Historical Fiction · Review

The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander

In 1962, The Sisters of the Holy Redemption holds one of the Magdalen Laundries, the workhouses of “fallen” women (unwed mothers, prostitutes, etc.), in Dublin. Most of the girls sinned by being too pretty, being too independent, or tempting a man. Teagan Tiernan and Nora Craven are sent to the convent for “tempting” a priest and for kissing a boy. They are renamed, given uniforms, have their hair cropped, denied contact with the outside world, and set to work in the laundry. They befriend each other and the nuns’ favorite Magdalen, Lea, and they plot escape.


Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review

Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald

Veil of Roses was written by Laura Fitzgerald. It’s not part of a series. This is what the synopsis on the back of the book says: This compelling debut follows one spirited young woman from the confines of Iran to the intoxicating freedom of America–where she discovers not only an enticing new country but the… Continue reading Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald