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.
The Orphan Train was a book I kept seeing at Target but never picked up….until last week and I am so glad that I did! I love books that weave in present day with history and the past, this book did that perfectly. It is hard to wrap my head around the fact that the Orphan Train was real…..this was not something the author made up, but real children went thru this. It has really stuck out to me and I want to read more about this. This book was a quick read, fun and very heart warming…….this is a perfect book to jump start your Summer reading!
Over Memorial Weekend Matt and I went to see X-Men and it did not disappoint!!! When my parents asked me which movie I liked better this or Godzilla, X-Men is the answer…..there was just more to it. X-Men is filled with people I love and this sequel even featured Peter Dinklage AKA Tyrion Lannister who was once again a great bad guy! This movie is full of action, the swinging 60s and mutants galore!! This is a perfect Summer blockbuster!
Do you remember this movie that came out on Valentine’s Day? Endless Love?? Alex Pettyfer stars in this swoon worthy love story and other than that I didn’t know much about it. Last week I rented this movie and I really loved it………. I thought this movie was full of Love, they did a wonderful job at acting so in love and it doesn’t hurt that the leading lady is beyond stunning. I thought this star-crossed lovers tale was a great renter!!!!! Check out the trailer below……