Home for Erring and Outcast Girls by Julie Kibler
If you’re drawn to books that switch between characters or time periods, you get the best of both worlds with “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls”. This book switches between time periods, from present, to not so distant past, to almost a century back to the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls. It also switches between characters within these time periods. I thoroughly enjoyed the multiple plot lines transpiring into one story within this novel. Add a flavor of little known history, and you have a historical fiction that needs to be shared.
The Berachah Home takes in women off the streets, and helps to support them and their babies, keeping mom and child together. At a time when babies were often separated from their mothers and provided to loving couples to be raised, this home broke the social norm to keep families intact and support women in a way many others would never have considered. More than a century later, Cate, needs her own redemption, healing from a past she continues to grapple with. Can delving into the stories of past “lost” women, help her to find her own way?
This book is full of emotion, rich as well as raw. Julie Kibler did a beautiful job developing characters whose stories are eloquently woven together. I felt for these women, all of them, for their hardships and triumphs as they navigate their world to finding their true selves or recovering from where they used to be. It’s not only the personal development that I appreciated, but the interpersonal relationships built throughout the story as well, and I often found the chapters would leave me grasping for more time with each woman.