What I’m Reading: The Girls With No Names

I’ve had a little more time so I’ve been getting more books off of my Hoopla Digital account.  That’s the online free library I use.  I’ll admit to before being a little impatient and not using the library to my best ability.

I have very much enjoyed Hoopla and highly recommend checking it out.  I’ve heard so many people complain about the waitlist that most on line libraries have.  Hoopla has no wait list.  You get the book, audiobook, music and movies immediately.  It’s awesome.

Anyway…back to my book…  It’s The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick.

The Girls with No Names: A Novel by [Serena Burdick]
This was one of those books where the separate stories of lives are told.  The reader has no idea how those stories are going to mess and suddenly…WOW, that’s how it all comes together.  The story is good…sad that things were that way at a time though.  Anytime I read a book that is full of abuse against young girls I can’t help but wonder, could it really have happened like that.  Abuse is so far from my thoughts and what was ingrained in me that it’s hard to believe there were homes for unwanted girls…that the the girls in those homes were abused and abuse was overlooked as a way of life.  24

Here’s what Amazon had to say: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.”

Amazon readers gave the book 4.3 stars.  I think I’d give it the same.  I really enjoyed the book but a time or two I wanted to tell the author to get to the place where these characters lives come together.  Still a very good book that I would recommend.

If you’re interested, you can find the book HERE on Amazon.

5 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Girls With No Names

  1. Lola Zographos

    I graduated from high school on 1967 in a little town in ND. I just learned a classmates mother routinely beat the crap out of her. Sometimes we have no idea what goes on behind closed doors.

  2. Robin

    I just started this same book on Hoopla yesterday. I’ve gotten to the point of never actually turning the page of a book anymore, Hoopla all the way. Thanks for your advice many months ago to check out Hoopla.

  3. Carolyn Sullivan

    I love that you share your books w us. I just finished one that I loved. Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin.

  4. Valerie

    Women could be institutionalized for the flimsiest of reasons. Francis Farmer is the most famous example.

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