In a reading kind of mode lately and I devoured 2 novels these past two days. This and Station Eleven. I preferred Orphan Train because I learnt something new about American history from it. Apparently in the late 1800s to early 1900s, there was an organised effort to move orphaned children from the crowded eastern cities to more rural areas.
I suppose the intentions were noble, because the children could be housed with families who could take care of them…
But as always, the devil's in the details. This novel definitely has some stereotypes, with the poor girl being used as free labor, then getting abused by another foster father before finding a family that was decent. There's also a modern day foster child who she unexpectedly bonds with, who's also a misfit but (as usual) is smart and sensitive yadda yadda.
There's a nice twist at the end, but it ended too abruptly for me. I have an obsession with knowing EVERYTHING.