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Instant International Best Seller

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. 

Home for Unwanted Girls meets The Dollhouse in this atmospheric, heartwarming story that explores not only the historical House of Mercy, but the lives - and secrets - of the girls who stayed there. 

“Burdick has spun a cautionary tale of struggle and survival, love and family - and above all, the strength of the heart, no matter how broken.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Burdick reveals the perils of being a woman in 1913 and exposes the truths of their varying social circles.” (Chicago Tribune)

©2020 Serena Burdick (P)2020 Harlequin Audio

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Consumed this in a few days.....

From the characters, to the narration, this book is a must read.... Be prepared to do nothing else, but listen..... The thorough research paints a beautifully haunting picture of the gilded age. Told from the poorest and richest, in terms of money, it proves that money is just that. Happiness doesn’t come from wealth.

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Excellent

I enjoyed there being different narrators for each woman. Made it easily understood who's perspective you were hearing as the chapters switched between characters.

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Captivating read!

I so enjoy books that teach you about history through fictional characters, bringing the story to life. Excellent characters that complimented each other telling the true struggles of the times and relationships. The performances were beautiful voices that captivated your attention. Now I must read about the story of the House of Mercy and its horrors. The Catholic church involved in scandal in the 1800-1900s is so very sad and disappointing. Don't pass up reading this great story!

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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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Wonderful!

The Girls With No Names was fascinating read. Well written and told a story of young women with challenges were treated in our history.

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Loved it

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

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excellent book

loved this book so much, such a rich and honest view of the lives of women

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Worth a credit

Really kept me interested. Get this one! Great story. Finished very fast—couldn’t put it down!

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amazing read.

I truly enjoyed this book. It was an exciting and eye opening experience. Highly recommended.

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So well done!!!!!

I loved this book so much! It was so well written! Just fantastic! Where is the next one? What a talented writer!

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Mesmerizing but did I like it?

I’m really not sure what to write here. It’s beautifully written, really well narrated, but did I enjoy listening to it? It’s a hard read, very truthful for the times it’s set in, I imagine, for the lower classes in America, around 1910-1914. I found myself getting really angry, even tearful at times. I won’t write about the plot as the book description sums it up very well. However I really loved the ending. Would I recommend it? Definitely.