Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls An Emotionally Raw And Resonant Story Of Love, Loss, And The Enduring Power Of Friendship, Following The Lives Of Two Young Women Connected By A Home For Fallen Girls, And Inspired By Historical EventsIn Turn Of The Th 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 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 PathsA 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

Julie Kibler is the bestselling author of Home for Erring and Outcast Girls and Calling Me Home, which was an IndieNext List pick, Target Club Pick, and Ladies Home Journal Book Club Pick, published in fifteen languages She has a bachelor s degree in English and journalism and a master s degree in library science and lives with her family, including four rescued dogs and cats, in Texas.

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  • 368 pages
  • Home for Erring and Outcast Girls
  • Julie Kibler
  • English
  • 04 May 2018

10 thoughts on “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

  1. says:

    3.5 stars The Berachah Industrial Home for Erring Girls in Arlington, Texas that is depicted in this novel was a real place A cemetery is what remains of this institution founded by a minister and his wife They were dedicated not just to helping girls and women who erred but also their babies, a different approach from other homes for unwed mothers at this time A quick internet search will lead you to a number of articles and photos of the place which provided a safe haven for so many The story is comprised of three narratives, two from the early 1900 s, one 2017 Lizzie Bates and her baby girl, Docie, are living a horrible life after unspeakable treatment and a drug addiction brought on by an evil man She is hanging on to her life by a thread but hanging on to her daughter for dear life when she is rescued by Christian women and brought to a home Maddie Corder is living her own hell is trying desperately to save her sick baby boy Cap She makes her way to the home and the two connect and we see the beauty of friendship and caring as their fate over the years is revealed Cate in the current story, is a university librarian working on archives whose research connects her to these two women In the process of piecing together their lives, she finds herself While Cate s story was moving in its own right, it really was Lizzie and Maddie s stories that captivated me Perhaps because their stories were based in fact, but also because it took me a while to see how the narratives were connected other than because Cate was researching them.The author s note at the end lets us know how well researched the novel is Many of the characters were based on real people and the Kibler lets us know the places where she has taken liberties While I admired the strength of these women and appreciated the historical significance of the home, I had a hard time making the connection between the past and present stories, thus the less than four star rating Having said that, I enjoyed the writing and hope to read Calling Me Home as it has been on my list for quite a while I received an advanced copy of this book from Crown through NetGalley.

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    Julie Kibler is a great writer I fell madly in love with her book Calling Me Home , her debut novel published in 2013 Her irresistible novel often had me laughing or crying Julie is gifted in her ability to portray the perceptions and emotions of her characters She writes with sensitivity, and insights, rendering meticulous attention to details This second novel Home for Erring and Outcast Girls..has been a long anticipated wait Many of Julie s fansme includedare excited happy campers with this new book Its wonderful The research is impeccable..crafting is easy to follow and storytelling is vibrant Julie once again delivers an evocative emotional sorrowful captivating story.She engages and educates us about a little known time in history A little background history The Berachah Industrial Home for the Redemption of Erring Girls was a facility for unwed mother s in Arlington, Texas Reverend James T and Maggie May Upchurch opened the home in 1903 It took in homeless, usually pregnant women from Texas and the surrounding states Unlike other homes in the area for fallen women , women at the Berachah Home were required allowed to keep their babies They were not forced to give their babies up for adoption The home closed in 1935 but then reopened as an orphanage from 1936 1942 The University of Texas purchase a property in 1963 On March 7, 1981, a Texas Historical Marker was installed and dedicated at the graveyard that served Berache Home Following several women from the early 1900 s. to present daywe meet.Cate Suttonmodern day archival librarian at The University of Texas in the year 2017 We also meet Cate s assistant, Laurel Medina, a few of her personal friends.learn about her past life and the work that occupies her every waking moment It s not legal to take the archives home they must stay at the library.but we can feel how Cate wishes she could spend her days off from work snuggled up at home reading those archives.Her fascination and dedication learning all she can about the women who lived in the Berachah House was her passion Going out with a friend was almost a chore she felt at home with the dead Cate often visited the cemetery when she was longing for something she couldn t have HOME Situations that require intimacy of any kind, however, topple the careful balance I ve worked so hard to create I accepted it years ago And despite my therapist s confidence, it remains painfully obvious when I attempt to engage on anything than a surface level I am a grown woman I am a professional I manage my life well But I am broken People sense it, and when they do, they walk away Me I run We ll learn about Cate..and experience her growth.We also meet.Lizzie Bates Lizzie is 19 when we first meet her in 1904 She has a baby name Docie They come to live at the House.after some of the most devastating things she endured.really awful My heart ached In the beginning before the Berachah House How Lizzie had earned her keep out at a country farm, lately, cooking for Negro inmates How the farm superintendent had taken her into his own shack to live in sin, feeding her heroin to subdue her, and then passed her to the chain gang boss when he tired of her How d she taken sick, and it crippled her so badly she couldn t stand And finally, how they d sent her and Docie to jail, no regard for whether she lived or died.Lizzie s time at the house the way she changes was really beautiful I came to really treasure her goodness the pure soul she was born with and passed on to her daughter..and best friend Mattie.We also meet Mattie Corder 23 years at the start I loved Mattie as much as Lizziebut I worried about her differently Mattie s outer shell was feisty than Lizzie It looks like she is confident and strongless sensitive than Lizzie She s definitely angry, sad, beaten down with grief her baby son died but her bark is bold, ruthless But really my opinion about both Lizzie and Mattie changed and inter changed over time I felt I grew with both of these women and grew to understand them why Mattie might be sarcastic and Lizzie not The history and real people Lizzie and Mattie , and others Reverend James Toney, Maggie Mae Upchurch, etc. was fascinating to learn about Sad too.just can t get away from the sadness The author s notes at the end are deeply feltThe entire book is excellent I ll continue to read anything Julie Kibler writes Thank You Netgalley, Crown Publishing, and Big Congrats to Julie Kibler

