Hot Best Seller

The House Children PDF, ePub eBook

4.6 out of 5
30 review

The House Children

Availability: Ready to download

File Name: The House Children .pdf

How it works:

1. Register a free 1 month Trial Account.

2. Download as many books as you like (Personal use)

3. Cancel the membership at any time if not satisfied.


The House Children PDF, ePub eBook In 1937, Mary Margaret Joyce is born in the Tuam Home for unwed mothers. After spending her early years in an uncaring foster home, she is sentenced by a judge to an industrial school, where she is given the name Peg, and assigned the number 27. Amid one hundred other unwanted girls, Peg quickly learns the rigid routine of prayer, work, and silence under the watchful eye o In 1937, Mary Margaret Joyce is born in the Tuam Home for unwed mothers. After spending her early years in an uncaring foster home, she is sentenced by a judge to an industrial school, where she is given the name Peg, and assigned the number 27. Amid one hundred other unwanted girls, Peg quickly learns the rigid routine of prayer, work, and silence under the watchful eye of Sister Constance. Her only respite is an annual summer holiday with a kind family in Galway. At the tender age of thirteen, Peg accidentally learns the identity of her birthmother. Peg struggles with feelings of anger and abandonment, while her mother grapples with the shame of having borne a child out of wedlock. The tension between them mounts as Peg, now becoming a young adult, begins to make plans for her future beyond Ireland. Based on actual events, The House Children is a compelling story of familial love, shameful secrets, and life inside Ireland’s infamous industrial schools.

30 review for The House Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl

    RTF

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather Frimmer

    I had the honor of meeting the author and receiving an early reader copy of her debut historical fiction novel. The House Children follows a young orphan named Mary Margaret Joyce from early childhood to age eighteen. When she is five, Mary is assigned to live in an industrial girl and renamed Peg (there are too many Marys there already). Despite the difficult conditions, she forms a makeshift family of sorts with the other girls in the home. Every summer, she is sent to spend a week with Norah I had the honor of meeting the author and receiving an early reader copy of her debut historical fiction novel. The House Children follows a young orphan named Mary Margaret Joyce from early childhood to age eighteen. When she is five, Mary is assigned to live in an industrial girl and renamed Peg (there are too many Marys there already). Despite the difficult conditions, she forms a makeshift family of sorts with the other girls in the home. Every summer, she is sent to spend a week with Norah Hanley and her frankly. As Peg grows older and wiser, she begins to question who Norah is and why she continues inviting her to spend time in her home. This is a character driven novel with straight forward, beautifully evocative writing. Peg is a great character and I enjoyed reading along to find out how she would mature and where life would take her. The author did a wonderful job incorporating her extensive research into the story. I knew nothing about the industrial schools beforehand and I came away with a lot of new knowledge about the topic. Fans of Kate Morton and Brooklyn by Colm Toibin will love this book. Heidi Daniele is a wonderful new voice on the historical fiction scene.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    I received my copy free through Goodreads Giveaways.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this book from SparkPress. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book Series: standalone Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: April 9, 2019 Genre: Historical Fiction Recommended Age: 15+ (sexual assault, TW suicide, TW abuse) Publisher: SparkPress Pages: 300 Amazon Link Synopsis: In 1937, Mary Margaret Joyce is born in the Tuam Home for unwed mothers. After spending her early years in an uncaring foster home, she is sentenced by a judge to an industrial school, where she is given the name Peg, Disclaimer: I received this book from SparkPress. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book Series: standalone Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: April 9, 2019 Genre: Historical Fiction Recommended Age: 15+ (sexual assault, TW suicide, TW abuse) Publisher: SparkPress Pages: 300 Amazon Link Synopsis: In 1937, Mary Margaret Joyce is born in the Tuam Home for unwed mothers. After spending her early years in an uncaring foster home, she is sentenced by a judge to an industrial school, where she is given the name Peg, and assigned the number 27. Amid one hundred other unwanted girls, Peg quickly learns the rigid routine of prayer, work, and silence under the watchful eye of Sister Constance. Her only respite is an annual summer holiday with a kind family in Galway.  At the tender age of thirteen, Peg accidentally learns the identity of her birthmother. Peg struggles with feelings of anger and abandonment, while her mother grapples with the shame of having borne a child out of wedlock. The tension between them mounts as Peg, now becoming a young adult, begins to make plans for her future beyond Ireland.  Based on actual events, The House Children is a compelling story of familial love, shameful secrets, and life inside Ireland’s infamous industrial schools. Review: I thought this book was moving and poetic. It was raw and it gave an unashamed look at Ireland’s unfair laws regarding unwed mothers and their out-of-wedlock children. The children, and the mothers, were victims of a system that was so focused on stomping out any and all “sin” that it forgot about the people it left behind in its wake. In my personal opinion, this is a good example of what happens when you have a country that is ruled by a lot of people who think the same way. They don’t have that devil’s advocate to suggest/argue the opposite view and so laws like these get passed. I’m sure it worked some to help statistically take down unwed mothers and “bastard” children, it probably also helped in raising secret abortions and infanticide. I grew up in a very conservative county and being a teenage mother was always (and still is) heavily frowned upon. A girl that went to my school found herself pregnant. She wore baggy clothes and didn’t tell her parents. She had the baby in secret and, from what I heard from friends who knew her, tried to kill the child to hide her “sin”. While having a child at a young age or outside a solid relationship isn’t ideal, the mothers and children shouldn’t fear being punished by others for existing. And, if I’m so frank, teen/unwed sex has happened since the dawn of time. As long as there has been people, there has been sex. You’re never going to create enough laws/policies to rid pregnancy from those society deems “undeserving” of the miracle. It happens and the sooner we all realize it and work to help all pregnant women without prejudice in whatever they need or desire, the better in my opinion. If I had to say some negatives about the book, it would be the abrupt end of the book and some of the mysteries of some of the other characters. I also wish that the book didn’t play it safe with one character. I wish that the main character was in a bit more danger and that her life wasn’t so coincidental. Verdict: A marvelous read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Jenkinson

