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The Girls with No Names

Written by: Serena Burdick
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
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A beautiful tale of hope, courage, and sisterhood inspired by the real House of Mercy and the girls confined there for daring to break the rules. 

Growing up in New York City in the 1910s, Luella and Effie Tildon realize that even as wealthy young women, their freedoms come with limits. But when the sisters discover a shocking secret about their father, Luella, the brazen elder sister, becomes emboldened to do as she pleases. Her rebellion comes with consequences, and one morning Luella is mysteriously gone.

Effie suspects her father has sent Luella to the House of Mercy and hatches a plan to get herself committed to save her sister. But she made a miscalculation, and with no one to believe her story, Effie’s own escape seems impossible - unless she can trust an enigmatic girl named Mable. As their fates entwine, Mable and Effie must rely on their tenuous friendship to survive. This atmospheric, heartwarming story explores not only the historical House of Mercy, but the lives - and secrets - of the girls who stayed there. 

©2020 Serena Burdick (P)2020 Harlequin Audio

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  • Judith B. McElwaine
  • 2020-01-24

Loved it

Great story, loved it. sad ending. I shed some tears. Would be a great movie

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-08

drew me in

This story was hard to put down. the narrators took me with them to the early 1900s with lots of excitement, heartbreak, joy, fear and many surprises at every turn.

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  • Jamie L.
  • 2020-02-08

A heartbreaking historical novel.

This story weaves together Women's suffrage, turn of the century American culture, Industrial greed, women's health issues, and the adolescent rites of passage of defying parents. Well told, well narrated and thought provoking. Sadly today, there are other groups of "girls with no names" still in our society.