• An Unexpected Family

  • Orphan Train Romance, Book 1
  • By: Zoe Matthews
  • Narrated by: Melinda Jarmulak
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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An Unexpected Family

By: Zoe Matthews
Narrated by: Melinda Jarmulak
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Between 1850 and 1930, around 250,000 abandoned and orphaned children traveled from the East Coast of the US to various cities and towns throughout the nation on what would be known as the orphan trains. Most came from New York City. 

Posters were placed around town advertising "Homes Wanted for Orphans"; usually a committee was formed to help facilitate the adoption. These children were supposed to be adopted and treated as family members, but this was not always the case however, and sometimes they were placed in less than ideal circumstances. Despite this loosely structured plan, many children did find loving homes and people who cared for their needs.

©2014 Zoe Matthews (P)2018 Zoe Matthews

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A Nice Relaxing Listen

An unexpected story is a sweet story about orphan trains and a family formed by adoption. it isn't totally realistic. Nice relaxing listen.

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Super short and about third grade level

Super short and about third grade level. What else can I say? That’s all folks.

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Exceptional & Wholesome

Love it before I finished I bought the 2 sequels Very heart warming & touching