This book is told in the voices of young females. The narrator sounds like Alvin the Chipmunk. I had to quit listening, and when the voice leaves my head, I will try to read it. Right now it seems a little thin.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
Some awful decisions were made about orphans in the early parts of the 1900's East Coast cities-where the influx of immigrants who had no work but many children lead to train loads of youngsters being brought to the midwest and literally given to people who wanted kids to work farms or sew or even act as nanny to the receiving parents own children.
This novel really got to my heart as it details the story of two orphans-one a victim of the orphan train and the other a product of the foster care system we have today. They come together and each learns from the other.
A wonderful listen...made me grateful for my parents.
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.
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.
I enjoyed the narraters voices, especially dialogs between characters and making different voices.
I love how this book is two stories in one. They both tie into each other also. You can say it's a book about Niamh. It's a touching story and you are intrigued with what will happen next to Niamh/Dorothy/Vivian. You are secretly hoping she runs away and lives happily ever after.
I cried when Molly did computer searches and her info was a few months to late. I smiled with the ending. I wish the romance with her first husband was longer, maybe another chapter where you could bask in their happiness. I would love a prequel or parallel of mazy's story, or a sequel of May's story. There's potential for Molly's continued story also if a sequel happened.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I actually started listening to this book once, stopped and then started again. The second time was a charm. I found myself being drawn deeply into the lives of the two girls who later, it is revealed, have more in common than is initially evident. This book gives a disturbing window into the life of orphans who were sent on trains to find "people" who would look after them. Often they were abused and led very sad lives, often hardening into criminals. This was a book I enjoyed reading from beginning to end in just over a day.
The author's writing style was very authentic and beautifully done in order to allow the reader into the heads of the two girls. A wonderful read.
I'm not sure! I'm about 1/2 way through this book and I'm trying to like these characters, but the narrator reads just fast enough that I feel like I'm being rushed through the story. It isn't a pleasant journey.
The performer could slow down just a little bit and let the listener enough the story, the sceanry and conversations that take place. Just feel like she trying to get this done and over with.
This was a very good story. The two main characters were a teenager who ended up in foster care and an older woman who, when younger, was sent on an "orphan train" to the midwest for adoption. The two meet and realize their stories are similar. Enjoyable listen.
I would. It's a very compelling story which covers a large portion of early-mid Century American and some world history while telling an amazing story about kids who have been caught up in "the system".
When Vivienne meets up with her long lost friend from the train after 10 years.
Not really. I felt that the way it was read was different than how it was intended by the author. I felt the reader was TOO dramatic in some places and that her voice was somewhat grating. Were it not for the great story, I wouldn't have wanted to listen.