Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls” as Want to Read:
Home for Erring and Outcast Girls
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

by
3.93  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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 events.

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
...more
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Expected publication: July 30th 2019 by Crown
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-51
3.93  · 
Rating details
 ·  28 ratings  ·  22 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
Elyse Walters
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 fans...me included...are excited hap
...more
Karen
Let me begin with some personal prejudices. I was adopted and my biological parents weren’t married. It irritates me to no end when we put labels on people, women in particular who through no fault of their own end up in difficult situations. That said, I’m a huge fan of Julie Kibler’s first book, Calling Me Home.

This story is told from three main characters point of view. Lizzy and Mattie are women who are In need of the services of the Berachah Industrial Home which took in women who were preg
...more
Carrie
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from Crown Publishing via Netgalley for an honest review.

Truly interesting read based on historical events of unwed mothers or homeless women and pulls in nicely modern times with a college librarian who comes across old documents about the Baruchah Home of the early 1900’s. Occasionally it was hard going back and forth from the 2 historical characters, Mattie and Lizzie, but their stories become clearer as the book goes along.

I found myself drawn in immediately and found all
...more
Susan
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm always intrigued by dual timeline novels that delve into an unknown and interesting piece of history. HOME FOR ERRING AND OUTCAST GIRLS sounded appealing because of that and because the author's other book (her debut, CALLING ME HOME, came out in 2013) was a personal favorite. I was eager, then, to delve in.

