Listening to books is the best. I love almost all genres, but romance is my favorite, and rom-com is my preference there.
I hope you listen to this book. The main characters have lives that are sort of similar in experiences, but from different eras. However, the author does not hit you in the face with it, but rather lets it float into your consciousness through the narrative. I mention main characters, but one seems to stand out more. Both are females with disconnected pasts, but the narrative of the older creates growth in the younger, while that growth helps the older character find more connection. I really would have liked more background on the younger woman, but I think Ms Kline wanted to focus on historic events rather than contemporary ones. I usually tolerate interruptions in my listening experiences, but I got downright cranky during this book. It's definitely going on my over and over list!
Addicted to Audible!
Having recently listened to The Chaperone, the topic of the Orphan train intrigued me and I was eager to read more about it. This book contrasts the experience of a modern day "orphan" navigating the foster care system with the experience of a woman who experienced the Orphan Train as a child and how it affected her life. I enjoyed the way the book bounced between each time period drawing parallels between the common problems experienced by the orphaned children. The sadness of being unloved, the personality traits that are developed when you learn to mistrust, the attitudes of society. It also reminded me of The Language of Flowers. If you enjoyed either of these books I think that this would be a great choice. The only downside was the narrator, her narration was great except when she read with an Irish accent which was terrible. However, it didnt detract enough from the story to make it a difficult listening experience
I am an avid eclectic reader.
What triggered me to read this book was the fact it was based on an almost forgotten period of American history. The Children’s Aid Society moved East Coast orphans by trains to the other states and by the end the Orphan Trains carried orphan to all states except Arizona. It is estimated somewhere between 105,000 to 200,000 orphans were transported from 1854 to 1929. These children were either placed in homes or as workers with little or no investigation or supervision of the homes or business. Kline weaves her two fictional characters into a historical situation. Kline employs a dual narrative format as she takes us from contemporary Maine to Minnesota in the midst of the depression and war. Molly Ayer a Penobscot youth is 17 years of age and months away from being aged out of the foster care system. Over the past nine years she had been in over a dozen foster homes. Molly stole a book “Jane Eyre” from the library and is assigned to do 50 hours of community service. She is to help Vivian Daly an elderly wealthy widow to clean her attic. During the cleaning process Vivian reveals to Molly about being an Irish immigrant orphan and was on the New York City to Minnesota Orphan train. Vivian and Molly have connected because of both of them are orphans. Vivian tells of going from family to family under hardship, hatred, abuse. Everything stripped from her including her Irish name. Molly’s history teacher assigns the class an oral history project and they are to interview someone. Molly decided to interview Vivian and write her story. Her teacher is impressed with her report and nominates her for a national award and scholarship. As the story end Vivian has learned to use the computer with Molly’s help and is tracking down the other riders from her train car. The author does a good job of trying up the story at the end. Jessica Almasy does a good job narrating the book.
Mom, full time job, long commute. Love audio books!
I enjoyed the story, especially the sections set in the past. I did not love the narration at all! The narrator's voice was annoying. I'd bought the Kindle book as well (for Whispersync) and I ended up reading much more than listening.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
The set up on this book is wonderful. It's two orphans, one 18, one 91 sorting through their lives. And the history that it covers on the orphan train is fascinating. She does an excellent slice of the immigrant experience.But there are so many questions unanswered at the end that I was completely unsatisfied. I so wish the author had taken us further into Vivian's amazing middle/older age. Sadly Disappointed!
I have a 3 hour commute to work every day so I listen to audiobooks to help with my drive. It's added some happiness to my day (if it's a good book)!
I have never had a desire to hear a book a second time.
The Chaperone was similar.
I could not stand when she narrated the voice of Molly.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
This book is not perfect but there are so many things that went right here.The characters were well rounded and I cared about them. I was engaged and interested. This story of loss and redemption is so worthwhile.
Retired high tech CEO who raised quarter horses, pilots his own Bonanza A36 airplane, enjoys shooting sports and spending time with his lovely wife and family
This is a story that captures you quickly and holds you closely as you make your way through the parallel lives of two persons. They have a 60+ year age difference and yet their orphan roots cause bonding and curiosity that neither person can deny. The narrators are huge positives. My only regret was that it had to end. Cheers, Ken
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
I always read that these families had lived "happily ever after." This story suggest maybe it wasn't true!!
This is a truly heart-touching book. It is a rare author that can bring you to tears in sympathy with created characters.