Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein
Historical fiction/fiction; 273 pages
Summary: Molly considers herself an orphan. Her father died when she was young and her mother couldn’t take care of her so she was placed in foster care. After getting into trouble over stealing a library book, Molly is forced to do community service. The only person willing to give Molly work is 91 year old Vivian Daly, who also considers herself an orphan.
Niamh was just 7 years old when her family left Ireland to come to the United States. That was in 1927. They landed in New York City where they hoped to have a better life. Two years later there is a fire and Niamh is left all alone. She is sent to an orphanage and then placed on an orphan train and taken to the Midwest.
Review: I don’t typically read book reviews before I dive into a book but I thought I had an idea of what this book would be about before I started reading it but I was wrong. I really enjoyed this book. Half of it is set in the present day and the other half is set in the past. I find books written this was to be an interesting read and this was not an exception. I enjoyed the writing style along with the story being told.
I would definitely recommend giving this book a look. It’s a quick read and very interesting.