Unfortunately, I soon found myself growing bored with HOME FOR ERRING AND OUTCAST GIRLS, even though I found the stories set in the past intriguing. The characters are sympathetic and the
...more
Kimberly Mussell
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this novel! My favorite aspect of historical fiction is when the story switches from current day to the past. We see so many years which hold their own unique stories. These characters have so much to say. Beautifully written with very developed characters.
Thank you NetGalley.
Yolanda
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one. It was a good historical fiction back spotlighting a little known history in this country. I felt the plot and characters were we’ll fleshed out.
The author is a master at writing about hard subjects
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book
Sara Smith
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The little prologue at the start of the book seemed wordy and unnecessarily confusing. I almost closed the kindle screen right there, but I stuck it out and it improved quite a bit.
This story is based partially on real people who believed that a "fallen woman" shouldn't be separated from her baby which was quite shocking for that time period. They took in women and nurtured them back to physical and emotional and spiritual health after childbirth. The POV changes between different women in the
...more
Carissa
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book takes you on not just a journey through time, but through emotions. The lives you are made privy to in this very eloquently and respectfully written love letter of a novel are heartwarming and heartbreaking and so inspiring. It opens your eyes to struggles ancient and current with vast differences and scary similarities, especially given the length of time these injustices have had to be made right. Historical Fiction (in some cases fact in this book) aren’t what I’d call my “go-to gen ...more
Susan Cordeiro
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julie Kibler has written a wonderful novel. It is historical fiction at it's finest. A heartbreaking story of the trials that women in the early 1900's who were poor or outcast had to endure to survive. The story bounces back between present day and the past, I usually don't care for that in a book, but this one is so well written and the characters so interesting that it flows seamlessly together. Mattie and Lizzie's story is unearthed by present day librarian Cate Sutton as she struggles to un ...more
Tanya
I was terribly disappointed in this novel. I read an ARC on my kindle from Netgalley. Kibler's first book was brilliant and one I absolutely loved but this second novel was a letdown for me. The first chapter was filled with sentence fragments and read choppy for me. The story, going back and forth in time, about these unwed and 'outcast' young women was such a compelling plot and I appreciate any and all historical research the author did on the subject but her delivery to a fiction piece was n ...more
Marie Bubilo
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lee Staes
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Home for Erring and Outcast Girls is a very beautifully written heart wrenching book. It is historical fiction at its best with a bit of mystery thrown in. This amazing story is well thought out and I found the characters remarkable and endearing . It examines the dark paths that lead to ruin, and the steps we must take to return. It showcases tremendous female courage and inner strength, difficult choices, heartbreak and unbearable loss. This a deeply moving, unforgettable book. I highly recomm ...more
Michele R
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m always drawn to stories of resilient women and Home for Erring and Outcast Girls delivers. I was immediately captivated by the horrific predicaments of Lizzie and Mattie, two “broken” women in turn-of-the-20th century Texas, as well as modern day librarian Cate, whose own back-story is also deeply emotional. Julie Kibler shares a little known part of history in a sensitive and moving manner which adds to the appeal of this book. Always nice to learn something new. Thank you NetGalley and Cro ...more
Pat Welte
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was both an endearing, wonderful book but also a heart-breaking story. I was sobbing while I read this story. I touched my heart, I loved the characters and I cared about what happened to them all. That includes the women in the current time and in the past.
I have never read any books by this author but I will definitely be looking for more by her.
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me the opportunity to read an early copy in exchange for an honest re
...more
Ivana Mendez
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
DID NOT FINISH.
I got to about 21% and I couldn't keep going. The dual timelines felt disjointed and like two completely different books.
It started off strong and intriguing, but it fizzled out fast and I couldn't figure out what the story was. It was just Lizzie and Mattie doing their day to day at the home and then would switch to Cate which then switched to the past when Cate was a kid....idk. ..it was just all over the place, but with no real substance.
Nicole Thomas-Newman
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Easy read but very well written.
Carissa
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes you on by just a journey through time, but through emotions. The lives you are made privy to in this very eloquently and respectfully written love letter of a novel are heartwarming and heartbreaking and so inspiring. It opens your eyes to struggles ancient and current with vast differences and scary similarities, especially given the length of time these injustices have had to be made right. Historical fiction (in some cases fact in this book) aren’t what I’d call my “go to genr ...more
Robbie White
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book and learning about the home and couldn't wait to get to the end to find out if it was real. I thought the dual timelines were well done and both told great stories of historical "sins". Today we look at these things differently and I know that there is still bigotry and hatred in the world but i believe every day hearts are won to love.
melissa
rated it really liked it
Jan 25, 2019
Susan Setash
Home for Erring and Outcast Girls was certainly unexpected. I found the characters to be a little cliche' The three part story, covering three different eras, was well thought out providing a glimpse into the changing roles of women and the changing social stance on same sex relationships. I was disappointed in the attitude toward the Church's leadership and compassion. Nevertheless, it was an interesting read.
Julie
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Home for Erring and Outcast Girls” is a thoughtful and touching story not to be missed! It flawlessly weaves together the history of the Berachah Home for Erring Girls (a home for unwed and troubled women in Texas in the early 1900’s) with Cate, a present-day University librarian. Throughout the novel, the author ever so skillfully examines not only the social impact of being an unwed mother but also the devastating personal impact. And by connecting the past history of the Berachah Home with t ...more
Bobbie Barker Ulmer
rated it really liked it
Dec 14, 2018
Jessica
rated it really liked it
Feb 16, 2019
Sharon Brewer
rated it it was amazing
Feb 01, 2019
ÑÂĎÎÂ
rated it did not like it
Feb 15, 2019
Bethany
This book was based on the history of the Berachah Industrial Home in Texas. The author took the history of two of the girls and told their story from the point of view of a modern day researcher. This time jump novel covers the story of three main characters through multiple time periods. I enjoyed reading about the history of the girls who entered the home and their struggles and triumphs. The book jumped from the early to mid 1900's telling the story of Lizzie and Mattie to the late 1990s and ...more
Hakan Sevsay
rated it really liked it
Oct 21, 2017
Pat Welte
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was both an endearing, wonderful book but also a heart-breaking story. I was sobbing while I read this story. I touched my heart, I loved the characters and I cared about what happened to them all. That includes the women in the current time and in the past.
I have never read any books by this author but I will definitely be looking for more by her.
Caryn
marked it as to-read
Aug 31, 2016
Alyssa
marked it as to-read
Sep 01, 2016
Ostonov Utkir
marked it as to-read
Sep 04, 2016
Charlotte
marked it as to-read
Sep 08, 2016
Jeri Paull
marked it as to-read
Sep 10, 2016
Karen
marked it as to-read
Sep 12, 2016
Ursula
marked it as to-read
Sep 12, 2016
J
marked it as to-read
Sep 13, 2016
skw
marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2016
Shanna
marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2016
Suzanne
marked it as to-read
Sep 22, 2016
Tiffany
marked it as to-read
Sep 24, 2016
Kate
marked it as to-read
Sep 26, 2016
Carla
marked it as to-read
Oct 05, 2016
Suzanne
marked it as to-read
Oct 11, 2016
Tyneikia De Jesus
marked it as to-read
Oct 17, 2016
Eva Welshowy karl
marked it as to-read
Oct 22, 2016
Jordan Lemery
marked it as to-read
Oct 24, 2016
Kayla Wood
marked it as to-read
Oct 25, 2016
Rita Pot
marked it as to-read
Oct 27, 2016
Lori Antolick
marked it as to-read
Oct 31, 2016
Bev
marked it as to-read
Oct 31, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Derivative Base (Lady Astronaut, #4)
  • Call Your Daughter Home
  • Blood Oath (Sawbones #2)
  • Only Ever Her
  • Keowee Valley
  • Searching for Sylvie Lee
  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton
  • If You Want to Make God Laugh
  • The Stone Boy
  • Phantoms
  • Woman 99
  • Mistress of the Ritz
  • The Beantown Girls
  • The Last Year of the War
  • The Glovemaker
  • No Judgments: A Novel
  • In Another Time
686 followers
My debut novel, Calling Me Home, was published by St. Martin's Press February 12, 2013. It will be published by Pan Macmillan in New Zealand/Australia in March 2013, and in the UK in June 2013. Translation rights have been sold in 14 additional foreign territories.

I only post recommendations and reviews on Goodreads for books I liked, so my ratings are all five stars.