Home for Erring and Outcast Girls Author:Julie Kibler In turn-of-the-20th century Texas, the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls is an unprecedented beacon of hope for young women consigned to the dangerous poverty of the streets by birth, circumstance, or personal tragedy. Built in 1903 on the dusty outskirts of Arlington, a remote dot between Dallas and Fort Worth'... more »s red-light districts, the progressive home bucks public opinion by offering faith, training, and rehabilitation to prostitutes, addicts, unwed mothers, and "ruined" girls without forcibly separating mothers from children. When Lizzie Bates and Mattie McBride meet there -- one sick and abused, but desperately clinging to her young daughter, the other jilted by the beau who fathered her ailing son -- they form a friendship that will see them through unbearable loss, heartbreak, difficult choices, and ultimately, diverging paths.
A century later, Cate Sutton, a reclusive university librarian, uncovers the hidden histories of the two troubled women as she stumbles upon the cemetery on the home's former grounds and begins to comb through its archives in her library. Pulled by an indescribable connection, what Cate discovers about their stories leads her to confront her own heartbreaking past, and to reclaim the life she thought she'd let go forever. With great pathos and powerful emotional resonance, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls explores the dark roads that lead us to ruin, and the paths we take to return to ourselves.« less
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Story of two "errant" women (former prostitutes, children born out of wedlock) who are taken in at a home at the turn of the century and the story of a woman in 2017 with a tortured past (rape, family did not support her) who works at a university library and is researching the home for errant women. Told alternatively. This started out really slow for me and I had a hard time getting into the story and the characters. The last half of the book was better and I liked how it all turned out. The home for errant women was a real place.