My Review 4 stars
Orphan Train is our book club choice this month and we will be discussing tomorrow. My book club has really helped me step out of my comfort zone, usually going for historical reads. At least this year was better, last year was the worst reading year I had ever had. I really enjoyed this one, some beautiful amazing moments throughout the book.
This definitely was the book about 2nd chances with friendships and family.
What an emotional start to the book, to see so many children become orphans and to be loaded on a train to find new homes, completely the unknown. Niamh is an Irish name and becomes Dorothy to be more american by one family and eventually becomes Vivian.
So I am learning to pretend, to smile and nod, to display empathy I do not feel. I am learning to pass, to look like everyone else, even though I feel broke inside. Kindle 36%
The book goes between Vivian's time as an Orphan during the early 1930's and Molly during 2011. Their lives were more alike than anyone would have thought. Molly is also an orphan that has got into some trouble and is helping Vivian for some charity hours. During this time, they are the best thing that happened to each other.
Questions that came up that allowed the reader to think about. What did you choose to take with you? What did you leave behind? What insights did you gain? What I loved was that even the families that were not protective or should not have been given orphan parental rights allowed Dorothy/Vivian to keep her necklace family heirloom.
Molly loved research without realizing she was bringing the modern world to Vivian, allowing her to cherish memories of her life and at 91 years old, begins enjoying Facebook and ordering a laptop to read more stories of other orphans which were also on the same Orphan Train as her.
I really enjoyed the way the historical parts of this book was told. Molly interviewed Vivian for a homework assignment and took us on a journey that had the most heart warming parts you just had to love. The general feeling is that it's best not to talk about the past, that the quickest relief will come in forgetting. Kindle 10% Orphan Train showed us the importance of memories and being grateful sometimes for the heartache and pain to cherish the moment you are in now.