Orphan Train was on my to read list for almost two years, and I finally read it as part of my 2015 reading challenge because my mother recommended it. Shortly after I picked it up from the library, my Aunt Nancy also recommended it.
I think I may have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t had such high expectations going into it. When someone recommends a book to me, I expect it to be amazing. This book was sweet and the history was interesting, but it was very contrived. It felt like a slightly more serious beach read. Everything wrapped up so nicely.
I did like the characters, especially Molly. And I always enjoy reading interwoven stories. But the parallels between Molly and Vivian seemed too cutesy. The book was overly descriptive at times, with the middle section reminding me a lot of Little House in the Big Woods with it’s descriptions of rural life.
I knew nothing about the orphan trains before reading this book, and the book did a good job of explaining the history in an enjoyable way. It was a good read, just not great.
Rating: 3 Stars
This review was originally published on Mom’s Radius.