This was a beautifully written book. The voice of Molly was a little too squeaky for comfort sometimes. The biggest disappointment was the character Dina - described as a harsh and unloving yet pro-life right wing Christian. Certainly a deviation from the faithful Christians that I know. Many of whom lovingly care for foster children or work with agencies to help foster children. The characterization of Dina seems an attempt to further a false stereotype of Christians.
Loved this story and had no idea about the orphan trains originally.
Great perspectives of foster children as well
This was a fascinating story. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters, separated in age by so many years. This story inspired me to research the true stories of the orphan trains.
I was disappointed that the author created an unappealing character (Dina) and then described her as someone who listens to conservative radio. The author has a bias
against people who may have opinions other than hers. There was no need to bring
politics into the story.
It will be literary fiction.
The narrator was not consistent in her use of an Irish accent.
I would not elminate any characters.
The character of Molly was such an obnoxious teenager that it was difficult to be
sympathetic to her.
Yes but there were three very graphic sex-related scenes that could have been more modest in description without losing the good story-line and lessons. I also thought there were some unfair over-generalizations with regard to describing characters. I thought there was a bit of a theme of making morally conservative characters out to be very mean, judgmental, and unkind.
I loved the history and how the author wove the personal life experiences of the young character and the elderly character together.
Oh man I think Maggie Smith would be good as Niamh. And maybe Elle Fanning for the younger character?
i loved this. i sat in the car an extra 20 minutes in the driveway just so i could finish it. my only problem is that i felt it ended too soon... i want to know what happens to Molly in the future.
The story brings to light a little known piece of 20th century history. It is very well written, with dissimilar characters that mesh well and tell an entertaining, believable story that spans several generations. The main players appear to be vastly different, but in the end, are the same. This is one of the best books I have ever read. As human nature goes, I suppose there really is nothing new under the sun.