The Magdalen Girls

The Magdalen Girls

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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 sixteen-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.

Title:The Magdalen Girls
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    The Magdalen Girls Reviews

  • Crumb

    An informative and enlightening novel about the existence and misuse of the Magdalene laundries. Magdalene laundries were used as a rehabilitation tactic for girls that 'have fallen' or that have been...

  • Martie Nees Record

    Genre: Historical ReadingPublisher: Kensington BooksPubl. Date: Dec. 27, 2017The first time I ever heard the idiom Magdalene Girls was when, in horror, I watched the 2002 film entitled “The Magdalen...

  • Connie G

    I had never heard of the Magdalen Laundries which were run by both Catholic and Protestant churches from the 18th to the late 20th Centuries. "Fallen women" in Ireland were sent to the grim Magdalen L...

  • Rae

    This was a very informative read for me. I must admit that I had never heard of the Magdalene Laundries until I ran across a review on Goodreads. While reading this book I found myself asking, "Can th...

  • ? Sandi ?

    4 starsThree young girls, among many others, alienated from their families and sent to the Sisters of the Holy Redemption convent, where they were indentured into the Magdalen Laundries. Lea is conten...

  • St. Gerard Expectant Mothers

    I was so disappointed in this especially when the concept is deeply fascinating about the corruption of the Magdalene Asylums or Laundries depending on the Catholic Church's interpretation of these fa...

  • SmartBitches

    Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksFrom the late 18th century to 1996, the Magdalen Laundries were (In theory) a place for fallen women to be employed with godly, honest work and get off t...

  • Erin

    2.5 stars Ireland, 1962. Based on the true facts about the Magdalene Laundries that welcomed girls and women that must repent for their sins. Story focuses on three teenage girls- Teagan, Nora, and Le...

  • Alisha Marie

    I always hesitate when giving books one star. The truth is that it's rare for me to give a book one star. I use two and three stars all the time, but I tend to reserve one stars for books I truly hate...

  • Aoife

    3.5 starsI received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewSet in Dublin, Ireland in 1962, The Magdalen Girls tells the story of two different girl...