Thoughts by Brenda:  Orphan Train by Christina Barker Kline

Orphan TrainOrphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

Read March 14-16 2017

I am not sure if this was the best time for me to have read Orphan Train, so it’s hard for me to rate this one. I read mostly for enjoyment and to learn something and how I feel and timing play a huge part in when and what I choose to read. I really did enjoy this one and I do love to be taken on an emotional journey and I definitely learned something here, as I was unaware of Orphan trains. I was mostly on my own emotional train and missed feeling some of the emotions I would of normally felt while reading this one.

The story is told in alternating chapters from present time of 17 year-old Molly who is doing community service and told in the past from Irish immigrant 91 year old Vivian who Molly is doing the community service for. In the past we learn of Vivian’s childhood. They seem like an odd match with nothing in common but we learn soon that they do and they start to form a bond. They both are orphans, had to adapt to one foster family to another, have had loss, suffering and perseverance. As the stories are told separately we start to understand their interconnections with each other and their stories become one.

Orphan Train had all the elements I love in an emotional read for me with a satisfying ending. My rating for this one is 3.5 at the time of reading for my enjoyment. I do highly recommend.

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