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.
Synopsis on Back Cover: When beautiful, unmarried Vianne Rocher sweeps into the pinched little French town of Lansquenet on the heels of the carnival and opens a gem of a chocolate shop across the square from the church, she begins to wreak havoc with the town’s Lenten vows. Her uncanny ability to perceive her customers’… Continue reading Chocolat by Joanne Harris
This takes you to this week’s WotW. Lawhimsy explains this better than I do. Word Nerd : Quaintrelle.
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