Orphan Train

What amazing luck that I picked this up! I was desparate, I’d read everything I had on hand (being laid up for almost a week with a bug meant I had ample time to read) and I took the advice of the girl in the book store who said to give it a try, she thought I might like it. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline gets a 5* rating right off the bat from me. I love historical fiction, and this book is based on the orphan trains that transported orphaned, abandoned, homeless children from New York City to the west in the late 1800s early 1900s for “adoption” by families in the midwest. There are 2 parrallel lines in this story… young Niamh Power, originally from Ireland, recently orphaned and abandoned to the Children’s Aid Society in New York sets off to a life of she does not know what on one of those trains heading west. Fast forward to 2011 and we’re dealing with wealthy Vivian Daly living out her senior life on the coast of Maine. She agrees to allow young Molly Ayer do her community service work (either that or juvie) helping Vivian clear out her attic where box upon box of stuff hasn’t seen the light of day for decades. The stories alternate back and forth, the plot is easy to follow, and the entire book is fascinating, and SO well written. I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this book. It’s just $10 in bookstores now, it’s a steal as far as I’m concerned. Fork over the dollars and then pass it on to a friend. Guaranteed you won’t be disappointed. It’s the best 10 bucks I’ve spent in ages.

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