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The Home for Unwanted Girls
- Written by: Joanna Goodman
- Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
- Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
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".
heart breaking and beautiful
- By Anonymous User on 2019-02-11
I have listened to other books read by Maarleveld and enjoyed them. This one bothered me. The French accent was a French (France) accent - not at all a Québecois accent. Some place names were mispronounced - this got in the way of my enjoyment of the book. And a few details in the story (e.g. there were no streetcars or trams in Montreal after about 1959 - but one appears in the book at a later date) irked. This is an important story to tell so on the whole I liked the book, though I found the ending too pat.
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