HOME for ERRING and OUTCAST GIRLS by Julie Kibler – SPOTLIGHT & Giveaway



HOME FOR ERRING and OUTCAST GIRLS(Crown) by Julie Kibler is an emotionally raw and resonant story of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship. It follows the lives of two young women connected by a home for “fallen girls,” and is inspired by historical events.

In turn-of-the-20th century Texas, the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls is an unprecedented beacon of hope for young women consigned to the dangerous poverty of the streets by birth, circumstance, or personal tragedy. Built in 1903 on the dusty outskirts of Arlington, a remote dot between Dallas and Fort Worth’s red-light districts, the progressive home bucks public opinion by offering faith, training, and rehabilitation to prostitutes, addicts, unwed mothers, and “ruined” girls without forcibly separating mothers from children. When Lizzie Bates and Mattie McBride meet there—one sick and abused, but desperately clinging to her young daughter, the other jilted by the beau who fathered her ailing son—they form a friendship that will see them through unbearable loss, heartbreak, difficult choices, and ultimately, diverging paths.

A century later, Cate Sutton, a reclusive university librarian, uncovers the hidden histories of the two troubled women as she stumbles upon the cemetery on the home’s former grounds and begins to comb through its archives in her library. Pulled by an indescribable connection, what Cate discovers about their stories leads her to confront her own heartbreaking past, and to reclaim the life she thought she’d let go forever. With great pathos and powerful emotional resonance, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls explores the dark roads that lead us to ruin, and the paths we take to return to ourselves.


Julie Kibler began writing after learning a bit of family lore: As a teen, her paternal grandmother fell in love with a young black man, but their families tore them apart. Then, while digging into the past, she discovered her father’s hometown had signs at the city limits warning blacks to be gone by sundown.

Julie grew up in various towns in Kentucky, New Mexico, and Colorado, then moved to Texas to attend college and stayed because even the strangers were friendly. Aside from writing, she is a freelance editor and tries to keep up with her family and a couple of shelter dogs who don’t always appreciate their rescue. She enjoys reading, indie films, folk music, photography and splitting chocolatey desserts with her husband, an engineer who doesn’t understand writers, but understands chocolate.

She is currently writing her next novel.  

Thanks to Crown we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what’s the best historical fiction novel you’ve read so far this summer. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.



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46 thoughts on “HOME for ERRING and OUTCAST GIRLS by Julie Kibler – SPOTLIGHT & Giveaway

  1. My favorite 2019, historical fiction is The Beautiful Strangers, by Camille Di Maio. Makes me want to visit the Hotel delCoronado. Delightful story of hope.

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    1. My favorite 2019, historical fiction is The Beautiful Strangers, by Camille Di Maio. Makes me want to visit the Hotel delCoronado. Delightful story of hope and dreams.

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    1. The Huntress, The Golden Hour, The Last Year of the War. There are so many good books out there. Thank you for the chance.


  2. When We Were Brave by Karla M. Jay.Awesome story told through the 3 main characters and takes place during WWII.


  3. Sounds like a great book!!! I haven’t read any historical fictions this summer yet (surprisingly), but my favorite most recent was The Taster! Not much hype around it, but truly under-recognized!!!


  4. Just finished The Masterpiece – such interesting information about the history of Grand Central Terminal.


  5. I LOVE historical fiction! My favorite was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! It inspired me to start a book club. I also loved The Nightingale. We read Before We Were Yours and Sold On A Monday in my book club, both excellent books. I would love to read and review this! Thanks for the opportunity!


  6. I actually haven’t read a historical fiction novel yet this summer but I would love to read this book. I always leave reviews for books I read


  7. This is my kind of book! I haven’t read any historical fiction this Summer, only beach reads. I will be back to my historical fiction (my fav) in the Fall.


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