Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Kline, Christina Baker   Orphan TrainPublication Date: April 2013

Publisher: William Morrow

Kindle Copy from St. Charles City County Public Library

An interesting novel with parallel storylines threaded throughout that tie the stories together! The lives of Vivian Daly, an elderly woman who rode the Orphan Train during the late 1920’s, and Molly Ayer, a 17 year old young woman living in a foster home in 2011, intersect when Molly arrives at Vivian’s house to perform community service hours by helping her clean out her attic.

The primary characters are strong, resilient females who survive life’s trials in different, but similar ways. The secondary characters in the novel are rather one dimensional and really do not contribute to the story. However, the story is well worth reading to discover the history behind the orphan trains. The story is based on a very real part of American history that occurred between the years of 1854 and 1929 and affected an estimated 250,000 children.

Read this appealing story to hear the details of Vivian’s life growing up as a foster child in the 1920’s and 30’s. Find out how Molly helps Vivian resolve her past and in turn, she resolves some of her own issues.

This copy was borrowed from the St. Charles City County Public Library. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.



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