Friday 27 February 2015

Book Beginnngs on Fridays - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.



I've just finished this and it was a lighter, easier read than I was expecting. I enjoyed the chapters set in the past more than the ones in the present day.


Book Beginning:


I believe in ghosts. They're the ones who haunt us, the ones who have left us behind. Many times in my life I have felt them around me, observing, witnessing, when no one in the living world knew or cared what happened. 


Orphan Train


Book Description


 Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...
As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.
Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.


  1. I really like how she describes ghosts. I've seen this book around. Hadn't decided to read it. The beginning makes me change my mind.

  2. I've seen the cover of this one but I don't think of ever really read the premise. I just kind of assumed it was World War 2 related. This sounds really interesting and I love the beginning. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Her description makes it sound interesting to be a ghost. My Beginning is here...

  4. I like the beginnings. Nice that it was not that heavy a read.

  5. I read this book a while back and was fascinated by the story. I've been interested in orphan trains ever since I learned of them. Hard to believe they really existed, isn't it?
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  6. I've seen the cover, now I want to learn more. I'll go look it up.

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  7. This book was very enlightening. We had a very good book club discussion over this, too. Anne's Friday Quotes

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  9. Orphan Train is a novel so well researched that it could be categorized a historical novel. Kline was able to interview four actual train riders when they were in their late 90s. Other works of fiction by Christina Baker Kline are Sweet Water, Desire Lines, The way Life Should Be and Bird in Hand.

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