    I thoroughly enjoyed this gem of a book. Set in Ireland in the 1940’s, this debut novel has a Jane Eyre feel - which happens to be my favorite book. Mary Margaret Joyce was born in a home for unwed mothers. She was cared for in a foster home and later sentenced to an industrial school for girls run by strict nuns. Mary Margaret becomes “Peg” when the nuns decide they have too many girls named Mary. The unwanted girls are known as the “house children” when mixed with children from the town for scho I thoroughly enjoyed this gem of a book. Set in Ireland in the 1940’s, this debut novel has a Jane Eyre feel - which happens to be my favorite book. Mary Margaret Joyce was born in a home for unwed mothers. She was cared for in a foster home and later sentenced to an industrial school for girls run by strict nuns. Mary Margaret becomes “Peg” when the nuns decide they have too many girls named Mary. The unwanted girls are known as the “house children” when mixed with children from the town for school. Education is a precious commodity for the house children and very few are allowed to advance beyond reading and writing. Every summer Peg is given a one week holiday with a kind family several towns away. Over the years she develops relationships within the family, including two “aunties” and a handsome boy who live in America. Peg accidentally learns the identity of her birth mother which sets her on a course for finding where she could belong and the overwhelming desire to leave Ireland for America. I was afraid this would be a difficult book to read. Children suffering are tough plots for me to stick with but the author handled the subject with care, balancing bleakness with small triumphs and friendships. If you enjoyed Jane Eyre or The Heart’s Invisible Furies, you should also enjoy The House Children. Thank you to @booksparks and @the.house.children for the chance to read and review this book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kaileigh

