Elodie's story moved me, her parents storyline was unimaginative and stereotypical. It would have been great if the love story was more developed.

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  • Au global
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heart breaking and beautiful

This historical fiction about Montreal in the 1950s is a complete page turner . The writing is amazing and the story, with its twists and turns had me hooked from the beginning.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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loved the book esp because its based on true facts. loved the narrators voice also thank you

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  • Au global
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Love this book!

A bit predictable but stories based on historical facts are always a great read. I loved the narrator

  • Au global
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good bed time story

interesting enough. some of the characters personalities didnt quite come across as convincing. was distracted by the female impersonating Male voices.

  • Au global
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Overall very good book!

This story feels very much like what I heard about those days and is well written. My only disappointment is, since I’m fully bilingual, the parts in French were often not 100% accurate, especially the song... it is a real song and could have been looked up online to fine the tune, instead of being read on an awkward rhythm. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to have an idea of what young mothers had to go through and how truly horrible les orphelins de Duplessis had it.

  • Au global
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Intriguing

If this is based on true events it’s very disturbing! It was a good story and an enjoyable read but the end was week.

  • Au global
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Good but a little rushed

Felt a few details were skipped over and the story rushed ahead but generally a good but tragic story. Makes you feel angry along side the daughter. would have liked to see the nuns get theirs! Can never tell if characters are supposed to be speaking French.

  • Au global
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Very Beautiful Story

I listened to this story with My Daughter. We both cried and were grateful for our relationship. The writing is poetic but very clear. Sadness and redemption.

  • Au global
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learn and be entertained

French Canadian history told with heart and tears. I would recommend it as an Audio book but I don't think I would have read it because of it's predictability.

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  • Claudia D. Nichol
  • 2018-05-01

Sad story

Difficult to hear but unable to stop listening to the story. I have read many stories about orphans and adoptions and some of my first cousins were adopted. They are our family and we wouldn't be a complete family without them.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Nevada
  • 2018-04-23

Is this a true story?

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 can feel the excitement. What I like about the book (this won’t make sense unless you read the book but…) is the following of the mother and daughter separately but during the same time. I also like that it doesn’t appear to be a work of fiction. I was enthralled and anticipating every new turn. I also can relate to a mother’s love of a child not in her care. I will say no more as not to spoil the book for others. I will end with this, I have never wanted to get to the end of a book so bad and wanting it to never end at the same time.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jason E Burgher
  • 2018-04-26

Best book I have read this year!!!!!!!!

I am in tears, this book was so great, and sad....... dont want to give anything away. READ IT PLEASE!!!!!!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Camille
  • 2018-12-12

Simply Fabulous

This story was invigorating, tear-jerking, and a definite "ear" turner! I didn't want it to end.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • J. Segaloff
  • 2019-04-21

Ouch. Heartbreaking.

I know I'm suposed to feel better at the end...but I'm heart broken. Such a reminder of how laws and regulations effect real people and real lives. This story must have happened over and over in history.

  • Au global
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  • TiffanyJ28
  • 2019-04-20

Excellent!

A touching story of hope and resilience. I listened to it almost from beginning to end continuously. One of my favorite narrators and beautifully written. ❤️

  • Au global
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  • Sophia A. Morgan
  • 2019-04-14

Elody

At first I struggled to read. Glad I continued. Great story of Old Quebec. Truth

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-27

Beautiful, moving and powerful

Though occasionally the editing of the audio was noticeably choppy, the narrator herself presents many excellent voices for the characters and brings them to life.

Based on horrific true historical events, this story brought me to tears more than once. The characters are relatable, and face problems that reflect the power of the human and female spirit. Some problems and observations of the characters are still relevant issues for women even many years later. It was a powerful read.

  • Au global
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  • BK
  • 2019-03-23

Excellent listen

Sad, but true. The things that we do to each other?????, even our own children.

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  • Bobby
  • 2019-03-20

Wonderful!!

My wife and I absoutely love the story. The narration was spot on! Ten Star