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Author: Serena Burdick Narrator: Amy McFadden, Nancy Peterson, Emily Lawrence Publisher: Harlequin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2020 ISBN: 9781488207419
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A beautiful tale of hope, courage, and sisterhood—inspired by the real House of Mercy and the girls confined there for daring to break the rules.

Growing up in New York City in the 1910s, Luella and Effie Tildon realize that even as wealthy young women, their freedoms come with limits. But when the sisters discover a shocking secret about their father, Luella, the brazen elder sister, becomes emboldened to do as she pleases. Her rebellion comes with consequences, and one morning Luella is mysteriously gone.

Effie suspects her father has sent Luella to the House of Mercy and hatches a plan to get herself committed to save her sister. But she made a miscalculation, and with no one to believe her story, Effie’s own escape seems impossible—unless she can trust an enigmatic girl named Mable. As their fates entwine, Mable and Effie must rely on their tenuous friendship to survive.

Home for Unwanted Girls meets The Dollhouse in this atmospheric, heartwarming story that explores not only the historical House of Mercy, but the lives—and secrets—of the girls who stayed there.


“Burdick has spun a cautionary tale of struggle and survival, love and family — and above all, the strength of the heart, no matter how broken.” — New York Times Book Review

“Burdick reveals the perils of being a woman in 1913 and exposes the truths of their varying social circles.” — Chicago Tribune

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Burdick will break hearts with this exquisitely wrought, meticulously researched historical reflection on an American version of the infamous Magdalene laundries of Ireland…Told from the alternating points of view of Effie; her mother, Jeanne; and Mable, the narrative combines lush prose with a quick and riveting plot.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Beautifully written, haunting…A stunning story of sisters, friendship, secrets, and ultimately survival. I fell in love with the courageous Effie and Mabel and will not soon forget their stories.”

    Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author

  • “A mesmerizing tale of strength, subterfuge, and the unbreakable bond between sisters.”

    Whitney Scharer, author of The Age of Light

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About the Author

Serena Burdick graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California before moving to New York City to pursue a degree in English Literature at Brooklyn College. She is the author of The Girls with No Names, and Girl in the Afternoon, which won the 2017 International Book Award in the historical fiction category.

About the Narrators

Amy McFadden has narrated more than two hundred titles in many different genres. She is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has acted on stage throughout Michigan for more than twenty years and in commercials and film for ten years. She is a founding member of Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Nancy Peterson is a voice talent and audiobook narrator who won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2018.

Emily Lawrence, an actor and writer, is passionate about bringing stories to life. She has narrated more than 190 audiobooks, half of which were USA Today or New York Times bestsellers, and has also worked in film, television, and theater.