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From the author of the bestselling novel The Home for Unwanted Girls, comes another compulsively readable story of love and suspense, following the lives of two women reckoning with their pasts and the choices that will define their futures.


1992: French-Canadian factions renew Quebec’s fight to gain independence, and wild, beautiful Véronique Fortin, daughter of a radical
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Harper Paperbacks
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Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars.

An informative, eye-opening look into French-Canadian history, the Duplessis Orphans and Quebec’s fight to gain independence.

1990’s: Veronique’s father is the infamous Leo Fortin, a notorious FLQ leader who spent a decade in jail for killing a prominent politician during a political standoff in the 1970’s. Vero has grown up in the shadow of her fathers extreme separatist image — always expected to follow in his footsteps. Vero meets and falls in love with James Phenix, a hard working j
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Elyse  Walters
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished it. As an American ....I read this Historical fiction closely, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
It filled in holes of Canadian history for me, and the characters felt very real.
I could see this book as a movie.

I’ll write a fuller review sometime this weekend.

I’m back: it’s LONG.....( thank you ahead of time for those who read it)....
Always much appreciation if people read them - but nobody ever needs to. Sometimes I blabber on because I just need to get things out of my head for myself
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dining-room-1
The Forgotten Daughter is Joanna Goodman’s newest book, publishing October 27. I found out after I read it that it is a follow-up to Unwanted Girls, and while I typically like to read books in order, there was enough detail included that I felt I was reading a standalone story. That said, I definitely want to read the first book.

I found the historical backdrop for this book absolutely fascinating. I’m not sure I’ve read another book set in Quebec, especially during the time it was seeking indepe
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Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
The Forgotten Daughter is loosely related to The Home for Unwanted Girls but can be read without reading it first. I do recommend reading The Home for Unwanted Girls first, and I enjoyed it a bit more than I did this one. It gives more insight and background into the story here with Elodie, who was one of the Duplessis orphans. The Duplessis orphans were children wrongly declared mentally ill in the 1940s and ’50s as part of a political corruption scheme.

The Forgotten Daughter explores the live
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Carolyn
When I saw this historical novel's description, I thought it would give an informative and interesting insight into social and political factors within recent Quebec history and its quest for separation. The story was told from the perspective of a couple, James and Veronica. I found their relationship so toxic it made for an unpleasant read. I thought it unlikely that they ever came together as a couple. It was a relationship based on physical attraction, sex, and mutual resentment. They believ ...more
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Forgotten Daughter

📚 Hello Book Friends! THE FORGOTTEN DAUGHTER by Joanna Goodman was a beautiful and yet exceedingly difficult read for me. Difficult because it brought back memories about a time when there were tense events in my childhood province. I was a child when the October Crisis took place in Québec. I remember it well and those memories are still giving me an unsettled feeling whenever I think about them. Although loosely based on the actual October Crisis events, this novel succeeds to emanate the tens
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Morgan
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author, it seems, could not decide what book to write.
This is supposed to be a follow-up to “The Home for Unwanted Girls”, but it turns out to be a French Canadian history lesson leaning heavily towards French Canadian politics.
It feels like two books mashed together and not in a good way.
The sub plots are many making the book twice as long as it needed to be.
Elodie from (“The Home for Unwanted Girls”) joins a group demanding compensation and justice for their suffering under the horrific
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Ann
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a compelling story that taught me a lot of Canadian history. I’m a little embarrassed at my lack of knowledge regarding the Quebec independence referendums and the issues surrounding that. I wasn’t aware of the Duplessis orphans either, a heartbreaking and evil situation with some similarities to the Magdalene laundries in Ireland.

It probably would have been better to read the author’s previous novel, The Home for Unwanted Girls, first, since this book continues that story for a couple
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Lindsey
Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Not quite the follow up I was hoping it would be.
Emily
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the reviewers who pointed out that this is the sequel to The Home For Unwanted Girls! It isn't currently listed that way in the description, but hopefully they will add it because I would definitely recommend reading them in order. It isn't totally necessary since the relevant details are revisited in The Forgotten Daughter, but I felt it was much more meaningful to read Maggie and Elodie's story as it happened, instead of just through their memories.

