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Dublin, 1962. Within the gated grounds of the convent of the Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city's Magdalen Laundries. Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses. Some inmates are "fallen" women - unwed mothers, prostitutes, or petty criminals. Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty, too independent, or tempting the wrong man. Among them is 16-year-old Teagan Tiernan, sent by her family when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest.

Teagan soon befriends Nora Craven, a new arrival who thought nothing could be worse than living in a squalid tenement flat. Stripped of their freedom and dignity, the girls are given new names and denied contact with the outside world. The Mother Superior, Sister Anne, who has secrets of her own, inflicts cruel, dehumanizing punishments - but always in the name of love. Finally, Nora and Teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea, who helps them endure - and plot an escape. But as they will discover, the outside world has dangers too, especially for young women with soiled reputations.

Told with candor, compassion, and vivid historical detail, The Magdalen Girls is a masterfully written novel of life within the era's notorious institutions - and an inspiring story of friendship, hope, and unyielding courage.

©2016 V.S. Alexander (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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can't stop won't stop

if there was a free second I was listening. the story was very interesting and the character development made me even more interested.

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Boring. Couldn't finish it

I thought the story was slow moving and couldn't even finish the book. I tried really hard to push through to the end but the thought of having to listen to 2 more hours did me in and I had to stop.

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Poor character development, weak, predictable story line

One of the most boring, predictable stories I've heard in a long time. I love historical fiction but this was really awful. Without killing the plot for anyone desperate enough to struggle through this one, here's the one constant: if you think something is going to happen, it happens. Guess something is about to go on? It does.

The whole thing was just a simpering mess. The weak character development kept protagonist and antagonist alike from evoking even a ripple of "meh...who cares?" from me.

Save your $ or audible points on this one, really.

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Loved this book.

Great read. Very vivid detail and great story. I would love a movie of this book. The history is very disturbing and interesting.

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What a awesome listen.

The Magdalen Girls brings you back to the 1960's in Ireland and shows you that not everything was better in the "good old days." This chilling and heart warming story had me up all nigh. VS Alexander's writing is phenomenal and so is Alana Kerr Collins' narration. I will be looking for more work from both of these talented people.

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