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    3.5 stars, rounded upImagine my pleasant surprise to find that this wasn t the tale of some horrid place, but a place of compassion and love In 1904, there were few options for ruined girls and unwed mothers And none that allowed a mother to keep their child None except the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls This story encompasses friendship, redemption and salvation It s also a sad reminder of how little some things have changed over the years Told from the standpoint of two of the girls who find shelter there in 1904 as well as a university librarian in 2017 who is studying the archived material from the Home I will admit to being much interested in the earlier story, just because of the history involved One of the sad and constant themes of the book is how often young women aren t believed when they re raped, especially if the rapist is someone they know The book could have used a better editing job At times, I felt it dragged I was interested in the story, but I found I related to it intellectually than emotionally The author s note explained how several of the characters were based on real people Kibler has her own experience with the underbelly of church politics and she draws on it to develop Cate My thanks to netgalley and Crown Publishing for an advance copy of this book.

  4. says:

    I was fascinated by the premise of this novel and its inspiration of historical events surrounding the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls I think it is an important story and really wanted to be pulled into the tale of the refuge.However, the pacing and the timeline of the 2017 story vs the early 1900 s story felt disconnected The timeline going back and forth wasn t working for me I was much interested in the story about the home and the girls who lived there Again, the pacing seemed off and s l o w going.I wanted to feel emotions, connections and just curious about the women featured than I did I actually found the author s notes at the end the interesting than the novel.Others have enjoyed this read so check out the higher reviews I may just be the outlier here.Thanks to Crown for the advanced copy Out on July 23, 2019

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    This book attracted me because I ve been to most of the locations mentioned in the book I was born in one of the cities and grew up on another of them and have spent time all over TX That the book was about a real place, the Berachah Industrial Home for Erring Girls in Arlington, Texas, also led me to want to read the it This home gave hope to girls, women, and their children who had been battered, abused, raped, and often were on death s door before this group would take them in and give them a home for as long as they needed one What was remarkable about this home was that the girls women were encouraged to keep their children when almost any other place would have required them to give them up for adoption before they would have been allowed into the home The book is broken into two different timelines, the time when the Berachah Industrial Home for Erring Girls was in existence in the early 1900s and later, when two women are researching the library archives about the home in 2017 The timeline that interested me was the earlier timeline and I think I would have enjoyed the book if the later timeline might have just consisted of archive information rather than a story with characters concerns It was distracting to be taken away from the perils of Lizzie, Mattie, and the earlier characters, to then read about the problems of the modern day women This book made me extremely sad and the subject matter is very difficult to read Most of the girls during the earlier time, that needed the help of this home and so many were turned away because there wasn t room, money, or because they weren t yet tainted or abused enough were victims of rape, incest, sexual abuse, starvation and neglect and so much The home had strict rules to remain there but it also allowed the residents to learn work skills and find their place in the small society, where they could earn their keep, sleep in a bed, have shelter for themselves and their child, and leave the abject poverty and misery of their former lives The challenges of Lizzie and Mattie are heartbreaking but we get to see that they develop a lifelong caring for each other, a kind of enduring family that neither of them really had in the past Thank you to Crown Publishing and NetGalley for this ARC.

