I am once again linking up with Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach who hosts a meme every Tuesday to share the First Chapter/First Paragraph or two of the book you are currently reading.
I’m not too far into this book yet, but so far I am enjoying it!
First Chapter/First Paragraph
Berachah Industrial Home
July 25, 1933
Even when Mattie’s great big dreams had troubled Lizzie, she’d envied her something fierce, for Lizzie came from nightmares, too fearful to dream. But if the Lord gave, and the Lord took away, how did he choose? The choosing he’d done between them, she didn’t envy, or even understand.
Their own choices were hard enough.
Still, it was plain that Mattie had found what she needed. In her own way, she’d made good. And even if Lizzie stumbled now and again, she’d come to be her most improbable self in this place. She feared the day she’d need to leave. Soon, she reckoned. They couldn’t keep the Home going much longer—an unexpected shame.
But things changed. Girls had more choices now. Maybe more chances.
Home for Erring and Outcast Girls by 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’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.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 7/23/2019
Pages: 368 (eBook)
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