Orphan Train is an historical fiction novel written by Christina Baker Kline.
What can I say about this novel? The emotions it stirred in me were many. Sadness at the way these children were treated, the poor circumstances after poor circumstances. With the chances of being taken into a good home seeming rare, my heart broke. I felt happiness when Niamh, now Vivian, found happiness after so much strife.
I was brought to tears towards the end of the novel when Vivian’s husband, a man who was her everything, died, while she was pregnant.
Orphan Train takes you on a journey. Twisting two lives, two stories into one well written novel.
Niamh/Vivian and Molly have so much in common and find peace and comfort in each other’s presence. Molly learns that through all the negatives in the end will come a positive. You can loos everything but gain something.
Molly being in the system from a young age, knows what it means to have people only want to care for you for the money. When she has to do community service with an old lady, her world is slowly turned upside down as she learns about Vivian’s life and everything that happened to her in her ninety-one years on this planet. From immigrating from Ireland to being placed on a train out to Minnesota where the people that truly cared were few and far between.
The novel was slow moving but as somebody who loves history, I found myself so immersed that I just didn’t care. I would rate this novel a 4 out of 4 stars because I absolutely loved it. I would also recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good historical fiction that can make emotions swirl through you like a wild wind.