Home for Erring and Outcast Girls
In the early 1900s, the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls was founded in the tiny town of Arlington, Texas. Quite unique in its mission, the Home provided a place for girls who had been “ruined” to escape their circumstances, and unlike similar rescue missions, it didn’t seek to separate these “fallen” girls from their babies. In the Berachah Home, Lizzie is able to get off drugs and create some stability for herself and her young daughter. While there, she meets Mattie, who seeks a better life and medical care for her sick son. Despite their different backgrounds and different hopes for the future, the two form a strong bond.
Meanwhile, a hundred years later, Cate gets a new job at the university that now occupies the location where the Berachah Home once stood. The library has a small archive dedicated to the Home, and Cate quickly becomes fascinated by its mission and the girls who lived there. She shares her interests with Laurel, her new assistant, and together the two delve as deep into the history as they can. But Cate will find more than just a great story in the Berachah archive; it becomes the catalyst for her to finally find healing from her own broken past.
The story that Julie Kibler tells is not light or easy to read, but it will pull readers in quickly nonetheless. Kibler is a master of weaving these two stories together in a way that both highlights the similarities in the characters’ situations while also showing how much times have changed in the past century and how much they haven’t. While some of the plot twists weren’t all that surprising, Kibler still does an excellent job of building up suspense, and she still manages to shock readers a few times. This is a beautiful novel that will hold your attention to the very end.
|Page Count||400 pages|
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