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!
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.
If you liked Water for Elephants, this is very similar. I loved the characters. I was sorry to see it end, now I am trying to find another book and having a hard time finding anything this good!
I love the narration ...SO important to me. The narrator must be appropriate for the story. This was an enjoyable read.
This book was a book club read in which most of the members liked the book.
I found it a good in describing a period of time in the US in which poor, immigrant children were sent from NYC to the midwest. Many people are not aware that this happened. For the most part, I enjoyed that part of the story.
The melding with the modern day, I found a little far-fetched.
I also felt that the story was too Disney-esque in that most of the women in the story was portrayed negatively.
The reading of the book, for the most part, was good. However, some of the accents were annoying.
Finally, if you are considering this book for a young adult, you might want to read it first. There are a few scenes in the book that you might want to check out before you child reads it.
One of my favorite listens so far. i didn't know this piece of history before this book. Now I feel like its part of me.
This is a favorite of all the books in my audible library! Top 5 for sure
I had previously read The Chaperone which touched on the orphan trains that were utilized in the early 20th century and this book gave even more insight into the effects this had on the children and families involved. Apparently public services have always struggled to do right by those children who need a loving home!
The old woman. She went through so much and had to fight all of her young life but never became bitter or cynical.
Definitely the old woman! Her history, her perspective, and her experiences would be amazing to hear, as well as what she learned from all of them.
Linda in Omaha
There were some less than complimentary reviews, but I found this story fascinating. There were two stories interwoven, each quite interesting. One was about an actual orphan train child, now in her golden years. The other was about a troubled young woman who met the older lady through her sentence to perform community service. I liked everything about this book. Don't pass it up just because a few didn't like it so much.