Bouncing between time periods, we follow the story of two orphans who must find their way in a world that wants to mold them to fit into boxes that society views as their roles. Through their two stories we come to see that while society has changed, certain fundamental truths about how people view the most vunerable among us has not. I love stories about young women with spirit and depth and both of the main characters have both. As they deal with what the world dishes out to them, we find that what sustains them changes them.
I liked when Vivian realized that all of the bad things that happened to her (and there were ALOT of them) were actually the things that led her to the good things and that she was grateful for everything.
My favorite scene was when Vivian realized the handsome stranger was actually a young boy she met on the Orphan Train many years earlier.
I listened to this book constantly and found myself sitting in the car to finish a section. It was a compelling book with many emotional scenes.
I liked the way two people with many years age difference find each other, find how much they have in common, and help each other.
When Viv finds Dutch
When Viv and Dutch get married.
Yes, I stayed awake until after 4:00am to finish it.
I found it interesting and thought provoking that these two character face much the same problems even though they live 70 years apart.
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Orphan Train is the story of overcomers and a story of redemption. Set in the early part of the 20th century, a group of orphans is taken on a train to the Midwest where they hope to be adopted along the way. What will become of these children? Well, read it to find out. I certainly enjoyed the story, as well as the moral struggle I had with the idea of the orphan trains, which actually took place. Was it "right" to take orphans from cities to less populated areas in order to find them homes, knowing that many of them weren't going to truly enter families, but to be used as cheap/free labor? Was that any better existence than if they had remained in the city? I don't know the answers to those questions, but I certainly appreciate the book causing me to struggle with those thoughts.
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This novel revolves around a 91 year-old woman, Vivian and a 17 year-old teenager, Molly. The two share a bond, they are both orphans. Vivian and her family sailed from Ireland to Ellis Island for a better life. Her family was killed in a fire, leaving her homeless. Vivian lived in various foster homes until she was finally welcomed by a loving couple.
Molly's father was killed in an auto accident. Her mother was unable to care for her and she was placed in foster care. She also spent many years trying to find that special place. However, she was almost 18 now and would soon be on her own. Foster care ends at age 18.
Molly and Vivian meet because she was caught stealing a ragged eared book from the library, Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre was Molly's favorite book but didn't know that the library had recently installed a detector to prevent library books from being stolen. Molly put the book under her coat. She was living with a foster care family at the time and Social Services was notified by the foster mother. Molly's punishment, after making a court appearance, was to complete 50 hours of community service.
Molly's boyfriend, Jack, coaxed his mom, Terry, into setting up an interview for Molly, with her employer, Vivian. Vivian needed help with cleaning out her attic filled with a lot of dusty, old boxes. Terry was Vivian's housekeeper and she had been putting off the dreaded chore and was happy to do as Jack asked.
That was how Vivian and Molly met and became friends. The novel goes back and forth telling their stories of what it was and is like being an orphan. They shared each others lives and told things about themselves that no one else was ever told before now.
The character's are very well developed and you'll think that maybe you know them. The narrators, Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren, do an excellent job. The book is well written and easy to follow and understand. The book provides you with some feelings that children experience living in foster homes. The book, Orphan Train, is enjoyable and an easy listen.
Loved the writing style of this author. This is a down to earth, hard life story written with sadness and love and warmth. I cried at the end and a little throughout, but maintained hope for each character and their difficult lives. I am so happy that I read this... it is lingering inside me- truly a sign that this is worth reading.
Finding her daughter.
Have not... will look for more books that they have read.
Vivianne... I would want to hear more about her life after Dutchy.
This was by far one of the most enjoyable books I've read that was not part of my usual genre of murder mystery! Made me want to research more about the children of the Orphan Trains. Very well written and narrated!
Already using that awful "F" word before the first 2 minutes. I can handle it used once or twice in a whole book when used by a sailor or somesuch but not by a teenaged girl.
The narration was terrific with the changes in characters.
This was my first audible book and I found the narrator especially talented.
Yes, Kept my attention and hard to put down.
I liked the contrast and comparison of the two stories and similarity of their situations although different generations.
This was a top 'read' on my list. I am fascinated by the history of immigration and the struggles that those coming from the British Isles endured, and this book did not disappoint. The author doesn't glorify the struggles of the characters, but shares them honestly and helps you see that it is those struggles that made these women who they are.
I could say when the young character begins to change, but that seems to be expected. For me it was more the memory keepers as they were pulled from the trunks and the stories that were weaved from them.
I really like that title - it is what pulled me in. I wouldn't change it.