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The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  269 ratings  ·  43 reviews
A compelling novel about a bed-and-breakfast that houses three generations of women- and their many secrets.

In the early 1960s, Ruby, a spunky unwed teen mother, was wooed and won over by the founder of the McCloud Home. Now, forty years later, the historic property has been converted into an inn that Ruby runs with one of her daughters, Jill. When Jill's fourteen-year-o
Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Berkley
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Jul 21, 2011 rated it liked it
The McCloud women have a brave legacy of helping and supporting women from every walk of life in need of assistance as unwed mothers. In the absence of their husband and father though it becomes difficult to move forward especially when a looming controversy could ruin their entire family after his death. As time passes Jill and Jocelyn are able to move on with their lives one in their hometown and the other across the country. When the death of their mother’s rival brings back old flames and un ...more
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I gave this 2.5 stars.

Perhaps expecting one thing from the book and getting another really impacted my view of this book and made me feel very ambivalent about this book. I wanted to know more about the history of the home and the "wayward girls" but it really didn't talk about much of that at all. The book started out with quite a lot of names dropped and as they hadn't been introduced yet, I was left very confused and it didn't make me want to keep reading. I didn't truly get into the book unt
Kali White
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Several years ago I had the privilege of reading an early, working draft of Wendy DelSol's WAYWARD, a moving family drama with a touch of mystery. DelSol seamlessly weaves the past and present stories together, cleverly using the "McCloud Home" as the binding thread. Jill's current day storyline is totally relatable and Ruby is an unforgettable character who leaps off the first page on which she appears. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Kimberly Stuart
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls is a beautifully told story of love, heartbreak, family and friendship. Exquisite prose, characters who stay with a reader long after the final page--...Wayward Girls is a treat. Book clubs, here's your next pick!
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Wendy Delsol’s novel, The Mcloud Home for Wayward Girls, centers around three generations of Mcloud women. Once a hideaway for the unmarried and pregnant, their home now serves as a struggling inn. The scandalous past and uncertain future of the inn are brought to life through the perspectives of Ruby, Jill, and Fee Mcloud.

The use of multiple perspectives weaves the story together intricately. It forces its readers to work as they piece together the plethora of secrets within the family. Unfortu
Taryn P
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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Kathy Turnball
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
May need a sequel. Characters "thrown" in with no depth to add to book plot really. Quick read for sure. Thank goodness didn't go to the twist it could have with families and who could marry who, etc.
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Call me crazy, but there's just something about the title of this book. Something that says, "This is going to be a good one." I'm also a sucker for (good) women's fiction. Not "chick lit," but true women's fiction. Books written by women with true-to-life female characters. Books that also manage to include a bit of women's history: where women have come from and the strides we've made. As the old (admittedly un-PC) Virginia Slims ad says: "You've come a long way, baby."

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Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls by Wendy Delsol
Contemporary Romance – Aug. 2nd, 2011
3 stars

In The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls, the author brings to light the hopes, dreams and past of three generations of the McCloud family. Ruby is the matriarch of the family who was a beautiful orphan. She married the man of her dreams but made a mistake that still haunts the family. Jill is Ruby’s daughter and is the serious and responsible one. She gave up her dreams to raise young Fee. Jill still lon
Romancing the Book
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Reviewed by JoAnne
Review copy provided by the publisher

This is a novel with family at its center and was a very enjoyable and easy book to get into. The McCloud family makes up the main characters with the Frasers coming in right behind as secondary characters. The story crosses three generations of The McClouds with lots of twists and turns. There is romance, lots of angst, anxiety, problems, secrets and mystery that have to be dealt with along with a few laughs and some tears. Their family hom
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: surprising-likes
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Liza Wiemer
May 01, 2011 added it
Shelves: arc
The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls is a beautiful novel that not only follows the lives of three generations of McClouds but also the history of a home transformed from a haven for pregnant girls to a bed and breakfast. Wendy Delsol's vivid storytelling sucked me in and had me completely enraptured. It was easy to feel emotionally connected to these women, even though their lives are much different from anything I've ever experienced. The interweaving of the past and present was well done. Each ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
Why read: Picked up a copy at BEA

