Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train

A troubled teen ends up doing community service work for a 91 year old woman, and what follows is a journey into the past, ultimately forging a bond between the two.

The elderly woman, Vivian Daly, was once orphaned, and put on a train headed west – her fate placed in the hands of those willing to take on a poor 9 year old girl.  Unfortunately, Vivian (whose birth name was the Irish Niamh), didn’t find herself a forever family.  What she found was people who were willing to use a young girl in place of a servant, with no wages and certainly no love.

When 17 year old Molly Ayer meets Vivian, life changes for both of them.  As the story of Vivian’s life unfolds, they realize how similar their lives have been, and more importantly, they recognize how secrets can change the course of their lives.

An enjoyable and easy read.  Kline does a wonderful job researching the history of the orphan train and what life was really like for many of those children.

3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013
278 pages


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