The Children’s Train (by Viola Ardone) … touching story

What an emotional historical fiction story based in WWII. I have read a lot of books based that time period, but this may have been the first one focused on post-WWII Italy. Extreme poverty was such a struggle. So many parents sent their children on a train to northern Italy. This allowed the children to be taken into temporary foster homes. As you travel through the book from Amerigo’s point of view, you will see how the children’s struggle with missing their family but having the opportunity of a lifetime of being loved and provided a wonderful environment. This book is an emotional rollercoaster that has you wondering what would have been the best for Amerigo. It’s a touching story that is a good addition to your to-be-read list.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harpervia for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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