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    3.75 Stars rounded up.The Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls is a place in Texas where unwed mothers were sent to live and to raise their children In the early 1900 s, it was unprecedented Some women stayed and some learned skills which would eventually allow them to find employment outside of the home All women became a family of sorts Lizzie and Maddie both arrive at the home with different stories Lizzie with her daughter Docie in tow Desperate and desolate, had she not found a place at Berachah, she and her daughter would most likely have died The home softens her and gives her something to live for It also gives her a best friend Maddie Maddie is a spitfire Full of zest for life, Maddie makes the most of everything she learns and doesn t take anything for granted even when people try to knock her down Through pain, suffering and tears, Lizzie and Maddie have each other.In 2017, Cate, a Librarian and her assistant Laurel, come across the archives of The Berachah Home and begin digging into its history What they find bonds them together, in ways than one The timeline in The Home for Erring and Outcast Girls switches back and forth between the past and present day, though personally I preferred the historical timeline which seems to be par for the course when I read historical fiction The characters of Lizzie and Maddie evoked emotion out of me and made me feel what they were feeling while Cate and Laurel s story was a bit lacking in my opinion.This is now the second book that I have read by Julie Kibler Calling Me Home being the first which I adored , and I can now say that I am most certainly a fan of her writing and look forward to seeing what she comes up with next Thank you to NetGalley, Crown Publishing and Julie Kibler for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on Goodreads and NetGalley on 7.3.19.Will be published on on 7.23.19.

  7. says:

    Based on the synopsis, this was a book that I was really looking forward to reading I love historical fiction books and I thought a story about the real life Berachah Home sounded like it had a lot of potential Unfortunately, I had a hard time connecting with the characters so this turned out to just be an okay read.The Berachah Home was pretty unique back in the early 1900s Let s face it, if a single woman back then was pregnant, she wasn t treated too kindly Many women were sent away to live in homes with other pregnant women until they gave birth and put the babies up for adoption What made the Berachah Home different from these other places was the women there were allowed to keep their babies and got the opportunity to learn job skills which would help them eventually find employment outside the home This book goes back and forth between different time periods and characters Lizzie Bates and Mattie McBride both come to the Berachah Home in the early 1900s and they form a friendship that will follow them thru some rough times The present day storyline follows Cate Sutton, a university librarian, who is fascinated in learning about the home and the women who lived there Cate has dealt with her fair share of heartbreak herself My main issue with the book was even though the storyline taking place almost a century ago grabbed me from the start, I had pretty much lost interest by about a third of the way in Other than a few moments here and there, I just wasn t feeling an emotional attachment to either of the women And for the life of me I can t figure out why, but I guess the reality of it is not every character I read about is going to work for me I was interested in Cate Sutton s backstory and what led her to pretty much being out on her own So I m left feeling slightly disappointed this wasn t a better read for me but on the positive side I got to learn a little bit about the Berachah Home Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.