    I received this book through a Gooodreads Giveaway. "The House Children", Heidi Daniele's debut novel follows the life of Mary Margaret Joyce while living in an industrial school for girls. In Ireland it was against the law and very frowned upon to have a baby out of wedlock, so the babies were taken from their mothers and put into foster care until they were six years old. That is when they get put in the industrial school. I won't go into too much detail because I refuse to give spoilers! haha T I received this book through a Gooodreads Giveaway. "The House Children", Heidi Daniele's debut novel follows the life of Mary Margaret Joyce while living in an industrial school for girls. In Ireland it was against the law and very frowned upon to have a baby out of wedlock, so the babies were taken from their mothers and put into foster care until they were six years old. That is when they get put in the industrial school. I won't go into too much detail because I refuse to give spoilers! haha This book is STUNNING. It had me hooked from the very start and it only got better. As someone with Irish blood running through her veins I found myself texting my mother (the full blooded Irish lady) and asking her all these questions about the Nuns are why they treated the girls so poorly. It shocked me but also taught me so much! I've been to Dublin and this book made me want to travel back ASAP. I can't wait to read Heidi Daniele's future work!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joseph McGinley

    I found this to be a page-turner, and a fulfilling and rewarding read. Given the particular setting, I was worried that it might be a harrowing read - but it isn't. It was a pleasure to read, and easy to become engrossed in. It's mostly set in several locations around my home town and County - Galway. As an avid local historian, I was delighted by the accuracy and attention to detail. For me, this helped to make it a very authentic portrayal of Galway at that time. I've read about people whose liv I found this to be a page-turner, and a fulfilling and rewarding read. Given the particular setting, I was worried that it might be a harrowing read - but it isn't. It was a pleasure to read, and easy to become engrossed in. It's mostly set in several locations around my home town and County - Galway. As an avid local historian, I was delighted by the accuracy and attention to detail. For me, this helped to make it a very authentic portrayal of Galway at that time. I've read about people whose lives were affected by institutions in Ireland such as Tuam Mother and Baby Home, Industrial Schools, and convent schools. This book has helped me a lot, to understand the plight of people who were in those situations, to understand the social context, and to make an emotional connection with them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adriana Gabrielle

    Once I was able to get a grasp on how the date/time jumped around a bit in the book I found it to be a very compellingly beautiful story! It was definitely a page-turner from beginning to end and a book that made me feel ALL the emotions. I loved how the book started off so dark and hopeless and grew to something full of hope. For me I love books like that where a hopeless situation is turned on its head and becomes one full of hope and joy. I was given a copy to review in exchange for my honest Once I was able to get a grasp on how the date/time jumped around a bit in the book I found it to be a very compellingly beautiful story! It was definitely a page-turner from beginning to end and a book that made me feel ALL the emotions. I loved how the book started off so dark and hopeless and grew to something full of hope. For me I love books like that where a hopeless situation is turned on its head and becomes one full of hope and joy. I was given a copy to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

  9. 5 out of 5

    CR

    My Review: Although to start this one was slightly hard to follow. As it got going it unfolded much better. I finally got a grasp on what was going on and this turned into a very compelling story about hardship and family. When you have nothing you don't really think that you should have anything. This story started out so dark and then became something of hope.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Stefano

    I just loved this book! It was such a quick read for me as I read it in less than a day. It was written so eloquently and about a subject so many Irish Americans are really unaware of. My own relatives would never speak of that time period and experiences of living in Ireland. The author does a great job portraying the reality of what people suffered without harshly criticizing the Catholic Church. She leaves it up to the reader to decide if they want to delve more into learning about the indust I just loved this book! It was such a quick read for me as I read it in less than a day. It was written so eloquently and about a subject so many Irish Americans are really unaware of. My own relatives would never speak of that time period and experiences of living in Ireland. The author does a great job portraying the reality of what people suffered without harshly criticizing the Catholic Church. She leaves it up to the reader to decide if they want to delve more into learning about the industrial schools and/or the Catholic Church in Ireland at that time. The story shows how dire it was for so many women during that time period and explains their hope for a better life in America. However, it is not written so sad that you will cry throughout the story (which is something I worried about based on the subject matter.) It is funny, charming, and warm throughout most of the story. The writer describes each of the characters so perfectly! But the story does so much more. It highlights life and the beautiful and not so beautiful relationships people build over their lifetimes. It shows no matter how dire your circumstance, you can have friendships and bonds that will help you bare any circumstance. It shows that there are two sides to every story, Peg who felt abandoned and her Mom who truly thought she was doing the best she could with the situation. I also love that it is written in such a way that the reader cannot clearly take either side. Reading this story, I flipped back and forth in my mind taking different sides at times until the end when you realize it is just people trying to make the best of their circumstance. I hope to see a prequel or sequel some day!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Schraufnagel

    [ Synopsis ] In 1937, Mary Margaret Joyce is born in the Tuam Home for unwed mothers. After spending her early years in an uncaring foster home, she is sentenced by a judge to an industrial school, where she is given the name Peg, and assigned the number 27. Amid one hundred other unwanted girls, Peg quickly learns the rigid routine of prayer, work, and silence under the watchful eye of Sister Constance. Her only respite is an annual summer holiday with a kind family in Galway. At the tender age [ Synopsis ]⁣ ⁣ In 1937, Mary Margaret Joyce is born in the Tuam Home for unwed mothers. After spending her early years in an uncaring foster home, she is sentenced by a judge to an industrial school, where she is given the name Peg, and assigned the number 27. Amid one hundred other unwanted girls, Peg quickly learns the rigid routine of prayer, work, and silence under the watchful eye of Sister Constance. Her only respite is an annual summer holiday with a kind family in Galway. At the tender age of thirteen, Peg accidentally learns the identity of her birthmother. Peg struggles with feelings of anger and abandonment, while her mother grapples with the shame of having borne a child out of wedlock. The tension between them mounts as Peg, now becoming a young adult, begins to make plans for her future beyond Ireland. Based on actual events, The House Children is a compelling story of familial love, shameful secrets, and life inside Ireland’s infamous industrial schools.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ [ Review ]⁣ ⁣ This is a character driven novel, with a style of writing I really enjoyed. Peg is a great character that you can’t help but root for. I found myself being curious what was going to happen to her in the end, and how she would emotionally deal with all she went through in the industrial school. ⁣ ⁣ Daniele did a great job with her attention to detail of these schools. Being based on a true story, I learned a lot about these schools that I had little to no knowledge of before. It helps you understand the predicament of those who were in the situation, the social context of why, and the hardships the girls faced in the homes. A great historical fiction novel. ⁣ ⁣

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella Brooks

    I received a copy of this book from the author and booksparks, so thanks to them for sending it to me! The House Children was a fast and easy read for me. I really enjoyed the setting and getting to read about these industrial schools because I literally knew nothing about them! I quickly became attached to “Peg” and often times felt her anger/frustration as if it were my own. It’s so easy to see only your point of view in a difficult situation but I was a big fan of seeing Peg work through her I received a copy of this book from the author and booksparks, so thanks to them for sending it to me! The House Children was a fast and easy read for me. I really enjoyed the setting and getting to read about these industrial schools because I literally knew nothing about them! I quickly became attached to “Peg” and often times felt her anger/frustration as if it were my own. It’s so easy to see only your point of view in a difficult situation but I was a big fan of seeing Peg work through her conflicting emotions. All of her emotions felt authentic and valid for what she was dealing with and I enjoyed that the author didn’t rush through them but truly allowed us to see how much she struggled to reconcile those emotions. Overall, this was a solid 4 star read for me and I’d recommend it if you like books that are centered around family struggles!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cayla

    I received this book from Heidi herself and I was so excited to read it! It was a quick read which I liked and just the whole story was good. It was nice reading Peg (Mary Margaret) grow up each year in Industrial School and spending a week in Galway with the Hanley’s. I always wondered what she would do each week she spent with them. It was sad though that all Peg wanted was a family of her own but couldnt have... but finally she finds out who her real mother is and it is heartbreaking but what I received this book from Heidi herself and I was so excited to read it! It was a quick read which I liked and just the whole story was good. It was nice reading Peg (Mary Margaret) grow up each year in Industrial School and spending a week in Galway with the Hanley’s. I always wondered what she would do each week she spent with them. It was sad though that all Peg wanted was a family of her own but couldnt have... but finally she finds out who her real mother is and it is heartbreaking but what had to be done was done in her past. I know for me that would be so hard growing up not knowing who your family is...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda Edmonds cerullo

