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Bridie's Daughter: The Second Story in the Orphan Train Trilogy
Bridie's Daughter follows Wildflowers and if you haven't yet read it, I highly recommend it to you. These books are a taste of Americana that you don't want to miss! The "orphan trains" moved across the country from Reverend Charles Loring Brace was shocked in when he learned of and saw 10, homeless children prowling the streets of New York City.
He founded a Society through which many of these desperate childr Robert Noonan's second book in his trilogy has just been released! He founded a Society through which many of these desperate children were sent west to begin new lives. And so another trip was planned; the orphan train would carry 37 children under the age of They were optimistic that all of the children might find homes this time since other trips had carried as many as orphans.
The children came from many different places but they were able to meet and make new friends during the train trip. They would ride two days to their first destination in Illinois. Two of the older children were immediately attracted to each other; Catherine and Brian easily found a way to meet and shared many hours together during their trip.
Monica and Jason were their respective friends and they all speculated about what kind of homes they might find. Brian and Jason had been living on the streets, but Brian shared that he had dreams of becoming an engineer if he ever had a chance to go to school. In each seat on the train, whispers and dreams and fears were shared as children turned to others who could share their feelings. Bridie McDonald was already waiting at the Newberry, Illinois train station as it rolled in. Her dear friends, Margaret and Tom Holmgren, who were hoping to find a boy to call their son, soon joined her.
Bridie wanted a daughter and she would know her when she saw her. Indeed, that is exactly what happened and she moved quickly toward the young girl, Catherine, who was already deep in conversation with a couple. Deciding it was only fair to let the young girl choose, the couple and then Bridie quickly shared with Catherine why they would like to have her come live with them. But Birdie had inside information--she had noticed the apparent relationship between Catherine and Brian and quickly highlighted that her good friends had asked Brian to come to live with them and that they lived only two streets away.
How could Catherine fail to choose Bridie as she stood there with her twinkling eyes?! The heartwarming stories of these new families will pull readers into each life--those of the children and those of the new parents.
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However, there in Newberry, one of the orphans, Monica, Catherine's friend, did not find the happiness she sought. Her story is one that also occasionally happened to those riding the trains. She was finally forced to leave the family that had adopted her, but she was smart enough and brave enough to find another life for herself; her story just might be the most gripping tale you'll read!
The orphans' saga leading to new lives with new families is one that you will always remember. I've found the stories very similar to the series "Little House on the Prairie," based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder that were set in the s. So if you've enjoyed this family-oriented program centered on the Ingalls children or Wilder's books, you will indeed agree with me that Noonan's Trilogy is a Must-Read! Jan 19, Alissa rated it it was amazing.
It's my daddy! Conflict of interest, so here's someone else's review of the trilogy: Expertly written by Wisconsin author Robert Noonan who moved from Chicago, Illinois to Hatfield, Wisconsin to write his books , the 'Orphan Train Trilogy' is a set of three novels that, taken together or read separately, draw upon the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth century phenomena of orphaned boys and girls from the eastern seaboard who were placed upon trains traveling west for exploitive foster home place It's my daddy! Conflict of interest, so here's someone else's review of the trilogy: Expertly written by Wisconsin author Robert Noonan who moved from Chicago, Illinois to Hatfield, Wisconsin to write his books , the 'Orphan Train Trilogy' is a set of three novels that, taken together or read separately, draw upon the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth century phenomena of orphaned boys and girls from the eastern seaboard who were placed upon trains traveling west for exploitive foster home placements, menial factory jobs, and agricultural laborers.
All in all it was a good way to help understand a part of history that most of us have never heard of before. I had never heard of mail-order children before coming across this book and my first thoughts were along the lines of child trafficking, but the blurb made me curious so I had to listen to it, I'm so glad I did. The book is beautifully written and it makes the story of Teresa come alive, and it's a story that needs to be remembered, along with the stories of the other children who were moved across America separating them from everything they had known.
Teresa's story is heartbreaking because the home she went to was not a loving one and her early life is not one that you would want for any child and yet she was able to make a good life for herself, she became very successful and she was vocal in talking about what happened to her, making sure no one could ignore what had happened, she became an inspiration to many. Heartbreaking, triumphant, and inspiring, this true story is not to be missed. The narration is spot on, making Teresa's life come alive.
The character voices are excellent and the delivery took me on an emotional journey. If you found this review helpful would you please take a moment to click yes below.
The Orphan Train movement is one of those sad chapters in American history that few people know about let alone understand. The impact of forcibly removing upwards of a half million orphaned children from the East Coast to the four corners of America should bear heavy on the American conscious. I am not one to do plot reviews and analysis of audiobooks. What I can tell you is if you have never heard of this movement you need to listen to this book. Much like slavery, the orphan train movement is another shining example of well-intention ideas in their times that we are now unequivocally ashamed of.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
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I would recommend this story to friends who love history, especially the history of immigrants or of the settling of the old west. It's also a good story for those who are interested in the history of fostering and adoption rights in the United States. Unlike most orphan train stories, this story goes way past the train ride and the resettlement in a new home. This story tells the entire life story of one of the children who rode on the orphan train as a young girl and how being an orphan framed her idea of herself for the rest of her life.
The story was good, but it was bogged down with too much detail. We didn't need to know the details of every menial task that the orphan Teresa took on as a teenager or in her early adult years. We did not need to know the address of every home she lived in, or her exact reason for quitting every job. I wish there had been less of that.
On the other hand, Teresa's placement in her home with Volga German parents came to an abrupt end with no explanation. I would have liked to know more of how it came to an end and why. How did the Foundling realize that the placement was not a good setting for Teresa, and how did they get her out of it? What was your reaction to the ending?
No spoilers please! The early part of the book was the best part, and the sections at the end that dealt with Teresa's discovery of her roots was fascinating. In between was a lot of tedium, and I would have been happy to skip over some of that. This book was given to me at my request and I am leaving a voluntary review.
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Your audiobook is waiting…. By: Marilyn June Coffey. Narrated by: Marie Hoffman. Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins. People who bought this also bought Sheckells Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins Unabridged Overall. Publisher's Summary The massive orphan train exodus whisked three-year-old Teresa from the safety of her New York orphanage, where the worst thing the Foundling nuns did was wash her curly black hair, to a desolate house and cold-hearted "parents" in Kansas.
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