These books put you right in th
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Dawnny
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A story of two women divided by their past and united by friendship. 1992, French- Canadian factions renew Quebec's fight for independence. Veronique Fortin is the daughter of a radical separatist who was convicted of kidnapping and murder. Veronique has embraced her fathers cause. When she meets James, a journalist who opposes separatism they have a turbulent love affair. Elodie is the oldest sister of James. She is an orphan who gets involved with a coalition for justice and reparations for th ...more
Brenda Gentles
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good to read "The Home for Unwanted Children" first. ...more
Katie P
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Harper Paperbacks for the gifted copy.

To be honest, I know very little about Canadian history, so this book opened my eyes to some things that I had no idea about. I didn't know that there was a movement for Quebec's independence, and I didn't know about the orphans being put in mental institutions or the church's involvement in that. So that's two events in history that I now want to research and learn more about.

The Forgotten Daughter is a character driven, and well written novel tha
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Debbie
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I really cant review this book without reading the first book, what I can tell it's has love, family and mystery . I really want to read the first book so I can understand what happened to the children in the Mental Hospital, what I read was really good and kept me wanting to know happened in the hospital. Thank you Goodreads for the giveaway and the author (Joanna Goodman) for choosing me. ...more
Kristin (Always With a Book)
Thank you Harper Perennial for the gifted copy.

This latest book from Joanna Goodman is a follow-up to The Home for Unwanted Girls, and I am glad that I found that out before reading this one. While it absolutely can be read as a stand-alone as the author does provide enough detail to make sense, I felt that I had a fuller picture of what really transpired prior to what happened before the events of this book.

This book once again explores a time and place in history that I am not familiar with -
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Wendy G
When I started listening to this story, thoughts of 'The Home for Unwanted Girls', the author's last book, came back to me and I had to look up the description. I am baffled by the fact that no where in this book's description does it say it is a sequel to her other book. While it's a stand alone book for sure, the reader should be aware that it is definitely a sequel to the above mentioned book. This story revolves around another family in the Quebec area but also involves Maggie and Gabriel fr ...more
Karen Raskin
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a compelling read, despite it being a mash up of two related stories that didn’t necessarily belong together - one, a sequel to a novel about the injustices done to the Duplessis orphans in Quebec, and two, a love story involving two people on opposite sides of the Quebec separatist movement. Well written, with interesting characters and tough issues of political violence and morality, but maybe too much detail for people not raised on Quebec’s political history.
Katie
This book was one of my most anticipated reads of the Fall, and it did not disappoint. It is an informative and engrossing fictionalized (yet based in truth) account of the historical Duplessis orphans sitatuion and Quebec's yearn for independence.

I learned so much about Quebec's history that as an Anglophone Canadian in Ontario, I had no prior knowledge of. Goodman's writing is excellent. It flows well and has great pacing, while also filling the reader with historical information. I did not w
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Melissa Kiley | memoirs.of.a.booknerd
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arcs
The Forgotten Daughter by Joanna Goodman is the tumultuous love story of Veronique Fortin, the daughter of a radical separatist, and James Phénix, a French-Canadian journalist who opposes Quebec separatism. The story also follows Elodie Phénix, one of the Duplessis orphans from the author’s first novel, The Home for Unwanted Girls, who has become a sister figure to Veronique and is now fighting for justice and reparations for the suffering she sustained when Quebec’s orphanages were converted to ...more
Beth
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5. Good character development. Good writing. Lots of food descriptions Good. Harrowing love relationships: mother daughter father boyfriend girlfriend friend sister, this is where the book excels. I was all in. Too much politics for awhile then as I learned more I got into it. Learned a lot about Quebec separation from Canada and duplessis orphans. Definitely read this although much should have been trimmed up.
Carol Simmons
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Being from the United States, I wondered why, when I was in high school and visited Quebec with my French club in the 70s, I felt so much animosity towards English, and couldn’t understand the scorn I felt at my less than perfect attempts at speaking French. This book helped me understand. Several different story lines of which the author did a good job integrating, though the main love story felt too improbable.
Stephanie
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is historical fiction at its best. One of the BEST novels of the year without a doubt.