    Very poignant and sad novel of life in an Irish Industrial School in the 1940s-50s. Sweet Mary Margaret Joyce is placed in an industrial school by a court. Her mother gave birth to her out-of-wedlock and, due to the strong hold the Catholic Church had on Ireland at that time, this was unacceptable. Her name is changed to Peg, she is given a number (27) and sent to live with the nuns. The treatment by the nuns is deplorable, the anguish caused by their continual reference to her as illegitimate a Very poignant and sad novel of life in an Irish Industrial School in the 1940s-50s. Sweet Mary Margaret Joyce is placed in an industrial school by a court. Her mother gave birth to her out-of-wedlock and, due to the strong hold the Catholic Church had on Ireland at that time, this was unacceptable. Her name is changed to Peg, she is given a number (27) and sent to live with the nuns. The treatment by the nuns is deplorable, the anguish caused by their continual reference to her as illegitimate and therefore unworthy, is excruciating to read. Her dull, work-centered life is relieved only by occasional visits to a couple who live in Galway and once a year in the summer she is allowed to reside with them. These visits lift her spirits enormously. She wants to be a part of them. At least until she finds out who they really are. This book is yet another example of the dangerous hold the Catholic Church had on the people of Ireland and on the adherents of this religion. How any parent could let the Church dictate to them how their children should be treated and that some are "unworthy" is a mystery to me. Another clear warning to watch for signs that your church may be more important than your faith in God. Moving, painful at times, but ultimately an important work of historical fiction. The mistakes of the Church should never be forgotten nor overlooked. These individuals suffered real pain and need to know there is a God Who loves them and would never treat them as despicably as this so-called "One True Church" did.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Corley

    I won a copy from a giveaway on Goodreads. It was a good historical fiction book, but I kind of felt like it didn't fully reach its potential. The main protagonist was a very strong character who fought to overcome everything life threw at her. It was nice to learn what life was like in Ireland back in the 1900s. All in all, it was a quick and enjoyable read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Burns

    Fascinating story with a compelling backdrop. I learned so much about time and place without even knowing I was learning. At it's heart, it is a mother-daughter story, just the type of book I'm drawn to. And it never disappoints -- the story grabs hold of you and doesn't let you go. Kudos to the author!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diane Cook

    I loved this book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    This was a really quick, good read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dakotah Ady

    I absolutely loved this book. Reading about Peg’s journey through acceptance and life was heartbreaking and beautiful. I felt instantly drawn in and didn’t want to put the book down.

