In 1937, Mary Margaret Joyce is born in the Tuam Home for unwed mothers. After spending her early years in an uncaring foster home, she is sentenced by a judge to an industrial school, where she is given the name Peg, and assigned the number 27. Amid one hundred other unwanted girls, Peg quickly learns the rigid routine of prayer, work, and silence under the watchful eye of Sister Constance. Her only respite is an annual summer holiday with a kind family in Galway.
At the tender age of thirteen, Peg accidentally learns the identity of her birthmother. Peg struggles with feelings of anger and abandonment, while her mother grapples with the shame of having borne a child out of wedlock. The tension between them mounts as Peg, now becoming a young adult, begins to make plans for her future beyond Ireland.
Based on actual events, The House Children is a compelling story of familial love, shameful secrets, and life inside Ireland’s infamous industrial schools.
𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯!
What a story and I still can’t beleive is based on actual events.
An emotional, character driven, powerful, gripping, heartbreaking, engrossing and impossible to put down story that you need to read.
Thank you NetGalley and OrangeSky Audio by Findaway for this ALC.
𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦: 𝘏𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘍𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘍𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘐𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘋𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘢.