Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Orphan Train

I really liked this book!  I liked the characters a lot.  Probably I liked the characters even more than I liked the plot.  Here is a review taken from the internet:

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?
As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.
Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.
Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.
I read Cokey Muth's copy in paperback.  I'll pass it along to one of the knitting group today.  I think that Mom might like this book.  I might buy it for her to read on her iPad mini.

Monday, September 7, 2015

A Desparate Fortune

One of the most fun parts of this book is the fact that the main character who is living in our time period has Aspergers Syndrome.  It is very interesting to get inside her head and understand how she feels about situations.

The main character who is living in the era around 1732 is also interesting.  She is somewhat stuck in her situation, but learns to make the most of what is happening around her.  It is interesting to be spoon fed some of the facts surrounding the exiled King during the time of the Jacobites.

The story is a bit of a romance novel.....not my favorite genre.  However, it is very entertaining reading.  I did like the characters and the information that the author was trying to convey.  It is an entertaining read.

I read the book via audible.