• New York Orphan

  • Tales of Flynn and Reilly, Book 1
  • By: Rosemary J. Kind
  • Narrated by: Lee Brophy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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New York Orphan

By: Rosemary J. Kind
Narrated by: Lee Brophy
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From fleeing the Irish Potato Famine to losing his parents on the ship to New York, seven-year-old Daniel Flynn knows about adversity. As Daniel sings the songs of home to earn pennies for food, pickpocket Thomas Reilly becomes his ally and friend until he, too, is cast out onto the street. A destitute refugee in a foreign land, Daniel, together with Thomas and his sister, Molly, are swept up by the Orphan Train Movement to find better lives with families across America.

For Daniel, will the dream prove elusive? How strong are bonds of loyalty when everything is at stake?

Based on real history, the strength of the characters in New York Orphan will move you with their desperate plight to survive.

©2017 Rosemary J. Kind (P)2019 Rosemary J. Kind

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A Very Hard Life

This story drew me in from the beginning. A young boy of seven, Daniel Flynn, traveling with his parents from Ireland to America loses his parents during the travels. Once in America, he was lucky enough to run into Thomas Reilly who took him home to his ill mother and his sister, Molly. When Thomas and Molly's mother passes, they find themselves with no place to go and end up on an orphan train.

It was very interesting to see where these three young children ended up. Each living a different type of life. After being betrayed by Thomas, Daniel's life is full of difficulties. Molly, not knowing where the two boys are, goes in search of them with the help of her adoptive mother. Thomas, now an attorneys son, has changed his name to William and wants nothing to do with Molly or Daniel. With Daniel in jail, William has a change of heart. William, along with his father, comes to Daniels rescue and once again the three are reunited.

Rosemary J. Kind did a wonderful job in developing these characters and bringing strong emotions to her writing. While this is Book 1, it is also a good stand-alone book. Although the ending is predictable, it was very satisfying. I look forward to the next book.

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Great peek into this historical time frame.

This audiobook sure brings out the plight of the Irish people. That it happened to kids so young just adds to the tragedy of that time. I highly recommend this audiobook to all. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."