The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline came to me because of a recommendation of a couple of the librarians who attend my support group in Holland, MI. They had gotten the recommendation from their sister who also happens to be a librarian. She strongly suggested the book for their shelves because she had such a good response to it in her library.
So I went looking for the book and so far have had to reorder it in the first week as it seems word of mouth has gotten out about this book. There is something about the orphan trains that ran here in America that touches all of our hearts. I know those that were shipping these kids out thought they were doing them a favor, but that is not how it turned out for some of them.
Vivian Daly was on of the children sent of the orphan trains. She didn’t know what she was getting into and several years later she returns to the coast of Maine, the years in the west a blur and something she keeps hidden in her attic.
Molly is filling her community service hours by helping an elderly woman clean out her attic. What Molly finds in Vivian’s attic makes her realize the two, though separated by years and decades, have more in common that either thought.
The story moves between Vivian’s story in depression era Minnesota and a contemporary story set in Maine. There are parts of it that are very raw and maybe what some won’t consider “Inspirational,” but it is well written and one that makes you wonder about the other children that were sent away on these trains.