This story had me captivated from the first spoken word. It was full of highs and lows and you live every minute of them with the two main characters who find each other by accident. Molly is a young girl in foster care who is almost old enough to age out of the foster care system and seems to be her own worst enemy. Vivian is an elderly wealthy lady who appears to be all alone in the world living in a large mansion in Maine. Molly commits a minor crime and is sentenced to do hours of community service which she fulfills by helping Vivian clean our her attic. Together they uncover the story of Vivian's life as they go through the boxes in her attic that contain items from each stage of her life. Vivian, a recent immigrant from Ireland just prior to the Great Depression, was orphaned at 8 or 9 and placed on the Orphan Train from NYC out to the Midwest. There the orphans were given to families who applied for a child, whether the home they were being placed in was safe, clean or not. Her story is compelling, having so many downturns that you can't understand how this plucky little girl could go on (that squirrel hunter guy and his family creeped me out from the first minute Ms. Kline described him).Once she winds up in a stable family where she is loved, the story doesn't end there.
Meanwhile, Molly is facing her own issues and as she works for Vivian, her life starts to turn around. However, the foster mother she currently has resents her and the tension at home continues, even as she turns her grades around, cleans up her appearance and starts growing up.
Don't miss this book! It would make a wonderful movie.
one of the very best, story is brilliant, concept and connections incredibly well linked along with the honesty of foster families.
The attic, discovering the memories and links
the depth of feelings
the rotten foster mother
take the time to listen to this book
We are RV'ers traveling the USA. I love Romance, Mysteries, and Thriller Novels. Good listening while on the road.
This is so well written and narrated. It's touching, funny, and very heartbreaking what these women go through in life. I love the way the author used the past and present in this and how these women became so close. Get your hanky out, you'll need it in several places. Worth the credit and them some.
Listening to a book read by a good reader takes me back to the art of story telling.
Yes. The reading is enjoyable and engages me in the story.
I like types of historical fiction. This brought alive a time in history in the development of our country, a time that we have grown beyond. The two women develop a friendship that surpasses different cultures and generations.
The reading is so absorbing that I found myself not wanting to stop. Thoroughly engaging.
I eagerly await more work from them.
This is among my top 10 audiobooks for sure.
The story is heartfelt and just seemed so real. I felt like I was there with the characters.
The accents and voices were fabulous. Well done.
This is a double winner -- an excellent story plus a superb narration. It was one of those audiobooks that had me pulling off to the side of the road to finish listening to a given chapter.
Suzanne Toren narrates the prologue (beautifully), and the rest of the book is narrated by Jessica Almasy, who is masterful. Her rhythms, her emotional investment, her accents, and her characters are all wonderful. I loved how she found just the right touch -- not too heavy-handed, but definitely Irish -- for the voice of the young Vivian. You feel as if you're there every moment.
The book is historical fiction about an interesting and often sad chapter in American history, that of the orphan trains around the turn of the century. Kline has clearly researched the subject thoroughly, and she expands on that with unforgettable, complex characters.
I highly recommend this book!
Having the stories of Vivian and Molly told alternatively kept story very interesting
Vivian. She is wise about the world
Although I enjoyed the book, I'm not likely to listen again as I didn't like the way it was neatly wrapped up in the final chapter
Molly had depth and nuance. She wore her shell proudly, as many teens are wont to do, but willingly gave it up, first to a sensitive boy and then to others.
There has been little written about the Orphan Train that rounded up children on New York City streets and hauled them to the midwest for adoption. The author creates a credible story until the final chapter. Nonetheless, I would like to hear more by her.
Love Romance, Suspense, strong character development a must. Authors I go to: Erik Larson (NF), Stephen King, Suzanne Brockmann, Susan Elizabeth Phillips,
I enjoyed this book - it's worth a credit definitely. The best part is the older lady's stories.