The Forgotten Daughter is a beautiful intertwined story of two strong but flawed French-Canadian women, Véronique and Eloide, set in Quebec in the 1990s. The story is a fascinating look at how both women struggle to deal with their pasts and that of their families as they get caught up in the separatist movement and in the Duplessis government’s treatment of young, illegitimate children (the Duplessis orp
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My thoughts:

Oh my word ... this was heavy. I experienced so many beautiful, but heartwrenching moments between the pages of this novel. Joanna Goodman as quite a knack for pulling her readers in and keeping their heart on an emotional rollercoaster fr
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Jennifer Sioui
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once again Joanne has brought us right on the Streets of Quebec !! A story within a story and both telling two deep cuts of our Quebec history. As someone who has lived in Quebec all my life I really enjoyed hearing the two sides of the story It is not always easy to see that while you are living something but there are always two sides. Each with their own truths and beliefs
Kat
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed in this book as I assumed it was about the Duplessis orphans. As it turns out, it was a sequel to the book about the Duplessis orphans. The Forgotten Daughter has many subplots but it mainly focuses on the story of Veronique and James and their relationship. Veronique is the daughter of a Quebec separatist terrorist who went to jail for killing someone when she was a child. This shapes her outlook on life and her relationships with others throughout her life. I found ...more
Hannah Christmas
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
A very timely story of political unrest, a fight for justice, and the question of when the end justifies the means.

The Forgotten Daughter follows three people in their search for acceptance, love, and justice. James, a journalist for an English news outlet in Quebec, meets Veronique, a passionate French-Canadian fighting for Quebec independence in 1992. James is passionate about Quebec remaining in Canada, but when he meets Veronique, he struggles with when his political views should be put asi
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Leah Wilda
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story takes place in 1992 Quebec, but weaves back into history to a time in Canada’s past that I learned so much about. The book is one of love and friendship and coming to peace with one’s past, and also of their future. It explores the lives of two incredibly, strong women, Elodie Phenix, a Duplessis orphan and Veronique Fortin, the daughter of a radical French-Canadian separatist, who falls in love with Elodie’s brother, James, a journalist, on the opposing side of her political beliefs. ...more
Zoe
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emotive, absorbing, and informative!

The Forgotten Daughter is a charged, fascinating tale that takes us to Quebec, Canada during the 1990s when the October Crisis of 1970 involving the FLQ separatists has not been forgotten, the desire for independence and sovereignty is still a passionate and inflammatory cause, and one of the most horrendous political and religious scandals in Canadian history, the institutionalization of orphans as mentally ill in order to receive increased subsidization stil
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Meghan
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Publishers - Harper Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

My mind was blown after I finished this book and I had a hard time expressing what to say. The story from beginning to end was so compelling that I held the book so tight, sweat started dripping from my palms. The struggles Veronique and Elodie felt dealing with the political chaos of the French Canadian revoluti
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Elena StB
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received the book as an ARC copy and I enjoyed reading it. The book is a sequel to "The Home for Unwanted Girls", but can be read independently.

Beautiful and independent Veronique Fortin, the daughter of French parents, fervent supporters of separatism in Quebec, falls in love with James Phenix, the son of an English mother and French father, journalist at an English newspaper. For a long time she is influenced by her father radical beliefs and grapples to find her own identity. Veronique and
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Joanna Goodman’s #1 Bestselling Historical Fiction novel, The Home for Unwanted Girls was released April 17, 2018 to wide critical acclaim.

Joanna is the author of four previous novels, including The Finishing School, You Made Me Love You and Harmony. Her stories have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Ottawa Citizen, B & A Fiction, Event, The New Quarterly, and White Wall Review.

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