Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The author is new to me and I wasn’t entirely sure how well crafted the story would be. The timelines are beautifully intertwined as the characters, Molly and Vivian, interact in real time and also traverse through Vivian’s complex and dramatic history. Vivian’s story is all the more incredible having been based loosely on real events during that time period. To realize that actual people had these experiences in their lives is stunning and poignant. It’s also lovely how the two women build a meaningful relationship that is mutually beneficial. All of the information at the end of the book regarding the history of orphan trains and interview with the author was interesting, but slightly excessive. Just be aware that when you have finished the actual story, your Kindle will still register a good percentage left to read.