Friday, January 3, 2014

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Have you seen this on the shelves? Has it been calling to you? Have you felt this draw to the book, this kinship with a story you haven't entered but are intrigued by the storyline? Yep, I was that way once....but not now.

This story based on the actual orphan trains that ran from New York to  from 1854 to 1929 (seriously new info to me!!). The author stumbled into some insider information on a family vacation and created this totally plausible and engaging story that twists back and forth between 2011 and the '30's, '40's, and '50's in the U.S. The two main characters, Vivian and Molly, find their lives intertwined in unique, surprising, and life-changing ways. Molly is a rebellious teenager, having lived in a number of foster homes where it sounds like she got the short of the stick and grew more frustrated and frustrating through each experience. Vivian is decades older and holds her own story of orphanages, loss, and wicked living experiences. Time brings them closer and closer together and they surprise each other with their collective interest and engagement in friendship and kinship.

A lovely read. 

1 comment:

  1. I love this author's writing style. The book was so easily read even with the switching from two very distinct eras. I plan to buy more of her books.

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