  20. 4 out of 5

    The Belle

    Mary Margaret Joyce belongs to no one. And no one belongs to her.  The night she was rescued from a shuttered barn by the friendly face of a young woman she vaguely knew, Mary was sure she'd finally found what she yearned for most in the world - family. The young woman who scooped her up was kind, the words she whispered were calming and easily whisked Mary's fears away in the wind. She felt comfortable in the young woman's home, no matter the cutting looks the woman's parents threw her way. The y Mary Margaret Joyce belongs to no one. And no one belongs to her.  The night she was rescued from a shuttered barn by the friendly face of a young woman she vaguely knew, Mary was sure she'd finally found what she yearned for most in the world - family. The young woman who scooped her up was kind, the words she whispered were calming and easily whisked Mary's fears away in the wind. She felt comfortable in the young woman's home, no matter the cutting looks the woman's parents threw her way. The young woman and her sisters seemed happy to have her their, their soft hands making sure that Mary's hair was devoid of any tangles, their brush strokes loving and tender as they dressed her like a doll.  But it wasn't long before the picture shattered like a glass shoved from a table, leaving Mary sadly gazing from the rear window of a car as it made its way down the long, lonely lane. As the image of the kind young woman and her sisters huddled on the front porch grew smaller and smaller, Mary grew more despondent. Where was she going? Had she not been good enough to stay? Was she worth nothing? Peg. Her new name. 27. The number she is identified by. Mary is transformed into one of the House Children, nothing but a number in a line of other numbers. Nothing but a sad girl in a room full of other sad girls. Her new home one with cold floors and stark surroundings, devoid of the warmth that comes with love and affection. The industrial school is run by a pack of nuns, and Mary/Peg will soon find that there is no comfort to be found in their arms.  Within her first few weeks in the industrial school, Peg learns a few key lessons. Don't speak unless spoken to. Don't cry. Be wary when making friends. Don't wet the bed, even in your sleep. Don't expect anything more for your life than poverty and destitution. Don't ever hope for a future anything more than becoming someone's maid or cleaning bedpans at the hospital. House Children are throwaways. They are dispensable, and the fact that Mary has been forced to rid herself of even her own name is irrefutable evidence to that fact. They were unwanted from birth, and they are unwanted now.  She makes a few friends, a few allies - and she finds a few dim rays of sunlight to cling to. Peg's uncanny intelligence does not go unnoticed, and as the months go by, she is called upon by the Sisters to perform special tasks. This special treatment does not go unnoticed by the other House Children, bringing with it a cultivated spread of jealousy and cruelty that Peg cannot avoid. Deep down, Peg does her best to shut the shadows out ... no matter how difficult it is, no matter the things she bears witness to. The tasks she is assigned hold their own brand of encouragement, but nothing is better than the day Peg is told she will be spending one week of the summer on holiday. It's a curious invitation, and one that the other girls in the school are immediately suspicious of.  When Peg steps off the train at the station, her eyes slowly come to focus amidst the lingering smoke and swirling dust. When it all settles, she sees one thing. One person, standing ... her expression hopeful and kind. It is the young woman from Peg's early childhood, the one who saved her.  As the years pass slowly by, Peg spends a week each summer with the Hanley family, watching pensively as it grows from just Norah and her amiable husband to a son and then a baby daughter. The week is one that she initially spends the entire year looking forward to. It begins full of trips to the beach with friends, long afternoons on the playground, visits to the sweet shop, and a choice of ribbons for her hair. But as Peg grows older, she realizes the precarious situation she is in; as one of the House Children, she is illegitimate. She is essentially a sin, with no hope for redemption, even if the sin was not of her own making. After learning that her mother is indeed the young Mrs. Hanley who takes her in once a year in an attempt to balance her grief and guilt over being forced into giving Peg up, Peg begins to stoke a fire wrought of resentment inside of her. The visits become more stifled and difficult, and Peg struggles to forge her own path.  The saving grace of her annual visits is mostly made up of the growing friendship with Norah's sisters ... exotic imports from America who do their best to evoke hope in Peg. With one aunt in particular comes a nice young man who seems interested in who Peg is as a person, rather than what jobs she can accomplish as a cook or a cleaner. He sees through her illegitimacy to the heart of her, and Peg finds herself even more desperate to find a way out of her situation.  As Peg transitions from young girl into a young adult, she begins to take a realistic stock of her environment and curate dreams for the future. She wants to get out of Ireland and travel to America, a land where she is certain she can find stability and a way to truly shake the stigma of being a House Child. She believes herself capable of receiving an adequate education and takes full advantage of the opportunities at the industrial school that are thrown her way in that regard. Most importantly, Peg begins to realize her own worth and yearns to be in possession of her own destiny, instead of leaving it to the Sisters or Mrs. Hanley to figure out for her.  Under the careful guidance of her aunts and a few well-meaning Sisters, Peg becomes one of the lucky ones. But Peg is never able to forget that she was unwanted, and she never forgets that she is ultimately alone. She must find a way to get out of Ireland and find a way to turn her abandonment in to an opportunity.  Based entirely in Ireland, The House Children is the first novel by Heidi Daniele. The novel is based upon true events surrounding the industrial schools in the area during the 1930's, and their subsequent effect on their inhabitants. In browsing the author's biographical blurb, I would be reasonable in assuming that Ms. Daniele found inspiration for her novel throughout her work with organizations involved with underprivileged children. The novel was thoughtful and well-researched, and a testament that was oftentimes difficult to read due to the injustices afforded the children at the industrial schools. Placed their under no fault or choice of their own, the children were forced to endure horrific conditions and given no opportunity to grow organically or experience anything remotely resembling a childhood. Peg's voice was oftentimes heartbreakingly despondent, her resentment palpable and her abandonment issues manifesting in realistic and life-changing ways.  The character of Norah Hanley was equally as sorrowful. Forced away and into giving birth in a truly treacherous and despicable environment, the young woman was forced to give her child away and live with the shame of having a child out of wedlock. Norah was lucky enough to live within a reasonable distance to Peg and be able to see her once a year, but the pain involved was no less severe. I often questioned whether it was healthy for the mother and child to see each other each year and rip open the wound, or if it would be more prudent for Norah and Peg to sever all ties and forget about one another ... it was an impossible situation, and well-written.  Giving the novel 3 out of 5 stars, my wish is that the story had been a bit more fluid. It read more like a child's diary than an actual novel. It is, in my opinion, an appropriate novel for ages 13+. 

