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.
The book and its subject is not something I would normally choose but was intrigued by the idea of shipping out kids into the countryside and dumping them. Was surprised how I invested into the narrative and cared for the principal characters. The story's protagonist and her soul mate experience abuse at the hands of cold foster parents but that's not the final take away message. The ending suggests that a ride on this train might not have been a bad thing. A parallel modern day story also allows us to contrast different foster techniques and one wonders if we have progressed much. Interestingly its was Duchy's story that haunted me long after the story ended.
Definitely worth a listen.
The Orphan Train tears at your heart, while you are fascinated at the same time. Very believable well rounded characters, you feel sympathy for the terror it must have been to be in their shoes.
Vivian. Her resilience is remarkable. Her story is heartbreaking and endearing.
I'm not sure.
When Molly discovered Vivian's sister survived. When Vivian's first husband died. I was in tears for her and shocked by her decision to give their daughter up for adoption. Finding out her daughter had been searching for her. When her daughter arrived, (the description of her great granddaughter) sounding like she looked just like Vivian. I also loved her teacher and Mrs. Murphy for taking such good care of her.
I wish that it would have continued on a chapter or two more. I really wanted to hear what Vivian's daughters life was like. I wanted to know how Vivian felt about all the years she missed with her daughter (if she felt anything) I wanted to know if they bonded or were more like starters. If it impacted Molly to see their reunion.
My guess is they bonded and a part of Vivian could be at peace.
This book introduced me to a time in our history I knew little about. The story is complex, moving from the past to the present, but with lovely redemtion at the end. I highly recommend this book.
Yes. I only buy books that I will listen to more than once. Each time I listen, I am visiting old friends (the characters) and ideas. Each time, I find new things to think about. Re-reading a book is very much like sitting with friends hearing stories you have heard many times before, and that are cherished parts of sharing.
It was fun hearing about Niamh's first party night out with the girls - and the very unexpected twist in the story.
Loved and empathized with Molly, but my favorite has to be Vivian/Niamh. She was wonderfully voiced, creating vivid mental pictures.
Sometimes fiction is all about passing along the truth.
I had fairly extensive of the orphan trains in the U.S. and related programs in other parts of the world before reading this. For me, the story rang true in detail and circumstance. My heart aches for the "throw-away children" who have endured similar horrors all over the world.
Surviving childhood well.
It was heartwarming , but never sentimental .
Both the survivors , Dorothy and Molly .
I didn't want this book to end ...
mother of 3 girls and 2 step-children, grandmother of 9, and great-grandmother of 10. Retired RN and Paramedic. Love life.
I have not read the print version. I'm sure I would enjoy that as much.
The close comparison of two different generations and time periods,
I haven't read the book so I can't compare.
I wish I could have.
I very much liked this book and because I am in my 70s I could relate to both women,