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    Just as the 1900s are beginning in Texas, the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls is one final, hopeful stop for all the young women who have lived on the streets due to various reasons.Located in Arlington, the women are offered faith, training, and even rehabilitation services without taking the children from their mothers.Lizzie Bates and Mattie McBride meet there at the home, each with a set of unfortunate events that brought them Both are mothers One was abused and the other left stranded with a sick child Their friendship brings them the support needed to right their ships.In the second storyline, over one hundred years later, Cate Sutton is a librarian working at a university She finds the histories of two troubled women It piques her interest, and she begins to dig into the archives at her library to learn about the home Their stories lead Cate to face her own difficult past.I had heard of homes where unwed women had babies and were hidden, even existing here in North Carolina until the 1970s I had not heard of this type of home where mother and child could reside together to get their lives back in order, so the historical aspects of this fascinated me, and I soaked that up.I m also a big fan of how the friendship between Mattie and Lizzie was portrayed It was authentic, and they really brought each other through very hard times Although my favorite timeline was the historical one, which is common for me, I still enjoyed Cate s story and watching her growth as a character.Overall, Julie Kibler has penned a well written historical novel about friendship, healing, and hope after heartbreaking despair I sought information about the home because I definitely wanted to learn There s a wealth of knowledge out there if you re interested I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own.My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  9. says:

    Thanks to Netgalley and Crown Publishing for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. This is a solid historical fiction about an important role that the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls in Texas played in supporting and providing a place for women and their children Similar to other books of this genre, there is a contemporary timeline and a historical timeline early 1900 s The different women Cate, Mattie, and Lizzie represent the many women who have experienced trauma and heartache There s no doubt in my mind that this is a bookclub contender I just wished during my entire reading experience that I could have liked it I know, I know, we reviewers often fall back on that line and it might not appear genuine But this is one of those books that I REALLY wish that I could just rave about and sob into my pillow or have difficulty talking about with a reader friend Because these characters in all timelines really experience hardship.But I felt the pace was really slow and even though I tried to put it aside and read other books and then try and return to it, I just never reached that place where it was any better than a 2 star rating for me No need to throw the rotten vegetables at me I have already thrown the basket over my head Goodreads review 18 06 19 Expected publication 23 07 19

  10. says:

    Home for Erring and Outcast Girls tells the story of real life inhabitants of the Berachah Industrial Home for the Redemption of Erring Girls, established near the turn of the 20h century in Arlington, Texas The home, run by the Reverand J.T Upchurch and his wife, Maggie May, provided a safe place for women, who often arrived on their doorstep pregnant These girls or women were considered fallen, either because they had lost their virginity due to rape, had become pregnant out of wedlock, or had lived lives of prostitution, drinking or drugs Unlike other Christian establishments, these women were allowed to keep their babies, and were cared for as long as needed.This historical novel centers around two main characters, Mattie and Lizzie, who found their way to the home and became lifelong friends after suffering abuse and rejection by their families Mattie and Lizzie were both based on real women who lived at Berachah.I sadly found that so much of how women were looked upon and treated during Mattie s and Lizzie s time still holds true today, roughly 120 years later This book couldn t be timely, with so much in the news now about women and their reproductive rights, and with such loud male Christian voices making decisions for us The Berachah Home was a religious establishment, and given the time in history, it was a safe haven that apparently followed true Christian tenets I found it interesting and so important that the author was so able to present both sides of Christianity, the underbelly, as she calls it in her author s notes, and the real premise loving each other and believing that we are all worthy.There is a parallel storyline in this book, as well, and one that s just as important Cate Sutton, a modern day university librarian, discovers the archives of the Home and becomes absorbed in researching details of what happened during that time, and especially to Mattie and Lizzie Cate hires and befriends a student, Laurel, to help her piece together the story of the Home and what happened to the inhabitants Both Cate and Laurel have their own secrets, and working together, they build a trust that finally helps each of them deal with their past, allowing them to move forward.Beyond the actual history of the Home itself, and its girls, I enjoyed this fictional story of Cate and her young friend Laurel The author, Julie Kibler, skillfully weaves a tale of these two that expands on the ostracization and misogyny that Mattie and Lizzie were forced to endure and that shaped their futures She did a wonderful job of surprising the reader with an important detail about Cate about midway through the book I possibly should have guessed the detail early on, but I didn t, and that s to the author s credit and writing skill I was enthralled by this story I m a Texan, yet I had never heard of the Berachah Home until I read this book After finishing it, I ve already begun googling to find out about it Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for an ARC of this excellent novel in exchange for my honest review I m also deeply grateful for Julie Kibler for her sensitive portrayal of the way women, or those who follow different paths, are still often looked upon today 5 stars

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