The description of the girls experience on the train going from town to town.
I listened to this book in its entirety on a car trip. Very entertaining.
It is a great story and has you on the train with the orphans!
I guess it was the ending. But dont want to give it away.
The first to the last great read.
Yes. Loved the characters and didn't want this book to end.
The characters were real, the story easy to follow, yet.............. I will stop here so that I don't give the story away.
I was angry and sad at times and then joyful.
I thought this book was amazing. I really enjoyed the writing and hated leaving the story when life interrupted my book time.
I loved the story and how it opened more history to what happen back in the days of the depression. To be honest, I never knew this existed. This was a truly heartbreaking story.
The scene at the bar and the very last scene. Loved Vivian, Molly and Dutchie!!
I would highly recommend this book! The only challenging part was the speed at which the book was read, she reads/speaks very fast.
Orphan Train was touching, painful to listen to, couldn't get it out of my mind. A great read. Like it as much as "Room" and "The Help."
Both Molly and Vivian held my attention. Both characters were fully fleshed out.
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayers is seventeen and about to age out of the foster care system. She’s in trouble for stealing a library book, a worn, tattered copy of her favorite book, Jane Eyre. Molly is forced to do fifty hours of community service and she will do these hours by helping ninety-one year old Vivian Daly clean out her attic.
As Vivian and Molly begin to go through the trunks, Vivian reveals her story, a story she has never shared with anyone.
Like Molly, Vivian is also an orphan. She was not given the name Vivian at birth. She was born Niamh (pronounced Neev) in Ireland. She came to America with her parents, two brothers, and sister. She lost her family in a fire. Niamh and her mother were the only survivors, b heer mother was mentally unstable and placed in an institution. Naimh is placed on the orphan train, which is leaving New York City bound for rural areas in the hopes that good people will want to adopt and provide homes to the trainful of orphaned children.
How much of our identity comes with a name? Niamh immediately loses her name when she steps off the orphan train. First she is given the name Dorothy. And like Molly, Dorothy lives in several homes, none of which she ever truly belongs. She eventually becomes Vivian, but I won’t ruin the story by telling you how.
I loved listening to the book. Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren wonderfully portray these women. Molly’s character is given the right “bite” and sarcasm I would picture her to have. With Vivian, there is an underlying tone of strength and courage that surviving such a life would leave you with.
Of course Vivian’s past is full of many secrets and Molly is able to use modern technology to find answers to some of Vivian’s questions.
I bought this based on all the incredible reviews and boy were they right. I am only disappointed that it is over...highly recommend!
Heart wrenching tale
When Nieve and Dutchy find each other in the twin cities.
I cannot pick a favorite as they both were so compelling and likeable
at the end "Where shall we begin"
Wonderful story about two orphans who meet, one from years ago and the other from now.