The Orphan Train by Cristina Baker Kline ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I waited a long time on the library waitlist to get this book on Kindle. About six months. Wow. I figured it must be good – and well yes. The wait was worth it.
A very sweet story with a very interesting storyline about a factual historical aspect of our nations history I had never heard of. The Orphan Trains that brought Orphan children from New York to the Midwest. Between 1854 and 1929 some 250,000 children were transplanted, some successfully into living families but others not.
Kline’s story follows two main characters, 91-year old Vivian and 17-year old Molly, who at first seem to have absolutely nothing in common. But a beautifully written tale of love and loss, family and friends and survival unfolds as she takes the reader back and forth between present day Maine and depression era Minnesota.
I really enjoyed the characters, the historical facts, the plot and the writing in The Orphan Train. Five stars.