• The Forgotten Daughter

  • The Triumphant Story of Two Women Divided by Their Past, but United by Friendship - Inspired by True Events
  • By: Joanna Goodman
  • Narrated by: Esther Thibault
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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The Forgotten Daughter

By: Joanna Goodman
Narrated by: Esther Thibault
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For fans of Jojo Moyes, from the best-selling author of The Home for Unwanted Girls, comes another compulsively listenable story of love and friendship, following the lives of two women reckoning with their pasts and the choices that will define their futures.

Divided by their past, united by love.

1992: French Canadian factions renew Quebec’s fight to gain independence, and wild, beautiful Véronique Fortin, daughter of a radical separatist convicted of kidnapping and murdering a prominent politician in 1970, has embraced her father’s cause. So it is a surprise when she falls for James Phénix, a journalist of French Canadian heritage who opposes Quebec separatism. 

Their love affair is as passionate as it is turbulent, as they negotiate a constant struggle between love and morals. At the same time, James’ older sister, Elodie Phénix, one of the Duplessis Orphans, becomes involved with a coalition demanding justice and reparations for their suffering in the 1950s when Quebec’s orphanages were converted to mental hospitals, a heinous political act of Premier Maurice Duplessis that affected 5,000 children. 

Véronique is the only person Elodie can rely on as she fights for retribution, reliving her trauma, while Elodie becomes a sisterly presence for Véronique, who continues to struggle with her family’s legacy. 

The Forgotten Daughter is a moving portrait of true love, familial bonds, and persistence in the face of injustice. As each character is pushed to their moral brink, they will discover exactly which lines they’ll cross—and just how far they’ll go for what they believe in. 

©2020 Joanna Goodman (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Loved #1, #2 was a flop

The initial book in this series was both well written and well narrated. The sequel, The Forgotten Daughter, was repetitive, melodramatic, and the narrator difficult to tolerate. The voices were forced and it would have been better if she had simply read the book rather than the cartoonish male voice attempts. Disappointed. I would not listen to this title again.

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good fiction

read for book club, not a big fan of fiction but this was well done. for fiction lovers it's probably a 5 all around.