This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Vivian Daly- a 91 year old woman. Outlived every person in her life that has meant something to her (and outlived the people that did not mean anything to her, as well). Vivian, as you see her today, appears to have lived in the lap of luxury. A nice house, money, fine things filling the house. But looks can be deceiving.
Vivian, in her early years, was aboard a train called the Orphan Train. It was a way to help orphans find new homes instead of living at the orphanage till they were adults. Of course, the orphan train was a nice idea in theory only. People would come to where the train would stop to find kids to be part of the family, or farmhands, or girls to clean and sew. Some did have honorable intentions- but some did not.
When 91 year old Vivian meets Molly, a teenager who has been shuttled from house to house in an attempt to find a suitable foster home, Molly thinks that she and Vivian have nothing in common. As Molly helps clean Vivian’s attic, though, she is surprised to find that not only do they have things in common; but that Molly feels a connection with Vivian.
While Molly completes her community service hours helping Vivian, she begins to learn about Vivian’s past. The hard times, the good times, and how the orphan train played a part in shaping what Vivian’s life is today.
Orphan Train, told in alternating view-points, Depression-era Minnesota and current-day Maine- is a story that will make the reader laugh, cry, and feel deeply touched. It’s a story about humanity-at it’s best and it’s worst. It’s a story about how life takes twists and turns, takes people places they never dreamed could happen in their life. It’s a story that shows the readers you’re never too old to learn new things. It’s a story that shows readers that even if love has disappointed in the past, it should always be welcomed into life.
Orphan Train– heartfelt, emotional, and worth a read. Share with friends. With loved ones. With book clubs. It’s a book that exposes the reader to history, to happiness and sadness, and to memorable characters.