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brian James

    I went into this historical novel having never heard of Industrial Schools and being completely unaware of this practice. Now, having read it, I've been educating myself on this shameful piece of history where women were punished for having out-of-wedlock children, and even worse, the children were meant to suffer for it as well. AND this is in post World War II western Europe! It would have been easy for Heidi Daniele to write about the well-documented horrors associated with the Industrial Scho I went into this historical novel having never heard of Industrial Schools and being completely unaware of this practice. Now, having read it, I've been educating myself on this shameful piece of history where women were punished for having out-of-wedlock children, and even worse, the children were meant to suffer for it as well. AND this is in post World War II western Europe! It would have been easy for Heidi Daniele to write about the well-documented horrors associated with the Industrial Schools, but she chose to tell a different story. Through her careful use of prose, she has crafted an absolutely beautiful story that deals with the emotional turmoil associated with the practice, but also examines the aspects of compassion that existed within the terrible setting as she tells the story of a young girl named Peg growing up in this world. Through Peg (whose name was changed from Mary Margaret upon entering becoming a "house child"), we see the unfairness of it all. A childish confusion settles in as it concerns her real mother and the difficult relationship they share. The author handles this difficult situation with such tenderness and care that we are able to feel both character's pain, even when they are not quite able to understand each other's actions.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Peg was born to an unwed mother (a crime) in 1937 Ireland, after being left by her foster family she is sent to an industrial school run by nuns. A family takes her for a holiday visit every year and Peg wants nothing more than to be asked to stay and become part of that family. When she learns the identity of her mother, she struggles to deal with her feelings.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aoife

    I was hoping for good things from this, but it's too jumpy and disjointed for me. Time passes at very odd intervals with only the slightest mention. People come and go without being noticed. The story itself is good, but it's just difficult to follow, sadly. Receiving an ARC did not affect my review in any way.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Peg grows up in an Irish orphanage with other girls. She finds out who her birth mother is.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rosalinda

    The cover alone drew me in with its spooky look but it’s not a spooky book at all. Then I read the synopsis and thought it’d be a great coming of age book with some hardships to overcome and it was that... except I was never really sure where it was going. I was invested with our main character who was sent to live in a orphanage under the care of nuns. That was pretty much it though. We learned about her experiences and one or two shocking discoveries and not much else. What I did find interest The cover alone drew me in with its spooky look but it’s not a spooky book at all. Then I read the synopsis and thought it’d be a great coming of age book with some hardships to overcome and it was that... except I was never really sure where it was going. I was invested with our main character who was sent to live in a orphanage under the care of nuns. That was pretty much it though. We learned about her experiences and one or two shocking discoveries and not much else. What I did find interesting, though was the history of Ireland and how they treated women. This was during the 70’s and I was seriously appalled by how medieval everything was. It ended up being 3/5 because of the details throughout on how women suffered but I wish it would have elabor

  26. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Simaan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan Wright

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristyn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michele Rybos

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.