Challenge #5 A New York Time’s Bestseller

#10 A New York Times Bestseller:

I’ve had Orphan Train sitting on my shelf for awhile now. I had been itching to read it basically ever since I got it, but school, work, and life kept getting in the way. My friend happened to have the audiobook and let me borrow it so I could listen to it on my way to work. Checking my 2016 reading challenge list, I found that I could easily use this book for my New York Time’s Bestseller. It was number one on the New York Times back when it came out in 2012. This probably would have been a good enough reason to pick this book up even if I wasn’t already so interested in the story. And let me tell you, this book delivered. The author does a great job weaving back and forth between the past and present. I will say that the storyline that takes place in the past was a lot more interesting than the modern day plot line, but that might just be my opinion. It really is a heartbreaking tale- think a dark Anne of Green Gables tale. Nothing goes right for our main character as she is shuffled from one tragedy to another. Even though I liked the past sections better, I will say that I really enjoyed Molly in the present day. The fact that she gets in trouble for trying to steal a copy of Jane Eyre from the library just because she wanted to own her own copy attached me to her right away. I highly suggest The Orphan Train to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction. Even if you don’t, I still recommend you give it a try. The story is a really well told one. Overall I gave it a 4.5 star rating and  recommended it to all of my friends and family who haven’t read it yet.

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