What impressed me: The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls completely took me by surprise. It was both fun, serious and even occasionally a bit scandalous. I loved the was the perspectives shifted between the women, Ruby in the past, Jill both past and present and Fee totally in the now. The mystery element really threw me through a loop in the best possible way. Mose than anything else, The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls is a touching, secret filled story of three wo
Jan Blazanin
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lovers of romance with a healthy dose of family secrets will revel in this well-crafted novel that features an inn with a "history." Three generations of McCloud women have lived through love, loss, and scandal with their heads held high. Jill, the primary viewpoint character, is strong and self-sacrificing while her flighty sister Jocelyn lives for drama and attention. Mother Ruby suffers from emotional scars from years past that cloud her thinking. Jill's teen daughter Fee is caught up in a fa ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I blame it on spring break, and the end of the school year. I'm into chick lit right now. This book had terrific characters. The sisters were wildly different but fiercely loyal. The "daughter" was a relatable teenager who was well developed. The mother was feisty, a tad frisky, and wee bit funny. I loved how the flashbacks helped slowly unravel the mystery of the past. I liked the romance despite how predictable. I enjoyed the setting of the bed an breakfast as well. Not a life changing book bu ...more
Lara McKusky
This was good and had excellent potential. The saving grace here: the mind-blowing twist at the end. You spend the whole book THINKING you know where it's going, but then? Ninety-degree hairpin turn. The main character I felt a strong connection with, but the other characters were less developed, in my opinion. Fee, especially, could have used some tweaking because she was an awesome character. Good beach read.
Gwyneth Stewart
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it
At first I found this book a bit annoying, and the characters other than the main character rather unlikable. I found myself getting swept up in the story as I went along, and I confess that the family 'secret' was something I never saw coming (I won't say more--that would be a spoiler). In the end, I did really like this story of a family running a home for unwed mothers-turned bed and breakfast.
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-books, 2011
This book was very well written, much like the Time travelers wife where there is a back and forth for each character, and some looks into the past as well. I liked that each transition was well labeled and you knew where you were going and who you were listening to. This book had a love story or two...or three, and a twist at the end that I wasn't expecting at all!
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Caroline
I just grabbed this off the shelves at the library and was so so delighted at this book. Rich characters, a mystery, love, generations of woman and it is just fabulous. I keep thinking about it and all they did to help each other.
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. It was an interesting look at all the crazy things that can happen to families and how lies and secrets can end up pulling people apart, but also how family can also pull together in the middle of the insanity of life.
Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked it. It's a good summer read. It's a romance, a mystery, a historical novel. Lots of elements that just made for a fun read. And, besides, it's a local author (She's from the Des Moines area) and I like to read local authors. The story takes place in a fictional Iowa town.
Aug 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 100books2013
Enjoyable light romance set in Iowa in a bed and breakfast that was once a home for unwed mothers. Told in several different viewpoints, which can be tricky but mostly worked. Interesting plot twist and some good characters. Mildly adult situations.
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This was an okay book, 3.5 stars. And the extra 0.5 comes because of the reference to Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat, one of my favorite beers! Overall, the book kept me involved, and did have some surprises.
Christine Comito
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Des Moines author, story takes in place in small fictional Iowa town, town matriarch’s death brings her nephew back to town and revives old loves and unravels old mysteries
Wendy was right when she said there's a twist in the story. What a great novel! Both my mom and I enjoyed it very much!
Sara Smith
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love story tangled into years of family secrets turned out to be a pretty interesting read.
This is an easy read about sisters, mothers and a family secret.
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fun read by my good friend, Wendy! A page turner!
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Enjoyable. Light read.
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lots of family secrets and dysfunction that gets resolved. A good page turner with a good message.
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Wendy Delsol is the author of a young adult trilogy: STORK (2010), FROST (2011), and FLOCK (2012). The books are inspired by Norse mythology, adventure and Icelandic folklore. STORK was one of 25 titles out of over 1000 to receive a 2010 VOYA Perfect Ten and one of ten to win a 2011 Westchester Fiction Award. Delsol’s adult novel, THE McCLOUD HOME FOR WAYWARD GIRLS, was named an August 2011 Barnes ...more