September 1, 2015

BBBC: Orphan Train

Where is the mommy crying emoji? I desperately need to invent that because I can not believe that we are already in the month of September!

You know, I previously looked forward to months coming and going, especially the months that led up to basketball season. Well, now as a mommy, I must admit that time passing is not as joyous. Time passing means my little girl is getting older and I am content with keeping her little forever!

Unfortunatly, I am unable to stop the passage of time; instead, I am trying to live in the moment! So, with that, I must also apologize for the lack of posts the last few weeks. Yes, I have many excuses to give but the biggest is that I am just simply enjoying motherhood.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers 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.

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, 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.

This book was a page turner, even while on the treadmill where I did the majority of my reading. I am realizing that I truly have a liking to historical fictions. In this book, I was introduced to little pieces of history I never known about. The Orphan Train is a real movement in which many orphaned children from crowded Eastern cities were boarded onto trains and taken to rural areas of the Midwest. Families looking for servants, farm labourers, or occasionally more children would come check out the orphans and see if they wanted to take them home. The 1920s/30s part of this book tells the story of Vivian's life, being moved from one family to the next in Minnesota. In the present, she is a 91 year-old woman with an attic full of painful memories. Molly, the present day orphan, is presently dealing with many turmoils of her own. As both characters lives cross, we see how they are both transformed. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to others. 

For the month of September, Stephanie from The Wonky Brow has chosen I Was Here by Gayle Forman.

 Now, head on over the the other Members' blogs to see what they thought about the book! 

Heather - Love To Be Busy
Stephanie - The Wonky Brow 

The Beauty Blogger Book Club began in January of 2015! We currently have 6 Members with various blog content. Each month, one of the Beauty Blogger Book Club (BBBC) members chooses a book for the Club to read. At the beginning of the following month, we each write a book report/summary for our readers to enjoy and share the book for the following month! The "Club" provides all of us bloggers an opportunity to network and read books outside of our comfort zones!

Michelyn Cynthia

Question of the Day:  I am slated to chose the October book for the club! Do you have any recommendations for the club?

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