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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

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Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline

This is a story of home told in two parts.

Molly is in foster care.  She is about to age out.  Although her foster dad, Ralph seems to be a nice guy, her foster mother, Diana can't stand her.  Molly is caught doing something that she shouldn't have and her case manager convinces the authorities to allow her to do community service instead of serving a more severe sentence.  Which introduces her to Vivian.

Vivian is a widow living in a huge house on the river.  Molly can't imagine a house so grand, especially for just one person.  Her community service is to help Vivian sort through the 'junk' in her attic.  But what they end up sorting through is Vivian's storied past which started on the Orphan Train.

These two have more in common than they could have expected.  Through the memories and experiences of what is was like to have been abandoned they will come to rely on each other.  Vivian can offer Molly some stability in her life and Molly can offer Vivian a second chance of finding her family that she thought was gone forever.

This historical novel will break your heart and then mend it back again, all in just under 300 pages.  I hope you will savor every chapter!

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