Every once in awhile you come upon a gem of a book that will leave a mark upon your bookworm heart, regardless of the somewhat bleak cover. Orphan TraEvery once in awhile you come upon a gem of a book that will leave a mark upon your bookworm heart, regardless of the somewhat bleak cover. Orphan Train is neither a fairy tale nor a tragedy but rather a story of survival of the darkness that life can throw your way.
A series of unfortunate events in her young life come to a head when a very badly thought out action leads Molly Ayer to choose between juvie or 50 hours of community service... Seems life has hit an all time low for this smart talking, angst ridden, OCD 17 year old Native American Goth.
Clean out an old lady's attic, a pretty straightforward task right? But the prim Vivian Daly is not at all what she seems and as each box is opened Molly uncovers a hidden past, buried secrets and perhaps a kindred soul. Suddenly a community service project evolves into something much more, with the potential to change the life of more than just one woman.
This book surprised me on many different emotional levels and I found it easy to read, devouring it in one day. Orphan Train is truly a hidden treasure, a great bookclub suggestion with interesting historical facts to discuss and a reading group guide enclosed at the back of the book.
If you are a fan of Posie Graeme-Evan's The Dressmaker or The Linnet Bird by Linda Holeman and therefore not afraid of gritty historical fiction with heart, pick up Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. You will not be disappointed.
Please Note: I received this copy from Bookworld (now Angus & Robertson Bookworld) in exchange for an honest review. ...more
And with those few words I am once again immersed in the aromas and surrounded by the characters that made me fall"It came on the wind of Ramadan..."
And with those few words I am once again immersed in the aromas and surrounded by the characters that made me fall in love with Joanne's creative storytelling.
Vianne Rocher and her two daughters are drawn back to Lansquenet at the behest of a letter from a much loved yet dearly departed friend from the past. Once she arrives Vianne realises the quaint little town she left behind 8 years ago has changed but not in the way she had hoped...
Things are not as they seem in Lansquenet... Veiled secrets have ignited prejudice in an already tense atmosphere and misunderstandings have caused strife among neighbours. Can Vianne and her chocolates heal the rifts between Lansquenet and Les Marauds? Or will tragedy hit before the truth can be revealed?
The book confronts many issues faced by women of different cultures whose beliefs and customs are not readily accepted in today's mainstream idea of a normal society. Some of the more shocking situations in the story are handled delicately by Joanne Harris and treated with respect which seems fitting for this tale.
When you have spent your whole life living outside society's expectations and have moved from place to place, following where the wind takes you, can you ever truly call one place home? With the plot's many twists and turns the climax will end up surprising you and maybe make you re-assess how you look at the world.
A bitter-sweet tale you will end up craving like your favourite piece of dark chocolate, Peaches for Monsieur le Curé will draw you in until the last page. ...more