A Historical Fiction novel based on fact, Orphan Train is a novel I hope to read. From 1854-1929 a reporter 200,000 orphans were transported via train from the East Coast to the Midwest in the United States. I did not know this occurred until I heard of this novel.
Through her bedroom wall Molly can hear her foster parents talking about her in the living room, just beyond her door.
The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.
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.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
Today I am one of the stops on the blog tour for Promised Lies by Marguerite Ashton. Today we are going to hear from Morgan, Lily’s best friend and partner.
Detective Lily Blanchette has a lot on her plate. Her sister, Celine, was murdered, her parents are on the verge of divorce, and after a whirlwind romance, she married a man she barely knows.
When the bodies of two young women are found, it is clear that the killer is the same person who murdered her sister, Lily sets out to find out who that is.
As the investigation comes to life, Lily realises that all is not as it seems in her life, who can she actually trust and who is she?
Hi. I’m Morgan Danvers, Lily’s best friend and partner in Promised Lies.
Some may remember me as Chelsey before that silly author had the nerve to kill me off in the other book, Led by Lies. Well thank goodness, she decided to expand the book and keep me alive this time around.
Yes, through fan comments and reviews, I got a chance to live!
So, let’s see, being Lily’s partner through all this is just exasperating. She’s so up-tight in those damn loafers. But I can probably understand some of the reasons. Lily’s mom is a control freak and the last thing Lily wants to do is be like her mom.
Thank goodness for Lily’s dad. He’s just so cool. I wish I had him for a father.
Anyway, Lily’s all about family and work. She just wants to have some stability in her life. That’s where I come along. We balance each other out, during a case and in general situations. We tell the truth to each other, even if the other one wants to hear it or not.
We met in the police academy and have been friends ever since.
About the Author:
When Marguerite Ashton was in her twenties, she took up acting but realized she preferred to work behind the camera, writing crime fiction. A few years later, she married an IT Geek and settled down with her role as wife, mom, and writer. Five kids later, she founded the Crime Writer’s Panel and began working with former law enforcement investigators to create; Criminal Lines Blog, an online library for crime writers who need help with their book research.
She’s a workaholic who hides in her writer’s attic, plotting out her next book and stalking Pinterest for the next avocado recipe.
A member of Sisters in Crime, Marguerite grew up in Colorado, but is now happily living in Wisconsin and playing as much golf as possible. She can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
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Today is Release Day for Scythe of Darkness by Dawn Husted! Scythe of Darkness is a YA Urban Fantasy novel. Dawn has a Facebook event going on all week for the release. Join in the party here and have some fun!
What’s Scythe of Darkness about?!?!?
For Mia Hieskety, surviving high school meant focusing on exams and attending the occasional party. After breaking up with her boyfriend, who she didn’t even like, dating was off the agenda. That is, until Thanatos came along.
Mia finds herself lured by the mysterious new student with two-toned eyes. Determined to find out who Thanatos is, what he is, and why he seems so interested in her, she accompanies him to his home where a sinister world awaits.
Discovering the truth, a supernatural connection that intertwines with her past, Mia’s life is at risk—and she doesn’t know who to trust.
About the author:
Dawn Husted is the author of Scythe of Darkness, a YA urban fantasy novel. She graduated with a BS from Texas A&M University. When not writing, she’s either camping or dreaming about camping. She’s a member of SCBWI, and lives in southern Texas with her husband and two kids.
Her romanticism of the supernatural is well-crafted in Scythe of Darkness. This gripping YA weaves fate and destiny in a new unsuspecting way.
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