Book Club Recap: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline and The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott


This month my book club read two books, Orphan Train and The Accidental Book Club. As usual, we had a wonderful evening talking, laughing, sharing, and munching on a yummy pumpkin pie! Sadly, I forgot to take notes on our discussion. What can I say? I was having to much fun. So, my recap is rather short. But below are the details for the books! Have you read either of these books? Has your book club?


Orphan TrainOrphan Train
written by Christina Baker Kline
published by William Morrow Paperbacks

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About the book – from Goodreads: 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.


The Accidental Book ClubThe Accidental Book Club
written by Jennifer Scott
published by NAL Trade

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About the book – from Goodreads: Writing a new future takes a little time—and a lot of love.

Jean Vison never expected to run a book club, until her life took an unexpected turn. Now, with Jean’s husband gone, what began as an off-the-cuff idea has grown into a group of six women who meet the second Tuesday of every month for a potluck supper, for wine and laughter—and for books.

There’s Loretta, who deals with the lack of intimacy in her marriage by diving into erotic novels. Dorothy, whose ruffian sons are a never-ending source of stress. May entertains the group with her outrageous dating stories, while Mitzi finds something political to rant about in every book—including Loretta’s trashy romances. Even Janet, with her mousy shyness and constant blush, has helped Jean rediscover the joy in life.

So when Jean’s family starts unraveling again—her daughter forced into rehab and her troubled teen granddaughter, Bailey, coming to live with her in the interim—she turns to the book club for comfort and support. And, together, they all, even Bailey, discover that family is what you make of it, especially the family you choose…


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  1. What did you think about Orphan Train, Chrissy? I have a review for the book written and scheduled to post at some point before the end of the year. If you liked the history of the orphan trains, you should check out The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.

    • That’s interesting about The Chaperone. Since the setting is the 20’s, I bought The Chaperone for my mother as part of her 90th birthday celebration. I had no idea the orphan train was part of that book. She loved it, by the way, and I’m waiting for her to pass it to me! The Orphan Train is on my TBR, too.

    • I’ll be honest; I haven’t read it yet. (I’m hanging my head in shame.) I plan on reading it before the end of the year. I really want to, especially after our discussion at book club. So, I’ll have to let you know!

  2. This month my book club is reading Lahiri’s The Lowland–quite a difference from last month’s selection, which was The Left Hand of Darkness by LeGuin.